Ann Marie Hall sat next to her husband on the green sofa, trying to talk the gun out of his hands. “You know you can’t kill yourself,” she said.
To their victims they seemed pretty normal at first, even admirable.
What makes people gay? To conservative moralists, homosexuality is a sin, a willful choice of godless evil.
Jean-Paul Sartre only had it half right when he wrote that “hell is other people.” Real hell is other people on Twitter. Maybe the trendy messaging web site coaxes contributors into feeling anonymous and uninhibited. Perhaps its short-burst format encourages streams of consciousness that go tragically unedited.
The wildfires that have roared through southeast Australia for nearly a week were slowly coming under control Friday, as investigators continued the search for who may have set some of the deadly blazes. The Country Fire Authority said the number of fires burning had dropped to 21 from about 35 on Thursday.