Audio Essay: A Pin on the Map of American Reality

Monday, July 23, 2012

Police cars in front of the Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colorado where a gunman opened fire during the opening of the new Batman movie 'The Dark Knight Rises.' (JONATHAN CASTNER/AFP/GettyImages)

Although the shootings in Aurora on Friday humbled and horrified us all, the pain is dulled by an absence of shock. In this audio essay John Hockenberry reconciles violence, terror, blurred reality, and all the issues that will be on our lips while we attempt to figure out what happened during that midnight screening.

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

"Emotionally detached, spiritually connected," is the only way I can deal with the violence of this world.

From my background as a child of a Holocaust Survivor to my first Mad Magazine, when I was seven years old... I understood that to be happy and successful in this life that the key was going to be to go from the sneer of contempt to the frivolous smile.

As soon as I turned 18, I put a tattoo of Alfred E. Newman on my arm with the slogan, "What, me Worry?!"

Sometimes I get it right.

Jul. 23 2012 09:56 AM

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