Tag: Parisiana

On Capital Punishment

Yes Friends,

This has been a long time coming. Namely my definitive treatise on the death
penalty. In which I clearly present all the main arguments against ever
imposing and carrying out a death sentence…in any circumstances and no
matter how heinous the crime. And follow that up with a series of possible
counter-arguments, and my unequivocal rebuttal to each one of them. Ergo,
this is in every respect a ‘take no prisoners’ essay!

On Capital Punishment has now been published in Parisiana magazine. You can read it here

Having never polled my extensive mailing list on the subject, I’ve of course
no way of knowing precisely where everyone on it stands with respect to the
death penalty. My educated guess is that the vast majority oppose it.
Comments are closed on this particular Parisiana page. And with good reason. The magazine is, as it should be, freely accessible to all and sundry.
Yet I’ve already seen the kind of scurrilous remarks that got posted on
Expatica’s site after they published a version of my original Zahra Bahrami mailing.* Such as, “The problem with executions are [sic] that there are way too few, not too many.” Thus should you have something of interest to say, you’ll need to direct your response to me personally. You can contact me via this link.

What I do however ask of you is: IF you are in touch with any individuals
who either support capital punishment or are sitting on the fence, then by
all means send the link to my article on to them. As I say in the piece
itself, I am not in the business of preaching to the converted. Although
hopefully all that I’ve written will give you more than enough solid
ammunition to blow away any pro-death penalty arguments that may ever get
fired in your direction.

Ultimately it is those who continue to cling to wrong-headed views concerning capital punishment I am most wanting to reach. With all verbal guns blazing.

Ever onwards towards sanity, EDDIE

Parisiana magazine

Eddie Woods in Parisiana

* No Man Is An Island

Henry Miller Revisited


First comes the book.
Then if you’re lucky the reviews.
Or in some cases, if you’re unlucky.
Or if someone out there has it in for you.
Or worse yet, has it in for the topic of your book.

An example of this last scenario is Frederick Turner’s recent study, in the Icons of America series,
Renegade: Henry Miller and the Making of “Tropic of Cancer.”

No sooner was the book out, than a lady novelist with a pseudo-feminist axe to grind named Jeanette Winterson came along and tried her damnedest to bury it. With fangs bared and claws flailing, she vented her envious spleen not so much on the author but rather on the subject of his well-informed and impeccably researched work. And therefore, if only by inference, took Turner to task simply for daring to write laudingly about such an ‘unworthy person’as Henry Miller.

George Whitman, bon voyage


Anyone who manages to survive as long and wonderfully as George Whitman did, surely deserves more than a mere RIP when they pass on.

George, the iconic proprietor of Paris’ legendary Shakespeare & Co. bookshop, died on December 14th 2011, just two days after celebrating his 98th birthday!

Here’s the Guardian’s obituary

And for those of you who have not yet read it, here is the story I wrote about my experiences with George, as published in the online magazine Parisiana:
A Place to Change Trains

Along with my condolences to his lovely daughter Sylvia, and his very many close friends, there’s nothing else to say other than:
Bon voyage, mon ami.
When the good Lord made thee,
he certainly did break the proverbial mold!



Shakespeare & Co. website