NPR

'The Reckonings,' Examines What It Means To Have Justice

Writing about topics as diverse as race, sexual assault, Hurricane Harvey, and art history, Lacy M. Johnson's essays are together a philosophy in disguise — equal parts memoir, criticism, and ethics.
Source: PR

When writer and poet Lacy M. Johnson was in her 20s, a man who she had recently broken up with kidnapped and raped her.

She wrote about her escape and recovery in the 2014 memoir The Other Side. As she began speaking about the book in public, a pattern emerged: Readers she encountered suggested that Johnson must want her rapist killed, or imprisoned, or tortured.

", strangers tell me," Johnson writes in the essay that opens her tour de

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

Related Interests

More from NPR

NPR3 min read
3 Fresh New Romances For October
As the October days shorten, it's a good time to curl up with a romance novel — this month, we're featuring stories about people who defy traditional expectations to find their happy-ever-afters.
NPR6 min read
Save The .... McDonald's? One Franchise In France Has Become A Social Justice Cause
McDonald's employees in Marseille are fighting to save their restaurant. For them, McD's isn't a capitalist giant; it's a vital community anchor in an under-resourced immigrant neighborhood.
NPR3 min read
Crash Victim's Family Pushes To Keep Boeing 737 Max From Flying Again Too Soon
The death of Samya Stumo in an Ethiopian Airlines crash stirred her parents to take action against regulators and Boeing. Victims' families want regulators to order a complete review of the 737 Max.