I just found this on tumblr. but did not put the writer’s name on it as I don’t know it-just a blog I found interesting about Rampage:the pathology of an epidemic
I’m reading a new book Rampage;the pathology of an epidemic. It’s by Gwynne Hunt and it is basically about a list. Specifically, the femicide List. Gwynne Hunt took the task of completing a list of all the murdered/missing women across Canada (and children, as well, eventually) from Mary Billy in approximately 2005.
In “Rampage” she gives the reader a ist of names, one letter list per chapter and offers comments and stories about her experiences putting the list together, organizing marches, and most commonly, about the victim’s listed. I am only on the third chapter “c” so it’s not very far in at all . . .but already I think this is a worthwhile read. Even if it is painful.
I just finished reading Rampage and I have to say I think you did a hell of a job on it. I know you got started on the ‘List’ thanks to Mary Billy but I have to say I thought the way you formatted the names in the book made it easier to digest the sad content. I am sorry as hell for the women who have been murdered and or disappeared. I am sorry that you have this enormous responsibility of trying to record these terrible events but I wanted you to know I am grateful for the truth of what goes on in our big back yard of a country. My words are small and may not reach many ears but I will keep writing and trying to bring the issue to light.
Your book is HUGE and I know you will keep the faith. Your book, your work, is amazing and I have the utmost respect for everything you do. You are brave and strong and wise and don’t forget how pivotal this work will be to effecting change. Just hang in there, you and Mary will see, I know it!
much love Shelley
(Shelley Haggard-poet-Mission, BC)
did a great job and I commend you for your tenacity. I certainly identified
when you mentioned how mentally exhausting it is to maintain the list and
try hard not to internalize how tragic these senseless deaths are. I now
realize why at times, I just can’t open the file and begin new postings.
Also, we are on the same page where our thinking is concerned. I agree that
we need both genders to speak against the violence and male bashing solves
Thank you so much for allowing me to contribute to your book.
I have recommended to a couple of people to send away for it.