The Pit and the Pendulum. And the gothic horror of an issue out of control.

In Edgar Allan Poe’s “Pit and the Pendulum”, three agonising tortures are inflicted on the narrator: a descending pendulum, a grotesque pit, and a dungeon with the walls closing in. These horrors were brought to mind recently by a couple of incidents that, in different ways, shed some light into the policy dynamics that play […]