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Jenny Diski: Doing what we’re told, 18 November 2004

The Man who Shocked the World: The Life and Legacy of Stanley Milgram 
by Thomas Blass.
Basic Books, 360 pp., £19.99, June 2004, 0 7382 0399 8
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... left it to complain, the greater the pressure to rationalise. Two examples of dissent are given in Thomas Blass’s book. One man puts his foot down at 135 volts: EXPERIMENTER: The experiment requires that you go on, teacher. Go on, please. SUBJECT: But if you don’t mind, I’d like to see him myself before I do go on. EXPERIMENTER: . . . It’s ...

Strangers

John Lanchester, 11 July 1991

Serial Murder: An Elusive Phenomenon 
edited by Stephen Egger.
Praeger, 250 pp., £33.50, October 1990, 0 275 92986 8
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Serial Killers 
by Joel Norris.
Arrow, 333 pp., £4.99, July 1990, 0 09 971750 6
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Life after Life 
by Tony Parker.
Pan, 256 pp., £4.50, May 1991, 0 330 31528 5
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American Psycho 
by Bret Easton Ellis.
Picador, 399 pp., £6.99, April 1991, 0 330 31992 2
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Dirty Weekend 
by Helen Zahavi.
Macmillan, 185 pp., £13.99, April 1991, 0 333 54723 3
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Silence of the Lambs 
by Thomas Harris.
Mandarin, 366 pp., £4.99, April 1991, 0 7493 0942 3
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... He’s wearing a linen suit by Canali Milano, a cotton shirt by Ike Behar, a silk tie by Bill Blass and cap-toed leather lace-ups from Brooks Brothers. I’m wearing a lightweight linen suit with pleated trousers, a cotton shirt, a dotted silk tie, all by Valentino Couture, and perforated cap-toe leather shoes by Allen-Edmonds. Once inside Harry’s we ...

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