“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”
That’s Quincy. An orphaned squirrel baby from Berlin. His mother - as so many more squirrels - was killed while trying to cross a big road. Now the little one is nurtured in the Berlin squirrel-saving centre. Animal welfarists were stretching a rope over the road to protect more squirrels from being run over.
Ray Jasper is about to be unjustly executed under Texas’s racist Law of Parties. Take the time to read his brilliant, insightful, heart-breaking letter. It may be his last living statement. As Michelle Alexander wrote on her FB page, “If he is not worthy of life, none of us are.”
4 March 2014 | Ray Jasper was convicted of participating in the 1998 robbery and murder of recording studio owner David Alejandro. A teenager at the time of the crime, Jasper was sentenced to death. He wrote to us once before, as part of our Letters from Death Row series. That letter was remarkable for its calmness, clarity, and insight into life as a prisoner who will never see freedom. We wrote back and invited him to share any other thoughts he might have. Today, we received the letter below. Everyone should read it.
Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, George Clooney, Michael B. Jordan, Naomie Harris, Brie Larson, Chadwick Boseman, Margot Robbie, and Léa Seydoux, photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, March 2014.