OK, I need to take a big long deep breath after reading Barry's piece. I think I might not have breathed more than a few times while reading the article. It is very heavy. Some things I noticed 1. The reader doesn't really know what is going on until the third paragraph, so we are anxious to read and figure out what is being discussed. As well, the reader never really knows what is going on, because the question and focus of the piece doesn't have an answer. 2. The main question is Justice, or what is justice, or how does one figure out what is just. 3. There are some intimate details which obviously can only be known by strange questions such as "What did he look like when you saw him"- the answer being "Concern, he saw, strained his face". This is helpful for myself in knowing what are good questions to ask a subject. 4. The focus of the piece is not on the father, like I originally thought, but rather the focus is on the judge. This was an interesting twist because at first I did not expect the article to head in this direction. 5. The paragraph which describes finding Gage is brilliant. There are four long sentences followed by two short sentences. The paragraph is short, detailed, and ultimately simple and honest. The very last line, "In his eyes were frozen tears" brought tears to my own eyes. My heart stopped and I grasped for air. The paragraph made me feel like I found the body. It froze me to my core. I really like this piece and think it might be the most effective piece we have read this quarter.