It took a lot of effort, but I was finally able to locate and buy a copy of the Aug. 1 edition of Rolling Stone magazine. I'd been a subscriber a few years ago and found, even at age 59, many of the articles to be insightful even if the music reviews are beyond my 1960s comprehension. So I wanted to read the article about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Not sure what happened to "don't judge a book by its cover," which I even might agree was an unfortunate choice. Bottom line, this is a magazine aimed at a young audience and the bombing suspect was, indeed, young and lived among readers of the magazine.
So, I was not appalled by the cover. However, what appalled me was that some retailers decided to make a decision for me that buying and reading this particular edition and article was improper and they decided not to carry the magazine in their retail stores. So many mass-retailers like CVS, Rite Aid, and (the most moral of giants) Giant Eagle made it impossible to buy in the local market. We all have a mind and a conscience. We also have the freedom to buy or not to buy, read or not to read anything we like. That, to me, is what America is all about. Those retailers apparently want to suppress freedom of speech, which I find repugnant.
Don't get me wrong, like all Americans I found the Boston bombing horrible and inexcusable on any level. But at the same time, it seems to me that, when anything like this bombing happens, we collectively tend to ask ourselves "what went wrong?" and "what would turn someone to commit this kind of atrocity?" But given the reaction to this article and cover, perhaps America doesn't want to know.
If we react so badly to what confronts us without trying to understand by even reading an article that could shed light, maybe America wants to keep its head in the sand. If we continue to do this, it seems that more horrors like the Boston bombing will be visited upon us.