Samuel Rafael Barber

Fifty-eight percent of the men and women at whom you smile while grocery shopping say the torture of suspected terrorists can be justified “often” or “sometimes.” Fifty-seven percent of the men and women who hold a restaurant door open for you say harsh interrogation techniques can provide information that can prevent terrorist attacks. Army Field Manual 34-52 Chapter 1 reads: “Experience indicates that the use of force is not necessary to gain the cooperation of sources for interrogation. Therefore, the use of force is a poor technique, as it yields unreliable results, may damage subsequent collection efforts, and can induce the source to say whatever he thinks the interrogator wants to hear.” And yet.

Samuel Rafael Barber teaches English composition and creative writing at the University of Arizona, where he is an MFA candidate in fiction and currently serves as an editor-in-chief at Sonora Review. According to life expectancy tables, he will live another 52.7 years. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Puerto del Sol, DIAGRAM and elsewhere.

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