April 2011 Vol. 109 No. 6 THE REVIEW

Home is Where the Crime Is

Bennett Capers

Think of home. Go on. Maybe not your parents' home, which for this reviewer would be enough to induce heavy breathing and general anxiety. Rather, think about the concept of home. Think about the idea of home. Think about Home with a capital letter. Think of home as in The Wizard of Oz and Dorothy's famous "There's no place like home." Think "home sweet home." Or "home is where the heart is." Go on.

Of course, there may be other associations that come to mind when one thinks of home. There's security. Safety. Control. Home rule. After all, in the conventional telling, a man's home is his castle (of course, in the conventional telling, it is always "a man"). And in the conventional telling, the master of the house is alone sovereign. Blackstone said as much, as did Edward Coke. He is entitled to defend the home from intrusion, and may even use deadly force if necessary. He can call upon the police so that his home remains secure. This is home then. Never mind reality. This is the home we tend to imagine. Warm. Safe. Home.


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