Praire burning is the name for what happens when people set fire to the land so that it will grow. It’s a controlled devastation, like irradiating cancer cells that rebel against a body, or amputating a foot gone black with gangrene. Years ago witches were torched like fields. Their bodies bore the controlled burn. Their bodies held evil like vessels so that evil would not be understood as something diffused across other bodies, across everyone. – The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison