Monday, March 13, 2017

Things that can and cannot be said

Things that can and cannot be said / Arundhati Roy & John Cusack, 125 pgs.

This slender volume is the record that exists of a meeting of the authors, Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg.  Arranged by Cusack, he and Roy knew each other from other meetings and he felt she would be the best addition to the meeting that he wanted to witness between Ellsberg and Snowden.  This meeting was not recorded so the evidence we have is this book which summarizes earlier discussions between Cusack and Roy.  The content here will make you think, is at times, upsetting and the use of footnotes and sources is well done but I can't help but want more details of their fascinating trip to Moscow.  Also, I need to go back and review the history of the Pentagon Papers since it has been years ago that I read about them and Ellsberg.

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