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Things That Can and Cannot Be Said: Essays and Conversations
Things That Can and Cannot Be Said: Essays and Conversations | Arundhati Roy, John Cusack
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In late 2014, Arundhati Roy, John Cusack, and Daniel Ellsberg travelled to Moscow to meet with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The result was a series of essays and dialogues in which Roy and Cusack reflect on their conversations with Snowden. In these provocative and penetrating discussions, Roy and Cusack discuss the nature of the state, empire, and surveillance in an era of perpetual war, the meaning of flags and patriotism, the role of foundations and NGOs in limiting dissent, and the ways in which capital but not people can freely cross borders. Arundhati Roy is a writer and global justice activist. From her celebrated Booker Prize winning novel The God of Small Things, to her prolific output of writing on topics ranging from climate change to war, the perils of free-market "development" in India, and the defense of the poor, Roy's voice has become indispensable to millions seeking a better word.John Cusack is a writer, filmmaker, and a board member of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He has written the screenplays for the movies Grosse Point Blank, High Fidelity, and War, Inc., with Mark Leyner and Jeremy Pikser, among many others. His writing has appeared widely, including the Guardian, Truthout, and Outlook India."
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Caterina
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Roy: Nonviolence is radical political theater.
Cusack: Effective only when there's an audience.
Roy: Exactly. And who can pull in an audience? You need some capital, some stars, right? Gandhi was a superstar. The indigenous people in the forest don't have that capital, that drawing power. So they have no audience. Nonviolence should be a tactic - not an ideology preached from the sidelines to victims of massive violence.
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Things That Can and Cannot Be Said | Arundhati Roy, John Cusack
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Mehso-so

A short book which documents the conversation between Arundhati Roy (author, activist), Daniel Ellsboy (US military analyst who released the Pentagon Papers), Edward Snowden (CIA employee who released classified NSA documents) and John Cusack.
Roy drives the conversation here and brings up some interesting points about the role of the State and how they wield power. Some points could have been more developed upon.

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erinheit451
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This short, compact book was a reminder of why I love Arundhati Roy so much. She has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and the ability to look at issues from various layers of complexity and depth.

I'll be on the lookout for more of Cusack's writings as well.

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"One morning as I scanned the news–horror in the Middle East, Russia and America facing off in Ukraine–I thought of Edward Snowden and wondered how he was holding up in Moscow. I began to imagine a conversation between him and Daniel Ellsberg. And then, interestingly, in my imagination a third person made her way into the room–the writer Arundhati Roy. It occurred to me that trying to get the three of them together would be a fine thing to do."

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kerry
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An interesting, complicated little book. Unapologetically radical. Essays by John Cusack (yes, the actor) and Arundhati Roy (God of Small Things) alternate to give context to their eventual conversation with Ed Snowden in Moscow, making the book as much about surveillance states, war, peace, and change overall as Snowden in particular. Full review to come in SA.

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