Unspeakable is her first book. Download cover. As a teenager, Harriet Shawcross stopped speaking at school for almost a year, retreating into herself and communicating only when absolutely necessary. As an adult, she became fascinated by the limits of language and in Unspeakable she asks what makes us silent. From the inexpressible trauma of trench warfare and the aftermath of natural disaster to the taboo of coming out, Shawcross explores how and why words fail us. Not to be spoken: unspeakable thoughts.
Switch to new thesaurus. That cannot be described: incommunicable , indefinable , indescribable , ineffable , inexpressible , undescribable , unutterable. That may not be spoken of or uttered: unmentionable. The house is unspeakably filthy. Mentioned in? References in classic literature? I have not read a book that has engaged me so fully in a long time. Chris Hedges cares about the less fortunate and he has actively pursued a more egalitarian society wherever he has reported from.
He has worked for some mighty institutions and has been committed to what is authentic of himself and of his employers and his government. He has helped to illuminate how our institutions, politicians, reporters, religions and civilians have gone astray.
Sep 01, SpaceBear rated it it was ok Shelves: american-politics , journalism. A broad discussing of journalism and American politics, the book is Hedges presenting his views. Its written as a chance to get to know Hedges worldview through conversation. I have to admit Hedges lost me as soon as he referred to Chomsky as "one of our greatest intellectuals. He is essentially a contrarian at heart, and although he is able to point out many of the problems in the American system, that is not unique or interesting in of itself. He rejects the american political system as a whole; rejecting any attempts to navigate it, and the desire for a broad revolution, without really ever being clear about how that might actually work.
Jan 15, Alec Gray rated it it was amazing.
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An interview with Chris Hedges, journalist, that ranges over the fundamental issues confronting us. A man who always tries to speak truth to power, I found this to be a powerful evaluation of our modern society, the existential perils we face, and the glimmers of hope that may remain. Jan 01, Kent Winward rated it really liked it. Hedges is a unique voice. I don't always agree with him, but he forces thought provoking thought, particularly about our need as humans to conform. Even Hedges does it, but the desire to conform is something he fights against. I listened to this on hoopla. Chris Hedges is a rare combination of intellect, honesty, and morals lacking in the world.
Sep 18, Keith Akers rated it really liked it. This short book is an excellent radical left commentary on the current political situation. Chris Hedges is interviewed by David Talbot, and both do very well. For those of us who follow the news, looking for clues as to what the heck we should do about environmental and political chaos which seems to get worse no matter what we do, Hedges gives us some excellent ideas. Hedges wants to work outside of the system and build alternative radical political institutions. We need to support something o This short book is an excellent radical left commentary on the current political situation.
We need to support something other than just the Democratic Party liberals. What we need is radical. We voted for a liberal and got a moderate conservative. In this book we get a good sense of where he came from, how he became a radical, and where he is headed.
I was glad to see that he is a vegan for environmental reasons, as evidently are his wife and kids it sounds like his wife took the lead in getting into veganism. The book could have benefited from an index; I guess people are figuring that everyone is doing e-books and doing searches. Hedges has the social justice angle pretty solidly down.
What he has not written quite as much on as far as I know is on environmental type problems. In any event, I look forward to seeing what else he writes on environmental and economic subjects. Chris Hedges is a formidable icon in his field. I love to read about warriors who fully embrace their truth and dismiss the chaotic riff raff.
He has no allegiance with anyone, embracing his own power and as he sees things with his own eyes.
The media and the criticisms of the so called worthy enterprises he must do business with are like flies in his face. I am in awe of his stamina and his experience, as dangerous as all get out it can be. He relates one on one with most everyone he talks abou Chris Hedges is a formidable icon in his field.
He relates one on one with most everyone he talks about; he maintains his posture even in the throes of being lambasted. He does not cow tow or follow any crowd.
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This is the manner of which all reporters must practice, but alas, they do not. So he carves his own path and will not walk any yellow brick road. I love how he talks about figureheads in politics which abhore him because he is not about that. He describes heads of state the way most of us common folk see them, truly.
He understands the plight of nations and countries and cultural stigmata's. I do not uphold every bit of his beliefs, but they are his own and they serve him. He has a spiritual upbringing which may be the singing note that keeps him pure in his judgments. I shudder to think how we all would react to his close to death and uncomfortable journey in war zones.
Obviously his wife and family understand his need to do this.
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There are so many reporters who never come home. Yet, he did. And through it all, he managed to further educate himself, teach classes, keep working, give outside lectures, and write books. I plan on reading his other books after my husband gets first pick and one thing to remember, he shifted a belief system after As many of us did, but he found out things and knew things that colored his view. There is so much to absorb in this interview and he eloquently speaks with a high command of the English language which translates to his ability to write and speak with intelligence. There is no question he is still among us after the ravages of war to shout out about the one thing on his mind; that we live very close to a totalitarian government that has permeated so many countries to their sad demise as an integral nation.
Chris sees the blight and writes about it, speaks about it fearlessly. If you want to know a deep truth read his books. If you want a safe I don't really care life that pulls you into "magical thinking", as he says, then read about reporters who do the bidding. I am looking forward to many Unspeakable books coming out. As I don't usually read political books, I found a number of unfamiliar ideas. I look forward to the book group discussion to help answer some questions. I admire Hedges' courage and candor in telling it like he sees it, even when it puts his journalistic future--which means his ability to support his family--in jeopardy.
I was surprised by his insider look at the New York Times, and impressed by his teaching classes in prisons, although I can't quite relate to someone who chooses to put himself As I don't usually read political books, I found a number of unfamiliar ideas. Converted to veganism by watching "Cowspiracy," he's also forthright in giving environmental reasons for plant-based diets, including a whole page of hard-hitting facts. I'm glad we have people who refuse to "cater to the elites. Oct 31, Carol rated it liked it.
An interview with Chris Hedges, who is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries. This interview is chilling: according to Hedges, mainstream journalists and reporters are "dialing it in" from war zones by not digging deep enough to get the real story; not putting themselves "out there" and in fact are reporting untruths whether deliberately or unknowingly The papers they work for do not wish to print the truth because the truth will rattle too many c An interview with Chris Hedges, who is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries.
The papers they work for do not wish to print the truth because the truth will rattle too many cages and upset the status quo. The preceding paragraph sounds like I am a skeptic; that is not the case. I found this interview enlightening, frightening, and probably all-too-true.
If it is true, then no wonder the world at large is in such distress. May 03, Juanita De Vittorio rated it it was amazing. Hedges' views are consistent throughout the few of his many books that I have read. Unspeakable presents a condensed version in an interview form.
It is inspiring with an accessible format, yet not an easy read emotionally. One page into the chapter on crime and prisons, I had to set the book aside for a week before I was ready to read again. Read this book if you are at all interested in the future of human dignity, especially your own. But be aware that you may find yourself wanting to slip vo Hedges' views are consistent throughout the few of his many books that I have read.
But be aware that you may find yourself wanting to slip voluntarily back into your personally-contrived protective conceptual matrix, even if just for a bit, to lick your wounds before stepping back into awareness of the world as it is. Aug 07, Judith D rated it really liked it Shelves: books-for I don't believe all dooms dayers should be listened to however, in this book there are facts about subjects that people every where are examining in thought. When you read through this book The author talks about his career experience at the beginning of the book then goes on to express opinions and facts about the New York Times, Electoral politics, fascism in the USA, the isolation of independent intellectuals, and other cultural ideas as they relate to the present times.
Read it and see if an I don't believe all dooms dayers should be listened to however, in this book there are facts about subjects that people every where are examining in thought. Read it and see if any of the ideas strikes a cord. Jul 24, Jim Golmon rated it it was amazing.
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This captures a series of dialogues with David Talbot, so expect a wildly uneven set of topics. Hedges shines through as honest and courageous, a kind of modern George Orwell. His opinions are grounded in both facts and personal experience.