Solitary Voices

COMING 2017

The narratives of Solitary Voices explore solitary confinement’s far-reaching consequences within the United States. The project begins by asking: Who is impacted by this practice, and how? With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Solitary Voices will tell stories that come from all facets of America’s solitary experiment, and offer readers an intimate look at the ways solitary confinement affects individuals, families, and communities throughout the country. Narrators will include men, women, and children who have experienced solitary confinement in the United States, family members of those locked away and unreachable, and prison staff who have worked in solitary units.

The narratives of Solitary Voices explore solitary confinement’s far-reaching consequences within the United States. The project begins by asking: Who is impacted by this practice, and how? With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Solitary Voices will tell stories that come from all facets of America’s solitary experiment, and offer readers an intimate look at the ways solitary confinement affects individuals, families, and communities throughout the country. Narrators will include men, women, and children who have experienced solitary confinement in the United States, family members of those locked away and unreachable, and prison staff who have worked in solitary units.

 

Palestine Speaks

published by McSweeney's / Voice of Witness

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MORE PRAISE FOR PALESTINE SPEAKS

 

“A STUNNING, ESSENTIAL, AND HEARTBREAKING BOOK THAT PUTS A PROFOUNDLY HUMAN FACE ON THE SUFFERING OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE. THIS SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR ANYONE WITH AN INTEREST IN THE MIDDLE EAST, WHICH IS TO SAY: EVERYONE. Like all Voice of Witness books, Palestine Speaks, uses the grand old tools, presenting beautifully shaped narratives that evoke the reader’s empathy and help him see the connections between himself and the people narrating. The effect is magical and empowering–the reader feels a sense of connection and warmth, and is thus able to imagine positive outcomes. In other words, to read a Voice of Witness book is to feel one’s habitual sense of disconnection begin to fall away.”

George Saunders, author of The Tenth of December

 

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“Palestine Speaks demonstrates that nothing is more eloquent than the voices of those who endure and try valiantly to survive. Nothing is more important for us than to listen to them carefully, to grasp their suffering, to learn from their testimonies about them and about ourselves, and to use this understanding to bring their tragedy to an end.”

-noam chomsky, author and professor

 

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"In this compelling and sensitive work, Palestinians are given voice and they speak with eloquence and candor in words that could be ours and in fact, are. The power and beauty of this work lies in its core message: a shared humanity sustained by a desire to live without fear and encumbrance, and to watch one's children flourish."

-Dr. Sara Roy, Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies

 

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“Thirty years ago, Edward Said wrote of the systematic exclusion of Palestinian voices from American public discourse, of Palestinians being denied the ‘permission to narrate’ their own lives. Not nearly enough has changed, but Palestine Speaks–a collection of testimonials from Palestinians narrating their own experiences, their own suffering, their own choices–defies that interdiction. This is a rare and courageous book.

-ben ehrenreich, journalist and author

 


Palestine Speaks is "superb" in the The New York Review of Books

"If anyone has any doubt about the veracity of the soldiers’ reports, he or she has only to read the superb Palestine Speaks, edited by Mateo Hoke and Cate Malek, a collection of documentary interviews with ordinary Palestinians living on the West Bank or in Gaza. It’s all there: the regime of surveillance and blackmail, the constant threat of arbitrary arrest and likely torture, the continuous theft of land, and the more mundane, but no less tormenting, reality of the roadblocks, state-inflicted terror, random violence, lack of legal recourse, and disenfranchisement. The voices of these ordinary individuals, so similar to those Palestinians I encounter regularly in the territories, speak here with unsettling eloquence. There are heartrending stories, such as the autobiographical sketch of a courageous fisherman from Gaza, Jamal Baker, whose life has been more or less destroyed by the Israeli blockade, his new boat (worth $10,000, an astronomical sum in Gaza) blasted out of the water by a caprice of soldiers in the Israeli navy, his son nearly killed in this attack. The basic idea governing the entire appalling system is to stamp out the Palestinian nationalist movement and to block all Palestinian aspirations to live a normal life in dignity—and at the same time, to steal huge chunks of land. Whatever Israel does in Gaza ultimately serves this goal."

"If anyone has any doubt about the veracity of the soldiers’ reports, he or she has only to read the superb Palestine Speaks, edited by Mateo Hoke and Cate Malek, a collection of documentary interviews with ordinary Palestinians living on the West Bank or in Gaza. It’s all there: the regime of surveillance and blackmail, the constant threat of arbitrary arrest and likely torture, the continuous theft of land, and the more mundane, but no less tormenting, reality of the roadblocks, state-inflicted terror, random violence, lack of legal recourse, and disenfranchisement.

The voices of these ordinary individuals, so similar to those Palestinians I encounter regularly in the territories, speak here with unsettling eloquence. There are heartrending stories, such as the autobiographical sketch of a courageous fisherman from Gaza, Jamal Baker, whose life has been more or less destroyed by the Israeli blockade, his new boat (worth $10,000, an astronomical sum in Gaza) blasted out of the water by a caprice of soldiers in the Israeli navy, his son nearly killed in this attack. The basic idea governing the entire appalling system is to stamp out the Palestinian nationalist movement and to block all Palestinian aspirations to live a normal life in dignity—and at the same time, to steal huge chunks of land. Whatever Israel does in Gaza ultimately serves this goal."


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