By Nicholson Baker
Jay and Ben are previous acquaintances who haven't obvious one another in many years. A former instructor who has fallen on demanding instances, Jay is especially, very disillusioned concerning the conflict in Iraq. He has expressed his objections by means of marching in an antiwar demonstration within the nation's capital, however the protest has had no impression. Now Jay has requested Ben, a author at the moment engaged on a e-book in regards to the chilly warfare, to convey a tape recorder to a Washington, D.C., resort room simply because Jay desires to discuss his choice to assassinate the president. apprehensive and incredulous, Ben anxiously debates along with his keyed-up blood brother. he's additionally deeply distressed through the atrocities in Iraq and the immoral covert activities of Bush and Cheney and their cohorts, yet he understands that homicide isn't the resolution. once more the chimerical and fearless Baker has written a piece of provocative and razor-sharp fiction, this time crafting a nail-biting duet for 2 voices lower than duress that incisively charts the emotional turmoil generated through the horrors and conundrums of battle, terrorism, soiled politics, and repression. position this beside Barry Lopez's searing short-story assortment Resistance and Philip Roth's towering novel The Plot opposed to the USA, and you have got a triptych of lacerating works of the mind's eye that insightfully and cathartically confront the pressing problems with the day.
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Jay: The window does open. ben: That’s nice to know. Listen, I saw a couple of restaurants on the way in. We could go, or I could—I could just, you know, I could hop out for a second and get us something and be back in a jiffy. jay: No, no, no, no need to do that. You might come back with federal agents, and we need to continue this. There’s room service. ben: That’ll work. jay: And the menu’s here somewhere. ” Club sandwiches. Hey, I can tell you they make a peppercorn steak that’s kind of nice.
Ben: Jay, assassinating the president isn’t a hobby. jay: I’m sure not getting paid for it. It’s pro bono all the way. So, what are you photographing? ben: Oh, I don’t want to—nothing—I don’t know. jay: You must know what you’re taking pictures of. ben: I’m taking pictures of trees, actually. Tree pictures. jay: Trees are good. ben: Yes, they’re very speciﬁc. Each one is different. jay: And what are you going to do with these tree pictures? ben: They’re just for me to have. jay: And you’ve stopped working on your book about the Ofﬁce of Censorship?
But not. Not. But yeah. jay: Okay, then. ben: Well, what about Dick Cheney? Are we going to kill him, too? jay: We certainly should. ben: He’s smarter, he’s more corrupt, by which I mean he’s had more time to capitalize on his corruptions, he’s wrecked military procurement— jay: But what do you mean, “we”? ” jay: Oh, I see. ben: You know, of course, that Cheney tried to block the Freedom of Information Act back when Ford was president? The man is a classic intelligence hack, working to keep everything quiet.