Emails From Gitmo, Read With a Drawl


At the website for the PEN American Center they’ve posted the audio and a transcription of Jonathan Ames reading FBI emails from Guantanamo Bay.

There is something strangely enlightening about Ames’ drone. It’s almost judgement-less, allowing the listener to listen to the emails and receive them in a personal, individual, way—as if they were sent to you from someone you knew. In this world most of us live in, where the atrocities committed at Guantanamo are known and acknowledged for the outrages that they are, it’s disarming.

(via @maudnewton)

Hans Kulla-Mader studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College and is currently living in San Francisco. More from this author →