Permanent Record

It’s at Dussmann‘s. I’ve been seeing all these people on Twitter showing their orders from Amazon, and that seems kind of paradoxical, which is fine, life is richer for the existence of paradoxes, but still…just sayin’…

I am using my receipt for a Russian SIM as a bookmark, which I find really funny, perhaps because of the beer, but I still find it funny.

I myself had sworn an oath of service not to an agency, nor even a government, but to the public, in support and defense of the Constitution, whose guarantee of civil liberties had been so flagrantly violated. Now I was more than part of that violation: I was party to it.

—Edward Snowden, Permanent Record, (London: Macmillan, 2019), 6.

This is pretty horrible prose. I’m feeling old.

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