Nothing Out of the Ordinary : Blog Of The Nation Philip Gourevitch on his collaboration with filmmaker Errol Morris, the book, and movie Standard Operating Procedure.
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A month ago, I saw Errol Morris' film about Abu Ghraib, Standard Operating Procedure. It's really a stunner — the interviews with the notorious Lynndie England alone are worth the price of the ticket (see above clip). The companion book of the same name — by Philip Gourevitch (excerpted here) — has the same kind of gut wrenching morality check. Gourevitch was nice enough to come chat with us about it today at the Newseum. I admit — and I hope we'll ask him about this — a real feeling of sympathy for the situation these young men were put into. Humans are an odd breed — isn't it ironic the ways in which we can put ourselves in the shoes of others — and the ways in which we can't.