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Megan Stack Talks War Reporting with The Rumpus

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

By M. Milam

Memoirville recommends… an interview with Megan Stack on The Rumpus.

Stack is author of the book, Every Man In This Village Is A Liar, a memoir that recounts the six years she spent as a reporter in the Middle East. She speaks with interviewer Michelle Orange about war reporting, the complexities of truth in journalism, and the artistic freedom she experienced in writing her own book, which was her first published work outside of pieces for the LA Times.

Shortly after September 11, then just 25 years old, Stack traveled to Afghanistan. She then spent her late twenties and early thirties traveling through war torn and poverty stricken countries reporting on various wars with countless battles, bombings, and triumphs. Stack ends the interview with the hugely complex question, one she’s still working out for herself: How do we want to guide ourselves as a country? Preserving markets, strategic interests, morals, or something else?

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