On Nadya Tolokonnikova’s “Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism”
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“Tolokonnikova’s writing on her time in the Russian prison system ushers in felt atrocities to the human spirit, and serves as a moment for us to discover the power of the powerless — a pure wisdom stemming from those who have burned at the stake, as well as a text written by Václav Havel, a fellow dissident, artist and Soviet-era inmate. Words invite us to think about other possibilities, other realities, an alternative to ours — they have the potential to stretch our imagination in ways that are not always visible to the human eye. Reading, in Tolokonnikova’s work, is a precursor to action: ‘In the beginning was the word, but deeds followed closely.'”