No book is dangerous in and of itself. A book is only a collection of words in a certain order, pages, screens, a sequence of ideas. Ideas alone can never hurt us. People only make ideas dangerous by fearing and hating them, and by vilifying and persecuting those who disagree with them. In this way, the association of a writer with his ideas can be very dangerous, even deadly. You stand a reasonably good chance of denying ever having read a book, but it’s a great deal harder to hide from having written one.
Beyond this, though, lies the deeper problem for those who imagine that they can write, and yet escape a reckoning. Writers are generally fated to commit the truest parts of themselves to the page, whether they choose to own their work in public or not. That is the ultimate vulnerability, and it is inescapable."
My boyfriend shared this excellent film with me, and when I raved about it afterwards, he wondered in mock shock that I wasn’t turned off by the French.
Yes I was, but it’s a really minor thing compared to everything that’s so good about this. The breathy quality of the speech helped too - it didn’t sound so much like verbal diarrhoea.