Radioactive Milk

The order of things was shaken. A woman would milk her cow, and next to her there’d be a soldier to make sure that when she was done milking, she poured the milk out on the ground. An old woman carries a basket of eggs, and next to her there’s a soldier to make sure she buries them. The farmers were raising their precious potatoes, harvesting them very quietly, but in fact they had to be buried. The worst part was, the least comprehensible part, everything was so — beautiful. That was the worst. All around, it was just beautiful. I would never see such people again. Everyone’s faces just looked crazy. Their faces did, and so did ours.

— pp. 37 – 38, Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

Radioactive, Stay Away!

Self is fascinated by radioactivity. She was in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History less than two weeks ago, and learned some about carbon dating. (She would have loved to ask a question about Area 51 but the tour guide might have thought she was crazy)

So here’s what happens when journalists cover a nuclear disaster:

At ten in the morning, the cameraman Shishenok died.

— p. 7, Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster, by Svetlana Alexievich

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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