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    GQ | Doug Bock Clark | 7/23/18 | 54 min
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    • DellwoodBarker
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      4 weeks ago

      Stand-out excerpt:

      In the absence of proof, we all have to choose what we want to believe about Otto's tragedy. And in this political age, where truth seems enslaved to the agendas of the powerful, it is important to consider what story we believe and why. After all, the stories we tell ourselves and others shape our own fates, and those of nations, the world, and other people's children.

      Harrowing and essential read.

      As with many news and current events I have been ignorant of this until now.

      I am inclined to believe the suicide attempt, personally.

      The teeth description is strange coming from the father perspective and then later from the scientific coroner perspective.

      1. Update (3/22/2021):

        Within the electrified fences of many of North Korea's notorious prison camps dwell up to 120,000 souls, condemned for infractions as minor as watching banned South Korean soap operas.

        Wild! Feels like the seedling of a fictionalization film steeped in activism and sci-fi. Like a Korean Wanda-Vision (haven’t seen; want to) directed by Bong Joon-ho.

      • thorgalle
        1 week ago

        Good read indeed! The prison camp sounds scarily close to 1984 to me, especially with the low threshold for criminal offenses.

    • Pegeen
      2 weeks ago

      This was brutal. The ending was a shock. Still puzzling over it.

    • jeff
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      1 month ago

      The stuff of nightmares. I remember being so confused by this story back when it was playing out in 2016/17. What really happened to Otto remains a mystery but the article does provide a lot of additional context that I wasn't aware of.

      • DellwoodBarker
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        4 weeks ago

        Tough read, but glad I did. Thanks.