During the Vietnam War, Marines would place an ace of spades, the ‘death card,’ on the bodies of slain Vietcong soldiers in an effort to scare any survivors… These Polaroids, kept in several boxes and collected during my reporting in the 1990s, have a similar effect on me. Famine in Rwanda, war in Iraq, American porno actresses and ex-KGB directors are chaotically piled one on top of the other.
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