In the wake of the discussion provoked by his and other authors’ speeches at the launch of the Imagine Festival, Patrick Ness has decided to publish the full text of his speech on his website. I quote only from his intro, leaving you to click through to transcript itself:
I wasn’t going to publish this anywhere, because a speech is a speech, not an essay. You publish it and it loses all intonation, tone, improvisation, jokes, etc. But as the discussion about the speech I gave Monday to open the Imagine Festival keeps coming up (along with certain folks reactions to it), I give it to you here without comment (except to say that Putin line is, let’s call it, “satire”).