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W. D. Ehrhart: Paul Fussell — A Remembrance

While Fussell wrote on a wide variety of subjects over his long life—ranging from Augustan humanism, Samuel Johnson, and Kingsley Amis to the 2nd Amendment, the Indianapolis 500, and travel in between-the-wars Europe—war, the irony of war, the suffering and lunacy and permanent damage of war, the unfairness of war, lay at the heart of his writing and of his being.

May 31, 2020 · 3 Comments

Barrett Swanson: The Soldier and the Soil

Their prose often stood head and shoulders above the standard freshman drivel, exhibiting a certain rigor of thought and depth of feeling that perhaps comes from having witnessed whole anthologies of trauma—entire villages razed by fire, wide-eyed children draped in gore, wives screaming beside mutilated husbands.

May 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Alert

a night in a bunker when we were
kids in fatigues getting high
listening to Hendrix and the cassette stops

September 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: War and Memory

I asked my grandmother after he left what was wrong with him. “The war,” she said acidly.

July 24, 2019 · 2 Comments

Steve Nolan & NJ DeVico: The Orchestration Of War     

Steve Nolan writes: It’s one of the most common souvenirs of war, the constant ringing in the ears, or, in my case, a high-pitched squeal presumably caused by the Blackhawk … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Strange Angels

  the burnt torso of a monk an enemy monk tonight a cigarette glows in the dark and is crushed . I’ve been asked to teach a course in American … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: My War as a Clarinetist

“One time, the band played a welcoming ceremony for these grunts – and I mean they walked right out of the bush and into “Stars and Stripes Forever.”  John Samuel … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · 7 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: The Traveler

another gray road a homeless veteran stands at attention — You consider your obligations. You drive on. There is a running man, a shabby man. It would be easy to … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: After the War

. After the war, some of us had to have answers. Who were these people we’d had a war with? Where did they come from? Where did they learn to … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Memphis, 1970

Came home from that war trailing death like ground fog. Wandered summers, did trim carpentry in Texas, bartending, landed in Memphis working for a marble mill where with old Thomas … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Adam Hochschild: Why No One Remembers the Peacemakers

Celebrating War Over and Over and Peace Once Go to war and every politician will thank you, and they’ll continue to do so — with monuments and statues, war museums … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: What Combat Veterans Know

There is a war inside the war that only combat veterans know. They’re not being mysterious when they talk and seem to leave you out. They’d prefer it weren’t that … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rory Fanning: Thank You for Your Valor, Thank You for Your Service, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You…

Still on the Thank-You Tour-of-Duty Circuit, 13 Years Later. Last week, in a quiet indie bookstore on the north side of Chicago, I saw the latest issue of Rolling Stone … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: The Anger of Men

Does the fact of testosterone need a cultural ritual? We think of sports as a healthy way of de-sublimating testosterone but we don’t have a spiritual or philosophical approach to … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

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