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Andrea Mazzarino: Bearing Witness to the Costs of War

I’m a scholar of the war on terror’s civilian casualties, as well as a military spouse. Until the suffering ends, all of us should bear witness to the costs of war.

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Roberta Hatcher: By Yellow Lamplight

But what of the happiness they wrought?
Laughter around a table, flavor of onions
and mustard and salt, music to drown the sound
of his weeping. All the gods are fallen.

July 24, 2019 · 5 Comments

Jon Tribble: War

Red maple, sweetgum slashed and torn out by the roots so we could build a jungle underneath the pines, so our camouflage would blend us with crows’ panic, with honeysuckle … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · 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

Siegfried Sassoon: “Finished with the War — A Soldier’s Declaration”

In July of 1917, mid-World War I, following a period of convalescent leave during which he had decided to make a stand by not returning to duty, celebrated poet Siegfried … Continue reading

December 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Letter

Deer hunters half whose energy is spent not shooting one another in these little scraps of east coast woods I see you going out before dawn in your camo even … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: War and Human Nature

John Green talks about whether humanity is naturally warlike, hard-wired to kill, or if perhaps war is a cultural construct. John explains the Hobbes versus Rousseau debate, the effects that … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

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