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Michael Herr’s Dispatches from Vietnam

Michael Herr’s Dispatches from Vietnam

The development of slang and jargon. Being tuned into both. Having complete command of both. A way inside and a way to avoid. Everything. Everything you see and know to be utterly insane about your surroundings, your circumstances, but you’ve got the lingo down, and you navigate the slang, the alphabet soup, so it’s all cool. This is how the opening pages of Michael Herr’s classic memoir of his time in Vietnam may strike the reader, for a moment or…

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The Impression of Peace

The Impression of Peace

It’s something we really don’t know much about at all. In our own lives. The absence of war. Even to the extent that we’re not involved, we see it elsewhere, hear about it, note its presence on the news, in books, in history, on film. It surrounds us, this absence, this lack of the presence of anything remotely akin to peace – again, whether or not we’ve ever experienced its opposite.   In. The. Air. It’s with us wherever we…

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Caveats East and West

Caveats East and West

My musings on dualisms come with many qualifications and the usual hemming and hawing. But, I’m going to skip past most of that and push on, despite the obvious flaws in any kind of capsulism. Was thinking about the difference between layers in society and culture. That there has been, over time, a difference between the top and the bottom–and later the middle–across time, across cultures is too obvious to require elaboration at the moment. But there are differences as…

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