a little mid-week roundup: the light and the heavy

Hey, there’s good and interesting stuff around the web. Some items of interest….

— A fantastic piece in the New York Times, “The Things She Carried.”

I’ve stood next to my uniform-wearing brother, a veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, in a grocery store while three separate strangers approached to thank him for his service. Women veterans are rarely stopped by people who want to shake their hands. Even wearing fatigues and boots and carrying duffel bags standing in bus stations or at the airport, somehow they go unrecognized as returning warriors.

 

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— Also, here’s George Packer on The New War Literature.

(Quoting Hemingway: I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it. There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity.)

— And in that vein, some really good questions about what war literature is meant to do — by Peter Molin of Time Now.

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On a lighter note: ARE YOU READING ENOUGH? Here’s “How to Squeeze in More Reading” from Army Amy.

Former Army wife Jessie Knadler shares some books she read (and how she liked them) in this post on her funny blog, Rurally Screwed.

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