Changes…

I’ve made a few changes to the site settings, so there’s no way to become a registered user, so you can’t comment unless you were already registered. If you were already registered, should still be able to log in… I think. — There’s a lot of spam out there, and it’s annoying. Spammers should go away. If you seriously want to read this blog or the book and it’s difficult, just email me and we’ll work it out. I’d love Continue Reading ››

The culture of war

From Chris Hedges, who has seen much war: The culture of war banishes the capacity for pity. It glorifies self-sacrifice and death. It sees pain, ritual humiliation and violence as part of an initiation into manhood. Brutal hazing, as Kyle noted in his book, was an integral part of becoming a Navy SEAL. New SEALs would be held down and choked by senior members of the platoon until they passed out. The culture of war idealizes only the warrior. It Continue Reading ››

Revision to Introduction – & warning

My dear wife has recently begun reading this, and being more honest to me than most, has noticed some issues that might need clarification. (!) First of all, be sure you read the Introduction – which I have just revised, and be sure you notice the warnings… especially regarding the two streams in the timeline of the story, which can be very confusing if you aren’t aware that the two streams of the story are interleaved – i.e., mixed together. Continue Reading ››

Ondaatje!

Just finished reading Micahel Ondaatje’s 1982 work Running in the Family… what an experience! Had not heard of it, discovered it by accident while looking for his new book The Cat’s Table, which I’ve been meaning to read for some time, having read about five of his books and loved them… and am just speechless with wonder at the magic he does. This book, which I read over the weekend, has reached into nearly every part of my own heart Continue Reading ››

A Chorus of Stones – Susan Griffin

[I will insert this into the pieces, maybe as a preface, or otherwise as separate quotes along the way….] Susan Griffin’s A Chorus of Stones is the most powerful book I’ve ever read. It was a major influence in my decision to write my story of this war and its impacts on a few lives. A few excerpts: –-pg. 32 There are events in our lives that we cannot understand because we keep a part of what we know away Continue Reading ››

Done II

I actually think I am done now. Well, I’m been thru everything again and re-edited. There are no major additions or changes to the order of pieces yet… but that may happen. I do appreciate all of you who are reading this, as I know the story is not so sweet sometimes, and may actually be offensive to some sensibilities… but it’s just how things were from my perspective… and filtered thru my particular set of social understandings. Some of Continue Reading ››

Re-editing…

I’m going thru the War Journal again, re-editing all the chapters and pieces, opening everything up to public, thinking about some kind of approach to publishing it all. Not sure what direction I’ll take, but am open to suggestions. I came across this bit that I like a lot, so thought I’d put it out here, maybe entice some casual readers to delve into the whole thing. This is from “Desperado Connection” – Ch. 3 of The Trip, the story Continue Reading ››

An Introduction…

I have significantly revised the Introduction, so I’m posting it here for those who may have begun reading earlier without the benefit of an introduction! [The Pages listed in the dropdown are the chapters/pieces of my book, which is now complete except for this Introduction, though all are still subject to revision and possible reordering. I will try to note in posts if I change anything.] A War Journal My Encounter with Empire: Vietnam INTRODUCTION In the first half of Continue Reading ››

Done?

Well, it’s pretty much done. I think all the pieces are here now. Just finished the Epilog, and posted the final chapter of the Trip sequence last night. I suppose I should write an introduction or something, but I need some space from this part to do that. Also just updated the Theme, which changes the way the site looks but keeps the functioning pretty much the same, so if you’ve been here before and wonder why it looks different… Continue Reading ››

Writing as sculpture

Writing is much like sculpture. You have all these grand ideas in your head as to how the thing will look, or read, and that it will be beautiful and flowing… but the process of realizing them is a slow chipping away, tiny modifications, tedious re-working and re-working… In sculpture, one of the hardest parts is getting the piece you’re working on strapped down and solid so that you can carve or chip on it without it moving around. The Continue Reading ››