The Things They Carried- Tim O’Brien

One great metaphor is all a writer needs. When I was growing up, the Vietnam War was still very present in the American consciousness. The “Vietnam Syndrome” loomed over American policy so heavily that George H.W. Bush felt it necessary to call it out after the Persian Gulf War. He declared that the “ghosts ofContinue reading “The Things They Carried- Tim O’Brien”

The US Capitol riot: shocking event number 11

                Looks like I wrote my last article a bit too soon. In listing the most shocking events of my life I missed one: the storming of the US Capitol. “Storm” is not a verb you get to use very often in American political discourse, but there it was. Insurrection is another one we don’tContinue reading “The US Capitol riot: shocking event number 11”

Orlando: a Biography- Virginia Woolf

It occurs to me that it’s a little strange for a man to write about Virginia Woolf in general, and Orlando specifically. Not for any good reason, but it’s an oddity. Why should a book that is a reflection on gender roles and identity be the sole province of women? Well, I picked it upContinue reading “Orlando: a Biography- Virginia Woolf”