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 Ten Biggest, Most Shocking Moments of My Life (Public Edition)

The vaccine is a big moment. If it is true that its methods will make future viruses easier to fight, this global response to Covid is a true moonshot, a massive effort that will change the world. Somehow though, I don’t remember the exact moment when I heard about it. Good news just doesn’t hitContinue reading “The Ten Biggest, Most Shocking Moments of My Life (Public Edition)”

The Anthropology of War

The Anthropology of War– Keith F. Otterbein                 While I was studying at George Washington University’s Elliott School, I had a penchant for buying books on military history. I’ve always had a problem with purchasing books and studying a field with so many great books was the perfect excuse. It seemed like I was acquiringContinue reading “The Anthropology of War”