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war literature

Tim O’Brien. © Marion Ettlinger, courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Next week, we celebrate the birthday of novelist and Big Read author, Tim O'Brien. Like many young American men in the late 1960s, O'Brien was drafted and fought in Vietnam. Much of his literary work concerns that war and its aftermath,...
Art is creation; war is destruction. Yet the overlap between the two can often prove remarkable, as is demonstrated by novels such as Tim O?Brien?s The Things They Carried. In honor of O?Brien?s birthday on Saturday, we asked Donald Anderson, editor of the journal War, Literature & the Arts (...
March 22, 2010 Washington, DC Tim O?Brien read to a capacity crowd in the NEA Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the 2009 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Photo by Tom Roster If you're following any of the literati or readerati on Twitter, you've probably noticed that today is the 20th...
July 24, 2009 Washington, DC (Photo by e_walk from Flickr Creative Commons) Here's more in our continuing series of responses to the prompt: " Marching into battle?literally or metaphorically?what things might you carry? It's your choice to tell or not to tell why you select what you do." Today we'...