Billy Lynn’s Long Thanksgiving Slog

Thanksgiving. The most American day of the year. More American, perhaps, than the Fourth of July. Throw in a hyperbolically American venue---Texas stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys---and you've got Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (also now in theaters). For the heroes of Bravo squad, barnstorming the U.S. on a brief victory tour to rile up … Continue reading Billy Lynn’s Long Thanksgiving Slog

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Lang Speaks

Just stumbled upon Stuart Beaton's podcast featuring my old buddy Preston Lang. The conversation between the two is thoughtful and funny, a mirror of Lang's writing. If you like noir, pick up The Blind Rooster; if you like crime fiction, it's The Carrier, both released last year. As for this podcast: Do we really need a 90,000-word book … Continue reading Lang Speaks

The Departed–Ten Years After

The opening column in this month’s Foreign Service Journal is a timely and moving reminder of friends and colleagues killed ten years ago in a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia. American Foreign Service Association President Robert J. Silverman writes: The Foreign Service has taken more deaths in the line of duty, on a percentage basis, than has … Continue reading The Departed–Ten Years After

Review–The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes

In time for Veteran's Day (also Armistice Day), Atticus Review posted my latest look at today's literature with David S. Atkinson's The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes. What better way to suggest the futility of the human experience than with a card game called Armistice? This game is not War, it is Armistice. Because, as … Continue reading Review–The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes