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On This Day: October 25, 1415: “We Few, We Happy Few.”

Happy 601st Anniversary of The Battle of Agincourt Today is the feast day of Saints Crispin and Crispinian, cobblers by trade (and patron saints thereof, although Vatican II nixed them from the calendar), fierce warriors of their faith, martyred in … Continue reading

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Today In History: October 19, 1781: The Surrender at Yorktown

The surrender at Yorktown, which ended the American Revolutionary War. The day before: General Lord Charles Cornwallis to General George Washington, October 18, 1781 I agree to open a treaty of capitulation upon the basis of the garrisons of York … Continue reading

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Warmonger O’Malley Cousins: Text Exchange Last Night

Kerry: Can you recommend a book about the siege of Leningrad? Sheila: Shut up!! Last week I Googled “good books about Leningrad.” I am not kidding. Kerry: OMG Sheila: It’s a gap in my Warmonger Knowledge. I’m pretty sure there’s … Continue reading

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Review: Disorder (2016)

Apparently, it’s Matthias Schoenaerts Week on my blog. Alice Winocour directs. Disorder is a thriller but it’s more a psychological study of one PTSD-traumatized man, played by Matthias Schoenaerts. Highly recommended. My review of Disorder is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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Interview with Alice Winocour, director of Disorder

Diane Kruger, Matthias Schoenaerts, “Disorder,” opening today My review of Disorder, starring Matthias Schoenaerts as Vincent, a PTSD-traumatized soldier home from Afghanistan, and Diane Kruger, wife of a shady businessman Vincent is hired to guard, goes up today on Rogerebert.com. … Continue reading

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The Storming of the Bastille: “Let conflagration rage; of whatsoever is combustible!”

July 14, 1789 Thomas Carlyle’s majestic intimidating The French Revolution (it took me 3 years, off and on, to complete; it’s so dense and almost hallucinatory, hard to take in large doses, but rewarding!) describes the Siege of the Bastille … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Michael Herr

War journalist and screenwriter Michael Herr has died at the age of 76. His Dispatches, the classic of war journalism and so influential you can’t even measure it, is on most Best Nonfiction Books of All Time worth their salt. … Continue reading

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“The Catechism of the Ithaca episode really helped me over there in Iraq.”

Marine and veteran of the war in Iraq reading from ULYSSES at Bloomsday celebration in downtown Manhattan, 2012. He said that while in Iraq he would read the Proteus episode over and over again. He said it helped give him … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

I’ve been on the move. Out in LA for 6 days, staying first with Alex and Chrisanne, and then checking into the Hotel California with my mother and two sisters. There was no pink champagne on ice, and we were … Continue reading

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On This Day: June 6, 1944: “I really think I’m too young for this.”

Sgt. Lee Pozek: “We yelled to the crew to take us in, we would rather fight than drown. As the ramp dropped we were hit by machine-gun and rifle fire. I yelled to get ready to swim and fight. We … Continue reading

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