I just finished reading James Jones’ Whistle, the final novel of his World War II…
This memoir shines a light on what’s possible, and hidden inside her story is a map showing a way to accomplish one’s dream—even the most unlikely and impossible dream.
Recently 1984 by George Orwell popped into my mind, perhaps because I needed to understand what I was witnessing in the first months of 2017, or at least make an attempt to understand.
Hugh Martin is a veteran of the Iraq War and the author of The Stick Soldiers (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2013) and So, How Was the War? (Kent State UP, 2010). As he notes, “It was nearly impossible to discuss or explain ‘what it was like’ or anything similar, so I found, ultimately, the most precise and powerful form of expression was through the medium of writing, specifically poetry.”
This collection of poems is not light reading but it is necessary reading if we are to heal the wounds of war and shorten the divide in our country.
War Trash isn’t my favorite novel. Ha Jin isn’t my favorite writer. But the novel is important for me because it shows me a part of history I didn’t know.
“The way I was taught, there are no beginnings and endings. There is only open and close.” Glenn Schiffman is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The Way I Was Taught and co-founder of the non-profit Roots and Wings. In this profound and in-depth interview with author Leilani Squire, Glenn Schiffman reveals much about his writing, his reading, and his life.