Tag Archives: War!
By Geo Ong One year after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, journalist John Hersey travelled to Japan to interview six ‘hibakusha’ (‘literally, explosion-affected persons,’ writes Hersey. ‘The Japanese tended to shy away from the term survivors, because in its focus … Continue reading
By Geo Ong I have nothing to say about war at this moment except one thing: war is a significant propeller for art. Like sadness, depression, and tragedy. Like poverty, heartbreak, and fear. In fact, war combines these six things … Continue reading
Liechtenstein’s last military engagement was in 1866, when it sent eighty men to fight against the Italians. Nobody was killed. In fact—you’re going to like this—they came back with 81 men because they had made a friend along the way. … Continue reading
Three times Jan had been called to the colours [military service], but each time had been deferred because of his deplorable physical condition, a circumstance which threw ample light on Jan Bronski’s constitution in those days, when every male who … Continue reading
Your cannons can destroy but they can’t create, can they? —Henry Miller, The Air-Conditioned Nightmare
By Sarah Jost June 11 began the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. For the next two and a half weeks, the world will sit on the edge of its collective couch/rug/bar stool/computer chair at work to see who … Continue reading