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  • 06/05/12--13:00: Hiding in Plain Sight
  • Hanna Shell in camo. Why do so many American soldiers look, as one Brooklynite at the office of Cabinet magazine put it on a recent Friday, like they are trying to blend in to computer screens? The question was directed at Hanna Rose Shell, a historian, filmmaker, and professor in the Program in Science, Technology,... Read More »

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    Marine Lance Corporal Nicole Camala Veen Playing the Role of an Iraqi Nurse, Wadi Al-Sahara, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, CA, 2008 In Hartford overnight for reasons that would take too long to explain, my wife and I visited the Wadsworth Atheneum, the city’s art museum, where she had interned a number of years... Read More »

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  • 05/27/13--07:00: War Memorial
  • They commute with guns. A lot of Israeli soldiers live at home while they do their mandatory service, and, like me, they take the bus to work every day. I’m a student so for me that means carrying four different translations of the Qumran wisdom texts to the university campus. They carry what I think... Read More »

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  • 08/22/14--08:45: Ask Questions Later
  • At the worst possible moment, Battlefield Hardline valorizes police violence. An early screenshot of Battlefield Hardline. The Battlefield series, one of the past decade’s most popular video-game franchises, has already given gamers the chance to play as soldiers in World War II, Vietnam, and the Middle East. Now Battlefield Hardline, slated for release early next... Read More »

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  • 04/02/15--09:49: You Too Can Be a General
  • Hemingway with Lanham on September 18, 1944, after the breakthrough of the Siegfried Line in Western Germany. From Ernest Hemingway’s letter to Colonel Charles T. Lanham, April 2, 1945. Hemingway described Lanham as “the finest and bravest and most intelligent military commander I have known”; he did, in fact, go on to make general. Original... Read More »

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    At the table with James Salter. Salter in 1989. Photo: Sally Gall “To revisit the past was like constantly crossing some Bergschrund,” James Salter writes in the introduction to his 1997 memoir, “a deep chasm between what my life had been before I changed it completely and what it was afterwards.” As it did through... Read More »

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    In 2014, I heard Solmaz Sharif read “Look,” the title poem from her debut collection. Look inserts military terminology into intimate scenes between lovers, refashioning hollow, bureaucratic language from the U.S. Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms with a human touch. (Even the collection’s title has an alternate military meaning: per the Department... Read More »

    The post The Role of the Poet: An Interview with Solmaz Sharif appeared first on The Paris Review.

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  • 02/13/17--15:58: Temple Tomb Fortress Ruin
  • The artist’s latest exhibition is at Lodge Gallery through March 5.

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  • 08/22/17--06:00: Camouflage Is the New Black
  • I can think of no good reason why I should buy a digital desert-camo elastic Molle strapped combat backpack, but I did. Two.