This Veterans Day, considers these lines from the preface to Fire And Forget, a collection of short stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:
On the one hand, we want to remind you ... of what happened ... and insist you recollect those men and women who fought, bled, and died in dangerous and far-away places. On the other hand, there's nothing most of us would rather do than leave these wars behind. No matter what we do next, the soft tension of the trigger pull is something we'll carry with us forever.
Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 4:56 pm
A few years ago I did an author visit at an overcrowded junior high school in a rougher part of San Antonio. I write young adult novels that feature working-class, "multicultural" characters, so I'm frequently invited to speak at urban schools like this.
As is often the case, the principal and I talked as the kids filed into the auditorium. The student body was mostly Hispanic, he told me, and over 90 percent qualified for free and reduced lunch. It was an underprivileged school, a traditionally low-achieving school, but they were working hard to raise performance.
Robert Henri's 1913 <em>Figure in Motion</em> was a realistic, but bold response to Matisse's and Duchamp's nudes.
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The 69th Regiment Armory on East 25th Street may have seemed like an odd venue, but it was big enough to hold the 1,400-work exhibition. "There were lots of comparisons in 1913 of the Armory Show being a bomb from the blue, so the Armory is not inappropriate," says curator Kimberly Orcutt.
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Marcel Duchamp's Cubist-inspired <em>Nude Descending a Staircase</em> was famously described by one critic as "an explosion in a shingle factory."
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Henri Matisse angered viewers with his "distorted" <em>Blue Nude,</em> a 1907 oil on canvas.
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<em>McSorley's Bar</em> by American realist John Sloan<em> </em> is a 1912 slice-of-New-York-life scene of relaxation and libation.
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One hundred years ago in New York City, nearly 90,000 people came to see the future of art. The 1913 Armory Show gave America its first look at what avant-garde artists in Europe were doing. Today these artists are in major museums around the world, but in 1913, they were mostly unknown in America.
Cynthia Rylant is a renowned author who has written for all age groups and been honored with both Caldecott and Newbery prizes for her work.
Her latest book, God Got a Dog, is a collection of poems that only took her one day to write.
"One poem ... just came out of the blue, and I sat down and I wrote it. And then after I finished writing it, I got an idea for another God poem, and so I wrote that one. And so it started in the morning and then by the end of the day, I was finished writing the book," she tells All Things Considered host Arun Rath.
Detail from Plate 11 of Joe Sacco's <em>The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme</em>. On July 1st, at precisely 7:30 a.m., the attack commences.
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Joe Sacco's new book, <em>The Great War, </em>unfolds into a 24-foot-long panorama.
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Detail from Plate 5 of Joe Sacco's <em>The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme</em>. The basilica of the town of Albert, visible in the top right, is an important staging point behind the front.
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Joe Sacco practices journalism through the medium of comics, communicating his eyewitness reportage in pictures. He won the American Book Award in 1996 for <em>Palestine</em>.
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Joe Sacco is a cartoonist, graphic novelist and journalist; he's best-known for his dispatches from today's regions of conflict, like the Middle East and Bosnia, in cartoon form. But for his latest book, The Great War, Sacco turns his eye on history. He's recreated of one of the worst battles of World War I, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, from its hopeful beginning to its brutal end.
On-air challenge: Every answer is the name of a state capital, to be identified from its anagram. For example, given "banally" minus the letter L, the answer would be "Albany."
Last week's challenge from the Emmy-winning TV comedy writer Mike Reiss: A famous actress and a famous director share the same last name, although they are unrelated. The first name of one of these is a classic musical. The first name of the other is an anagram of a classic musical. Who are they?
Hong Ying's autobiography, Daughter of the River, is doubly astonishing. First, it's an account of the Cultural Revolution that's not written by an intellectual. There's a certain genre of Chinese memoir that looks at upheaval under Mao through an elite lens, and I have to admit, I've been growing tired of those books. But Hong Ying comes from a very different background indeed.
Mark Rylance as Olivia (right) and Samuel Barnett as Viola in <em>Twelfth Night</em>. The Broadway production, which first played at London's Globe Theatre, is done in the Elizabethan tradition, with an all-male cast.
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<strong>My kingdom for a horse: </strong>In the second play, <em>Richard III</em>, Rylance takes on the part of the ruthless monarch.
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In his first-ever Broadway performance, Stephen Fry (right) plays the mistreated steward Malvolio in <em>Twelfth Night</em>.
This season, New York audiences have seen wildly different interpretations of Shakespeare plays. They've seen the Romeo of Orlando Bloom make his first entrance on a motorcycle; they've seen a production of Julius Caesar set in a women's prison.
Now the London-based company from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre has landed on Broadway with what seems like the most radical concept of them all: plays staged in a style Shakespeare would've recognized, with all-male casts, period costumes and live music.
President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney left office on Jan. 20, 2009, ending a consequential — and controversial — administration. The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina were just some of the major events that challenged the administration.
Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times, covered those events in real time. But he's now taken a second look at the administration and the relationship at its heart.