Posts by: Caleb Cage

Fire and Forget

“Fire and Forget,” by Roy Scranton, Matt Gallagher, Colum McCann, and others

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“It is the job of literature to confront the terrible truths of what war has done and continues to do to us,” novelist Colum McCann writes in the foreword for Matt Gallagher and Roy Scranton’s new collection of wartime short stories, Fire and Forget.  “It is also the job of literature to make sense of whatever small beauty we can rescue from the maelstrom,” he continues.

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Fobbit

“Fobbit,” by David Abrams

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“The real war is unlikely to be found in novels,” writes the late Paul Fussell, in his book Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War. He argues that novels are unlikely purveyors of wartime truth because on one hand, novels are poor vehicles for harsh wartime truths, and on the other hand, because war is so unique, and so separate from the larger civilian society, there is no real way for books to convey the true combat experience.

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