Peripatetic, itinerant, eclectic musings about books, politics, history, language, culture, and anything else that interests me.
Nick Ripatrazone on Hemingway’s war writings:
Few writers have been oversimplified as much as Hemingway, but he explained the complexities of war in that anthology. He dedicated the book to his sons, and offered a lengthy introduction that began bluntly: “This book will not tell you how to die.” His intentions become even clearer:
The editor of this anthology, who took part and was wounded in the last war to end war, hates war and hates all the politicians whose mismanagement, gullibility, cupidity, selfishness and ambition brought on this present war and made it inevitable. But once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in a war.
and on (mis)using MIAs and POWs to stoke the mythology of war.