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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Presque vu XX

The Hari Kunzru interview in The Guardian:

What advice would you give to new writers?

Have the strength to (metaphorically) kill your babies: just because you spent a long time on something, that doesn’t make it any good.


The Independent has interviews with American troops in Iraq:

“I just remember thinking, ‘I just brought terror to someone under the American flag’.”

Sergeant Timothy John Westphal, 31, of Denver, 18th Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. In Tikrit on year-long tour beginning February 2004

“A lot of guys really supported that whole concept that if they don’t speak English and they have darker skin, they’re not as human as us, so we can do what we want.”

Specialist Josh Middleton, 23, of New York City, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division. Four-month tour in Baghdad and Mosul beginning December 2004


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