Evan and I would appreciate it greatly if you sent us your music article/essay pitches. That is… if you think you want to be a part of our second issue of Somersault. (Just kidding, we know you do.) Please send them our way, along with a bit about yourself and clips if you have any, by March 15th. The work should have a political edge to it, but we’re interested in pieces of all shapes about all manner of music.
Dubus is devastating in the best way, and this book is the perfect introduction to his work. I’m always shocked more people haven’t read him, as he is one of the best short story writers I’ve encountered. These Selected Stories are about Catholicism, and the Northeast and once the South, and boys and girls and the things they do to each other. Fall/winter is the perfect time to curl up with Papa Dre Dubs (my nickname you are welcome to adopt; I panic about pronouncing “Dubus” and to differentiate him from his talented son, Andre Dubus III).
“I would quit while you’re ahead. Really, it’s an awful field. Just torture. Awful. You write and write, and you have to throw almost all of it away because it’s not any good. I would say just stop now. You don’t want to do this to yourself. That’s my advice to you.”
I managed, “It’s too late, sir. There’s no turning back. I’m in.”
In which Philip Roth gave author Julian Tepper life advice. Read more here.
Blurbs are coming in for my next book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam and I can’t help but share this one from Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried, Going After Cacciato, and If I Die in a Combat Zone, among others. I’m left speechless.
“This book is an overdue and powerfully detailed account of widespread war crimes — homicide and torture and mutilation and rape — committed by American soldiers over the course of our military engagement in Vietnam. Nick Turse’s research and reportage is based in part on the U.S. military’s own records, reports, and transcripts, many of them long hidden from public scrutiny. Kill Anything That Moves is not only a compendium of pervasive and illegal and sickening savagery toward Vietnamese civilians, but it is also a record of repetitive deceit and cover-ups on the part of high ranking officers and officials. In the end, I hope, Turse’s book will become a hard-to-avoid, hard-to-dismiss corrective to the very common belief that war crimes and tolerance for war crimes were mere anomalies during our country’s military involvement in Vietnam.” —Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried