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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

“Sedentary Adventurism in Need of a Subject”

That's a phrase from a new essay by Benjamin Busch, which you can read or listen to online if you missed it yesterday on NPR. Here's a bit more of the lead-in to Ben's take on the distance between war game videos and actual combat:

When I was a boy, I was given plastic army men. I arranged them in the sandbox behind our house, and I killed them. I voiced their commands and made the sounds of their suffering. I imagined their war — and I controlled it. But I lost those magical powers as a Marine in Iraq.

It was my good fortune to have Benjamin Busch as a visiting writer to Dog Ears Books in 2010. Those who missed him this past summer will catch up with him, I'm sure, as this talented essayist makes his mark.

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