Welcome to the Words After War Weekly Round-Up: “Matt Power” Edition. In this space we share links relevant to our mission of improving the military-civilian dialogue through high-quality literary programming.
A few days ago, Matt Power passed away in Uganda while on assignment for Men’s Journal. For those who are unfamiliar with his work, Matt Power was a talented storyteller, curious adventurer, and compassionate witness for those who live on the far edges of society. From the first time I read his work, my mind ran wild with questions of how one man could somehow manage to live the life of my own imagination: vagabond train hopper, advocate, sailor on a make-shift raft along the Mississippi, and writer for some of the best publications of our time. Any one of these things alone would be an incredible bullet on a resume; Matt Power did them all together, and that made him a hero in my view of the world. It’s tragic when any person’s life and talent is cut short, but it’s especially sad when there is clearly so much more life left to live. We dedicate this week’s round-up to the memory of Matt Power, whose words will live on and continue to enrich the lives of those who read them.
Here we go.
- Abe Streep, an Outside senior editor, wrote a moving tribute to his friend, which includes some of Matt’s amazing advice on life, “Lay it out.”
- GQ collected the stories Matt wrote for the publication here.
- Longform Podcast interviewed Matt back in February 2013, listen to it here.
- Men’s Journal collected the stories Matt wrote for the publication here.
- Atavist removed the pay wall for Matt’s story, “Island of Secret,” where Matt follows geologist John Lane, who is set on proving the existence of the elusive tree kangaroo on the remote Pacific island of New Britain.
- Harper’s collected the stories Matt wrote for the publication here.
- Everything else Matt wrote can be found on his website here.
Spend the week reading.