Weekly Round-Up: CONSEQUENCE Magazine


Welcome to the Words After War Weekly Round-Up: “CONSEQUENCE Magazine” Edition. In this space we share links relevant to our mission of improving the military-civilian dialogue through high-quality literary programming.

In a week filled with misguided reporting on veterans, I want to focus on one publication that’s getting it right. Founded by Vietnam war veteran and writer Greg Kovach, CONSEQUENCE magazine is a literary journal based in Massachusetts with an international focus on literary work that examines the culture and consequences of war.

Volume 6 is set to be released on 4/22/2014, and will be accompanied by a round table discussion on American culture and militarism, featuring panelists Lea Carpenter, Tony Schwalm and Bob Shacochis. The panel’s focus will be on the burden of an all-volunteer force, and how that burden, among other things, has formed a divide in our society between those who have served and those who have not. Volume 6 features writing by Phil Klay, William Snyder, Peter Dale Scott, Susan McCallum-Smith, and many others. 

CONSEQUENCE is an important addition to the canon of contemporary war literature, and it’s by far the best literary journal focusing on war and its aftereffects. If you are in Boston on 4/22/14, I highly recommend you attend the round table discussion, if only to hear two of the smartest writers today – Lea Carpenter and Bob Shacochis – discussing the topic of war. It’s guaranteed to be a very interesting panel.

Here we go.

  1. The recent passing of literary giant Peter Matthiessen was a truly sad day for the world. Matthiessen, a former agent with the CIA, was not only an excellent fiction and nonfiction writer, but he was also one of our greatest environmental advocates. A recent New York Times Magazine profile of him ran just a day after his passing. Within Matthiessen’s work, you’ll find a real energy, curiosity and compassion that belong to one of our great searchers. His influence on the literary world was profound, especially given his hand in the founding of the Paris Review. Through his words, we’ll continue the journey.
  2. Stars and Stripes published a moving story about an Iraqi boy’s struggle to provide for his family before and during the war, as well as his eventual road to American citizenship, manhood, and the United States Marine Corps.
  3. On his Foreign Policy blog, Tom Ricks featured an extensive military reading list from the Australian army. After having read through most of the list, I believe it might be one of the most comprehensive lists ever compiled on the profession of arms.
  4. Longreads has a rather interesting reading list on the business of books.
  5. In The Wall Street Journal, reporter Julian Barnes features the reading habits of General Martin Dempsey, which range from Shakespeare to World War Z.
  6. Even though this should seem self-evident to our population, The Atlantic still must make the case for the importance of studying and teaching poetry.
  7. And when faced with stupidity in the media, sometimes, humor is the best response. Thank you Duffel Blog for the sanity check.

Have a great week.


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