Weekly Round-Up: Last Exit to Bushwick

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

It’s about time for us to offer another session of our popular Brooklyn writing workshop. Through the continued gracious support of Mellow Pages Library, a library and reading room located on the Morgan L stop in West Bushwick, we are able to serve the growing population of writers in NYC. Beginning September 17th and ending on November 19th, the writing workshop begins at 7:30pm and is open to all, veteran and civilian alike.

Once again, Matt Gallagher – veteran, writer and educator – will be head instructor. Matt is a former Army captain and author of the Iraq War memoir Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War, as well as co-editor of, and contributor to, Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, both published by Da Capo Press.

If you cannot make this workshop, please consider passing along the opportunity to another writer. We look forward to seeing folks in Bushwick next week.

Also, big news: We are co-producing the September edition of WORD bookstore’s monthly series of writing workshops, Writecraft, focused on paying it forward to aspiring writers. The workshop includes a craft-focused talk from an author, followed by an hour of writing. The September guest is Max Neely-Cohen, author of Echo of the Boom. The workshop is Sunday, September 21st at 7pm. Facebook RSVP is encouraged but not required. WORD is a neighborhood independent bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Here we go.

  1. For The New Yorker, Dexter Filkins examines the murderous strategy of  ISIS after the senseless and tragic deaths of James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
  2. For the The New Yorker, Nicholas Schmidle takes us inside the failed raid to save James Foley and other hostages.
  3. If you are as just as confused by the direction of professional football as I am, then you should read Matt Ufford’s profound reflection on football, fandom, fatherhood, and the price we pay for all of it.
  4. The New York Times produced an exceptional story on women cadets at West Point during a time of historic transition.
  5. Nate Bethea, a recent Brooklyn transplant by way of South Korea, had an excellent short story published in The Daily Beast, which examines the impossible choices that can arise during wartime.
  6. Powerful images from Gaza in The New York Times Magazine from dual photographers, Paulo Pellegrin and Peter Van Agtmael.
  7. In honor of the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary, the Wilderness Society published an insightful essay on their blog about Howard Zahniser, unsung architect and author of the Wilderness Act.

Have a great week.

–Brandon

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