Welcome to the Words After War Weekly Round-Up: Shutdown Edition. In this space we share seven links relevant to our mission of improving the veteran-civilian dialogue through high-quality literary programming.
No October surprises yet over here at Words After War. Our inaugural workshop, hosted by Mellow Pages Library and led by instructor Matt Gallagher, is cruising smoothly into its third week. Thanks again to everyone for making this such a great experience.
With the government shutdown trudging through a fourth day, our thoughts are with all those furloughed, working without pay or otherwise affected.
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Without further ado, your weekly round-up:
1. A lengthy and powerful investigative piece on the VA and painkillers.
2. An examination of the contemporary short story.
3. Need a backyard writing studio? Or just some privacy? Here’s a six-step guide to building the Ultimate Treehouse.
4. Watch an interview with David Finkel, author of Thank You for Your Service, on The Colbert Report.
5. A novel by reporter Michael Hastings will be published posthumously.
6. Here’s a comprehensive Q&A on how the shutdown will affect veterans and the military, hosted by Steve Vogel, a reporter for the Washington Post.
7. Poet Bob Hicox warns “if you’re not careful, being in an MFA can get in the way of writing.” Read more here.
Have a great weekend.