The Last Plaint on Family

We all seem to have overdeveloped expectations of family during childhood, and then when we’re older, we compensate by being overly critical of those who bear similar seed. But, even later, if we’re not too headstrong, we’ll forgive and settle in at some appropriate emotional distance from one another.

Forbidding Territory and the Healing Power of Literature

I recently posted a review of Karl Marlantes' book, Matterhorn, here. My review, based on my reaction to the book, and on my perception of war based on the book. Yesterday I received a comment on my review of the book from one Mike Brown, West Point, Class of 1966, who served in Vietnam on…