Pressfield on Writing


Some of you may know the author Steven Pressfield from his military fiction novels such as “Gates of Fire,” or as the screenwriter for “The Legend of Bagger Vance.” As of late, his focus has shifted towards providing guidance to artists of all stripes, based on his own experiences. Books like “The War of Art,” … Continue reading Pressfield on Writing

Review: My War Gone By…


I think that Anthony Lloyd’s autobiographical book on his experiences in Yugoslavia as a photojournalist is, hands down, the best book on war that I’ve ever read. There are better books, to be certain, on commanding troops in combat, that help to understand the nature of a particular conflict, or on the theory of war. … Continue reading Review: My War Gone By…

Review: Vividly Diverse Haiku


Tanya Bailey’s recently published collection of poetry, “Vividly Diverse Haikus,” contained some surprising lessons for me. I think that most people connect with haiku through their own experiences of grade school English. Trying to make a poem that fit the 5-7-5 rhythm and still made sense could be challenging, although the restrictions seemed arbitrary and … Continue reading Review: Vividly Diverse Haiku

Review: Hue 1968


“Hue 1968” is the latest book by acclaimed author Mark Bowden, best known for his account of the 1993 debacle (and bravery) in Mogadishu, “Black Hawk Down.” It is an excellent read, for anyone interested in the Vietnam War or in seeing the detail of how an urban insurgency is fought. “Hue 1968” describes the … Continue reading Review: Hue 1968