In my work on this book, I:ve mostly been immersed in the stories of the first Winter Soldiers in 1776, discovering long-forgotten dissenters like Matthew Lyon and Nicholas Trist. But last weekend, I visited with Vietnam Veterans Against the War, the group that first inspired me to write it. At a gathering im Brooklyn ofContinue reading “the newest winter soldiers”
I know, it’s been a while. Blame (in part) computer meltdowns as well as my own overload. (I could try to blame Daniel Doctoroff, the 21st-century Robert Moses, since I have to cover 2/3 of his progeny, but I know that’s not fair.) Now I write quickly, as deadline week begins, and wanted to mentionContinue reading “some small changes”
“Eighteen months? Eighten minutes? Mr. Speaker, an incoming round can tear a person to pieces in a second. The time to stop the madness of America’s accidental interention in Lebanon’s 300-year old religious war is now.”
I learned while researching another story entirely that W.E.B. Du Bois was arrested for his anti-Korean War activism at age 83.
I’d sworn off blogging after this graphomaniac exercise, but here we are. Today is typical. As I sit here, trying to sort out today’s work, between the transcription I need to finish for next week’s stories at the paper and my trip today to NYPL’s Schomburg Library, news old and new shouts for attention: TheContinue reading “a few notes to start”