take a moment first

Right now I’m working on a post about today’s news, but until I post it, I think it’s crucial to honor the giants one more time — in this case, Howard Zinn.

  • Check out Daniel Ellsberg, like Zinn a hero of my book, telling stories about getting arrested with Zinn in protest of the Vietnam war. That scene — a World War II vet and a formerly gung-ho ex-Marine -— kind of says it all.
  • Meanwhile The Nation (by itself a fantastic partner to many dissenting soldiers for 100+ years) has  a terrific “Remembering Howard Zinn” roundup, featuring Tom Hayden, Marian Wright Edelman, and many others. That one takes time, but what else are most of us doing to mourn him?

Some housekeeping: I finally managed to import posts from my other site (from before I realized the book needed its own), with tons of military-history gossip and some on the writing process. (There’s a fair amount of video, including from a TV series that encompassed how I felt when I was writing the Vietnam chapter.)