20 days in spring, 2003:

A book created over a 20 day period in the spring of 2003 as a response to the US invasion of Iraq. It is simply one US citizen’s outlet for feelings of frustration, disbelief and impotence in the face of a war that should not have happened and that has been mounted by an administration drunk on its own power and delusions of grandeur. While thousands die needlessly a world away, hundreds of thousands of US citizens are watching as their civil rights are steadily eroding. Still millions of Americans believe without question propaganda manufactured daily by the Bush Administration and treated as legitimate news by our national broadcast media…” [thanks, miguel]

How to Stop the Killing When the Troops Come Home

“As tens of thousands of American troops arrive home from a war in which a number of them faced vicious fighting, the military is scrambling to smooth their return to civilian society.

Five killings last summer involving Army couples at Fort Bragg, N.C., including three soldiers who were recently back from the war in Afghanistan, raised a troubling question: Had the soldiers’ combat skills spilled over into their domestic lives, with tragic consequences?NY Times

The Baroque Cycle is coming…

I’ve been a little nervous since hearing where Neal Stephenson is going with his next book, Quicksilver. Maybe a “prequel” to the immensely satisfying, massive Cryptonomicon would work, but what’s one of the more ingenious science fiction writers operating going to do way back in the Baroque era? He seems to be trying to escape his genre roots, and I hope he isn’t shooting himself in the foot by doing so. (It does charm me that he’s gone all the way retro by writing the book by hand with a fountain pen; I am an aficionado of fine pens and write with them day in day out in my work.) This preview helps me feel I could get into it, though. Too bad it’ll be too late for summer reading.