We took my combat pay and did a lot of shopping. Which is how America fights back against the terrorists.
I reached the conclusion that this creature is possessed of a deeply seated suicidal instinct, some uncontrollable need for self-destruction. Witnessing the demise of the predecessors does not discourage them, instead they hurl themselves one after the other, clearly excited and desperately determined, toward an inevitable and quick death.
Stories only reporters will like…
I’m thinking about writing a short story about a journalist who, while waiting for a break with a number of skittish sources, spends days sitting in a largely empty Subway (the “restaurant”) in small-town Oklahoma, looking forlorn —his eyes peering unfocused through the front window.
The complicated story of Ali Mohamed Ali, the Somali pirate-negotiator turned American asylum-seeker, stirs debate over the unintended consequences of prosecuting “pirates” in the United States.
Don’t miss the backstory here.
VII Photographer Marcus Bleasdale on the situation in Central African Republic: “it’s the most violent and hateful environment I’ve ever documented in 16 years. And I’ve covered every conflict in Africa over that time, but I’ve never documented anything this bad.”
Read the full interview via National Geographic.
Source: National Geographic
A former schoolteacher killed his friend after a drunken argument over which is superior, poetry or prose, investigators in the Sverdlovsk region of Russia say.
"The literary dispute soon grew into a banal conflict, on the basis of which the 53-year-old admirer of poetry killed his opponent with the help of a knife," the regional branch of the federal investigative committee said in a statement.
I particularly like the phrasing: “with the help of a knife.”
Here, again, photography becomes a handy appendage in the bureaucratic manufacture of death.
NYTimes Op-Ed contributor Susie Linfield on the shifting role of photography in conflict —from bearing witness to advertising barbarism. (Interesting/challenging proposition because the intention of the photographer is subsumed by the use of the distributor. I.e. There might be a significant difference, in some situations, between the reason a photograph was taken, and what that discrete image was then used (by another) to suggest.)
Full link here: http://nyti.ms/1cnTY3w
Are you convinced?
The story of our generation will be penned in war’s shadow. Starting: May 2014
In development, please stay tuned later this year.