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The New VVA Veteran–For July/August

The on-line edition of the new, July/August, issue of The VVA Veteran has just been posted. The cover story is an examination of the strange events leading up to the August 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident–which led to the congressional resolution that paved the way for the massive U.S. escalation of the Vietnam War.

Also in this issue: David Willson’s  ”The Aftermath: Vietnam Veteran Poets Confront the Peace,”  a feature article examining Vietnam veteran poets’ adjustment to peace—and to the war-generated demons that afflict them; and Mary Bruzzese’s look at the recent dedication of the Texas Vietnam Veterans Monument in Austin and the role that members of Vietnam Veterans of America played in turning their vision of the Texas state Vietnam veterans memorial into stone and bronze.

Plus much more.

Posted on July 19th 2014 in Essays, History, Magazines, Memorials, Poetry

The Wall: The ‘Greatest’ Modern American Memorial

The current issue of The New Yorker contains a long, informative article by Adam Gopnik on the new New York City 9/11 Memorial Museum. In it, Gopnik—the magazine’s noted art critic—goes over the history of American public memorialization. In doing so, he good things to say about Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which he calls “the greatest of modern American memorials.”

Lin’s design, he writes, “pursued the line [of "minimal geometric abstraction"] with a radical passion, taking the classical purity of the American tradition and of the Great War memorials, and further stripping them of any overt symbolism….”

The “astonishing success” of The Wall following initial criticism of its design, he writes, “was a marker in the triumph of American abstraction: no one could any longer argue that pure form was incapable of expressing profound emotion. The laconic eloquence of the minimal gesture, its potent lack of insincere rhetoric and overstatement, was apparent.”

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, he concludes, “remains the model memorial for our time, the polished wall a sound board for the individual lament.”

 

Posted on July 9th 2014 in Magazines, Memorials

‘War Memoir’ in the On-Line Writers’ Circle Magazine

The Writers’ Circle is a nonprofit on-line magazine that showcases authors, poets, artists, and photographers. It is published three times a year, with each issue running on line for four months.

The current issue features Peter M. Bourret’s “War Memoir.” It is a work of creative nonfiction that combines Bourret’s narrative writing with his poetry. The main theme is Bourret dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from what he went through as a Marine in the Vietnam War.

“Twenty-two Junes after I had left a chunk of my innocent heart in the paddies of yesterday, I finally screamed, ‘Corpsman, up, I’ve been hit!’” Bourret writes.

“Like the Viêt Cong’s subterranean tunnel systems, my subconscious was an endless maze of deep-seated and unresolved emotional issues from the war.  The well-entrenched forces of grief resisted as I pretended that there was truly light at the end of that proverbial tunnel. Unfortunately, my tunnel was jam-packed with battalions of un-cried tears; before I would even taste a glimpse of that light, I would almost drown in a flash flood of sorrow and pain.

“May of 1990 would be a Tet-Offensive month, a Purple-Heart festival; I would feel overwhelmed; I would sing the body-bag blues; I would walk through the valley of the shadow of death, but this time I wouldn’t be the baddest motherfucker in the valley: in 1990 I would be the saddest.”

 

Posted on June 25th 2014 in Arts on the Web, Magazines, Poetry

ISO Photos of the President Hotel in Saigon

 

Fay Torresyap, a photo researcher for French magazine GEO is working on an article about a hotel in Saigon, which, she says, which was “built in the 1960s for the American army, ” and “known as the ‘President Hotel’  at 727 Tran Hung Dao near Cholon district.”

The hotel, she says, “was at least 12 floors tall with a dancing hall and a swimming pool on the roof.  Our understanding is that this building was used by the Military Assistance Command Vietnam and perhaps also the Post Engineer’s Compound #1.”

The magazine is looking for photos of the building “inside and out, showing its life and history during the Vietnam War period.” If you have one you’d like to share, call  212-463-8711 or email fay@bluedotprojects.com

If you do, tell them you read about the project on The VVA Veteran‘s Arts of War on the web page

 

Posted on November 8th 2013 in Artistic Queries, Magazines

Caputo on the Road

 

Last Sunday’s New York Times Travel section included an article featuring Philip Caputo, headlined “To See America, Be a Traveler, Not a Tourist.”

In it, Caputo–the Pulitzer-Prize-winning former journalist who served as a U.S. Marine lieutenant in Vietnam and whose memoir, A Rumor of War, remains among the best of its genre—reflects on a recent road trip he took that is the subject of his upcoming book, The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, From Key West to the Arctic Ocean.

The article contains excerpts from a conversation Caputo had recently with William Least Heat-Moon, the author of Blue Highways and  PrairyErth(A Deep Map). His latest, book, Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories From the Road,  is a collection of short travel essays.

For more info on Caputo’s new book, go to his website.

 

 

 

 

Posted on July 15th 2013 in Book News, Magazines

Photographer Looking For Veterans going to VN in January

Catherine Karnow, a National Geographic photographer who has been documenting Vietnam for twenty-one years for that august publication as well as for other magazines and books, is putting the final touches on a presentation about that country for the National Geographic Live Speakers Bureau.

“I have one gaping hole in my coverage of Vietnam, though,” Karnow told us, “and that is the story of American veterans returning to Vietnam for reasons of healing, reconciliation, and personal growth.”

She is planning to go to Vietnam on January 15 for two weeks, and is “very much hoping to find a group [of Vietnam veterans] going in this time period. Ideally, a really interesting situation of some kind would be a real plus.”

If you’re part of a Vietnam veterans’ group going to Vietnam then, Karnow would love to hear from you.

Email her ASAP at catherinekarnow@yahoo.com or call 415-928-3232 or 415-305-8181. If you do, tell her that you read about the project on The VVA Veteran‘s Arts of War on the web page.

 

 

Posted on January 7th 2013 in Artistic Queries, Magazines, Photography

Jeff Stein on Spycraft

 

Former VVA Veteran editor Jeff Stein had an interesting article in the February 12 edition of The Washington Post Magazine. In “What Makes a Perfect Spy Tick?”  Stein examines the lives of intelligence operatives in several wars. He also delves into his experiences working in Vietnam in Army intelligence during the war.

“I spent a year living undercover and running a spy net,” Stein writes. “But other than connecting briefly with a secret courier on a deserted beach every few days and slipping into decrepit hotels for meetings with my top spy, it wasn’t anything like the scenario we had been trained for, to dispatch agents into Soviet-occupied Eastern Europe from West Berlin.”

Nevertheless, Stein writes, his service in the Vietnam War “was the most interesting, and perhaps meaningful, thing I’ve ever done. The mission, to prevent or disrupt rocket attacks on [Danang] or U.S. troops, was important. The war stunk, but I wasn’t shooting at anybody, and I was good at being a spy. I won a medal and came home relatively unscarred.”

A free-lance writer, editor, and author, Stein writes the SpyTalk blog, subtitled “Intelligence for Thinking People.”

Posted on February 13th 2012 in Magazines

Leo Cullum, 1942-2010

Leo Cullum, 68, one of the nation’s most prolific and celebrated cartoonists, died of cancer October 23 in Los Angeles. Cullum, who had more than 800 of his light-hearted cartoons—many featuring dogs and cats, businessmen and doctors—in The New Yorker, flew 200 missions as a Marine Corps aviator in Vietnam in 1966-67.

Culum grew up in North Bergen, New Jersey. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts in 1963 with a degree in English. He had joined the college’s Air Force ROTC program, then had switched to the Marines’ Platoon Leaders Class so that he could finish his military training during the summer.

As soon as he graduated Cullum was commissioned a Marine Corps second lieutenant. In August 1963 he underwent flight training in Pensacola, Fla. Cullum then took advanced jet training on the F-4B Phantom and shipped out to Vietnam in April of 1966

Based first in Danang and later in Chu Lai, Cullum went on to  fly 200 missions, including some secret bombing runs over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. “Who these were secret from I’m still not sure,” Cullum told Holy Cross Magazine. “The North Vietnamese certainly knew it wasn’t the Swiss bombing them.”

After his Marine Corps discharge in 1968, Cullum went right to work for TWA as a pilot. He put in 34 years flying for T.W.A. and American Airlines until his retirement at age 60 in 2002.

Leo Cullum started drawing cartoons during layovers. His first one was published in Air Line Pilot Magazine in the mid seventies. Then he began selling his work to other publications, including True, Argosy, The Saturday Evening Post, and Sports Afield. Cullum’s  first New Yorker cartoon appeared in 1977.

He continued published cartoons in that august publication for more than 35 years. “Leo’s cartoons were a perfect marriage of drawing and caption,” the acclaimed New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast noted in her appreciation of Cullum.  “His gags were truly out there: unexpected and completely loopy.

“In one of his cartoons, a group of cavemen sit on rocks around a campfire, which is, as we know from cartoons, what cavemen do. Another caveman points toward an empty rock and asks the group, ‘Is anyone using this rock?’”

The New York Times, among other newspapers, published an admiring obituary of Leo Cullum on October 26.

Posted on November 2nd 2010 in Art, Magazines, Obituaries

Vietnam Magazine – On Line

The brand new Vietnam magazine website went live last week.  In addition to content from the magazine, the new reader-friendly, content-heavy site includes extras such as former Vietnam War correspondent Don North’s video pod casts called “Dispatches.”

There also are interactive features, including a gallery of photos from a photo essay in the October 2010 dealing with images of troops’ decorated helmets in Vietnam in which visitors can  upload photographs of their own Vietnam War helmet art.

The new home page also has an embedded video of a recent presentation on the new VA PTSD rules by David Houppert,  VVA’s Veterans Benefits director, and Tom Berger, the former Chair of VVA’s PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee who is executive director of VVA’s Veterans Health Council.

Posted on August 1st 2010 in Arts on the Web, Magazines

Tim O’Brien on Verisimilitude in Fiction

Tim O’Brien, the much-honored novelist whose work is strongly influenced by his Vietnam War service has an interesting essay called “Telling Tails” that deals with what he calls “the centrality of imagination in enduring fiction” in the current, 2009 fiction issue of The Atlantic.

He begins with the tail story, a lighthearted on centering on his two young children (Timmy and Tad), which may or may not be true,and probably isn’t. Then he goes on to discuss his subject.

“In general,” O’Brien says, fictional topics are “born out of writing workshops, in which I’ve noticed, almost always to my alarm, that classroom discussion seems to revolve almost exclusively around issues of verisimilitude. Declarations such as these abound: I didn’t believe in that character. I need to know more about that character’s background. I can’t see that character’s face. I don’t understand why that character would behave so insipidly (or violently, or whatever).

“These are legitimate questions. But for me, as a reader, the more dangerous problem with unsuccessful stories is usually much less complex: I am bored. And I would remain bored even if the story were packed with pages of detail aimed at establishing verisimilitude. I would believe in the story, perhaps, but I would still hate it. To provide background and physical description and all the rest is of course vital to fiction, but vital only insofar as such detail is in the service of a richly imagined story, rather than in the service of good botany or good philosophy or good geography.”

If you’re in the San Antonio, Texas, area, you can hear Tim O’Brien in person. He’ll be doing a reading on Monday, Sept. 21, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Philip’s College’s Watson Fine Arts Center in The President’s Lecture Series. O’Brien (that’s him above in Vietnam) will be reading from his critically and popularly acclaimed 1990 book of linked-short stories (featuring main character Tim O’Brien) The Things They Carried.

For additional information, call 210-486-2376, or go to http://www.alamo.edu/spc/main/pls.aspx

Posted on September 17th 2009 in Book News, Magazines