Saturday, April 25, 2009

On "Tough Day for the Army" by John Warner (2378 words) ***

Want to rethink a word or a concept? Try putting the item into an unfamiliar context. Say, wind, inside a book, a series of letters. Or say, as Richard Brautigan does, Trout Fishing in America in any number of guises--drinking water, walks. Here's a piece that does a similar kind of thing, placing an army in a waiting room. How do the two concepts work off of one another? What does putting an army in a literal waiting room suggest about waiting armies, about armies amassed on a border waiting orders? These are the thoughts to come to mind as I read this. You can try reading it too, here, at Tarpaulin Sky.

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