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DispatchesMichael Herr went to Vietnam in 1967 as Esuire's correspondent From the very first with the publication of his famous art. War is Forever Evil is not an absence of the good as proposed by theologians It is a positive force precisely proportionate to the coercive technological power employed Power kills people; people don’t kill people; technology does War is unlimited power; or power limited only by the technology available but certainly not by morality that is to say people Herr saw this at close uarters “Our machine was devastating And versatile It could do everything but stop” No one who had power understood that the technological machine was impotent to achieve anything other than coercion and its logical extreme death “They killed a lot of Communists but that was all they did because the number of Communist dead meant nothing changed nothing”The opposite of war is not peace but justice the access to judgments of euity that mitigate coercion Essentially war is unfairness made the norm “a psychotic vaudeville” War is unfair because there is no human recourse to the random exercise of power The unfairness of war affects everyone even those especially those exercising the power The further out on the tendrils of power as these tendrils encounter victims the unfairness the coercion exists At that zero distance coercion is unremittingly ugly “Disgust doesn’t begin to describe what they made me feel they threw people out of helicopters tied people up and put the dogs on them Brutality was just a word in my mouth before that” Is there any other word than de humanization “‘Well you know what we do to animals kill ’em and hurt ’em and beat on ’em so’s we can train ’em Shit we don’t treat the Dinks no different than that’” says one young soldier with neither apparent irony nor shameThose with less power merely die; those with power often die but all those exercising power and those upon whom it is exercised suffer a lifetime of an absence of recourse to power a bodily reaction to coercion Who can judge who is most defiled the soldier coerced by his superiors or the soldier’s victim coerced by him All suffer through either grief or memory Herr knows this “Varieties of religious experience good news and bad news; a lot of men found their compassion in the war some found it and couldn’t live with it war washed shutdown of feeling like who gives a fuck People retreated into positions of hard irony cynicism despair some saw the action and declared for it only heavy killing could make them feel so alive Every time there was combat you had a licence to go maniac everyone snapped over the line at least once there and nobody noticed they hardly noticed if you forgot to snap back again”The effects of the unfairness of war are cumulative and gestational They ripen and metastasize “And some just went insane followed the black light arrow around the bend and took possession of the madness that had been waiting there in trust for them for eighteen or twenty five or fifty years it took the war to teach it that you were as responsible for everything you saw as you were for everything you did The problem was that you didn’t always know what you were seeing until later maybe years later that a lot of it never made it in at all it just stayed stored there in your e

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Dispatches Download ò 2 ✓ Michael Herr went to Vietnam in 1967 as Esuire's correspondent From the very first with the publication of his famous article Hell Sucks he was accorded widespread fervent acclaim Dispatches confirms what his early admirers already knew no one else has written so elouently so powerfully so terrifyingly about what it was to fight Icle Hell Sucks he was accorded widespread fervent acclaim Dispatches confirms what his early admirers already knew no on. This is war reportage as heartbreaking poetry One of the roughest pieces of writing I have ever encountered Beautiful angular and harsh stylistically There is a wonderfully and terrifyingly immersive uality to this book

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E else has written so elouently so powerfully so terrifyingly about what it was to fight in and to survive that ghastly w. Where had he been to get his language is a uestion Herr asks himself in passing about a soldier he meets but I think it's the implication in the uestion that explains why this is one of my favorite books There are informative books about Vietnam speaking in traditional historical terms but it's the language in this book that has stayed with me I can open it up turn to just about any page and the store of English with its almost limitless possibility and nuance feels very temporarily replenished in me Perception becomes less stifling and habitual and opens upever so briefly Language might seem like a strange thing to praise in a book about the Vietnam War after all it would seem that the most important aspect of the book would be essence the war itself while language is 'mere' style But this book reminds me that the two are not mutually exclusive It may be that for a writer language and experience sit on opposite ends of a pendulum and the farther you go in one direction the farther you can swing back in the other The war was unlike anything Herr had experienced before and it forced him to develop a new vocabulary to describe it Music also has the power to alter perception Throughout the book Herr describes hearing Roy Orbison Jimi Hendrix The Rolling Stones; in Vietnam for the first time The Doors and their distant icy sound It seemed like such wintry music; and The BeatlesAnd in my head sounding over and over were the incredibly sinister words of the song we'd all heard for the first time only days before 'The Magical Mystery Tour is waiting to take you away' it promised 'Coming to take you away dy ing to take you away' That was a song about Khe Sanh; we knew it then and it still seems soBut the emphasis on music isn't just idle description Herr discovers that the desire for transcendence that music may have seemed like an answer to that desire that he felt as a writer and human being was also capable of being answered by Vietnam and that pushed far enough it was the same answer On the street he writes of being back in America I couldn't tell the Vietnam veterans from the rock n' roll veteransrock stars started falling like second lieutenantswhat I'd thought of as two obsessions were really only one I don't know how to tell you how complicated that made my life It all happened so fast as they say as everyone who has ever been through it has always said; we were sitting around listening to what we thought were Tet fireworks coming from the town and then coming closer until we weren't stoned any until the whole night had passed and I was looking at the empty clips around my feettelling myself that there would never be any way to know for sure I couldn't remember ever feeling so tired so changed so happyfor the next six years I saw them all the ones I'd really seen and the ones I'd imagined theirs and ours friends I'd loved and strangers motionless figures in a dance the old dance Years of thinking this or that about what happens to you when you pursue a fantasy until it becomes experience and then afterward you can't handle the experience Until I felt that I was just a dancer too The first rule Schopenhauer wrote indeed by itself virtually a sufficient condition for good style