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Of secrets, silence, and despair—veteran suicides, Russian teens, the power of the novel

I’ve had my head in the sand as much as possible this month, a rather nice (and terribly necessary) place to be as a writer.  But emerging for air—or simply to attend to surrounding noise—tends to create something akin to … Continue reading

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Witness—the Holocaust, suicide, and memory (coincidence redux)

A few weeks ago, someone recommended the book Spectral Evidence to me, which, among other things, includes World War II photos from the Łódź Ghetto, the Nazis’ Jewish quarter in this major Polish city.  I wrote the book title down … Continue reading

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Tell me a story—about war

“While you were out last night, I saw a piece of paper, and it was very sad.  And then it blew away,” my three-year-old reported the week before last.  At first, I was not quite alarmed but certainly taken aback—how … Continue reading

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War, suicide, aggression—hope

In the autumn of 1992, having just returned from a semester in Moscow, I enrolled in my senior seminar, where I had the good fortune to study with Lawrence Weschler, then a staff writer with The New Yorker.  Almost twenty … Continue reading

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