Articles tagged vietnam

Hanoi Masters: War Is a Wound, Peace Is a Scar

A haunting tribute to traditional Vietnamese music and the Vietnam War.

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1965: 12 Months That Shook the World

1965 places that year's astonishing surge of innovative pop music in a larger context of social, cultural, and political change.

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Have Our ‘Hearts and Minds’ Really Changed?

There are lessons aplenty about Vietnam in Hearts and Minds—it's a shame we still haven’t learned them.

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‘Southern Comfort’ Is Populated By Tropes

Walter Hill's talkiest action film boasts one of his best stories, but isn't the forgotten classic one might hope for.

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‘Napalm: An American Biography’ Is Insanely Readable

There is no bias here, no leftist or conservative agenda. This is simply an exhaustive history of napalm, from its beginnings as kind of a scientific puzzle for technocrats to one of the most widely despised symbols of war.

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Chasing the Ghost of Graham Greene in Contemporary Vietnam

My suite had a balcony overlooking the square and the Municipal Theatre. The hotel has a central open courtyard for breakfast dining. Wrought iron chairs. Glass-topped tables with bamboo place mats. A small fountain. Lacy white spheres hanging from spindly branches. It was easy to imagine Greene at work here, too, under the trees.

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30 Mar 2009 // 1:00 PM

The Things They Carried

From Sunday’s New York Times: On March 29, 1973, the last United States troops left South Vietnam, ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam

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Where the Wind Blew by Bob Sommer

This book seems to imply that a wartime zeitgeist can absolve us of our own mistakes, or at least render them understandable.

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Various Artists: Ethnic Minority Music of North Vietnam

The music of people who know that they will never be asked to face huge audiences and rarely required to sing to anyone other than themselves and their friends.

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The Changing Face of War by Martin Van Creveld

Van Creveld shows that all the U.S. military's technological prowess hasn't helped much in the current war, and in fact often helps distance its soldiers from the conflict they should be waging.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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