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10 thoughts on “Dispatches

  1. says:

    Flip religion, it was so far out, you couldn t blame anybody for believing anything Guys stuck the ace of spades in their helmet bands, they picked relics off of an enemy they d killed, a little transfer of power they carried around five pound Bibles from home, crosses, St Christophers, mezuzahs, locks of hair, girlfriends underwear, snaps of their families, their wives, their dogs, their cows, their cars, pictures of John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Huey Newton, the Pope, C Flip religion, it was so far out, you couldn t blame anybody for believing anything Guys stuck the ace of spades in their helmet bands, they picked relics off of an enemy they d killed, a little transfer of power they carried around f...


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    Having been in VietNam and having been in some of the Marine Units that Michael Herr writes about in Dispatches is the best depiction of war in general and VietNam in particular that I have ever read It started me ...


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    UN CARTONE ANIMATO NOIR TOPOLIN, TOPOLIN, VIVA TOPOLIN Full Metal Jacket di Stanley Kubrick la scena finale , la cosiddetta marcia di Topolino.Questo libro contiene tutti i film sul Vietnam che ho visto e che sono stati mai realizzati.Eppure stato scritto prima di qualsiasi film sul Vietnam.Il fatto che chiunque abbia voluto fare un film sull argomento ha letto Dispacci con attenzione, partito da queste pagine.A cominciare da Coppola, che per Apocalypse Now lo volle cosceneggiator UN CARTONE ANIMATO NOIR TOPOLIN, TOPOLIN, VIVA TOPOLIN Full Metal Jacket di Stanley Kubrick la scena finale , la cosiddetta marcia di Topolino.Questo libro contiene tutti i film sul Vietnam che ho visto e che sono stati mai realizzati.Eppure stato scritto prima di qualsiasi film sul Vietnam.Il fatto che chiunque abbia voluto fare un film sull argomento ha letto Dispacci con attenzione, partito da queste pagine.A cominciare da Coppola, che per Apocalypse Now lo volle cos...


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    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 quartersOur machine was devastating And versatile It could do everything but stopNo one who had power unde 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 quartersOur machine was devastating And versatile It could do everything but stopNo one who had power understood that the technological machine was impotent to achieve anything other than coercion and its logical extreme, deathThey 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 j...


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    Each day to facilitate the process by which the United States washes her hands of Vietnam someone has to give up his life so that the United States doesn t have to admit something that the entire world already knows, so that we can t say that we have made a mistake Someone has to die so that President Nixon won t be, and these are his words, the first President to lose a war We are asking Americans to think about that because how do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam How doEach day to facilitate the process by which the United States washes her hands of Vietnam someone has to give up his life so that the United States doesn t have to admit something that the entire world already knows, so that we can t say that we have made a mistake Someone has to die so that President Nixon won t be, and these are his ...


  6. says:

    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 quality to this book.


  7. says:

    Not only is this the most engrossing piece of journalism, the most touching memoir, and the most illuminating book on war I ve ever read it s also written as if Herr was on fire and being chased by literature eating wolves I read it twice in a row and would do it again.


  8. says:

    I d never heard Dispatches mentioned in speech or in print until I got a copy of it in a package sent to me from my uncle, who d died three or four days earlier Imagine my surprise when I found it was the basis for not only Full Metal Jacket but also, to some degree, Apocalypse Now It sor less what you d expect a war correspondent travels all around Vietnam for what seems to be several years I m not sure how long Herr was actually there , talking to the foot soldiers and the officers a I d never heard Dispatches mentioned in speech or in print until I got a copy of it in a package sent to me from my uncle, who d died three or four days earlier Imagine my surprise when I found it was the basis for not only Full Metal Jacket but also, to some degree, Apocalypse Now It sor less what you d expect a war correspondent travels all around Vietnam for what seems to be several years I m not sure how long Herr was actually there , talking to the foot soldiers and the officers and anybody else who s willing So you get to see all sorts of coping mechanisms and rationalizations and characters, including several who d go on, slightly modified, to be characters in Full Metal Jacket But the book brings up, mostly obliquely, two ideas that are very interesting to me.The first is that the grunts consistently call the correspondents crazy This makes sense at first the grunts are forced to be there, and, given the chance,...


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    I could say this is one of the best memoirs I ve read I could also say it is one of the most brilliant books on war I ve ever read It would probably be easier, however, for me to just acknowledge I haven t read many books that have the power, the poetry, the intensity, the vividness, the bathos and the pathos that Herr pushes through every single page of this amazing book This is a book that haunts you hard while you read it and resonates both the horror of war and the surreal qualities of wa I could say this is one of the best memoirs I ve read I could also say it is one of the most brilliant books on war I ve ever read It would probably be easier, however, for me to just acknowledge I haven t read many books that have the power, the poetry, the intensity, the vividness, the bathos and the pathos that Herr pushes through every single page of this amazing book This is a book that...


  10. says:

    Made me curious about the spectral kingdoms and extinguished dynasties of pre colonial Vietnam, the spooky historical geography which haunts Herr from under the French place names and American grids Contemplating an unreal old map in his Saigon apartment, Herr knows that for years now there had been no country here but the war The terrain above II Corps, where it ran along the Laotian border and into the DMZ, was seldom referred to as the Highlands by Americans It had been a matter of milita Made me curious about the spectral kingdoms and extinguished dynasties of pre colonial Vietnam, the spooky historical geography which haunts Herr from under the French place names and American grids Contemplating an unreal old map in his Saigon apartment, Herr knows that for years now there had been no country here but the war The terrain above II Corps, where it ran along the Laotian border and into the DMZ, was seldom referred to as the Highlands by Americans It had been a matter of military expediency to impose a new set of references over Vietnam s older, truer being, an imposition that began most simply with the division of one country into two and continued it had its logic with the further division of South Vietnam into four clearly defined tactical corps It had been one of the exigen...


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