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War in Iraq

Kids scrambling for candy in Baghdad
20 September 2013

For two months this summer the only movies I watched were movies about the war on terror. While other moviegoers were enjoying cinematic treats like You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and The Happening, or the revival of Kobayashi’s The Human Condition, or that Norwegian movie that everybody liked so much, I was immersed in the backlog of global war-on-terror movies released since 2002. More…

10 September 2013

We are witnessing a temporary reconvergence with an ancient bit of history, caused by technology and the superior value the United States can now afford to put on the lives of its citizens and soldiers. In contemporary US warfare, the hero returns, in the manner of the Iliad, and “hero” has here a purely technical definition. More…

Originally published in Issue 1: Negation

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30 September 2005

Never have soldiers in a war been equipped with so much personal technology. It’s not just backpack missiles. “You literally can’t go 30 seconds without hearing a Kylie Minogue tune or Beethoven’s Symphony in C Minor emanating from someone’s pocket,” grumbled journalist Kevin Sites in his blog. More…

5 April 2005

If parenting, even responsible parenting, made me feel like a torturer, it wasn’t exactly because I’m melodramatic or overwrought, but because the official torturers now conceive of themselves in the same terms as the parenting manuals. They, too, are technicians of the naked human personality. More…