issue 49: July - August 2005 

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Soldier of . . .
Josh Capps

When the Abu Ghraib photos were made public in April of last year, I was worried. Beyond outrage, I just hoped none of those guilty happened to be a soldier from my hometown in Missouri, a place masking poverty with an Applebee’s and a Wal-Mart Supercenter. Home to a few wealthy last names, two recently emptied factories, three interstate exits, and the highest per capita meth traffic in the Midwest, my hometown - and particularly those families with children in the service - wasn’t exactly ready for the media spotlight. What small town is? One day they’re prepping firecrackers and a Main Street hero’s parade for their hometown girl; the next morning their G.I. Jane is front-page silage, chain-smoking and flashing a thumbs-up of youthful exuberance to those naked Iraqi POWs under her size-six boot.
      While I was relieved not to recognize any homegrown torturers in those early pictures, I’m still concerned by rumors of videos soon to circulate, giving Internet porn and NBC’s "Fear Factor" a run for their money. The only hometown soldier I know who is currently in Iraq was always a fan of recording things, his bulky VHS camcorder as prominent in memories of my early teens as acne and Guess jeans. Rupert Hogan was a grade below me in junior high, then two and half grades below by the time I graduated in 1995, and while we ran in the same vague circles, I wouldn’t go so far as to call him a childhood friend. This doesn’t mean I wasn’t around for (or even a bit player in) several of his early productions, including "Cow-Tipping in the Farm Behind Elizabeth’s House" and "Setting the Single Evening Mail-Box Bashing Record of Laclede County." I bowed out of a starring role in "Dragging Halloween Decorations into the Middle of Osage Street for a Bonfire," but I caught a screening at my friend Jonathan’s. By the time Rupert was filming brawls between the hicks and the skaters, as well as the disemboweling of road-kill on the hoods of cheerleaders’ Toyotas, I was out of that loop, focused on gaining a college basketball scholarship and high-tailing it out of Lebanon, Missouri.
      Beyond the videos, Rupert had other interests, including helping his father run a yard-mowing business and drinking beer with friends. He was also a staunch supporter of the basketball program, never missing a home game, and often showing up slathered in the home team’s colors. Maybe he could’ve relieved my mother of her videotaping duties had he not picked second-half fights with the visiting fans and our school’s pep band. By the time he graduated, though, many friends and interests had slipped past him and out of Lebanon, taking much of his passion with him. When Rupert joined the Marines, I heard it from my grandmother, who was a neighbor and a customer of the Hogans. I scoffed mutely at Rupert’s decision. At this point, I’d been afforded three years of a liberal education, and after quitting basketball during my sophomore year, I was starting to get my sea legs for my incarnation as a peacenik. I couldn’t imagine trimming the hair out of my eyes, much less joining as corrupt an institution as our armed forces.
      "I hope he stays safe," my grandmother told me. From her kitchen window, you could see the Hogan’s property across the highway. A beaten tractor stood gracelessly near a garden, which bristled with green and brown. Their house sat low, and only the roof was fully visible through the passing traffic. She said, "He’s a good boy."
      Rupert, I should mention, was also an excellent cook, and had fixed her a casserole when her second husband passed away.
      "He’ll be fine," I told her, confident in my belief that, in late 1997, the military got too much money as it was. They were bound to be safe with such a distended budget. "We’re not going to war anytime soon."


      My old friend Jonathan and I were both living in Springfield, a city fifty miles down the Interstate from Lebanon, when Rupert got his first leave from military service. He’d stayed close with Jonathan and several of our mutual friends in those years before he enlisted, and as several of them now lived in Springfield, Rupert wanted to make this his first stop. He was traveling with a military buddy, both of them so anxious for a break they were driving sixteen hours straight from North Carolina. From Springfield, Rupert would visit his mother for a few weeks before shipping out again. For the first time, I’m sure, he’d also visit his father’s grave, perhaps watching the recording of a service he was too far around the globe to attend.
      "His buddy’s a big son-of-a-bitch," Jonathan told me, while we shot baskets outside his apartment the night before they arrived. Rupert had passed through Springfield with this guy one time before. "A big, goofy son-of-a-bitch, but still."
      We thought we might use this guy in the three-on-three tournament we’d entered for the weekend. This was early 1999. I’d been out of basketball for two years, and while politics had continued to keep certain fires burning, I was getting back that old hankering for competitive sports. It wasn’t uncommon for me to spend a week nodding along to the pacifist writings of Howard Zinn, then spend a Saturday night hurling passionate obscenities and threats at a YMCA referee.
      "Cool," I told Jonathan, as I fired one hard off the back iron. He jogged after the long rebound, then zipped me a chest pass. "Money," I called at my next shot, missing again. Truthfully, I was a bit wary of Rupert’s visit. A fight seemed inevitable. Recently, I’d written several pieces for the college newspaper, deriding the U.S. military for Operation Desert Fox, Plan Columbia, and the cruise missile annihilation of a medicine factory in the Sudan the past August. (This was a time when it was PC to attack the troops, not the Commander-in-Chief giving them the orders, seeing as that Commander-in-Chief was a Democrat who’d bravely declined service in Vietnam.) I volleyed around terms like "raping" and "pillaging" whenever discussing the armed forces, soon starting an underground newsletter on campus, where I was able to take cheaper, albeit funnier, shots at the military – oh, the caustic headlines you can create when marines are participating in a local Toys-for-Tots drive. And the school’s literary journal had published my first short story, "Soldier of Love," a self-indulgent piece about a girl who leaves a boy (a writer) for another boy (a Marine) who, in turn, pre-emptively kicks the first boy’s ass. (This was also a time when hating marines served not only my philosophical notions, but my selfish ones, too.)
      How this concerned Rupert, however, I don’t know. It wasn’t like I was going to autograph a copy of my newsletter for him and his big, goofy son-of-a-bitch friend, then try and talk them out of the benefits their service was paying for. Rupert and his buddy hadn’t been privileged to any missions of doom and destruction, just a peaceful Japanese base, where Rupert stood guard at the military library and worked part-time in the mess hall, and his buddy drove a truck. Mine seemed a tension existing only in my head, and only for my ego. Rupert was an old acquaintance, someone who’d always been good to me and especially my grandmother, and a friend of Jonathan’s (who’d asked off this weekend at Price Cutter over a month before); he was back for a simple weekend of reunion. "Rupert’s a good boy," I heard my grandmother saying, and for the greater good, I decided to agree.
      Rupert and Matty got to Jonathan’s around six on Friday morning. After hitting their case of Old Milwaukee pretty heavy during driving hours eight through twelve, they were weary and on the verge of sobering up. Jonathan drank a few beers with them to help them nod off, so they could be ready for action by evening. When I finished my afternoon classes, I headed to Jonathan’s to shoot a few more baskets, hoping whatever practice we got in that afternoon might offset the decadence we were sure to find that evening. See, I was all for drunken reunions, too. "Just as long as they don’t involve napalm," I’d joke with Rupert hours later, when I’d been drunk enough to find out that Rupert wasn’t as pro-military as I was anti. He laughed off my quips. I’d even mentioned my newsletter, until Jonathan cut me off with the postscript on the girl I’d lost to a marine. Rupert really enjoyed that part, slapping Matty with a high-five of victory. I grinned sheepishly, and Rupert patted me on the back, too, joyfully sponging up the evening, red-faced and sputtering drunk and, deep into the midnight, mischievously asking if anyone had a fucking video camera. Apparently, he’d traded his for several cartons of cigarettes and a Gameboy.
      "You need to be on tape!" he explained to a blushing, middle-aged server at the Waffle House. "Please, baby, please," he asked, as she hustled to another table.
      "She’ll be back," Jonathan promised loudly. "Cause she forgot my toast!"
      "Hell, yeah," Rupert told us, winking at me.
      Then Matty broke in with a snarling mumble. "Fuck that cunt," he said, joy-killing things a bit. It seems big-and-goofy went dark and misogynist whenever the alcohol level got high enough. He whispered something brutal about her crotch, sobering me up enough to connect his words with his occupation. I bit my tongue, though, woozy, and took a stab of eggs. Somehow Rupert got clear-headed enough to save the moment with a sidesplitting recounting of the time Jonathan got a DUI in Rupert’s car.
      "Your tags were expired, bitch!"
      Then I laughed, too, promising myself never to use Matty’s words against him in a story. They were too easy, and they represented only the night’s damning possibilities, and nothing of the actual night, peaceful in its drunken brilliance. When we finished our meal, we started work on that case of beer, which had waited patiently for us back at Jonathan’s. We told stories as a streetlight burned bright past Jonathan’s dirty blinds, bits of the fake illumination highlighting the room’s hazy cigarette smoke. We ate from a large pot of Asian stew Rupert managed to whip up with the stark and categorically non-Asian ingredients in the kitchen. We popped in a few movies, never getting past our favorite early scenes, each of us wanting to instruct the others as to the genius of our own particular view. "No, no, no . . . this is the best part . . . watch this . . . you have to see . . ."
      One of the movies was Clint Eastwood’s "Heartbreak Ridge," a well-intentioned film with a climax of "honor and valor" staged during the US invasion of Grenada. I didn’t have the spirit to mention this fallacy, though, as my spirit was busy basking in the moment. Besides, we never made it that far. I watched the movie for the opening credits, an ironic juxtaposition of black-and-white army clips and harrowing shots of Japenese internment camps, all set to Don Gibson’s "Sea of Heartbreak," which I’d played again and again on many a lovesick night. Jonathan owned it for the scenes of a young Mario Van Peeples, wisecracking, "You know what’s 12 inches long and white? Nothing!" And Rupert and Matty kept rewinding those gritty early scenes featuring Eastwood’s battalion leader dishing out some of the greatest smack I’ve ever heard in my life.
      "Well," Eastwood growled. "I know what’s black and bleeding if it don’t shut the fuck up."
There was a fight that weekend, but it happened the next morning, during our first three-on-three match-up. We’d barely made the early starting time, and my new girlfriend (a sports bar waitress with no seeming allegiance to marines, due mostly to their Spartan tipping and messy tables) had driven us to the courts, as we’d all been too drunk to find any of our three sets of car keys. At the tourney, I’d stumbled into the first check ball, but a few nice shots lit my fires a bit. In my stomach, though, sloshed the gasoline from the night before. When the guy I was guarding made eyes with my girlfriend, who was standing on the sidelines with our fourth man and a woozy Rupert, I set a high pick on him and let my elbow slide off his shoulder to his jaw. Matty, in his only big play of the game, tackled the guard who pushed me from behind. Jonathan did the smart thing and held back Rupert, who’d gone lucid at the first sniff of trouble, but Jonathan’s man nailed me with a basketball to the side of the face. When I was done spitting up blood, I told the officials to stick their double-elimination up their asses.
      Matty repeated something Eastwood had told a grunt, hours earlier.


      In those weeks leading up to and beyond Operation Iraqi Freedom, I took to the streets in protest in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where I’m now a graduate assistant. I pushed for my students to write reaction papers and position papers on whatever aspect of the war they wanted to, so long as they were involved. I fancied myself as having come a long way from my younger days of off-handed (and often, misdirected) remarks in a Letter to the Editor, or cheap hilarities in an anonymous newspaper. At protests, signs were carefully worded – "Support Our Troops, Bring Them Home" – and in front of a room of 18-year-olds, I spent more time footnoting my appreciation for our men in uniform than explaining why I was so infuriated with the policies they were killing and dying for. In general, much of the anti-war movement had adopted this pro-soldier/anti-war rhetoric, laying the burden on the doorsteps of the White House, instead of the poor kids the politicians used to buff their agenda. (These days it’s more PC to bitch-talk the Commander-in-Chief giving the orders, seeing as he’s a Republican who’d hid out in Texas during Vietnam, while his Democratic opposition in the upcoming election fought bravely against those Communist dominoes.) This wasn’t exactly my rationale, however. Between you and me, I’m starting to get the impression that both Republicans and Democrats have waged plenty of immoral military actions at various stages over the last fifty years.
      Not that my peaceful support of the troops was any purer. It was selfish, really, as I was concerned about Rupert Hogan, who, my grandmother gravely informed me, had been sent to Baghdad sometime in the days before the first bombs were dropped. I could only hope Rupert was simply guarding a library and whipping up a gallon-drum of pasta that didn’t taste of sand. I could only shake my head at the brief period of freedom he’d suffered through between his stints in the military.
      In early 2001, Rupert was out of the service and living in both Lebanon, where he worked several of his dad’s old jobs in order to help his mother pay the bills, and Springfield, where he was trying, though failing, to make the most out of the education the military had bought him. Briefly, when I was a graduate assistant teaching freshman comp at the university in Springfield, I begged Rupert to take my course, promising him an "A". Actually, I begged him through Jonathan, who saw him more than I did, though still very little. Rupert told Jonathan to tell me "Thanks," but one "A" wasn’t going to save him. Classes made him miss too much work, and work made him miss too much life. By the summer of 2001, Rupert was speaking longingly of his time in the service, where he’d never missed out on pussy or parties in order to assure a steady paycheck to send his mom. And, as he’d told Jonathan, when those black bouncers had chased him out of Regina’s Showcase, Rupert had officially been shot at more times in Missouri (one – a warning shot to the sky) than he’d ever been shot at in the marines (zero – if penicillin shots don’t count.)
      When another Lebanon factory went under, Rupert lost his largest income, and his smaller jobs soon cannibalized one another. He took it especially hard when he found out Matty, who was now driving a sewage truck in Ohio, had lost his leg in a one-car accident. "Slick roads and liquor," Rupert had mumbled to Jonathan, between drinks on one of their few nights out. "That stumpy motherfucker has no options now," Rupert demanded. "I’m lucky. I’m luckier than that poor bastard. I still have options." When the money finally ran out, Rupert took the advice he’d been conditioned to give himself for the past eight months, and he re-enlisted in the service. This came a few months after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, with chatters of terror and pre-emptive strikes all around, visions of crumbling towers still in everyone’s mind.
      Rupert re-enlisted not because of 9-11, however; he re-enlisted despite it.


      In the summer of 2003, during a particularly bloody segment of the Iraq occupation, I got a phone call from Jonathan, telling me Rupert was going to be in Springfield for a few weeks. It was good news, until I realized Rupert was getting this break only so he could head back to Iraq for god knows how long. Still, I told Jonathan, we should all get together on one of those nights he’s back. I could cancel a class or two, drive up from Fayetteville. Jonathan agreed, though warily. He knew how active I’d been in the peace movement, and he didn’t want Rupert to get the wrong idea if I brought any of that up. These were concerns not unlike my own when Rupert had visited in 1999.
      "Of course not," I explained to Jonathan, taken aback at his suggestion. "Of course not, man."
      Despite the care I’d taken to differentiate between my protest and my support of the troops, some people (and even a close friend) still had a hard time separating the two. Then again, I myself often had trouble separating the two. When Jonathan and I had drunk beers and tried watching the NCAA basketball tournament in March, I got worked up at the constant updates of air raids and tank maneuvers on Baghdad. When I imagined sports fans around the country cheering deadly explosions with the same vigor they cheered on their teams, a naive virulence slipped back into my own words, my temper taking cheap shots at easy military targets. During commercials, I drunkenly rambled on about wicked policies and jarhead soldiers, as if they were one in the same.
      Even so, I’d never planned on bringing up politics with Rupert. In fact, I planned on going out of my way not to. Rupert deserved a break from it. He deserved a more peaceful taste of youth, a little piece of the past.
      "We’ll party like it’s 1999," I told Jonathan.
      "Hell, yeah," he replied, the memory of that weekend with Rupert and Matty still fresh on his mind, too. We’d spoke gloriously of it a number of times over the years. And, we figured, for Rupert’s sake, we might as well relive what we could of it. Jonathan was a manager at Price Cutter now, and he’d take a few days off. We’d get several cases of beer, and even fill Jonathan’s cabinets with a better variety of ingredients. "Just in case that crazy fucker wants to cook something for us again!"
      Neither of us played as much basketball as we used to, and we weren’t up to reliving our three-on-three fracas, so Jonathan and I agreed to drag Rupert to a sports bar, where our competitive spirit now lived on, and where there’s always the prospect of a fracas. With a bloody nose and sore knuckles, maybe we could slip on over to the Waffle House until it was movie time. While Jonathan had lost several of his VHS tapes, including "Heartbreak Ridge", the last time he’d moved, this wasn’t a problem, as I’d recently picked up a copy on DVD (a format allowing me to repeat the opening credits and Don Gibson sing-along ad nauseam.) The seeds seemed well sown for our weekend of debauchery revisited.
      As it turns out, Rupert himself was the only letdown.


      Rupert looked the same for the most part, a little pudgier around the jaws and his hair close-cropped but messy. He also wore a T-shirt he seemed to have owned since high school, the collar stretched ragged in a teenage fight, and occasionally he flashed a smile that made me believe the dull evening was soon to be showered with humor and joy. But those smiles kept crawling back inside him. At the sports bar, where Jonathan and I tried our damnedest to get fired up by a July baseball game on the big screen, Rupert only watched the action, a bystander to most of our conversation and occasional drunken bluster. He never seemed comfortable in his seat, but he never left it, either – downing six or seven rounds without ever heading to the bathroom. There was both a dull simmer and an unrealized urgency to his actions; when Jonathan started mouthing the group of high-school kids near our table, Rupert seemed intrigued by the possibilities, but aware it was all talk, even after I’d ordered the high schoolers a round of milk and demanded that they were home by bedtime.
      When we got back to Jonathan’s, Rupert broke out of his rut a little, mentioning some of the things he was doing in Iraq. He was still a guard, it seemed. "No more libraries," he told me, stopping short of telling us what he was guarding, letting our minds wonder a little then (and wonder furiously now.) He no longer helped in the mess hall, as Halliburton had taken over many food service duties. I figured Rupert probably wouldn’t be cooking anything for us tonight, either, as he sunk deeper and deeper into Jonathan’s recliner. Rupert hadn’t bothered with those cases of beer, having brought along a few bottles of bourbon. Each time Jonathan and I finished a bottle of beer, lining them up across the giant coffee table, Rupert offered us a glass of the "better stuff."
      Eventually, I accepted.
      This was around the point when Rupert brought up Matty (as it turned out, the only point in the night when he brought up Matty.) He spoke of their grueling drive from Carolina, and how hard it had been to get to sleep once they were at Jonathan’s. "Like," Rupert said, "you could get so fucking tired that you ruin yourself for sleep."
      I looked to Jonathan, barely able to keep his eyes open, but still steadily lifting
      his beer bottle to his lips. I laughed and said, "Remember?"
      And we all did, from "Heartbreak Ridge" to the finer points of our brawl.
      Rupert added, "I think Matty wanted a piece off that girlfriend of yours."
      I grimaced at a sip of the bourbon, but I hoped Rupert didn’t think it was this minor revelation that had caused such a pained look.
      "Well," I said. "He should’ve just asked her. I’m sure she would’ve obliged."
      Rupert smiled. "End badly with the waitress, I take it?"
      I shrugged. "A few weeks later, she started fucking around with some guy from the kitchen."
      Rupert considered this, smiling at his thought.
      "I guess you started up a hateful newsletter on Fry Cooks, huh?" he asked, sending me into a sudden fit of laughter. I laughed even after it stopped feeling natural, having waited for the ice to break all evening; this felt like the last opportunity.
      "Fuck that cunt," I mumbled sarcastically.
      Then Rupert laughed, too, until he strangled up a vicious cough. Jonathan woke up at this, looked to both of us, one side of his face flattened with sleep, and without a word, finished his beer, sat the bottle on the coffee table, and stumbled off to his bedroom. Still smiling, I turned to Rupert, who seemed shocked by the development. Then he did some shocking of his own, grabbing one of the empty beer bottles and winging it at the wall separating us from Jonathan’s bedroom.
      The thump was jarring though numbed, as Rupert had flicked the bottle in such a way that it sailed through the smoky living room bottom-first, catching and denting the wall with the lower edge, and falling to the carpet without breaking. At this, Rupert gave an eerie nod of approval, then winged a few more bottles, each of them taking chunks out of the plaster while never breaking, only clanking after bouncing against each other on the carpet. Jonathan stayed in his room throughout the display, probably sleeping through it. I, too, had grown tired, but I was starting to wonder how I would ever get to sleep.
      Rupert was laughing to himself, his drink spilling a little until he steadied his hand and took a sip. I suggested we watch "Heartbreak Ridge." He suggested something else, something homemade, though he surprised me by whistling a few bars of "Sea of Heartbreak." He then staggered across the room, and dug through his oversized duffle, pulling a small video camera out of a pair of rolled up pants. "Digital," he told me proudly. With more purpose than I’d seen in him all night, he plugged the camera into Jonathan’s television, manually flipping through the channels until he reached a black screen. The words Video Input One glowed in yellow font. From the side of the camera, he detached a remote device and stumbled back to the recliner. He picked up another beer bottle and zipped it at the wall, hoping to wake Jonathan with another thump. Nothing though, even as the bottle shattered against one of the bottles on the carpet.
      Rupert sighed. "His loss, right?"
      I shrugged, having no idea what Jonathan was missing out on. Lord knows what Rupert was ready to show me. It had become clear that Rupert wasn’t the same guy he’d been a few years ago, the same kid he’d been in high school – this doesn’t mean he’d changed, though. Instead, he seemed whittled into the worst possible version of himself. Had he brought visual evidence from the other side? Were we ready to watch it on Jonathan’s television? The fact that he’d had the camera all night, not taking it along on our trip to the sports bar and Waffle House, made me believe Rupert’s films had long graduated from immature pranks and bloody adolescent fights. Something dark lurked behind Rupert setting up the camera so meticulously. Something horrific, even. Or, as it turned out, something perverse. What finally appeared on the television stunned me a bit, but relieved me, too. Rupert was only showing me a sex tape, and a fairly bland one at that, featuring the backside of some blonde as she straddled a pair of hairy legs. I’d never been so comforted by pornography.
      "Is that you?" I asked.
      "Yeah," he said, not taking his eyes off the action. He wanted to point out the
      best (and the funniest) parts. "Don’t worry, though. I’ve got it angled so you can’t see my dick."
      "Super," I nodded.
      "Watch this . . . wait," he said, fast-forwarding a bit. "Here’s where I come, and watch . . . I just throw her off."
      Sure enough, he just threw her off. At a certain point, Rupert grabs the blonde around the hips and tosses her to the side of the bed. Her giggle is audible, as are the bedsprings. And, despite Rupert’s promise, I did catch a glimpse of his dick, but only for a second before the tape went fuzzy with black and white lines. The lines melted into a new sequence on the screen, showing a black-haired girl reverse straddling the same hairy legs.
      "Oh, shit," Rupert assured me. "You’ve gotta see this. This bitch is fucking freaky."
      I agreed in principle, laughing as much as I could, and watched the video until I finally shut my eyes and passed out. Once my fears seemed manageable, not as bad as they could’ve been, I was finally able to sleep. In the distance, just before drifting off, I could hear a soft voice barking orders on the television. Then came a few laughs from the recliner. Maybe even a few bottles smashing against Jonathan’s wall.


      A week or so after the Abu Ghraib story broke, the president gave a televised statement on the whole ordeal. The press said his speech was geared towards the rest of the world, something that spoke for the country he represented. Personally? I needed no one to speak for my own disgust, repulsion, and sad sense of inevitability. To me, the real shock was that people seemed surprised by the photos. I expected nothing less from war.
      I watched the president’s speech from my own living room, where I’d been surfing channels during a half time of the NBA playoffs. Earlier, I’d talked to Jonathan on the phone, rambling on and on about the sloppy play of the Lakers. I’d finished off several beers. Now, as the president demonized the "bad apples," condemning symptoms of a disease he’d helped spread, I thought about winging some beer bottles in anger. And when Rupert inevitably came to mind, I considered throwing a few more bottles in worry.
      In the end, I wasn’t worried that Rupert might soon be revealed as another of the conspiring torturers, because even if he wasn’t, amid such a backdrop, the potential seemed destined to exist. Nor was I worried about the affect such a revelation might have on my hometown, as my hometown has already survived plenty of home-grown degradation, and carried enough misplaced patriotism to turn any such charges into a source of strange pride.
      "We showed those fucking towelheads who’s boss," the jobless fools might rage.
      Instead, I was worried about my own reaction if I ever saw Rupert’s heel against some Iraqi’s skull. I wondered what would become of my separation of unjust cause and support for the troops, once those lines got so blurred, once I had a familiar face to pin on such atrocities. A face just layers away from my own.

Josh Capps 2005

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josh cappsJosh Capps earned his MFA in Fiction at the University of Arkansas. His work has appeared in The Mississippi Review, Carve Magazine, Conversely, and The Barcelona Review. His essay "Red Meat, Cigarettes" appeared alongside work by Noam Chomsky and Bill Moyer in The Mississippi Review’s special politics issue in fall of 2004. He recently finished Subdivision, a collection of essays about his time playing small-college basketball.
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