The New WLA

The latest edition (Vol. 22, 2010) of the always-excellent journal, WLA (aka War, Literature & the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities), which is published by the U.S. Air Force Academy’s English and Fine Arts Department, as usual includes top-flight material dealing with the Vietnam War and Vietnam veterans.

That includes an excerpt from David Rabe’s new Vietnam War-heavy novel, Girl by the Road at Night ; an essay by Byron Calhoun on Tobias Wolff’s “Search for Heroism;” the transcript of a lecture on war poetry by John Balaban, best known for his translations of Vietnamese poetry; and an essay, “Urban Legends in Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried , ” by Toledo University English professor (and Vietnam veteran) Thomas E. Barden.

The issue also features photojournalist Craig F. Walker’s evocative photo-essay about Ian Fisher, a young man who joined the Army in 2007, and whom Walker followed as he finished high school, underwent basic training and AIT, deployed to Iraq and came home. That work appeared in a series in the Denver Post.

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