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Vietnam

Charles Waugh. Photo by Donna Barry Charles Waugh. Photo by Donna Barry While it's commonplace to say that art is a universal language, there is at least one artistic field where this doesn't quite hold true, and that is literature. Unlike visual art or dance or music, literature must go through an...
Tim O’Brien. © Marion Ettlinger, courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Next week, we celebrate the birthday of novelist and Big Read author, Tim O'Brien. Like many young American men in the late 1960s, O'Brien was drafted and fought in Vietnam. Much of his literary work concerns that war and its aftermath,...