“Drugs Away,” one in a collection of short stories in progress, will appear in The Blue Falcon: A Journal of Military Fiction
A work of fiction, it begins with this account of a promotional campaign undertaken during the Vietnam War:
That Charlie got his brains spread over the Cambodian treetops made most of them forget that he’d been the chief scriptwriter for a doomed radio propaganda series. “Insane,” he’d called Drugs Away; but the rest of them came to realize he was the crazy one. Still, maybe he’d been a genius, after all. “Sad loss,” they told others back home, privately including themselves among the casualties.
The radio serial, to be broadcast in-country, was the brainchild of “Mad” Major Moon, who saw it as an effective anti-drug tool. His previous assignment had been near Chicago, where he was addicted to WCFL’s Chicken Man. That ongoing comic drama of a would-be super hero originated in the Windy City and was then syndicated on, among other places, Armed Forces Radio.
“We’ll call our show Drugs Away,” the major told his soldiers. “You know, like ‘Bombs Away.’ The hero is named Smash. Sidearm is his diminutive sidekick.”
In one of those cases where truth is stranger than fiction, see this story about a contemporary public relations effort in another overseas conflict.
Michael Lund will speak about his book of short stories, How To Not Tell a War Story
, at the session:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on
Thu. March 21st, 2013 at 4:00 PM at
Region Ten Community Services Board
502 Old Lynchburg Road in Charlottesville
Also on the panel are Matt Zeller (Watches Without Time: An American Soldier in Afghanistan), Roberta Culbertson (Dangerous Worlds: A Spiritual Guide to PTSD), and Grady Smith (Blood Chit). Ben Shaw will be the moderator.
Details can be found at this site: http://www.vabook.org/site13/participants/details.php?partID=412
On February 5, 2013, Michael Lund will be a guest speaker in the American Literature class at the American School in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. His topic will be “Surprise and Satisfaction in Literary Experience,” and he will read from his collection of short stories, How to Not Tell a War Story
, as part of his presentation.
The title story to Michael Lund’s collection, How to Not Tell a War Story
, has been published in the current edition of The Air Force Academy’s periodical, War, Literature, and the Arts
. It begins as follows:
They all knew they were going to die. Not by the occasional rocket, less frequent mortar round, or stray bullets from hot firefights across Cam Ranh Bay, but because of some stupid accident. Show-Me would be reading a letter from Sandra back home in Fairfield and step in front of a deuce-and-a-half, not going so fast but with such momentum that he felt only a slap on the side of his head. High on a dozen Falstaffs from the E-4 club, Bernard the Jew, having survived the projects in Brooklyn with no father at home, would fail to see the warning tape and fall into a construction hole. He lay in the shape of a crowbar for two days, his neck broken. And John-john, who had not yet grown up, was convinced he suffered from undiagnosed allergies. He was stung by a scorpion and died in his bed, genitals swollen to the size of a bowling pin and . . .well, bowling balls. So they prophesied. . . .
The complete story can be read here:
Michael Lund signed books at The Reader’s Corner in Rolla, Missouri, and addressed the campus community of the Missouri University of Science and Technology in November. His presentation, “How to Not Tell a War Story: An Academic Talks about being a Veteran,” focused on what voices are heard in national debates. Using examples from 19th-century British literature (in which women begin to gain new audiences),
Victorian magazine illustration
and African-Americans before 1954 seeking better schools,
- Scene of student walkout.
he discussed new veterans organizations in contemporary America (where a small minority of citizens with military experience strive to shape their stories).
Michael Lund’s “Stratego” is featured in a new anthology published by MilSpeak Books. The story begins like this:
After that time near Katum, Copy started to make his own Statego game. He traded cassettes for poster stock from Bob, one of the photographers, and drew the board. Then, keeping himself out of sight in the sound booth, he made the pieces, designing symbols for the different officers, the bombs, the flags. It took awhile for the others to make the connection: a war game and an actual firefight. . . .
Read more about the anthology here.
David Willson writes about Michael Lund’s collection of stories in the November 8 VVA Veteran
, (published by the Vietnam Veterans of America):
[Lund] has a rare gift as a story teller. Many of the stories are written in a point-counterpoint method, alternating passages set in Vietnam with passages set back home after the war. This technique shows how inextricably linked the past is to the present and how a soldier’s war experiences permeate an ex-soldier’s later life.
These elegantly and formally written stories are in a very traditional form . . . . They were full of surprises and introduced me to Vietnam veterans who served as medical supply specialists, personnel specialists, information specialists, and mortuary affairs specialists. And the stories showed me what these rear-echelon personnel contributed to our war.
Thanks to Michael Lund for bravely going with his short stories where no other Vietnam War author has gone before.
See the complete review here: http://vvabooks.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/how-not-to-tell-a-war-story-by-michael-lund/