Michael Herr, 1940-2016

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Image from Vanity Fair.

“I was there to watch,” he wrote. “I went to cover the war and the war covered me; an old story, unless of course you’ve never heard it.”

Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter has an appreciation here. You can buy “Dispatches” here (or drop by your local library).

A few weeks ago I quoted from Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried.” Herr’s “Dispatches” is equally grim and equally profound.

RIP.

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