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McSweeney's #26 by Dave Eggers
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i was listening to the black angels with their acoustic guitar after minutes of silence on the last track. it comes right out at you. the lyrics. "he's fighting in iraq. he's fighting in the iraq war. what for. well it was the next day. his mother got a telegram. it was addressed from iraq. oh oh."

and these books. just the books themselves. perfect facsimilies of the war editions from world war II. millions of copies were sent to soldiers overseas. and these. these remind you of that war. of that other time. of some time before. before. before. before everything seemed so fucked up. you can lay them on your table and the object itself. the war edition reminds you that there are kids. and mothers. and fathers. and teenagers fighting a war. and that alone, the reminder, is something epic. and important.
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