“How can you be bored? How many books have you written?”

—Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s mother (Friday Black dedication)


"The art of teaching is almost as difficult

as the art of walking the tightrope."

Philippe Petit, "Creativity: The Perfect Crime," Diane Rehm Show 14 May 2014



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New and Forthcoming:

“Homage to Charlottesville: The Spanish Civil War and the International Legacy of the U.S. Monuments Debate,” lead essay in Monument Culture: International Perspectives on the Future of Monuments in a Changing World. Ed. Laura Macaluso. Rowan & Littlefield (forthcoming). 

“The Old Front.” The Hemingway Review (Fall 2018)

“A Kinetoscope of War: The Cinematic Effects of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried,JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory v48n2 (Summer 2018).

"Nobody -- NFL Protestors or Their Critics -- Has a Monopoly on Patriotism." Kansas City Star online (25 Oct 2017)

“Spectator-Citizen-Soldier: History, Genre, and Gender in The Hurt Locker,” special issue, “Enduring Operations: The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” MFS: Modern Fiction Studies v63n2 (Summer 2017) 

"Dallas-D.C.-Quang Tri." Combat Paper Project (forthcoming)

“First to Write: The 1970s and the Vietnamese War,” American Literature in Transition, 1970-1980 (Cambridge UP, 2018)

“Louis Fischer as ‘Mitchell’ in For Whom the Bell Tolls,The Hemingway Review (Spring 2017)

"Field Notes on The Things They Carried," WLA: War, Literature, & the Arts (2016)