"He believes the war was fundamentally unwinnable, and on this assumption every step towards it (and deeper into it) was obviously a mistake: the sending of combat units, the bombing of North Vietnam, new troop requests by American commanders — all these decisions he inspects for cognitive failures and untested assumptions. Unsurprisingly, he finds them."
Read my Spectator review of Brian VanDeMark's new book on the decisions that led to the Vietnam War.
A new collaboration with the talented Rose Paré, who wrote and stars in "Sometimes HE Tickles" (released February 2019). More here.
"We do our children a disservice if we prepare them for the art but not for the grind, for the inspiration but not for the implementation. They need to be capable of doing either, and often both."
Read my Literary Review of Canada essay on raising kids in an era of risk-aversion and rapid change.
Watch my interview-documentary with The New School's Shannon Mattern on the myriad ways a city can be considered "intelligent". Originally published on urbanNext.