Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tim O'Brien on war stories

“A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain men from doing the things men have always done. If a story seems moral, do not believe it. If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie. There is no rectitude whatsoever. There is no virtue. As a first rule of thumb, therefore, you can tell a true war story by its absolute and uncompromising allegiance to obscenity and evil.” —Tim O'Brien


  1. Seen this? http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/04/apple-bans-brian-k-vaughans-saga-12-over-gay-sex-scenes?utm_source=Feedburner%3A+Frontpage+Partial+RSS+Feed&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Torcom%2FFrontpage_Partial+%28Tor.com+Frontpage+Partial+-+Blog+and+Stories%29

  2. Missed it. Apple's done that sort of thing before. I can't remember if they allowed what they'd banned last time, or if people gave up the fight. Sex makes Apple nervous.

  3. What's odd about it is that the issue just before this one had an extremely NSFW image of two men having sex that was pretty "in your face" and Apple let that go out without comment. Actually them banning it is kind of a backhanded complement. Quickest way to broaden and increase the readership of a book or GN is to ban it.