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War and the Aftermath: In Words and Images
A multi-genre—including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic literature—examination of conflict and the physical and psychological devastation of the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. Look, Solmaz Sharif’s poetry collection, asks us to see the ongoing costs of war as the unbearable loss of human lives and also the insidious abuses against our everyday speech. The White Donkey tells the story of a young Marine in Iraq and the challenges he faces on his return home, written and illustrated by Maximilian Uriarte, a Marine who served two tours in Iraq. Sarah Glidden’s nonfiction graphic narrative, Rolling Blackouts, explores the responsibility and controversies of journalistic reporting in recounting her experiences in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq with her journalist friends and former Marine. Moderated by Joshua Wolf Shenk (Powers of Two).