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Mar 21, 2008, 10:31 AM

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The doctors tell me that senile dementia is not contageous, that it can be reversed slightly by doing mental gymnastics such as writing. They offer no guarantee, however, and there have been no double blind experiments to verify their hypothesis. They do periodically scan my brain, even let me view the results; to me it appears that there has been shrinkage, like that last pair of jeans I bought which after one washing are too tight in the waist and seat.

I enlisted in the marines to experience a war; I don't recommend it. The sights sounds and smells remain fresh while more pleasant memories diminish with time and the shrinkage. I cannot comprehend why the war I attended is called by pundits and authors "The Forgotten War." I wish it were forgetable. All wars are forgotten almost as soon as they are begun by all but those directly affected; the reason for this, I've concluded, is because a fresh blood bath is begun before the last one is concluded. Then too, there are books authored by warriors or about warriors, about the victims, the refugees, and the costs--usually ten to fifteen years after the end of each conflict; and then there are those movies based on the books and stories produced a generation or two after the war they depict, which serve as recruitment devices for the next war. If one comprehends the above, then one can understand what keeps those undesired memories fresh while the more pleasant stuff shrinks and fades like blue denim.

I maintain two sites for writing stories and posting pictures. You are welcome to visit and make comments on the material you find there. http://oldmackstales.com and http://oldmackstales.wordpress.com

When I feel inspired I post on the literature and writing forum at http://www.Craiglist.org.

I don't plan to post any war stories here. I hope to engage in discussion about books and the writing craft.

Dana Davis / Moderator
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Mar 21, 2008, 2:16 PM

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Welcome to the Speakeasy, Mack!
We hope you find what interests you.

Dana Davis

Wendy Babiak

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Mar 29, 2008, 11:20 AM

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Welcome, Mack. What a poignant and (darkly) humorous introduction. (Humor is, as my oft-funny husband reminds me, on the list of mature Freudian defense mechanisms, you know.) I imagine writing about what you witnessed (and did) at war helps you process and come to terms with it.

With any luck your work can also serve as recruitment for the resistance to future wars.

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
-- Rachel Carson

Conspiracy of Leaves (Plain View Press)
What I Meant to Say


Mar 29, 2008, 1:39 PM

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Re: [babiak] Self Introduction: OldMack [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you for your kind comments on my self introduction. My dark humor is seldom appreciated. If my reading of Freud is correct--my memory of that reading, that is--Sigi would probably recommend a good laxative.

I'm currently striving to top the list of fabricated "memoirs." Nothing seems easier to sell than a lie, and the bigger the lie the easier it is to sell and the more the author is paid. I'd like to get my fictional memoir finished and to a publisher before George W. Bush and Dick Cheney submit theirs, because I know theirs would be impossible to top.

I recently wrote a two-part article for the newsletter published by and for the members of the rifle company with which I served in Korea. http://www.itemcompany31/main/html My stuff is on pages 15-16 of the Newsletter "Raider Platoon or Recon Platoon; What's in a Name?" Unfortunately, our publisher is also old and his macular degeneration is progressing rapidly. If you simply can't wait until June to read the second half of that tale, it may still be on my old website: http://oldmackstales.com/

Warm regards,


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