October 01, 2003
No Parent Wants to Here

I meant to post this the other day. I don't know what to say about it, so I'll just tell you what I know. The New York Times ran an article about a young soldier in Iraq who manned a machine gun and got killed after saving maybe thirty of his men. The article was mostly about his wife and family back here at home. When they sent his body home, they also sent his possessions, including a laptop, and the laptop had a letter home on it.

There's something about the photograph of the letter on the laptop, how far off his spelling was, how Microsoft Word underlined the errors. Like that, it's not so polished, it's not outlook-ready spellcheck perfect. In this, it may be the closest thing we have to the character and idiosyncracies of handwriting, and it affected me maybe because there's not much of that left.

Posted by kevin slavin at October 01, 2003 04:46 PM
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Nice Site!

Posted by: Lolita on October 10, 2003 05:13 AM
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