This is hard. This morning, three phone calls came in at once. My friend Tim Hetherington has died, while covering the war in Libya. The worst thing about being a writer is sometimes you have to pen elegies for your friends.
Tim always inquired first about how you and the family were doing. For me, it meant a lot. I was hired by Nat Geo as the Military Outreach Coordinator. As a writer more comfortable in literary fiction writing and editing, as well as creative non-fiction…
Added by Kanani Fong on April 21, 2011 at 8:00am —
"I worry America's continued unhealthy worship of soldiers where support for troops no matter what becomes support for the war." -Jonathon Kim, The Young Turks, Re-think & Review
In his quasi-review (which is less about the film Restrepo
than it is to espouse his own opinion of the war), Jonathon Kim expresses his concern about what he perceives as a lemming-like mindset of those who… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on December 8, 2010 at 11:10pm —
I attended the DVD launch in West Hollywood the other night. Tim,
Sebastian and soldiers Santana Rueda and Dan Monroe were there for a
Q&A. The soldiers did an excellent job fielding questions. The
crowd was mainly film auteurs, and there were several questions with a
potential political bias.
Q: "If you were President and Vice President tomorrow, what would you do about the war?" Continue
A: "I'd give more resources to the soldiers…
Added by Kanani Fong on December 8, 2010 at 11:00pm —
In Sebastian's book WAR,
he goes into great detail about finding a cup of coffee at COP Restrepo.
"Coffee at Restrepo was a problem because no one drank it so you were more or less on your own in that regard. Certain MREs include packets of coffee, powdered milk, and sugar, but I found it hard to remember which ones they were --as opposed to, say, the breakfast tea or cider mix --and that meant pawing through the… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on December 8, 2010 at 10:30pm —
I know, it sounds like a lyric to a song from the 1940's. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. So here I am singing:
This summer, as part of my role as military outreach coordinator for… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on October 16, 2010 at 2:30am —
There's a tendency for people to mention "Afghanistan is a backwater country and it always has been, and always will be."
I hear this a lot. From people on both sides of rails. Soldiers will say it when in disgust they have been working and fighting so hard, and are tired of the corruption. Anti-war activists, Libertarians, Democrats and even Republicans have said it to infer we should be out or to call for for a draw down of troops and funds. The image… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on October 8, 2010 at 1:30pm —
Once a month, I write a post for PBS' Regarding War website.
Having explored many facets of the Vietnam war and veterans experiences, this year PBS started asking people to share how these wars --Iraq and Afghanistan have shaped their lives. Writing for one of the big dogs (or maybe PBS is a medium size dog… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on September 19, 2010 at 2:30am —
Over on my blog, The Kitchen Dispatch
, I have a video clip of Tim Hetherington speaking about the relationship formed with the platoon.
"I wasn't familiar with the term until I sat down and spoke with
filmmaker Tim Hetherington and asked him about his relationship with
Battle Company. Tim and Sebastian Junger completed ten embeds over the
course of a year in the Korengal… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on August 28, 2010 at 12:39am —
Yesterday, I wrote about Dallas Wright getting Restrepo to Little Rock, Arkansas. Dallas was able to capitalize on the good stroke of luck that Restrepo won Best Documentary at the Little Rock Film Festival,
run by the Renaud Brothers. This little Film Festival packs a punch, and each year as it grow bigger it attracts more and more films that are critically received.Here's a photo of SGT Misha Pemble… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on August 20, 2010 at 3:00am —
I think someone called Restrepo, "The movie all Americans should see but probably won't."
Today, I was answering an email from a big wig up the chain of command, who ended it with "Other movie stars have come to and shown their movies prior to its release."
I wanted to nicely remind them Restrepo is a small film and it's already in theaters. It's a documentary with no big movie stars, no love scenes, no car chases, no sex scenes (though I'm sure the… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on August 19, 2010 at 3:00am —
This is a post to underscore the strength of the military support community. Because of them, our men and women who serve (as well as their families and loved ones) are often helped with great generosity with no expectation of acknowledgment. The scope of their work is simply amazing, and often heroic. We are never stranded because they've got our backs.
The other day, I looked at the weather map and thought about changing my flight back east. Due to booking the cheapest flight (a… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on July 3, 2010 at 11:00am —
The house sitters are lined up. We're leaving for our summer PCS across the country, so Daughter and I can have the summer with her Dad --also known to readers of my blog as The Hubs.
Since 2008, we've spent probably at most --5 weeks together. 2 of those were spent getting him ready for his deployment and dropping him off at Ft. Benning.… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on June 25, 2010 at 3:00am —
It's summer, and I've been caught in a whirlwind of work. But the season demands a break now and then. The yard is green, the flowers in bloom. It's not so hot the…
Added by Kanani Fong on June 22, 2010 at 9:00pm —
"No one can say it better than a Soldier, an American Paratrooper. Continue
As I look out across this eclectic group I'm reminded how many seek to identify a rift between the
military and Hollywood-types.
But in fact it is men like Misha that
readily ensure the freedoms that allow for expression and the ability
to tell our collective stories. I can assure you we, in the military,
respect those who accept and share risk to tell our…
Added by Kanani Fong on June 10, 2010 at 12:42am —
No books this time, but instead to celebrate all our hard work, dedication and general need for looniness, I'm having a giveaway on my blog.
The reason for this is something I've observed for a very long time.
It's no secret the PR Team for the movie Restrepo asked me to help out a bit. I've also given away a few books. My role in this machine is pretty small. The PR machine is like an… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on June 9, 2010 at 1:30pm —
Milbloggers are reading WAR and here are some of the reviews:
WAR reviews on Milblogs
C.J. Grisham's of A Soldier's Perspective has a review on WAR:… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on June 4, 2010 at 6:30pm —
I just posted my review of the movie Restrepo over on my Military Blog, "The Kitchen Dispatch."
A little birdie enabled me to watch a pre-release screening of the movie here in L.A.
In short ....yes, yes, yes. Thank you Tim and Thank you Sebastian.
Added by Kanani Fong on June 3, 2010 at 4:50pm —
I've noticed that some people are responding purely to interviews Sebastian has given. What they're responding to is the issue of war, politics, and also a lot of long-held stereotypes that have nothing to do with the book (or reality).
I would hope that anyone catching Sebastian on NPR, C-SPAN, or any other news outlet, will get the book, read it and respond accordingly.
In April, I shared the press kit for Restrepo over on my blog. The promoter of the film was nice enough to… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on June 1, 2010 at 2:00am —
Having read Sebastian's seasoned response
, I've had awhile to think of my own.
Unlike Sebastian, this war stuff is new to me. My resume reads less like a human rights campaign than it does a bookworm who happened to raise kids. Sure, I'm an Army wife now, but for 23 years I was just a regular civilian wife with absolutely no ties to the military, and any… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on May 26, 2010 at 1:30am —
I guess I'll go ahead and mention it here.
This is totally unofficial and hasn't been sanctioned by anyone related to the book. Okay? So if they get upset they can just come in a delete this post. What they can't do is hit me with the whammy stick because then I have to get all Army wife on them and chew their ear off. And I am just not in the mood for that, okay? Got it? Besides, when was the last time you could tell an Army wife anything?… Continue
Added by Kanani Fong on May 24, 2010 at 12:00pm —