” I mean… if you’re raised as a decent human being, killing somebody is against every moral thing you’ve ever been taught. And so, generally, in combat it’s ‘krauts,’ the ‘gooks,’ the ‘yanks’ – whatever you want to do to try and make it so that it’s not a human being. “


” I mean, if you’re proud of what you’ve done when you’ve served in the military, well then we call that bragging. And if you are unhappy about what happened, we call that complaining. And so what are you going to do? “


” And I think that it’s – the military has actually made improvements, so people are considering post-traumatic stress disorder as, at the least, a possible psychological problem. You know, when I was in Vietnam, it was just considered malingering. And we’re making progress. “


” Really important books to me are the classics. I try very hard to read them well – you know, especially once I got serious about writing. So, reading Tolstoy several times – ‘War and Peace,’ ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’ – all those were really important to me. “


” The Odyssey’ is the great tale, and I was really taken by ‘The Iliad,’ so I dig into those things, and when I was a kid I didn’t. You’ve gotta have a certain level of understanding yourself before that stuff really starts to resonate. “



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