SCRIBE (Michael Herr, R.I.P.)

Sunshine, blue skies and 2016, please go away…


Happens I just read (and mini-reviewed) his masterpiece, Dispatches, here mere days ago. I don’t have much to add, except to note that two of the best filmmakers of his, or any, era, Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now) and Stanley Kubrick (Full Metal Jacket), tried to capture what he had written on film. He even contributed to the scripts. It didn’t help. They didn’t come close. He wrote one of those books where any given word might be worth a thousand pictures. I hope he found a little peace here. It would have been little enough reward for doing the best job of anyone describing why we’ve never walked away from ’68 and never will.

For his memory, then…





2 thoughts on “SCRIBE (Michael Herr, R.I.P.)

  1. It’s been many years since I read “Dispatches.” Just thinking of this book brings back the memory of fear. “…any given word might be worth a thousand pictures.” Amen and amen. Words are powerful, all the more so when put together beautifully.
    All leaders who can send men to war should be required to read this book and “All Quiet on the Western Front.”
    -but I wish it would rain.

    Thank you

  2. Such a fine writer. I can understand why he wrote so little after Dispatches. Some works just drain their authors last spiritual resource. But as Orson Welles liked to say: It only takes one.

    …and your welcome!

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