[news filter]Iraq veteran wins blog prize
May 15, 2007 11:08 AM   Subscribe

[news filter]Iraq veteran wins blog prize "The timing of the award is almost as striking as the writing which it honours. A former American machine gunner's memoir of a year's tour of duty in Iraq based on his blog has just won a major accolade at precisely the moment when the US military high command is clamping down on blogs among the rank and file."
posted by Postroad (11 comments total)
Also. BTW -- not saying this FPP is a double.
posted by ericb at 11:18 AM on May 15, 2007

Yay! I love that book.
posted by thehmsbeagle at 11:26 AM on May 15, 2007

"Best book of the year based on a blog." Um, OK.
posted by smackfu at 11:26 AM on May 15, 2007

You couldn't, like, post a link to his blog?
posted by nasreddin at 11:47 AM on May 15, 2007

His blog is here.
posted by ericb at 12:09 PM on May 15, 2007

Although I'm pleased for him and I'm sure his book is very good, I see no reason why there's such a fuss that the US military, like so many employers, is clamping down on its employees blogging about what they do at work.
posted by rhymer at 1:05 PM on May 15, 2007

Looks to me like it could be an interesting read; he obviously has a lot to say, and doesn't seem shy about it.
posted by flippant at 1:11 PM on May 15, 2007

Check out this documentary-style animation of one of his stories. It was created as part of PBS's Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience.
posted by Dodger at 1:45 PM on May 15, 2007

Wow, he looks like a real dick in the picture. I am very glad to be nowhere near him or his machine gun.
posted by signal at 2:36 PM on May 15, 2007

The problem is, rhymer, that soldiers are "at work" for eighteen months, continuously.
posted by notsnot at 5:14 PM on May 15, 2007

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