Monday, June 27

Michael Herr, 1940–2016


"Michael Herr, who wrote 'Dispatches,' a glaringly intense, personal account of being a correspondent in Vietnam that is widely viewed as one of the most visceral and persuasive depictions of the unearthly experience of war, died on Thursday at a hospital near his home in Delaware County, N.Y. He was 76. ... The war in Vietnam and its dehumanizing effect on its participants figured widely in Mr. Herr’s writing life. ... But it was 'Dispatches' that declared Mr. Herr’s unimpeachable credentials as a witness to the fearsome fury of combat and, perhaps more terrible, the crippling apprehension that precedes it. ..."
NY Times
Washington Post: Vietnam War reporter Michael Herr, who helped write ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ dies at 76
The Paris Review
Esquire: Hell Sucks / Michael Herr
YouTube: Why Michael Herr went to Vietnam as a war reporter

2011 September: Dispatches (1977)

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