A Thousand Shards of Glass: There Is Another America by Michael Katakis

By Michael Katakis

A visceral and eviscerating lament for america, the rustic Katakis enjoyed yet can now not endure to reside in.

Once upon a time, Michael Katakis lived in a spot of massive goals, shiny colors and sleight of hand. That position used to be America.

One evening, traveling the place those that stay inside illusions shouldn't ever cross, he stared into the darkness and glimpsed a light flag the place shadows collected, revealing one other the USA. It used to be a damaged position, bred from worry and mistrust - 1000 shards of glass - choked with a those that in the past had given away all that used to be invaluable; a those who were bought, for therefore lengthy, a overseas betrayal that eventually got here from inside, and for not anything greater than a handful of silver.

These essays, letters and magazine entries have been written as a farewell to the rustic Michael loves nonetheless, and to the spouse he knew as his 'True North'. a robust and private polemic, 1000 Shards of Glass is Michael's entice his fellow electorate to alter their direction; a cautionary story to these all over the world who idealise an the USA that by no means was once; and, crucially, a glimpse past the parable, to a rustic whose most sensible days may possibly nonetheless lie forward.

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He turned us into the men’s latrine and then into the shower room. ” I reached up and grabbed the shower handle. ” On cue we doused ourselves with ice-cold water. ” We began to march around the shower in our sodden boots as Bellinger called out lefts and rights. As the showers warmed up, steam obscured the smile I had been trying in vain to restrain. Apart from submission, the only authorized emotional expression was false enthusiasm. Smiles were a sign of weakness. “I can still see you, Mullaney.

In silent protest I refused to name my rifle. Target practice was difficult for those of us who hadn’t grown up hunting. At first I missed even the fifty-yard “Ivan” targets that popped up from the brush wearing Soviet overcoats and furry hats. The recoil surprised me, and I scratched my cheek on the rifle sights. Yet after three days of sweltering bouts in the foxhole I could successfully “engage” three out of every four Ivans. In the event that green plastic dummies ever attacked my rifle platoon, I would be ready.

As each fragment tumbles through a torso, bones splinter upon impact and send secondary projectiles into surrounding soft tissue. Everyone oohed and aahed. Ivan was just plastic. The last vestige of the old Army remaining in Beast was the celebrated Bayonet Assault Course, designed for the sole purpose of instilling an aggressive warrior spirit. Standing in an empty field with our rifles, we chanted fierce infantry mottos. Apparently, there was no euphemism at bayonet distance. ” “There are two kinds of people in this world.

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