Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Heaven and Earth

Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Heaven and Earth

Article excerpt

been a long hot humid summer

and my wife and I are exhausted

and a little bored and it's Monday night

so we download a video

Oliver Stone's Heaven and Earth -

Vietnam through the life of a young

Vietnamese woman and we watch it

and get reminded how completely

horrible life is how life isn't worth

anything not one damn thing because

people are terrible and disgusting and

blood-thirsty and mindless sexual

monsters with all their raping and

killing and ravaging and torture and

snakes and knives and guns, mudpits

and flesh-eating ants, bombs and

grenades and agent orange and there's

so much pure violence three long hours

of pure human violence and hate

and death the Devil himself firmly in

control of humanity and the planet,

and the movie finishes and we turn it

off and the house is really quiet and we

start in right away for no apparent

reason yelling like crazy at each other

and though I hated this film's

despicable lopsided portrayal of

the human race maybe I did learn

something that the only way to stop

the violence is to stop the violence. …

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