‘Forgive them and forget’ Mummy said- A poem for this Memorial Day

On past Memorial Days, I have written about the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend freedom and democracy. But what about the innocents who also died?   Those who are also casualties of war.  Like eight-year-old Martin Richards, who only wanted a world of love and peace and who was cruelly murdered in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Is he not also a hero?Martin Richards

Should not America today remember and honor little Martin and all the victims who fall in the savage and mindless attacks against the values of modern civilization?

Behind Every Successful Man

The Second Mrs. Wilson
Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT through May 31

Setting: American President Woodrow Wilson, the new leader of the free world, returns home in 1919 from the Versailles Peace Conference where the world has been made safe for democracy. Then he has a debilitating stroke and his second wife, Edith, seizes the reins of power…or at least some of them.

Margaret Colin and John Glover, photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Margaret Colin and John Glover, photo by T. Charles Erickson.

A Winning Combination: Hemingway and Groesbeck

Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls has long been one of my favorite war novels. Indeed, one of my favorite novels, period. As he had done in his earlier A Farewell to Arms, the greatest American novelist combined the themes of love and war into a reminder that frequently the pair end in tragedy.

For Whom The Bell Tolls-Original movie poster

For Whom The Bell Tolls-Original movie poster (Click on poster to see enlargement)

Often we remark upon the greatest first sentences of literature and too often overlook the last lines of great writing. One of the finest last sentences ever written was in For Whom The Bell Tolls.

Rififi: Film Noir as delightful on a living room wall as on the movie screen

It’s no secret that I am a big-time fan of French crime films. I have over 120 DVDs in my collection, spanning the decades from pre-World War II to the present. I have always had a particular fancy for film noir of the 1950’s, not only watching the films on my large screen television but reading their underlying novels.

The best of the breed (and I am far from alone in this judgment) are the three heist films of 1954 and 1955: Touchez Pas au Grisbi, Bob Le Flambeur, and Rififi (Du rififi chez les hommes).   Films notable not only for their bleak depiction of the Parisian milieu (criminal underworld) and the Montmartre of the period, but for the liberal use of French underworld argot which gave them (and still gives them) a special flavor all their own.

A Very Good Place: a fictional vignette about war-time desertion

“A Very Good Place”

By Stan Trybulski

A Cautionary Tale: The Evil That Men Write Lives After Them

Ernest Hemingway always wrote his sentences in pencil one at a time, carefully and painfully, with an eye on each word and both eyes on his legacy.  For Hemingway, America’s greatest writer, learned early on that while personality quirks, barroom brawls and marital foibles may be excused in a great writer and softened over the years, the written word lasts, if not forever, for a hell of a long time.

While he was alive, Hemingway took great pains, almost obsessively, to ensure that his earlier unpublished fiction and personal correspondence remained out of the public eye, ever fearful that their publication after his death would diminish his legacy.   In fact, their subsequent publication did no such thing, only fanning further interest in him as both a man and a writer.

Je suis Charlie-Stan Trybulski’s thriller novel The Gendarme is more relevant than ever

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Stan’s Run for Refugees

I  will be competing in the 8th annual Run for Refugees on Feb. 1. This 5-kilometer race up daunting East Rock in New Haven, Connecticut is an event to raise funds for the resettlement of refugees. Every contribution counts, so if you can give a a dollar or pound or Euro or two or even five, please do.
Just click on the link below.

East Rock

East Rock

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Moral Rectitude, Be Damned! Fury, the movie, and Hemingway, the war correspondent.

Even in these days of Hollywood movies going almost instantly onto DVDs to be watched at home on big-screen televisions, there are still films well-worth seeing in theaters, not only for the visual effects but for how those effects help tell and enhance the story.Fury poster

Fury, the harrowing, blood-soaked tale of World War II, starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBoeuf is just such a film.

Field of Honour: British World War I Recruitment Posters

Daddy_in_the_great_warLord Kitchener 1915One hundred years ago today, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. The Great War, as the First World War was called before there was a second, had begun.   On August 4, 1914, troops of the Imperial German Army poured across the border of tiny, neutral Belgium. Great Britain would now join the fight.field_of_honour

 

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