edit to add, a couple days later: I’ve read the first two stories of Phil Klay and was slightly put off to learn that he was a public affairs officer and not a grunt in the war (well, he is from Dartmouth, and ROTC) and that he says it rhymes with “eye”. His maternal grandfather was a diplomat according to NYT wedding announcement. It’s kinda weird (and off-putting) to be reading Phil Klay and Barry Eisler (or I’m listening to an audio book cd). I think I’m a year late to Klay. National Book Award 2014 although I got it from this months i.e. end of 2015 Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.
I’m also working on a story about the Dartmouth football coach who wrote his school’s fight song, or one of them. That’s almost like if Ernie Banks wrote “Take Me Out” or something. “Wah hoo wah” is an archaic and sometimes offensive and shibolithic Dartmouth utterance of congrats while “oo-rah” and in his use “oo-fucking-rah” is a Marine greeting.
I’m sort of super-setting Phil Klay and Robert Reich. I’m hoping to read a public-available article on semantics and the military by Colonel Rich Outzen the former Aragon of San Mateo and Dartmouth football star, a lineman, and subject of Brian E. Moore’s documentary on the return of ROTC to Dartmouth, “Army Green” (1986).
By Saper-Worf, words shape reality more than describe it. So yes, words are weapons. The universe is a story as much as a place, according to Brian Swimme. Same holds true, as near as we can tell without distorting, for Plastic Alto.