The Straggler

Desperate but Not Serious

‘In Berlin the situation is serious but not desperate; in Vienna, the situation is desperate but not serious.” This quip was heard around Central Europe in the closing days of ...

O Valiant Hearts

Here is a story from World War II. The place is the island of Crete; the date, May 1941. The Wehrmacht was busily occupying Greece. The British expeditionary force in ...

Catalog Shopper

We do ever more of our shopping online, I am told. The printed book is facing extinction, I am also told. The U.S. Postal Service is in dire straits, I ...

A Glimpse of Hell

I — ’ave — marched — six — weeks in ’Ell an’ certify It — is — not — fire — devils, dark, or anything, But boots — boots — boots — ...

Tumbled the Towers

Winter conducted a fighting retreat this year, one last storm bringing down our cable service. That left us without TV, Internet, or house phones. When we signed up for this ...