« | Home | »

Empty Intervals

Tags: | | |


Maybe editors should only ever be gratified, never startled, to come across a photograph of someone caught actually reading what they publish. Startled somewhat we were, however, by this image. A someone in camouflage and with an assault rifle to hand: not your average phantom subscriber. It is in fact a young officer in the British army serving in Afghanistan and he’s one of the illustrations in a newly published military memoir called The Junior Officers’ Reading Club, whose author, Patrick Hennessey, has now resigned from the army to become a lawyer. He helped start the club when he was in Iraq and then took it with him to Afghanistan. He describes it as a product of ‘a post-9/11 army of graduates and wise-arse Thatcherite kids’, and then lets it be known, so as to bring out the remarkable extent of the literary turn the service has now taken, that its activities in Afghanistan come under the heading of Operation Herrick – unless that honours a different Herrick from the ‘gather ye rosebuds’ man.

It’s hard to know whether the LRB should now be planning to make use of 2Lt Will Harries’s photograph – disappointingly captioned as being of him only ‘playing with guns’ – by way of a publicity windfall; it would be nice to imagine, however, that the army’s own hard-pressed recruiters might exploit it, as suggesting the opportunities for the mind’s improvement that may come up in the empty intervals between the gunfire.

Comments on “Empty Intervals”

  1. Martin says:

    The photo seems fairly staged to me, particularly as one of the articles is “England goes it alone”. (Admittedly not about the war in Afghanistan.) The magazine could even have been Photoshopped in.

Comment on this post

Log in or register to post a comment.

  • Recent Posts

    RSS – posts

  • Contributors

  • Recent Comments

    • jayavarman on How to Rig an Election: Before US election day 2000, Jeb Bush's Florida government disenfranchised a large number of voters in primarily Democratic districts, though it still...
    • Harry Travis on How to Rig an Election: Mr. Newey's comment is exceptional, noting the non sequitur nature outrage by the US Establishment and especially the liberal US press. Trump, with hi...
    • ikp on Maddening, Fiendish, Formidable: To buy Nemo from the USA, email your order to the editor at ikp1000@cam.ac.uk. You can pay with PayPal.
    • thebears on How to Rig an Election: Can't comment on accuracy, but this certainly aspires to tell you how the Congressional races are looking: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/201...
    • Jeremy Bernstein on How to Rig an Election: As a physicist who has followed closely nuclear arms proliferation I have noted and commented on in print on Trump's willful ignorance of the subject...

    RSS – comments

  • Contact

  • Blog Archive

Advertisement Advertisement