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Back Home from Iraq Stories

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

The recent anniversary of the fifth year of the Iraq War is a good excuse to point out some of the war coverage we’ve done on SMITH. By “we” I by and large mean Michael Slenske, a young writer/reporter I worked with at Men’s Journal a few years ago. Through his combo of curiosity and [...]

Back Home from Iraq with Tomas Young

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Body of Evidence

” Talking to my ex-wife about my erectile issues, having my mom stick the catheter in—those are all very intense things to watch. But the more people see about my daily life the more they know: 1) not to make impetuous decisions; 2) this war has personal consequences and ramifications that aren’t shown [...]

Iraqi Graffiti: The Photos of Todd Bowers

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

SMITH contributing editor Michael Slenske’s last story was a “Back Home from Iraq” feature on MoveOn’s VideoVet winner John Bruhns.
As far as Iraq war vets go, Marine reservist Todd Bowers might be the luckiest. During a routine patrol on the outskirts of Fallujah in the fall of 2004, his civil affairs unit was called to [...]

Beyond the Hoods: The Abu Ghraib Images of Daniel Heyman

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

The hooded figure. That’s the image of Abu Ghraib that began living in our heads when The New Yorker published photographs taken by American soldiers along with Seymour Hersh’s historic Torture at Abu Ghraib article three years ago. By this point, the image has been significantly deadened—flattened and stylized into angry, well-intentioned iconography, the stuff [...]

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