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The song “Some Nights,” by indie pop band Fun, was a Top 40 hit and one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Songs of 2012.  The music video, depicting a fictional battle from the Civil War and angsty lovers on both sides, recently caught the attention of historian Allen Guelzo, author of the forthcoming Gettysburg.  He thought the video was a “hoot,” and offered some context for the events on screen:
Overall tone and emotional saliency:
“For men who went through combat in the Civil War, life afterwards seemed stale. Many sought life-risking adventures to meet the craving that the war had created. Many of the ideals the war was fought for disappeared along with the battle smoke. Those who survived needed to find something new, something stimulating, or else lapse into depression, rage or madness.”
Historical accuracy:
“In actual combat, few soldiers fought face-to-face. Most of the carnage was inflicted by rifle-fire and artillery. And combat hardly ever occurred at night. But the kind of anxiety and grief you see in the video was real enough. An army surgeon from Illinois wrote, ‘There is no God in war. It is merciless, cruel, vindictive, unchristian, savage, relentless. It is all that devils could wish for.’”
(by Mark Chiusano with Allen Guelzo. Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, goes on sale tomorrow.) 

The song “Some Nights,” by indie pop band Fun, was a Top 40 hit and one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Songs of 2012.  The music video, depicting a fictional battle from the Civil War and angsty lovers on both sides, recently caught the attention of historian Allen Guelzo, author of the forthcoming Gettysburg.  He thought the video was a “hoot,” and offered some context for the events on screen:

Overall tone and emotional saliency:

“For men who went through combat in the Civil War, life afterwards seemed stale. Many sought life-risking adventures to meet the craving that the war had created. Many of the ideals the war was fought for disappeared along with the battle smoke. Those who survived needed to find something new, something stimulating, or else lapse into depression, rage or madness.”

Historical accuracy:

“In actual combat, few soldiers fought face-to-face. Most of the carnage was inflicted by rifle-fire and artillery. And combat hardly ever occurred at night. But the kind of anxiety and grief you see in the video was real enough. An army surgeon from Illinois wrote, ‘There is no God in war. It is merciless, cruel, vindictive, unchristian, savage, relentless. It is all that devils could wish for.’”

(by Mark Chiusano with Allen Guelzo. Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, goes on sale tomorrow.) 

Michelle Shocked reads the Michelle Shocked scene from Wild! 

David Shields has students ask him absurd questions, and gives some fantastic answers. How Literature Saved My Life, his latest book of essays, makes its debut in bookstores today. 

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In which Cornel West admits he is a “Jane Austen freak”

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks about the journey that took her from the Bronx to the Bench. Her new book, My Beloved World, is out this week from Knopf. 

Check out the new TV commercial for Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, Wild. 


I think my inner book lover and inner book marketer both agree that more book commercials (and less, say, Papa John’s commercials) would go a long way in making me dust off that remote. 

Author Ben Marcus talks about his novel, The Flame Alphabet, on sale today.

Michael Lindsay-Hogg, author of Luck and Circumstance, talks about the first time he met The Beatles; directing The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus; and the relationship between his mother, Geraldine Fitzgerald, and Orson Welles.

You can also watch Michael’s tips on writing as part of our Writers on Writing series.

In this extended short film excerpt, directed by Griffin Dunne, Joan Didion reads from the second chapter of her memoir, Blue Nights.