This week, I'm reading Craig Mullaney's The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education for my Autobiographical Literacies class.
Thinking About Memoir and Bill Roorbach's Writing Life Stories: How To Make Memories Into Memoirs, Ideas Into Essays And Life Into Literature either, figuring I might be better served reading alongside the course texts.) Although my father served in the Navy, it wasn't a career choice, and it's not a career choice many in my family have followed. While I admire those who have served and support the individuals I know (who come to me in the form of college students), I'm not especially interested in military history or strategies, and I often think that our military is sent to places where it does not belong.
I've read about a third of the memoir since yesterday, and I'm enjoying it much more than I thought I would (a reminder not to necessarily a judge a book by its cover, perhaps). What I'm finding interesting is learning about the type of training that Mullaney has received - not coming from a military family, it's background with which I'm simply unfamiliar.