Books by Don Wallace’s Bed

Don reports, “The Forever War, which I found at the Long Beach Jewish Community Center. It’s the third version, which Joe Haldeman approves.

I’m also reading ’68 by Paco Ignacio Taibo II. One of the great leaders of Mexican noir political fiction. I envy the Mexican writing circles; they give the impression of trading manuscripts and reading them, the ideal world we writers are always longing for, discussing books long into the night and smoking cigarettes. It’s about the shootings in ’68 in Mexico, when the Army let loose on student protestors in Mexico City’s central plaza. American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People by T.H. Breen. About the differences between our views of the founders and the reality.”

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2 responses to “Books by Don Wallace’s Bed”

  1. Gary Iorio

    Here’s a Joe Haldeman story. While an undergraduate at Hofstra I read a great review of “War Year,” Joe’s first book. My library didn’t have it. Two years later I bought it new for $4.50 at Iowa Book & Supply (I also got a 10% employee discount). And Joe came to a party at my joint in Iowa that night (Fall ’74) and signed it. I’m holding it now. Beautiful sentences in that short war novel.

    1. Don

      dang, Gary, that story’s good enough to make you an honorary Mexican noir novelist. and to make me jealous.

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