MISFIT DOC: Things Men Say When I Say That I Write About War

God, how did you get interested in that?


Was your dad or brother in the military or something?

Well good for you.

I would never have guessed.


Like from an outsider’s viewpoint?

I think it’s great you’re interested in that.

Oh. Like military historians.

So do you have a connection to the subject matter?


No, seriously – I would never have guessed.

It must wear on you.


You don’t say.

So where did that come from?

Sorry – I’m just really surprised.



Susan Harlan is an English professor at Wake Forest University, and her work has appeared in venues including The Guardian US, Roads & Kingdoms, The Morning News, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Atlas Obscura, The Toast, Public Books, and The Establishment.

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