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.