A Good War Is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America (Paperback)

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In the wake of Abu Ghraib, Americans have struggled to understand what happened in the notorious prison and why. In this elegant series of essays, inflected with a radical Catholic philosophy, David Griffith contends that society's shift from language to image has changed the way people think about violence and cruelty, and that a disconnect exists between images and reality. Griffith meditates on images and literature, finding potent insight into what went wrong at the prison in the works of Susan Sontag, Anthony Burgess, and especially Flannery O’Connor, who often explored the gulf between proclamations of faith and the capacity for evil. Accompanying the essays are illustrated facts about torture, lists of torture methods and their long-term effects, and graphics such as the schematics of the “pain pathways” in the human body. Together, the images and essays endow the human being with the complexity images alone deny.

About the Author

Dave Griffith is the author of A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America. His work has appeared in the Utne Reader, Paris Review Daily, Image, The Normal School, Creative Nonfiction, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. He is at work on a book titled Pyramid Scheme: Making Art and Being Broke in America. He lives in Michigan with his wife, the writer Jessica Mesman Griffith, and their two children.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781933368122
ISBN-10: 1933368128
Publisher: Soft Skull
Publication Date: August 4th, 2006
Pages: 192
Language: English