Tuesday, July 13, 2004

There's been fighting, fiercer than ever as we remember, in Ramadi. The Marines are taking many casualties. As have been the Army, but in Ramadi death and mayhem are being unleashed "beaucoup et bien vite."

Today's the birthday of Isaac Babel, a great Jewish and Soviet writer. I know him for some English translations of stories included in an anthology of Russian short stories.

And tomorrow is the Day of the Bastille. Vive la France! Vive la liberte'!


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