David Abrams's Writings
In the summer of 2005, I was trapped in a cyclic 11-hour workday in Baghdad, serving as a non-commissioned officer in Army Public Affairs. Day after day, I cranked out press releases from my task force’s headquarters building which lay within spitting distance of Saddam Hussein’s former palace. Outside and miles from where I sat, my fellow soldiers...
It’s the dawn of a new day, soldier.Get your headin the right place.Pull your shit together,smoke ’em if you’ve got ’emthenunlock and unload,unsling arms,and unlace those boots(the ones with theunavoidable unscrubbablespots the size of dimesthat came that day from Sgt. Binghamand his new non-arm). We’re heading out,zero-dark-thirty,into the revised Iraqwhere...
I'm the author of Fobbit (Grove/Atlantic), a comic novel about the Iraq War. I earned my BA in English from the University of Oregon in 1987 and my MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska in 2004. After working as a reporter for newspapers in...