This excerpt from the first chapter of a memoir-in-progress is an attempt to capture my thoughts and emotions at the moment I realized I was being called to war. I left the U.S. Army to attend graduate school in 1999 only to be involuntarily called back into active military service one year into the War on Terror. Instead of painting a static picture of what I must have felt like when I received the news, I use my mobilization orders (the document itself) as the focus of a sort of running rhetorical critique that allows those thoughts and feelings to manifest in time. You'll find every stage of grief (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance) in this excerpt, each one liberally coated in the tertiary A of Absurdity.

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Brian Russell Hauser is Assistant Professor of English (Film Studies) at Union College.



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