Horrors of war: Jaquith interviews photo-journo Ashley Gilbertson

Local blogger and Virginia Quarterly Review web guy Waldo Jaquith interviews photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson, whose eye-opening recent article in the VQR "The Life and Lonely Death of Noah Pierce" "tells the story of just one veteran, the 23-year-old Pierce, who took a handgun and shot himself in the head on the night of July 25, 2008, tortured by the memories of what he’d seen and what he’d done in his two tours of duty in Iraq."

Indeed, the peice is a wake-up call for anyone who has been lulled to sleep by this drawn out war. Writes Jaquith on the VQR's blog, "I sat down with Ashley a few weeks ago to discuss how he became interested in this topic, why it’s so important, and what it’s been like for him to write about and photograph something so difficult."

Listen to the interview

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I don't believe it is "time for a new God" as Mr. Cannon does. I will stay with our Lord Jesus Christ, thank you very much. However, IF it was time for a new God, I'm pretty sure it would not be a ludicrously pompous, toupeed, homosexual hustler who speaks in his own Orwellian dialect and ALWAYS has something expensive for sale, whether it's souvenirs, CDs, retreats, or his own precious time. No, the "old God" is not "killing us", but sacrilege, greed, dishonesty and egomania just might.

Jeremy - what a scathing bit of Christian self-revelation! You've managed (in a very brief outburst of self-righteousness) to show us all just exactly what you have learned from your Jesus... how to be a bigoted hatemonger. Please, by all means stick with your old God. He and you were meant for each other.

Samantha - babycakes, you're a little overwrought it seems. Does Cynthia threaten you? Why's a little cult in the woods got you all tied up in knots? Where is the LOVE?? You tell me. Certainly not in your post anymore than hers...

Say what you will about the National Enquirer, they are almost always right! This article seems totally fair to me. I find The Hook to always be more impartial, more thoroughly researched and more intelligently written than the Daily Progress.

Regina - your opinion about the National Enquirer uniquely qualifies you to rate The Hook. Yah!

MC is small time. You won't see him on Oprah any time in the near future, that's for sure.

Love

i think we should at least try not to judge others-and rather try to respect another's viewpoint though we may not see or understand it

L'amore e un desio che ven dal cuore
Per abbondanza di gran piacimento
E li occhi in prima generan l'amore
E il cuore li da nutricamento

Is this the same Master Charles that used to be "Swami Vivekananda" in the Siddha Yoga group? Oh my gosh ... I'm sorry, I just can't help laughing.

It is the nature of a Spiritual Community that we
hear about "The Master" and of course; the goings on.
Who lives at Synchronicity Foundation? And what type
of communication do they keep with their parents.
Who monitors Synchronicity? Who moitors the behavior
and Psychological Health of The "Master". My son who
we shall call Ben R. Just returned from India. As an
adult he charts his own life. Yet there has been no
communication by letter or phone for years. It is one
issue to Market God, it is another issue to imprison
minds.

Whats the truth behind Channeling
Channeling is not part of the Conscious Mind.
But rather comes from the Super-Conscious Mind.
"Paul Brunton" "The Mystic is to close to his
experience, too enthralled with it's wonder.
To notice how far he is himself contributing a genuine or even fictitious element to it. Thus
Channeling experiences do not really originate
from an outside source, They come from the subconscious or super-conscious mind. The message being heard or channeled are only the echo of
one's own mind. IN EFECT THEY ARE A SUBTLE PHYSIC
DECEPTION.These states do not exist outside the mind: Rather they are always a projection of the image of one's Mystical experiences. THEREFORE
CHANNELING IS A FORM OF SELF DECEPTION OR INTERNAL
APPARITION. THE ESSENTIAL IDEA COMES FROM A HIGHER SOURCE BUT THE WORDS EXPRESSING IT DO NOT.
"Hence the word's in the Channeler's mind are the audible echoes of his or her Mental Panorama.
They are simply hearing their own "Lower or higher
mind speaking to itself".

Comes the Dragon, dressed in Robes. Drinking the blood of Christ; he lays distressed, confused.
Victims of visionary flight appear before him.
Now moaning he confesses. "I made it all up, it
just came through me like: Help me I'm a sick perversion of a Guru. Where are my toys, my
Magic Blingdom. Where are the New Gods I created.
Oh help me I'm lost. Charlie relax it's all a
nightmare everything is fine. The Statue is glowing,and we renamed you Master Charles. Oh my God. I thought, where are my robes, and my toupee, and where did I put that Bedtime Story? It's Time For A New God. Worst nightmare I ever had. Calm down Charlie, heres your formula an your nipple.

Sounds like a cult to me, and in my experience, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.

For a real inner journey come to Greene County.
We have started the "Temple of the Angry Bear Lair" there. After noticing a seemingly normal bear deconsructing his household trash every tuesday evening for 11 weeks, our Seer, Keir, fought an epic battle with the UR-Bear of Middle River for the items it had chosen to take from our civilization. When Keir awoke he founded TABL and it is now open to the inquisitive. Come to the retreat, ask for "Junior".

I have heard of this "Greene County"! It is known far and wide as "The land of the permanent McCain/Palin yard sign". Thank you Vartan for the reference. I will seek Junior of Middle River and join the bear lair denizens there! Peace. Ted