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21 Club San Francisco Colby Buzzell

Also: Big redux to replace San Francisco Tenderloin dive bar 21 Club:

"In 1996, the Chronicle’s Sam Whiting described it as “an interesting place to watch a police stakeout”; in 2007, Colby Buzzell wrote in the Chronicle that he’d “be amazed if anybody who frequents Club 21 even owns a computer.” Things haven’t changed much over the decades. But..."

The New York Times | Reading List of Modern War Stories

A selection reading of books, fiction and non-fiction related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

"MY WAR: KILLING TIME IN IRAQ, by Colby Buzzell. This irreverent, episodic memoir grew out a blog that the author, an Army infantryman in Iraq in 2003-4, wrote from the front lines."

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14 November, 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Woodward Park Library

Fresno County Public Library (FCPL) is pleased to have been chosen to participate in a California Reads initiative, a statewide program that brings Californians together to explore important topics through reading and discussion. This year the theme is War Comes Home: Our Veterans, Our Communities and will feature a talk by Colby Buzzell, author of My War: Killing Time Iraq.

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Problems with the VA Healthcare System

Radio Times, a live interview show out of WHYY in Philly and NPR Sirius: Marty Moss-Coane talks with three guests: COLBY BUZZELL, a former infantryman in the U.S. Army and the author of Lost in America: A Dead-End Journey, AARON GLANTZ, a staff reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, and MARK THOMPSON, a Pulitzer Prize reporter who covers national security and the military for Time magazine. 

On Friday, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amidst the growing scandal over access, secret waiting lists, and bad management at V.A. hospitals around the country. But will this change the problems that many veterans say are endemic across the V.A. healthcare system? Today, we look at what’s wrong with the V.A. healthcare system and if it can be fixed. 

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By David Breithaupt

Upon his return, Buzzell reacquainted himself with his native country by undertaking a cross country journey beginning at his home in San Francisco and ending in Detroit. Equipped with whiskey, nicotine and a ’65 Mercury Comet, Buzzell prodded the under belly of our ailing nation. Scanning a panorama of forgotten towns filled with lost souls, juke joints and flop houses, he examined the mood and character of his fellow countrymen and wrote of his observations in his new book, Lost in America: A Dead End Journey. I spoke to Buzzell on the phone recently and discussed the places he went, the people he met and the ghost of Jack Kerouac.



Over There: Blam
by Laureen Collins

"Colby Buzzell, an M240 Bravo machine gunner who did a yearlong tour in Iraq, told Pieslak, “I’d listen to Slayer to get all into it.” Once, Buzzell said, a guy on his patrol rigged up his MP3 player to a Humvee, and the patrol blasted theme songs from old movies—a modern-day drum-and-fife brigade. He said, “Sometimes your motivation is down and you’re like, ‘I don’t want to play soldier today.’ . . . But then you hear ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ theme song and you’re like, ‘Fuck yeah, hell yeah, I’ll go out on a mission today.’"