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Exposures: Michael Christopher Brown’s Journey into the Libyan Civil War

February 26, 2016

By Sarah Coleman


In Libyan Sugar, Michael Christopher Brown captions this photo, “Revolutionaries head toward the front line. outskirts of bin jawad, march 6, 2011. 16:05:59.”  Brown says he felt compelled to travel to Libya: “There was a need to understand the revolutionaries, but also myself.”

Early on in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, the narrator goes to see an old war buddy whose wife doesn’t seem happy about the visit. Told that the guest is writing about World War II, she harangues him, saying she’s sure he’ll glamorize war like every other writer and movie director. “You’ll be played in the movies by Frank Sinatra or...

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