Well, the military stuff is just one branch of my work. I’ve actually written a lot about pro football, I write about crime, I write about science—I’m constantly working on one thing or another. Right now, I’ve got a terrific crime story I’m writing for Vanity Fair. I’m also writing a piece for The Atlantic about the evolution of the silent count in NFL football. So, there’s plenty. The main motivation for me is curiosity. I’m cursed or blessed with a tremendous amount of curiosity about things I don’t understand—and that would be most things.
Mark Bowden will speak with retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal at the Free Library of Philadelphia at noon on Thurs., Jan. 31. Free. 215.567.4341. freelibrary.org