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
PW's Summer Guide 2015