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Monday, November 30, 2009

Operation Paperback


Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

--Groucho Marx


The mere brute pleasure of reading --
the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing
--Lord Chesterfield

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Ranger does not normally endorse groups even nominally affiliated with the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©), but give a nod to the non-profit Operation Paperback, which collects "gently used" reading materials and sends them to troops overseas. Gary Calloway, an RVN combat veteran, is the Tallahassee Regional Coordinator. He can be reached at gary - at - operationpaperback - dot - org.

The national contact is Operation Paperback, P. O. Box 65572, Lubbock, TX 79464,
websit: www.operationpaperback.org.

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5 Comments:

Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

books can be such a welcome respite from the pressures of a combat zone.

i've been working with these guys for a while now.

especially stuff like charlene harris' "southern vampire" series, and stephen pressfield historical novels (many of which take place in the iraq/afghan area).
i remember well the value of an escape book. something to take me somewhere else, even for a little while. and privacy. reading is a solitary effort. going inside the head, alone for a fucking change can be a welcome break from the incessant comradery.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 12:22:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

MB,
We used to get books thru the SP packets. Also Red Cross sometimes had them. USO also did this function but I'm not clear if they still do this hence our little plug for OP.
jim

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 2:26:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous fasteddiez said...

Ranger: Books

It was all I could do to avoid getting reeky pall malls, or worse, by the time the HQ section got through rat-fucking the SP packets.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7:13:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger BadTux said...

Excellent. I have a lot of what I consider "escape books", just mindless thrillers and mysteries and sci-fi that I read once, and basically just toss aside. I will have to sign up with these guys, I have boxes full of books that need good homes ;).

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 2:43:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Bad tux,
Nice to hear from you again.
Thanks for the books but pls specify that they go to Ranger units. They understand mindless.
All joking aside , thanks.
jim

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 2:40:00 PM GMT-5  

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