Trauma: 'A Kind of Rehappening'

  • September 7, 2010
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Author Tim O'Brien

In The Things They Carried, author Tim O’Brien writes about the challenge of writing about his traumatic experiences in Vietnam:

“I’m forty-three years old, and a writer now, and the war has been over for a long while. Much of it is hard to remember. I sit at this typewriter and stare through my words…and as I write about these things, the remembering is turned into a kind of rehappening…The bad stuff never stops happening; it lives in its own dimension, replaying itself over and over.”

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