A new novel from Greenpoint-based author, Matt Gallagher (Photo: Nicole Disser)

A new novel from Greenpoint-based author, Matt Gallagher (Photo: Nicole Disser)

I’d just barely cracked Matt Gallagher’s debut novel, Youngblood, and, to my surprise, I was really, sincerely into it. Don’t get me wrong, some of my favorite movies happen to be war films (see: Apocalypse Now and MASH) and who can argue that Cormac McCarthy’s descriptions of carnage aren’t some of the more beautiful, vivid bits of contemporary English language literature? But when it comes to the War on Terror, usually I prefer to take my cultural output as dry as it gets.

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