I got a haircut today on Mass Ave in North Cambridge. The barber was 47, a Laker fan because "Jerry West was the best player ever,"and in 1984 joined the US army and was stationed in Germany.
According to Wikipedia, we have 50 Military Installations in Germany
One is called Mark Twain Village. Mark Twain was a pacifist,
He once wrote,
"Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."
So I doubt he would be pleased if he knew a military base was named after him, least of all in Germany. Despite knowing the language, he called it "awful." On February 3, author of the new book about Twain's late chapters in life speaks emphatically about this subject, and many more on NPR.
This post is random and some would say unnecessary. In college, I had to do an exercise in Creative Writing, where you emulate an author's writing style. This writing is based on Dan Shaughnessy's "Picking up where we left off."