Wednesday, January 11, 2006

christmas truce

Before I started writing on LA literature & alternative religion, I was obsessed with literature written about war (and obstacles to bearing witness in narratives of atrocity, to be specific - it's all here). One of the more fascinating anecdotes I heard about World War I was the 1914 Christmas truce. The image of the soldiers putting down their arms and picking up footballs is so perfect it doesn't matter if it's true. Now I can see how someone else pictured it in the Christian Carion film Joyeux Noel! (Merry Christmas).