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Staff Pick: Katherine Dykstra

Katherine_Dykstra-small.jpg On the recommendation of a friend, I went to see “The Hurt Locker”:, about a three-man bomb squad in Iraq. My friend said the movie had been called the most realistic Iraq War film made thus far. And I believe her. Intimately shot on a hand-held Super 16mm camera, the film is so tense, so naturally acted and written, I forgot I was watching a movie and spent the full two hours barely breathing. The movie isn’t easy to watch, but it is worth it. See it and then read the “cover piece”: in last weekend’s Sunday Times about suicide rates among Iraq war vets.

Bio: Katherine Dykstra is the nonfiction editor at Guernica. Her interview with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, “Cracked, Not Shattered”:, appeared in Guernica’s August 2008 issue. Read her last recommendation “here”:

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