Colby Buzzell wins 2007 Blooker Prize
Colby Buzzell, author of the stunningly honest and brutally funny My War: Killing Time in Iraq, has won the 2nd annual Blooker Prize, given to honor the wealth of high quality writing originating on the web in blogs and websites, that is then turned into book form. Buzzell went from slacker to solder at age 26, and ended up serving a tour of duty in Iraq as an Army machine gunner.
Buzzell’s award is particularly ironic, given yesterday’s news from the Pentagon. U.S. troops’ access to YouTube and MySpace (among 11 other websites) will be denied, in an effort to control the flow of reporting by active duty troops on the battlefield to the world at large. Not surprisingly, the perspective of the boots on the ground often diverges from the official press releases.
For more information about this year’s Blooker short list, go to this previous blog on the Library’s website.