Hugh and I met in Prague a hundred years ago. We're both OIF veterans and we both have the same birthdays and we were put in a suite together. This was, of course, by chance and had nothing to do with some divine power trying to bring like minds together so that they might combine their powers and use those powers to change the world for the better by writing books that they hoped young people might stumble across and learn from.
Hugh has a book of poems, The Stick Soldiers that I am a big fan of and have talked about publicly before (my review is right there on the page I linked where you can buy his book), and he is now working on a Ph. D. in Creative Nonfiction (English, really, but I know why he's there; look at the stats English departments: the students are not there to study Middle English these days.) Go buy Hugh's book. Read it.
I appreciate Hugh taking the time to read my book of essays, a book that he played a big role in pushing me to finish. If not for him talking to me over all those PIvos in Prague, who knows what I might have been working on now?
Here's what Hugh had to say about The Red Book or Operation Iraqi Freedom is My Fault: