Tim O’Brien has said that it’s heartbreaking for him to have young men come up to him and say they want to become a soldier because of one of his books. His whole writing life he’s been known as the “war” writer–even when he gave such clear clues as in the last lines of “How to Tell a True War Story”: “…a true war story is never about war […] It’s about love and memory. It’s about sorrow. It’s about sisters who never write back and people who never listen.”
In the short clip above are comments O’Brien made after receiving the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His message is clear to anyone who will listen.