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    Nicholas Kulish: Last One In is Finally Out!

    By Jennifer 8. Lee | June 29, 2007

    Last One In by Nicholas KulishNick Kulish’s satirical take on the Iraq invasion, Last One In, is out this month from the Ecco imprint of Harper Collins. It trails a Page-Sixish type tabloid gossip reporter for The New York Daily Herald as he gets embedded. (Kulish himself was actually embedded for the 2003 invasion for The Wall Street Journal). I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy, and stayed up until 3 a.m. to finish it in one swoop. There are some great clever absurdities like when a political appointee in Baghdad similarly declares that as Americans, “We’re the pro-Iraqi-forces, and the anti-Iraqi forces are the Iraqis.” Also, the way the Marines eyed the reporter, who refused to carry a gun. To then a man without a gun in a war zone is like a man without a drink in a bar — strange and a little suspicious. And there were a lot of weird details about the front line about the clash of military and media culture. And he was lucky enough to work with Lee Boudreaux, the editor who signed the critically-acclaimed novels “Prep” by Curtis Sittenfeld, “Indecision” by Benjamin Kunkel and “Prague” by Arthur Phillips.

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