Author and now filmmaker Sebastian Junger was recovering from a chainsaw accident when he got an idea - which, surprisingly, was not to avoid dangerous situations for the rest of his life but rather to begin covering dangerous jobs as a journalist. This led to The Perfect Storm, a book about fishermen confronting - and succumbing to - nature's wrath. Junger didn't stop at sea; in 2009, he traveled to Afghanistan's dangerous Korengal Valley, where he embedded with a platoon for 15 months. The result is the book War and the movie Restrepo (shot by Junger, it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this spring). Today, Junger will discuss War at Brazos Bookstore - in particular, his most stunning conclusion: that while war is vicious and far different from how it's portrayed in films, it is ultimately all about love - manifested in the sacrifices soldiers are willing to make for one another. 7 p.m. 2421 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit www.brazosbookstore.com. Free.
Thu., June 3, 2010