Nate McQueen

N.T. McQueen is the author of the novel, Between Lions and Lambs, The Disciple, and the children's book, Moses Jones and the Case of the Missing Sneaker. He received his MA in Creative Writing from CSU-Sacramento under the direction of Douglas Rice. He has won two Bazzanella Literary Awards and his work has appeared in issues of The Kentucky Review, Gold Man Review, Camas: Nature of the West, West Trade Review, and others. He lives in Northern California with his wife and three children.

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Men at Arms

Evelyn Waugh’s Men at Arms is simultaneously a comedic and tragic example of war’s depravity. Set during World War II, the novel follows Guy Crouchback, a divorced, devoutly Catholic expatriate whose family owned “Castello Crouchback” in the Italian town of Santa Dulcina delle Rocce, and his attempt to find valor and purpose as a member of the fictional Royal Corp of Halberdiers. The fictional regiment was inspired by Waugh’s time with the Royal Marines. Crouchback, in an attempt to forge a sense of identity, continues to “badger Generals and Cabinet Ministers” into let...

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On Moral Fiction

“The traditional view is that true art is moral: it seeks to improve life, not debase it. It seeks to hold off, at least for awhile, the twilight of the gods and us. I do not deny that art, like criticism, may legitimately celebrate the trifling. It may joke, or mock, or while away the time. But trivial art has no meaning or value except in the shadow of more serious art, the kind of art that beats back the monsters and, if you will, makes the world safe for triviality” (5).

The basic arguments set forth in John Gardner’s On Moral Fiction seek to prove the point of the quote...

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