Nothing Personal

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Esopus sent writer Heather Larson to Palestine, West Virginia, on July 4th weekend to “get the story on getting the story” on Pfc. Jessica Lynch. Lacking the dangling carrots offered by other reporters (from promises of Ashanti concerts to book and movie deals), Larson found something else entirely, going deeper in some ways than any well-armed media soldier could, or most likely would.

Heather McPherson is a Senior Lecturer in English at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She has published nonfiction essays in Time Out: New York and T: The New York Times Style Magazine and edited manuscripts for Rolling Stone and Details. She received an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Minnesota.