The Jim Morrison of Words
I never met Gus.
But I felt as though I had the experience of going to Viet Nam through
the books he wrote. I can still remember the day that I found a beat-up
copy of The Short Timers. I was standing in a used bookstore,
and wearing a shit-eating grin as the cashier rang it up. The tag
price on the book had been $2.95, and it was 50% off. I couldn't
believe it that this store would actually sell it to me, because of what
it meant to so many people. I was smart enough to keep my mouth shut
when I thought of telling her, "Hey. This should be worth a whole
lot more." But I wasn't a complete moron. And I walked out
of the store $1.50 poorer, but a whole lot richer than I could imagine.
Anyone who has ever read at least one of his books will tell you the same.
Gus wrote better and sharper than any other author I've ever come across.
He was the Jim Morrison of words. There it is.
Written by Stephen Oleszek
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