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Ashley Gilbertson’s Bedrooms of the Fallen

Almost seven thousand American soldiers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than half of them were under twenty-four years old. Gilbertson’s sample is skewed, because he chose unmarried soldiers who lived with their parents, but it’s shocking to be confronted with the stuffed raccoons and teddy bears, piggy banks and pin-ups, cuddly monkeys and United States flags, folded twelve times with ritual solemnity.

Andrew Purcell

I am a British freelance journalist based in New York. My principal clients are the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), the Sunday Herald (Scotland), the Guardian (UK) and BBC World Service radio. For a complete list of contents, click here. Twitter: @andrewpurcellny

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