• Sebastian Junger on Why Soldiers Miss War

    “The soldier’s experience in war is inherently powerful.”

    It was to capture that experience that journalist Sebastian Junger embedded for a year with a platoon of U.S. soldiers in one of the most remote and dangerous outposts in Afghanistan. Together with the late photojournalist Tim Hetherington, Junger directed the Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary Restrepo with the intention of giving viewers a firsthand look at the war. The follow-up is Korengal, releasing on May 30, a film which goes even deeper into the war experience, capturing the psychology of the soldiers, especially why they would miss war.

    “They come home, and of course they don't miss getting shot at, they don't miss having to shoot at people,” Junger explained. “But what they do miss is that brotherhood of combat. It's not replaceable back home and I think that's the sort of secret to understanding why soldiers can miss something as terrible as war is.”

    While he and Hetherington were embedded with the soldiers in the

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  • From Shoplifting to Running a $100 Million Company

    What are the odds that an eBay shop run by a 22-year-old would one day become a multimillion-dollar company?

    Not so great. Yet Sophia Amoruso did just that. As CEO of Nasty Gal, Amoruso turned her knack for selling vintage clothing into one of the fastest-growing online retailers today. She writes about her unlikely story and advice for other young women in her new book #GIRLBOSS.

    “The biggest thing I’ve learned along the way is to trust my instincts,” said Amoruso, now 30. “Whenever I’ve hesitated, I’ve failed. I grew up snowboarding and it’s kind of similar, where if you think that you might fall, you will fall.”

    She had plenty of so-called falls along the path to her success. It’s an unusual path that included hitchhiking along the West Coast, dumpster diving and even shoplifting in her late teens. Amoruso said her lowest point was when she was caught stealing a grocery cart of items including a George Foreman grill and hair products. That led to a series of minimum-wage jobs --

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