Art by Earl Norem for “Assignment: Nazi Occupied Paris. Orders to: O.S.S. Agent William Harmon, ‘Rescue 14 French Prostitutes Whose Secrets Can Save the Normandy Invasion'” by Charles St. Claire in True Men, November 1965, in which Harmon, Albertine, Rachel and Suzanne flee from the Nazis through the Paris sewers.
“The moment the two unsuspecting guards appeared within the sights of their weapons, Harmon and Rachel jerked the triggers. Two shots cracked simultaneously, echoing and reverberating like angry thunder and smacking the eardrums like balled fists.”
During my four years in the Air Force, I never had an assignment like this one.
“Like the Freemasons, the Confederacy of the Humbled is a close-knit brotherhood whose members travel with no outward markings, but who know each other at a glance. For having fallen suddenly from grace, those in the Confederacy share a certain perspective. Knowing beauty, influence, fame, and privilege to be borrowed rather than bestowed, they are not easily impressed. They are not quick to envy or take offense. They certainly do not scour the papers in search of their own names. They remain committed to living among their peers, but they greet adulation with caution, ambition with sympathy, and condescension with an inward smile.”
— From A Gentleman in Moscow (2016) by Amor Towles
An article by Ralph D. Paine, who wrote great sea stories when not reporting.
Art by Earl Norem