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24 July 2016 @ 06:16 pm
"July 22, 1916"  
In 2010, for the first-ever FKFicFest after-party, wiliqueen wrote "July 22, 1916." On the event's 100th anniversary this week, she mused about that story and its historical inspiration. If its subject matter doesn't cut too close to home for you when you might read, I recommend it as a beautiful little FK piece, a smart and poignant prelude to the flashbacks of "Cherry Blossoms," which I love so.

As Wiliqueen noted: On July 22, 1916, in the run-up to the US entering the First World War, San Francisco, California, so far from the fighting in Europe, held a "Preparedness Day" parade. It remains unknown to this day who planted the bomb that killed 10 and injured 40 during that parade.

Wikipedia says that the Preparedness Day bombing is still the worst terrorist attack in San Francisco's history. May it ever stay the worst. May no worse ever again happen anywhere.

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Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna: bouncewiliqueen on July 26th, 2016 12:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the mention! I love it when I go back to revisit a piece and still like it, and even more when others do. :-)