I wanted to call the essay “10,000 Words for 10,000 Ships: A Defense of Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods.” But I didn’t finish the essay. I worked on it a couple hours a day for about a week. I worked on it a while in the dining room as my daughters watched Disney+. I worked on it for a while in a closet I pretend is an office. When I switched writing locations, I moved the laptop with its several open tabs and a stack of several books with me.

From what did the film need defending? Well, in an article titled “Vietnamese Lives, American Imperialist Views, Even in ‘Da 5 Bloods,’” Viet Thanh Nguyen wrote some lines that I quoted in my abandoned drafts and that I will quote here too. He wrote:

“For Hollywood, and for Americans, it…

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