I’ve always thought of him as a renegade genius. After serving as a U.S. Army combat medic in Baghdad, Jonathan Carp studied ancient history and political philosophy while working as a nurse and raising a family in Tacoma, Washington. Several years ago I asked him to write the stories of the people he knew who died in Iraq. Those stories broke my heart when I read them then, and they had the same effect when we re-visited them during our interview. Jonathan challenges me, intellectually and emotionally, as much as anyone I know.