His story, as told to Jonathan Wei, is featured in the Village Voice. It’s about Baca’s life as a ballet dancer turned Marine combatant and how ballet brought him back after a tour in Iraq.
Here’s how he described a confrontation with his girlfriend who sat him down six months after he returned from deployment in Fallujah:
And she’s like, “You’re not OK. I don’t like the person you are.” She said I was anxious, I was depressed, I was angry. I was mean. I had some episodes when I was driving on the freeway, and traffic was getting bad. I wanted to ram into other cars.
That was part of the standard operating procedure when you were dealing with other cars in Iraq. You take care…
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