Other literary forms
James Jones published one much underrated collection of short fiction, The Ice-Cream Headache, and Other Stories, in 1968. Despite the excellence of several of these stories, he did not return to short fiction, primarily because of the difficulty of writing openly about sex in mass circulation magazines. He wrote two book-length works of nonfiction, Viet Journal (1974) and WWII (1975). The first is an account of Jones’s experiences and observations while a war correspondent in Vietnam. WWII, a much more important work, is an analysis of the graphic art produced during World War II. The book contains some of Jones’s finest writing, as well as an extended analysis of the central concept underlying his best fiction: “the evolution of a soldier.” Jones also contributed essays to Esquire, Harper’s, and The Saturday Evening Post, among other magazines; the subject matter of these pieces ranges widely, from theories of fiction to skin diving.