Archive - March 25, 2015

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Gerald Karey writes: Death of a Politician
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Review: Lily of Peru by David C. Edmonds (Chile 1963-65)
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John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962-64) Essay:The Lion in the Gardens of the Guenet Hotel in Cahaba River Literary Journal

Gerald Karey writes: Death of a Politician

A Writer Writes — Death of a Politician by Gerald Karey (Turkey 1965–67) • Tom Schweich, Missouri auditor and Republican candidate for governor, died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound last month. Schweich said he was being subjected to an anti-Semitic whispering campaign. He believed that John Hancock, a GOP consultant who was elected February 21st as chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, was telling Republican donors and activists that Schweich was Jewish. Schweich was an Episcopalian and did have a Jewish grandfather. But in Judaism, the religion is passed down through the mother’s line, not the father’s. As far as the Orthodox rabbis are concerned, and by choice, Schweich was not Jewish. But is saying someone is Jewish or a Jew anti-Semitic? Not necessarily if you don’t precede it with any number of ugly adjectives, or if you don’t use it as an epithet. I’m okay if you say . . .

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Review: Lily of Peru by David C. Edmonds (Chile 1963-65)

Lily of Peru by David C. Edmonds (Peru 1963–65) A Peace Corps Writers Book January 2015 402 pages $16.95 (paperback), $3.99 (Kindle) Reviewed by Geraldine Kennedy (Liberia 1962–64) • Peru in 1992 is besieged by the sinister evils of President Fujimura’s not-so-secret police and military, and the equally brutal atrocities of the guerilla terrorists, Shining Path. Throughout Andean villages, monuments to long-ago battles and massacres — one loss after another — display the centuries of resentment descendants of the Incas bear toward the descendants of Pizzaro and his conquistadors. The ancient is very much a part of the present. Multiple bad guys fight each other, trampling the innocent and poor with abandon. Into this violent mix, under the pretext of attending an academic conference, Professor Mark Thorsen travels to Lima for a secret rendezvous with an old love. Mark and Marisa met in Peru ten years before when he was . . .

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John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962-64) Essay:The Lion in the Gardens of the Guenet Hotel in Cahaba River Literary Journal

An essay of John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962-64) “The Lion in the Gardens of the Guenet Hotel” is published in the Cahaba River Literary Journal (April/May 2015, Volume 1, Issue 1) page 21. Check out the site. It will be ‘live’ until next Tuesday. https://cahabariverliteraryjournal.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/cahaba-river-march-issue.pdf The editor is seeking poems and fiction and essay for further issues. Website URL: http://cahabariverliteraryjournal.com

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