Archive - April 13, 2015

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Review: Everywhere Stories edited by Clifford Garstang (Korea 1976–77)
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New Books by Peace Corps Writers — March 2015
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Stanley Meisler (HQ Staff 1964-67) publishes SHOCKING PARIS

Review: Everywhere Stories edited by Clifford Garstang (Korea 1976–77)

Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet edited by Glifford Garstang (Korea 1976–77); contributors include: Jeff Fearnside (Kazakhstan 2002–04), Jennifer Lucy Martin (Chad 1996-98) and Susi Wyss (Central African Republic 1990–92) Press 53 September 2014 234 pages $19.95 (paperback), $7.99 (Kindle) Reviewed by Jan Worth-Nelson (Tonga 76-78) • THERE’S SOMETHING POST-APOCALYPTIC about the twenty dark tales RPCV Clifford Garstang has gathered from around the world in this new short story collection, Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet. If fiction is what tells us the real truth, these authors and Garstang, who has worked extensively internationally and thus could be said to be “a man of the world,” are delivering some hard news. Humanity’s dissolution into an entropy of violence and perils to the body and spirit are backdrop, foreground and theme. The worlds of these stories are unrelenting in their helplessness, almost casual cruelties, ignorance and silence . . .

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New Books by Peace Corps Writers — March 2015

To purchase any of these books from Amazon.com, click on the book cover, the bold book title, or the publishing format you would like — and Peace Corps Worldwide, an Amazon Associate, will receive a small remittance that will help support the site and the annual Peace Corps Writers awards. • My Life as a Pencil by Ron Arias (Peru 1963-64) Red Bird Chapbooks 2015 47 pages $12.00 (paperback) • Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope by Eileen Flanagan (Botswana 1984-86) She Writes Press March  2015 200 pages $16.95 (paperback), $9.95 (Kindle) • Of Mouse and Magic (Children) by Allan R. Gall (Turkey 1962–64) Two Harbors Press 278 pages 2011 $12.95 (paperback) • Fragments of the Corps: A Peace Corps Memoir by John Greven (Colombia 1964–68) CreateSpace 2014 258 pages $11.95 (paperback), $4.89 (Kindle) • One Degree South (Peace Corps novel) by Stephen L Snook (Gabon 1980–81; . . .

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Stanley Meisler (HQ Staff 1964-67) publishes SHOCKING PARIS

For a couple of decades before World War II, a group of immigrant painters and sculptors, including Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine and Jules Pascin dominated the new art scene of Montparnasse in Paris. Art critics gave them the name “the School of Paris” to set them apart from the French-born (and less talented) young artists of the period. Modigliani and Chagall eventually attained enormous worldwide popularity, but in those earlier days most School of Paris painters looked on Soutine as their most talented contemporary. Willem de Kooning proclaimed Soutine his favorite painter, and Jackson Pollack hailed him as a major influence. Soutine arrived in Paris while many painters were experimenting with cubism, but he had no time for trends and fashions; like his art, Soutine was intense, demonic, and fierce. After the defeat of France by Hitler’s Germany, the East European Jewish immigrants who had made their way . . .

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