The London Embassy

What to read this week? Paul Theroux’s The London Embassy, of course! This day in history U.S. diplomacy with England took over a new location. Our landmark perch in Grosvenor Square is no more. I visited the location once---an aside to the controversy going on right now, and one that makes this move feel deeply … Continue reading The London Embassy

The Mess We’re In

Only in our currently defiled situation could an unpaid intern have the gall and patience to assert moral power... This month's Foreign Service Journal features an incisive review of Patchworks by author and retired Foreign Service Officer Dan Whitman. Generous praise from a great writer. Dan served as French interpreter for the  State Department's International … Continue reading The Mess We’re In

Little Green Men

I'm about done reading Little Green Men, Christopher Buckley's satiric romp through an imaginary government bureaucracy established in 1947 to promulgate UFO hysteria in America. MJ-12's mission: keep the Russians off-balance during the Cold War & boost support for Defense spending against unknown threats by means of increasingly intrusive forms of alien-related phenomena. What begins as mere sightings … Continue reading Little Green Men

Adventures in Punctuation

Important for boys: Digging up the backyard to make a pond, building makeshift shelters out of branches, then hiding inside to spot the wildlife attracted to the pond. Not important for boys: Punctuation. Or did the publisher assume that some kid's sister would get ahold of The Boy's Book of Adventure and refuse to let … Continue reading Adventures in Punctuation

Books You Won’t Be Needing this Christmas

Which books are you boycotting? So many to choose from... Stick it to them, I say!

Foreign Service, Under Covers

DC-area writers, consider stopping by the American Foreign Service Association for this year's book market featuring a talk on writing and publishing from 25-year veteran literary agent and editor Deborah Grosvenor. Two dozen Foreign Service-affiliated authors will also be there with their latest work. Find out what publishers are looking for when it comes to writing … Continue reading Foreign Service, Under Covers

Walden in Africa & Other Diplomatic Readings

Among the 53 titles compiled in this Month's Foreign Service Journal is Dan Whitman's Answer Coming Soon. Whatever else it provides to those who read it, Answer undeniably will provide this: a reflection on the power of books. The power is especially profound for those who spend their lives in places where electricity can be spotty … Continue reading Walden in Africa & Other Diplomatic Readings

Prophetic—

Patchworks is sadly a timely tale of national character and individual insight, juxtaposing individual lives and Second Amendment rights. One reads this engaging, often amusing, and ultimately disturbing account in light of an advancing history of public massacres involving firearms. WorldView Magazine's Peter Van Deekle reviews Patchworks at Peace Corps Worldwide. Excerpts: B.A. East brings … Continue reading Prophetic—

Remarks at Indie Author Day

My new novel is the quintessential Washington, DC book. At the climax to Patchworks, hundreds of federal workers stream from their offices, urged on by the sound of a screaming alarm. They gather on a grassy knoll near the National Mall, some of them leaning on one another, some of them sobbing, others in stony, … Continue reading Remarks at Indie Author Day

Patchworks–Reviewed

Visit Michael Sahno's website and take up his offer to receive his latest work, Rides from Strangers. He also reviews Patchworks, excerpted below: Patchworks: A Book Review by Michael Sahno | Oct 2, 2017 | Articles Today I woke to the all-too-familiar tragic news of yet another mass shooting. Sadly, we all know what will … Continue reading Patchworks–Reviewed