Antioch Magazine Spotlights My Laos Memoir

The Antioch College Alumni Magazine just came out with a very nice write-up about my memoir, HOTEL CONSTELLATION: Notes from America’s Secret War in Laos.

The one-page spread includes three photos of mine and that picture of me interviewing Jane Fonda waaaaay back in 1972.

About 40,000 Antioch alumni, including this Class of ’73 grad, received copies of the four-color 58-page magazine. It’s part of the effort to rebuild the mother campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio, after the school had to shut down for lack of funding. (Yeah, colleges do close.)

I’m grateful to writer Michelle Marie Wallace, who listened to me ramble about my experiences, and to Carol Krumbach, who commissioned the piece.

Refugee Photos Added

War produces death first, then refugees.

During my time in Southeast Asia almost 50 years ago, I saw both.

Per the promise on the back cover of my memoir, HOTEL CONSTELLATION: Notes from America’s Secret War in Laos, I’ve created a photo gallery and populated it with some of the 1,800 pictures I shot.

Today I loaded a dozen or so photographs of refugees who fled the fighting in Northern Laos in 1972. Take a look.

 

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Design Close, But No Cigar

HOTEL CONSTELLATION got an Honorable Mention (Gold Star) in the January e-Book Cover Design Awards at the Book Designer Web site.

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Here is the judge’s citation:

Everything on this is just right – the choice of font, the colours, and the grungy aspect, as well as the strategically-positioned censor stripes over some sections of the text. An excellent cover that entirely suits the book.★

If “everything … is just right,” it should have won, right?

Oh, well. At least we were a contender.

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