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Paul Hockenos's New Book

Paul Hockenos's new book: 'Homeland Calling: Exile Patriotism and the Balkan Wars'

Arriving home from Rachel Elson's party tonight, I flipped on my beloved WNYC radio to tune into the rebroadcast of this morning's Brian Leher Show while I changed the cat box. (Too much information, true.) Leher's guest sounded like some cranky liberal going on about how screwed up things still are in the Balkans, despite the U.S.'s so-called best intentions. He mentioned at one point he's lived out of the U.S. for 20 years, "and there's a reason for that." My ears perked up. "This guy sounds familiar," I thought.

Turns out to be Paul Hockenos, promoting his new book, Homeland Calling: Exile Patriotism and the Balkan Wars.

Paul, for those who may not remember, was Bob Cohen's best man at his ill-fated wedding to Ildi and an occasional (if infrequent) contributor to Budapest Week, particular in the early days, reporting on the Balkans and his other haunts (he lived in Berlin at the time, as I recall). In fact, in flipping through some of the earliest issues in preparation for this blog, I noticed his name was actually on the masthead for a while as a contributing editor.

Well, best to you Paul, if you happen to Google us here at GenerationExpat.com. (Who am I kidding; if you happen to Google me here at GenerationExpat.com.) Congrats on the new book. Are you actually in NY on a book tour? If so, look me up. I'm in the book.

Rick E. Bruner | People | Dec 19, 2003 | Comments (0)