Flack Time

flack1
informal
noun
noun: flack; plural noun: flacks
  1. 1.
    a publicity agent.
    “a public relations flack”
verb
verb: flack; 3rd person present: flacks; past tense: flacked; past participle: flacked; gerund or present participle: flacking
  1. 1.
    publicize or promote (something or someone).
    “a crass ambulance-chaser who flacks himself in TV ads”
Ok, today I am Amanda Vaill‘s flack. Let’s proceed. Ms. Vaill is the author of Everybody Was So Young, the book about Sara and Gerald Murphy and their group of friends who spent their summers in the south of France before it was popular to do so. Their circle of friends included Picasso, Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, and other known and unknown artists and bon vivants of the time.

–Hemingway in Spain during the Spanish Civil War (JFK Library)
 
In April 2014, Ms. Vaill’s next book, Hotel Florida, will be published in the U.S. and overseas. This latest, thoroughly researched, non-fiction effort from Ms. Vaill is about three couples and their Spanish Civil War experiences. The couples are Hemingway and Gellhorn (writers), Robert Capa and Gerda Taro (photographers), and Arturo Berea and Ilsa Kulcsar (journalists). Following are the two covers that will adorn the book.


The Bloomsbury cover:

–cover photo by Capa
 
The  Farrar, Straus & Giroux cover:

Ms. Vaill, on her blog Curiouser and Curiouser, also notes that today is Capa’s 100th birthday. She provides a link to an interview that Capa gave in 1947 on a morning radio show. Fascinating!
 
I was fortunate to see the exhibit The Mexican Suitcase: Rediscovered Spanish Civil War Negatives by Capa, Chim, and Taro when I was in Paris last and it only piqued my interest in Capa and in this new book. I really want to learn more about these writers and photographers in the coming months and then read Hotel Florida next spring.


Ok, I am through flacking for today . . .