The New York Times review of Last Ape Standing led to Chip’s opportunity to work with UNICEF to help develop programs designed to protect the world’s children from emotional trauma.
Last Ape Standing will be featured as a Nook Daily Find at www.BarnesandNobles.com this March 28th! Pick up the book the New Yorker called “engaging” and “fascinating” for $1.99. One day only, though.
Sure storm Ion made it frigid this past week from Denver to Bango, but you’ll feel like it was perfectly balmy after you read the story of the worst journey in the world made in the Antarctic 100 years ago…
Another in Chip Walter’s “Dispatches from a Last Ape Standing”…this relates his recent trip to France on assignment for National Geographic Magazine.
With week five upon us, the experimental serial novel The Misadventures of Ernest Fletcher Quick shifts into another gear.
This week our less-than-intrepid hero, after his indiscretions at Loyola Prep, finds himself back home facing the music, and his imposing step father.
Look for some valuable hints about Quick’s childhood, and parental relationships.
I remember the day Johnny McDermott told me and Mickey and Larry the facts of life. It was a summer afternoon, the papers had been delivered and we had finished playing a little basketball at the light pole on Linda Drive.
Johnny was a touch older than us and had always been a little “advanced” for his age. He said he had seen Art and Sue “do it” the night before in the bushes over by the rail road tracks, not far from the trestle above Gardenville Road.
“Do it? “I asked.
“Yeah, you know, DO it!” He said with emphasis, and then he went on to explain the verb “do” in graphic detail.
“No way!” I said, stunned beyond belief. “No way did St. Joseph and Mary do that on Christmas Eve in the stable.” I had apparently not figured out the finer points of the timing and gestation required for birth just yet.
Johnny just gave me a wry and all-knowing smile. (I guess he hadn’t worked out all the timing kinks either.)
I got up in a huff and said, “Well no way Joseph and Mary did THAT. And definitely no way my mom and dad did!”
And then I stomped across the Shuey’s front lawn and home.
This week–the events that launched the young school teacher out of his fledgling career as an educator (a little too much of an educator, it turns out) at Loyola Preparatory School into his unlikely calling as a famous (and scandalous) journalist/adventurer.
It’s been a long wait, but the controversial and rollicking memoirs of Ernest Fletcher Quick will be released here on Monday July 15, 2013. David Patrick McQuade (also known as science author Chip Walter) says he plans to release an “episode” a week. Details on how to download each chapter in the misadventures will be available on the 15th at www.chipwalter.com/Quick.
By my count I’ve covered 50,000 miles, butchered phrases in five languages, eaten roughly 20 bad airline meals and been lucky enough to see some of the most stunning countryside you can imagine in five countries that border three oceans and four seas.