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When An Army Trainer Changes Careers To Teach Kindergarten

In Germany, efforts are on to increase the number of male teachers. Here's the tale of a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who wound up on very different terrain.

Sgt. Potato Head
Sgt. Potato Head
Miriam Hollstein

BERLIN - Dirk Friedrich used to play war: the trainer for the German armed forces was responsible for preparing young soldiers for what they would face in Kosovo and Afghanistan.

Today, the 34-year-old plays peace, as a teacher at the Kleine Schlaufüchse (Sly Little Foxes) kindergarten and day-care facility in the Berlin district of Pankow. Friedrich says the two activities have more in common than you might think.

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his book

J. D. Torres Duarte

BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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