Questions for Tariq Ali
Tariq Ali will deliver a talk, Obamas War, at the School of Visual Arts on Monday, April 19, as part of the London Review of Books 30th anniversary celebration. Alis Night of the Golden Butterfly, the final novel in his critically acclaimed Islam Quintet, comes out this month from Verso.
THE ACCIDENTAL COPBy Doug Cordell
Its different than this building, Hector said as I counted out the bills. What do you mean? He hesitated. Less quiet.
Mexico City: A Safe Haven?By Michael Miller
When I first arrived in Mexico City last summer, it was still easy enough to believe that the madness of the drug war was a remote and relatively minor distraction: a dispute between rival cartels; a conflict largely confined to the border or distant mountain ranges that hide valleys of poppies and marijuana plants.
TRANS SIBERIABy Greta Hansen, Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, and Warm Engine
From January 28 through February 19 of this year, Warm Engine (Greta Hansen and Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong) rode the entire Trans-Siberian Railway, studying the impact of Communism on the design of the Russian and Chinese cities that grew up along the railroad.
Waygooks: Stories from Korea: Compiled and Edited by J. Scott Burgeson
The following stories are the first in a series for The Brooklyn Rail about the lives of expatriates in Korea. PRINT EXCLUSIVE
Tibets Continuing David and Goliath Story: Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin with Williams ColeBy Williams Cole
Tibetan directing partners Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin have produced a catalogue of films spanning more than two decades that have cemented them as not only award-winning filmmakers but as prominent voices in the Tibetan exile community and beyond.
A Rebel and His CausesBy Michael Sandlin
When you consider the gentlemanly quietude of post-millennial literary criticism, its hard not to appreciate the Big Noise that legendary hipster academic (or nonacademic academic as he oxymoronically called himself) Leslie Fiedler generated early in his career.
Its ElementaryBy Dylan Byers
Two blocks north of Washington Square Park, sitting at the bar of the Knickerbocker with a bottomless glass of wine on a wet weekday afternoon, the author of six novels, five poetry collections, and editor of a nearly 30-year-old literary journal tries to reason out a solution to the following mystery: how did nonfiction become so much more popular than fiction?
What the Wild Things DoBy Christopher Michel
In his new book, Gordon Grice tries to convince us that the Discovery Channel hasnt cornered the market on gruesome nature documentary.
Should Jackets Be Required?By Victoria Marini
his is not a fairytale, though it begins like one. Once upon a time publishing houses sold books to booksellers, and they in turn sold books to readers. To some extent this is still very true, but the ominous glow of amazon.com, of Kindles and Nooks, has stricken publishings traditional business models to near paralysis.