The Anti-Bloombergistas and the City in ExileBy Matthew Vaz
Just make him stop speakin Spanish. Thats all Im sayin. We cant go on like this son. Wit this guy speakin Spanish everyday in his press conferences man. Givin directions about Swine Flu in Spanish.
Letter to India: The Platform of HopeBy Tabish Khair
The most predictable thing about national elections in India seems to be their relative unpredictability. At least opinion and exit polls get it vaguely wrong almost every time, and this time they were sometimes glaringly off the mark.
Love in the Time of Swine Flu: David Lidas Affair with Mexico CityBy Mark Dery
Smell that? Its the smell of Deep Time. Not in the scientific sense of the fathomless vastness of geological time, but in the mythic, plumed-serpent, under-the-jaguar-sun sense. The Mexican sense.
Hope for Justice at the Worlds Court? Pamela Yates with Williams Cole
For 20 years now, the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival (June 11th-25th at the Walter Reade Theater) has programmed documentary, narrative and animation from all over the worldincluding the U.S.that engage issues and present stories that are often only blips in the American mainstream news.
Something About Histories in BerlinBy Joseph Riippi
Five years ago, I tried to kill myself. At least I think I did. I was very drunk; I had taken a lot of pills.
Down in Jamaica: A Journey to the Calabash International Literary FestivalBy Hirsh Sawhney
The smell of wet garbage and puke permeates the 3:30 a.m. West Village air. Crossing the street to avoid a tipsy homeless man, I pass by some students jamming on a discarded piano, trying to conjure up the artistic frivolity and earnestness that has long since disappeared from this pocket of Manhattan.
A Global Look at Womens RightsBy Kaitlin Bell
Regardless of their stance on abortion, Westerners often have no problem dismissing as backward and misogynistic the practice of routinely aborting female fetuses.
The Pre-Fast Food Era: The Food of a Younger LandBy Christopher Michel
Mark Kurlanskys new book, The Food of a Younger Land might have a better back story than any book that has come out in the last several years.
Addictive, Ephemeral Stories in a Digital AgeBy Ian Crouch
Susan Boyle was introduced to the world on Saturday, April 11. You may have already forgotten her, but most likely shes still kicking around somewhere in your head.
Lost and Found in BangkokBy Nicholas DeRenzo
Lawrence Osborne is not your mothers travel writer. Ironically, he may be your grandmothers. This is not to suggest that his new book, Bangkok Days: A Sojourn in the Capital of Pleasure, is stodgy or uptight.
An Interstate of WordsBy Christopher Michel
It Might Do Well With Strawberries, a new book by David Matlin, sits at the blurry edges between diary, polemic, poetry, and essay collection. For the most part, Matlin, a West Coast poet who has previously written about the American prison system, constructs the book as a set of excerpts from his journals from early 2004 through the end of 2005.