SONGS OF CORRUPTION: Christian Parenti with Fatima Bhutto
Fatima Bhutto, the 28-year-old niece of Benazir Bhutto, has just published Songs of Blood and Sword, a memoir about the Bhutto family and their central role in the high politics of Pakistan.
TABLETS OF HUMAN HEARTS: The Indestructible Cultural Wealth of HaitiBy David Schmidt
As I sat in the middle of the Haitian refugee camp with the battered guitar resting on my lap, I thought of Mamá Lola in Mexico.
Recalling AllenBy Eliot Katz
Allen was a generous teacher and friend. I met Allen late one afternoon in the fall of 1976. I was drinking coffee, or maybe it was beer, with my roommate Danny Shot, on our Guilden Street, New Brunswick, NJ front porch.
Drawing the DisastersBy Christopher Michel
Three books out recently report on situations in dangerous or repressive countries, using the comics medium: Guy Delisles Burma Chronicles reports on daily life for ex-patriots and aidworkers in the country now generally referred to as Myanmar; Joe Saccos Footnotes in Gaza provides an exhaustive account of two massacres that occurred more than 50 years ago in two Palestinian settlement towns; and David Axe describes the high-adrenaline life of a war reporter in his short book War is Boring
A Big WatchBy Allen Wilcox
Nadine Gordimers propulsive, powerful new nonfiction collection, Telling Times: Writing and Living, 1954 2008, represents a half-century of fervent dedication to moral truth and literary value, expressed with an eyewitnesss bracing candor and a poets sense of rhythm.