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Gazing Into the ‘Secret Center’ of the Novel

“The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist” by Orhan Pamuk is a love letter to the literary novel. It can expand your awareness and joy of reading. For novelists, it’s a treasure trove.

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The Abu Ghraib Photos You Haven’t Seen

“Riley and his story. Me and my outrage. You and us.” is a piece of art and a historical document. It’s a war story and a meditation on memory as well as a rumination on its absence.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 READ MORE



The Reinvention of Malcolm X

Malcolm X’s life has inspired filmmakers, writers, painters, rappers and dramatists, yet much about his murder has remained a mystery. Now we have Manning Marable’s “Malcolm X,” a groundbreaking piece of work.

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 READ MORE



Cuba From the Other Side

I thought it would be helpful if people who are always hearing and reading about the “repression of dissidents” in Cuba and jump to their defense could also hear the other side: What happened to the thousands of people whose lives were affected by the actions of terrorists from inside and outside the country.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Land of War and Honey

For the scores of journalists and aid workers who poured into Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, the terrible food in Baghdad’s hotels was a shock—greasy minced meat, mayonnaise-soaked vegetables and an obsession with Pepsi.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Bradley Manning Treatment Reveals Continued Government Complicity in Torture

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is facing court-martial for allegedly leaking military reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, is being held in solitary confinement in Quantico brig in Virginia. Each night, he is forced to strip naked and sleep in a gown made of coarse material.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE



Mortal Sins of Omission

The lone living top commander implicated in a slaughter of civilians and cover-up has written a history of the U.S. 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam, and what his book does not say could have grim and far-reaching consequences.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE



Warning From a ‘Burning Land’

Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin, husband and wife and both seasoned journalists, have written a realistic—although perhaps not totally impartial—assessment of the Israeli-Palestinian issue based on their observations during eight years in Israel.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE



‘Reality’ Revisited

Because society has moved into new realms of storytelling, traditional conventions, especially the standard, Victorian formula of the novel, are passé, David Shields argues in “Reality Hunger.” The contours of fact and fiction are now blurred, so why can’t the novel—or the biography, for that matter—be just as mixed up and piecemeal?

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE



WikiLeaks Springs a Leak

A former staffer’s new book punctures the shell around the whistle-blower organization and leaks a river of inside information—including dirt on Julian Assange and the startling assertion that the website’s system is now technologically crippled.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE


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