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The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark

When the press failed to anticipate the most catastrophic financial crisis in 80 years, reporters were focusing on the wrong things, responding to the wrong incentives and writing the wrong kind of stories.

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The Horror, the Horror

If the Congolese can maintain hope in their horrific circumstances, and journalists like Michael Deibert literally risk their lives to bring us their stories, then it’s our human obligation to read them.

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The Snowden Files

Edward Snowden’s story, assembled for the first time in a single volume by Guardian correspondent Luke Harding, is one of the most compelling in the history of American espionage.

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The True Actor

Jacinto Lucas Pires’ award-winning novel, “The True Actor,” is the perfect illustration of writer Pedro Mexia’s statement: “Portugal is traveling through a black tunnel where the light at the end is merely a train about to crash into it.”

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Call Me Burroughs

William S. Burroughs, the subject of a new biography, probes methods of subjugation—drugs, torture, sex, laws, cults, brainwashing and language. Still, there is always “one Mark you cannot beat. The Mark Inside.”

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The Sochi Project

This remarkable photo book explores the impoverished people and conflict-ridden region surrounding Sochi, home of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. It’s not what Putin wants the world to see.

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On Such a Full Sea

Chang-rae Lee’s new novel is a haunting, deeply unnerving critique of a spiritually stunted community kept satisfied with basic comforts and the promise of protection from a threatening world. (Are you getting all this, NSA?) 

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The Poems of François Villon

François Villon, the medieval French poet, was a champion of the underclass—street thugs, pimps, gamblers, petty criminals, prostitutes. No poet has ever written of the refuse of society with such compassion.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Hannah Arendt’s Last Interview

“To think critically is always to be hostile,” political philosopher Hannah Arendt declared before her death in 1975. “Thinking itself is such a dangerous enterprise.”

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE



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The House With a Sunken Courtyard

The narrator of this Korean novel recalls the year that his family spent living alongside four other struggling families in the cramped quarters of a formerly grand old house in the wake of the Korean War.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE


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