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THE TORTURER IN THE MIRROR
RAMSEY CLARK, HAIFA ZANGANA, and THOMAS EHRLICH REIFER
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edited by BARBARA SEAMAN with LAURA ELDRIDGE
STOLEN IMAGES Screenplays and Writings
RAOUL PECK translated by CATHERINE TEMERSON
THE EMERGENCE OF MEMORY Conversations with W. G. Sebald
edited by LYNNE SHARON SCHWARTZ
SAILOR & LULA The Complete Novels
WORLD REPORT 2011
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
FLYING CLOSE TO THE SUN My Life as a Weatherman
CENSORED 2011 The Top Censored Stories of 2009–10
MICKEY HUFF, PETER PHILLIPS, and PROJECT CENSORED
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INA MAY GASKIN
OVERCOMING SPEECHLESSNESS A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel
JESUS OF NAZARETH
PAUL VERHOEVEN translated by SUSAN MASSOTTY
SAD STORIES OF THE DEATH OF KINGS
IN OUR CONTROL The Complete Guide to Contraceptive Choices for Women
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ELEGY WRITTEN ON A CROWDED STREET A Novel
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THE SWEETEST THING Inside the World of Women’s Boxing MISCHA MERZ 26 ROSE
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LEE STRINGER foreword by KURT VONNEGUT
GOD BLESS YOU, DR. KEVORKIAN
LIKE SHAKING HANDS WITH GOD A Conversation about Writing
KURT VONNEGUT and LEE STRINGER
BAD SHOES AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM
LEORA TANENBAUM illustrated by VANESSA DAVIS
THE KILLING GAME The Writings of an Intrepid Investigative Reporter
GARY WEBB edited by ERIC WEBB
TERRORISM AND THE ECONOMY How the War on Terror is Bankrupting the World
MAMA’S BOY A Novel
LOVE LIKE HATE
auded for his incisive short prose and poetry, Linh Dinh brings to his long-awaited first novel, Love Like Hate, an alphabet soup
of characters struggling through the fall of Saigon and all that followed. Spiraling around the relationship between café owner Kim Lan and South Vietnamese army captain Hoang Long, who marry in Saigon during the Vietnam War, Dinh describes his mushrooming cast of characters in unsentimental and sometimes absurd ways. A vivid palette for his idiosyncratic characters and dark, deadpan humor, Love Like Hate embraces contradictions with the surreal exuberance of Matthew Sharpe and the stylistic élan of Italo Calvino.
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Praise for Linh Dinh: “[Linh] Dinh’s abrupt epiphanies mix A.D.D. with Thoreau’s economy, Calvino’s globe-trotting, and a pungent eroticism reminiscent of Kawabata’s Palm-of-the-Hand Stories.”
“[Linh Dinh’s Blood and Soap] owes a certain debt to Jorge Luis Borges, but uses Borgesian metafiction and genre-bending to depict a sense of absurdity, confusion, and displacement peculiar to being a contemporary world citizen.”
—Matthew Sharpe, Brooklyn Rail
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“[Linh] Dinh reveals a refreshing sense of utter irreverence and experimental fun.”
A recipient of the Pew Fellowship, the David T. Wong Fellowship, and the Asian American Literary Award, LINH DINH is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House and Blood and Soap, one of the Village Voice’s best books of 2004; and four books of poems, All Around What Empties Out, American Tatts, Borderless Bodies, and Jam Alerts. He is editor of the anthologies Night, Again and Three Vietnamese Poets. Love Like Hate is his first novel.
THE ANTI-AMERICAN MANIFESTO
n arguably his most radical book, cartoonist/columnist Ted Rall has produced a new manifesto for an America heading toward
economic and political collapse. While others mourn the damage to the postmodern American capitalist system created by the recent global economic collapse, Rall sees an opportunity. As millions of people lose their jobs and their homes, they and millions more are opening their minds to the possibility of creating a radically different form of government and economic infrastructure. But there are dangers. As in Russia in 1991, criminals and rightwing extremists are best prepared to fill the power vacuum from a collapsing United States. The best way to stop them, Rall argues, is
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Politics • September 2010
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Praise for Ted Rall “Rall is known first and foremost for his political cartoons, but, man, he knows how to tell a story, too.”
not collapse—but revolution. Not by other people, but by us. Not in the future, but now.
“As tangible and real of a story as was ever put on paper. Raw, honest and completely visceral, [The Year of Loving Dangerously] is a book for the ages.”
—Comics Waiting Room
Courtesy of Ted Rall
“This great book lays the foundation for the revolution we all know is necessary. This is the book we’ve all been waiting for. Pick this book up. Read it. And then get ready to fight back.” —Derrick Jensen
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A Pulitzer Prize finalist and twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, TED RALL is a syndicated political cartoonist, opinion columnist, graphic novelist, and occasional war correspondent whose work appears in hundreds of publications, including the NewYork Times, the Washington Post, the VillageVoice, and the Los Angeles Times.
THE TORTURER IN THE MIRROR
Ramsey Clark, Haifa Zangana, and Thomas Ehrlich Reifer
efore the US invasion of Iraq, before the American public saw the infamous photos from Abu Ghraib, the CIA went to the
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White House with a question: what, according to the Constitution, was the line separating interrogation from torture—and could that line be moved? The White House lawyers’ answer—in the form of legal documents later known as the “torture memos”—became the US’s justification for engaging in torture. The Torturer in the Mirror shows us how when one of us tortures, we are all implicated in the crime. In three uncompromising essays, Iraqi dissident Haifa Zangana, former US attorney general
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“If we hope to revive with any credibility our widely claimed commitment to constitutional government, the rule of law, freedom, and justice, and to provide for the common defense consistent with those claims, the people who led us to torture must be held accountable.”
—Ramsey Clark, former United States attorney general
Ramsey Clark, and professor of sociology Thomas Ehrlich Reifer teach us how physically and psychologically insidious torture is, how deep a mark it leaves on both its victims and its practitioners, and how necessary it is for us as a society to hold torturers accountable.
RAMSEY CLARK was the US attorney general during the Johnson administration, and is founder of the International Action Center.
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HAIFA ZANGANA is an Iraqi political commentator and former prisoner of the Ba’ath regime. She is the author of City of Widows: An Iraqi Woman’s Account of War and Resistance, published by Seven Stories Press. THOMAS EHRLICH REIFER
is associate professor of sociology at the University of San Diego, and an associate fellow of the Transnational Institute.
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© University of San Diego
Dispatches from the Women’s Health Revolution
Edited by Barbara Seaman with Laura Eldridge
ioneering feminist author Barbara Seaman spent the last forty years on the front lines as a women’s health advocate. Through-
out her career, she was not only a tireless muckraker and book writer, but also a relentless supporter of other women’s voices. Here she brings together an essential collection of essays, interviews, and commentary by leading activists, writers, doctors, and sociologists on topics ranging across reproductive rights, sex and orgasm, activism, motherhood and birth control. The more than two hundred contributors include Jennifer Baumgardner, Susan Brownmiller, Phyllis Chesler, Angela Davis, Barbara Ehrenreich, Germaine Greer, Shulamith Firestone, Charlotte Perkins Gilman,
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“In 1969, Barbara Seaman proved that women can talk back to doctors—calmly, rationally, and scientifically. For many of us, women’s liberation began at that moment.”
Erica Jong, Molly Haskell, Shere Hite, Susie Orbach, Judith Rossner, Alix Kates Shulman, Gloria Steinem, Sojourner Truth, Rebecca Walker, Naomi Wolf, and many others. For this volume Seaman worked together with her friend, former assistant, and last collaborator, the young feminist health author Laura Eldridge.
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BARBARA SEAMAN ’s (1935–2008) first book, The Doctors’ Case Against the Pill (1969), prompted Senate hearings, exposed the biases of the medical establishment regarding women’s health issues, and inspired women around the world to take control of their health. She was also the author of Free and Female (1972), Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones (1977), Lovely Me: The Life of Jacqueline Susann (1987), The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women (2003), and The No-Nonsense Guide to Menopause (2008). LAURA ELDRIDGE
is a women’s health writer and activist. Her latest books are The No-Nonsense Guide to Menopause, coauthored with Barbara Seaman, and In Our Control: The Complete Guide to Contraceptive Choices for Women.
FLYING CLOSE TO THE SUN
My Life and Times as a Weatherman
lying Close to the Sun is the stunning memoir of a white, middle-class girl from Connecticut who became a member of the
Weather Underground, one of the most notorious groups of the 1960s. Cathy Wilkerson, who famously escaped the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion, here wrestles with the legacy of the movement, at times finding contradictions that many others have avoided: the absence of women’s voices then, and in the retelling; the incompetence and the egos; and the hundreds of bombs detonated in protest, which caused little loss of life but which were also ineffective in fomenting revolution. In searching for new paradigms for change, Wilkerson asserts with brave humanity and confessional
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“Unsparingly maps the idealism, fanaticism, moral absolutism and personal passions that carried her to the town house [explosion].”
—The New York Times
“[A] clear-sighted, self-critical yet unapologetic account.”
—Los Angeles Times
honesty an assessment of her past—of those heady, iconic times— and somehow finds hope and faith in a world that at times seems to offer neither.
“You’ll want to plunge right into Cathy Wilkerson’s Flying Close to the Sun. If you’re a ’60s survivor (as I am), you’ll know it’s the real thing.”
—Carol Brightman, Truthdig
“At times exciting and at other times reflective, Flying Close to the Sun is always captivating.”
—Ron Jacobs, CounterPunch
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CATHY WILKERSON was active in the civil rights movement, SDS, and the Weather Underground. In 1970, she, along with Kathy Boudin, after surviving an explosion in the basement of her parents’ townhouse that killed three Weathermen, were forced underground. For the past twenty years she has worked as an educator.
• Author Events: New York
The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2009–10
Edited by Mickey Huff, Peter Phillips, and Project Censored
Introduction by Kristina Borjesson • Cartoons by Khalil Bendib
ach year, as it has for the past quarter century, Project Censored lists the top twenty-five censored stories—the major
Media Studies/Journalism • October 2010
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new stories that were ignored or under-reported by a mainstream press too busy covering the latest junk food news story. Stories are presented in depth, and the original reporters are given the opportunity to provide updates and comments on how their stories came about. Additionally, the project commissions articles on the hot-button issues of the year having to do with censorship, alternative media, international news, and other relevant topics.
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“Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this collection of suppressed stories allows us.”
—San Diego Review
“For the smart and courageous news manager, this annual report is a virtual road map for the coming year's news schedule.”
is associate professor of history and social science at Diablo Valley College. He is the associate director of Project Censored, with which he has been involved since 2001. He blogs at www.mythinfo.blogspot.com and www.dailycensored.com.
“Required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens.” —Los Angeles Times
• Events in Northern California and New York City • National radio and TV interviews • Excerpts in AlterNet and The Huffington Post • Promotion through the author's web site: www.projectcensored.org
© Meg Huff
PETER PHILLIPS , director of Project Censored, is associate professor of sociology at Sonoma State University. He is known for his op-ed pieces in the alternative press and independent newspapers nationwide. He is the 2009 recipient of the Dallas Smythe Award, presented by the Union for Democratic Communication. PROJECT CENSORED, founded in 1976 by Carl Jensen, has as its principal objective the advocacy
for and protection of First Amendment rights and the freedom of information in the United States. In 2008, Project Censored received the PEN/Oakland Literary Censorship Award for the publication of Censored 2009. For more information, visit www.projectcensored.org.
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SAD STORIES OF THE DEATH OF KINGS
oy is a lover of adventure movies, a budding writer, and a young man slowly coming of age without the benefit of a father. Sur-
rounding him—whether to support him or to drag him under—is the adult world of postwar Chicago, a city haunted by violence, poverty, and the redeeming power of imagination. Here are charlatans, operators, alien abductees, schoolyard nudists, and fast girls with only months to live. At the center of it all is a boy learning to navigate the compromises, disillusionments, and regrets that come with the territory of living. Mixing memoir and fiction, the fortytwo short stories in Sad Stories of the Death of Kings bring a city—and a boy’s growing consciousness—to vivid, unflinching life.
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Young Adult Fiction • October 2010
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Praise for Barry Gifford: “A master of the vignette . . . Mr. Gifford also has a fine ear for dialogue. . . . [He] gratifyingly kisses the past without entirely telling it.”
—Jonathan Wilson, New York Times Book Review
“Gifford’s great talent captures defining moments with the casual grace of anecdote. [He] makes the anecdotal monumental.”
—Jonathan Keats, San Francisco Magazine
• Promotion targeting ﬁction and online reviewers, reading groups, and librarians • Promotion through the author's web site: www.barrygifford.com • Author Events: San Francisco • New York
The author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages, BARRY GIFFORD writes distinctly American stories for millions of readers around the globe. His novel Wild at Heart was made into a film by David Lynch, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and his novel Perdita Durango was made into a feature film by Alex de la Iglesia. For more information, visit www.barrygifford.com.
ELEGY WRITTEN ON A CROWDED STREET
young black woman, Mary Anderson, is up on second-degree murder charges for killing her boyfriend in self-defense. He was
a police informant in the Fillmore district, the Harlem of the West. April Jones owns Universal Bail, “Your Freedom Is Our Job.” April gets Mary out of jail, and that’s when her troubles with the police begin. Peter Plate drives a poetic narrative of gentrification, conscience, good clothes, and bad cops in a world where the only choice is life over the proximity of death. “[Plate’s] San Francisco is a fiery hell, where the devil rides in a squad car, and God doesn’t deign to put in an appearance.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
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lives in San Francisco. He is the author of Soon the Rest Will Fall, Fogtown, One Foot off the Gutter, Snitch Factory, Angels of Catastrophe, and Police and Thieves.
THE SWEETEST THING
Inside the World of Women’s Boxing
ournalist and amateur boxer Mischa Merz fulfils a long-held ambition to travel across the United States and compete in a
series of amateur boxing tournaments. On this wild and fascinating journey she meets her idols, including Laila Ali and Lucia Rijker of Million Dollar Baby fame, and some other truly extraordinary characters. Merz discovers the horrors and delights of the world of women's boxing and gains insights into this eccentric subculture’s place in American life. She also meets some of the pioneers and trailblazers of the contemporary rise in women’s boxing, as well as some of the younger stars now hoping to make it onto the first women’s boxing team in the 2012 Olympic Games.
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Praise for Mischa Merz’s memoir Bruising: “Merz makes her own body, discipline, and courage her subjects of experiment as she explores the terrors and the exhilarations of the female capacity for violence with startling honesty. You can almost smell the sweat.”
Written in a compelling and highly entertaining narrative style,
Mischa Merz takes us right into the ring and reports, with a rare insider’s view, on a sport that has for centuries defined our ideas about masculinity.
“The work fits (more) comfortably within the stylish nonfiction popularized by writers such as Dava Sobel, Helen Garner and Janet Malcolm.”
—Mary Rose Liverani, The Australian
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• National radio and TV • Author tour to Los Angeles and New York City • Promotion through the author’s web site: www.mischamerz.com
is a journalist and author of fiction and creative nonfiction. She began training as an amateur boxer in 1995 and is the 2001 Australian Amateur Boxing League women’s welterweight champion. Her book Bruising, about her experiences as a boxer, was published to critical acclaim by Picador Australia in 2000 and was shortlisted for the Dobbie Award. Her journalism has appeared in numerous publications, including The Age, the Sunday Age, and the Herald Sun.
ith trademark precision and razor-sharp wit, Inga Muscio explores the impact of violence, abuse, war, and cultural
trauma on our most intimate lives in order to uncover a path toward healthy and imaginative sex and love. The long-awaited follow-up to Cunt, Rose breaks new ground in answering a fundamental question in feminist and antiracist writing: how do we identify, witness, and then recover from trauma—as individuals, as families, as communities, and as a country? Muscio's ability to address dire topics with vigor and bravery allows her readers to confront the true brutality of a violent culture, then to react powerfully with righteous rage and hopeful determination.
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Praise for Cunt: “Bright, sharp, empowering, long-lasting, useful, sexy.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
Chilling, eye-opening, and thoroughly enjoyable, Rose offers a
“Cunt does for feminism what smoothies did for high fiber diets—it reinvents the oft-indigestible into something sweet and delicious.”
fresh and exhilarating perspective on achieving empowerment and self-possession.
“Cunt is one of the most dangerous books I ever read, ever.”
—Robin D. G. Kelley
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is the author of Cunt: A Declaration of Independence and Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and lectures widely across the nation. For more information, visit www.ingalagringa.com.
• Features in Bitch, Bust, Venus Zine, and other feminist and queer magazines • Author Events: Los Angeles • San Francisco • Boston • New York • Portland, OR • Philadelphia • Seattle
GOD BLESS YOU, DR. KEVORKIAN
od Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian includes all of Kurt Vonnegut’s intrepid investigative reporting from the afterlife, from when he
was sent there in 1998 by local NPR affiliate WNYC to interview, among others, Sir Isaac Newton, Clarence Darrow, James Earl Ray, Eugene Debs, John Brown, Adolf Hitler, William Shakespeare, and Kilgore Trout. What began as a series of ninety-second radio interludes evolved into this provocative collection of musings about who and what we live for, and how much it all matters in the end. From the original portrait by his friend Jules Feiffer that graces the cover, to the last word of the last entry, God Bless You, Dr.
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“So when my own time comes to join the choir invisible or whatever, God forbid, I hope someone will say ‘He’s up in Heaven now.’ Who really knows? I could have dreamed all this.”
—from God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
Kevorkian is a joy forever.
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KURT VONNEGUT (1922–2007) was among the few grandmasters of contemporary American letters, one without whom the very term American literature would mean much less than it does. His books endure as defiant, and charming, embodiments of the heights to which the human imagination will go in search of essential rights and freedoms. Vonnegut’s other books from Seven Stories Press include the national hardcover and paperback bestseller, A Man Without a Country, and, with Lee Stringer, Like Shaking Hands with God: A Conversation About Writing.
LIKE SHAKING HANDS WITH GOD
A Conversation about Writing
Kurt Vonnegut and Lee Stringer
Moderated by Ross Klavan • Foreword by Dan Simon • Photographs by Art Shay
n Like Shaking Hands with God, two distinguished writers— separated by age, race, upbringing, and education, but sharing
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common goals and aspirations—talk about the place where the lives they lead meet the art they practice. That these two writers happened to be Kurt Vonnegut and Lee Stringer made it a historic celebration. The setting was a bookstore in New York City, the date Thursday, October 1, 1998. Before a crowd of several hundred, Vonnegut and Stinger took up the challenge of writing books that would make a difference and the concomitant challenge of living from day
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KURT VONNEGUT (1922–2007) was among the few grandmasters of twentieth-century American letters, one without whom the very term American literature would mean much less than it does now. Vonnegut’s other books from Seven Stories Press include God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, and the national hardcover and paperback bestseller, A Man Without a Country. LEE STRINGER
to day. As Vonnegut said afterward, “It was a magical evening.” A book for anyone interested in why the simple act of writing
is the author of the acclaimed Grand Central Winter: Stories from the Street, which chronicled his twelve years of homelessness in New York City. A former editor and columnist of Street News, his is also the author of Sleepaway School: A Memoir. He is at work on the forthcoming White People: Stories from the Suburbs.
things down can be more important than the amount of memory in our computers.
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DAN SIMON is founder and publisher of Seven Stories Press; coauthor of Run, Run, Run: The Lives of Abbie Hoffman; translator of Pascal Bonafoux’s Van Gogh: Self Portraits; and coeditor of three volumes on Nelson Algren: Nonconformity; The Man with the Golden Arm, critical edition; and Entrapment and Other Writings with Brooke Horvath.
ROSS KLAVAN is a writer and performer in New York City. His critically acclaimed original screenplay Tigerland, based on his novel of the same name, was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award. ART SHAY
is the author of Chicago’s Nelson Algren. His photographs have graced the covers of Life and have been included in the museum exhibits around the world.
THE KILLING GAME
The Writings of an Intrepid Investigative Reporter
Edited by Eric Webb • Afterword by Bob Parry
ary Webb was best known for his three-part series, “Dark Alliance,” that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News in August
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1996. In it, Webb linked the CIA to the crack-cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the Iran-Contra scandal. By October of that year Webb was reeling from a concerted government-sponsored smear campaign that led to front-page vilification in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. However Webb’s findings were later confirmed, and Webb himself vindicated two years later by the investigation of the CIA’s inspector general and the US Senate. His only published book, Dark Alliance, is still a classic of con34 SEVEN STORIES PRESS
Praise for Dark Alliance: “Gary Webb wrote a series of articles that said some bad things about the CIA and drug traffickers. The CIA denied the charges, and every major newspaper in the country took the agency’s word for it. Gary Webb was ruined. Which is a shame, because he was right.”
—Charles Bowden, Esquire
temporary journalism. But Webb’s journalistic career consisted of much more than this one story. The Killing Game collects the best of
his investigative stories from his beginnings at the Kentucky Post to
“Gary Webb wrote the truth. . . . [Dark Alliance] brings to light one of the worst official abuses of our nation’s history.”
—US Congresswoman Maxine Waters
his end at the Sacramento News & Review. It includes Webb’s series at the Kentucky Post on organized crime in the coal industry, at the
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Cleveland Plain Dealer on Ohio State’s negligent medical board, and on the US military’s funding of first-person shooter video games. The Killing Game, by illuminating Webb’s work outside of Dark Alliance, is a testament to investigative journalism at its best.
• National radio and TV interviews with Eric Webb
(1955–2004) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist best known for Dark Alliance.
is Gary Webb’s youngest son. Surrounded by journalism all his life, he is now a journalism student in Southern California.
us Reppo’s parents have everything figured out for their son, right down to the county where they hope he’ll practice den-
tistry. And when his parents follow him to the air force where he enlists—who else will make sure he is served adequate meals?—he realizes it’s not going to be easy shaking off his kin, or their Mantovani obsession. After his mother introduces the possibility that his parents are not who they seem, Gus’s life takes a turn for the weird. But steadied by Rick DeMarinis’s hilarious prose and guiding hand, Gus’s world, though left a little wearier, is finally given room to journey. “However similar the existential suffering of his characters, DeMarinis expertly probes the contours of their condition. You simply can’t move your eyes from the page.”
—Mark Smirnoff, New York Times Book Review
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Praise for Rick DeMarinis:
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“DeMarinis is a contemporary avatar of that tradition in American short story writing that, by way of Hawthorne, Melville, Faulkner, O’Connor, Welty, and Cheever, is essentially religious and, because rooted in everyday, comic. . . . His art, then, is comedy of a very high order.” —Russell Banks, New York Times Book Review
“Rick DeMarinis has long been one of my favorite writers; wherever he has cast his gaze, he has taught me something new about the way to see things.”
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—Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
is the author of eight novels, including The Year of the Zinc Penny, a New York Times Notable Book, and six short story collections, including Apocalypse Then and Borrowed Hearts. In 1990, he received an Academy Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Each year, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts awards a short story prize in his name.
• Author events in Missoula, MT and Olympia, WA
“A SINGING IN EVERY MOMENT AND INCH OF ME”
The Letters of Barney Simon to Lionel Abrahams
et in the 1960s in Johannesburg, London, and New York, and told in the letters home of a young theater director to a friend
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who is a struggling novelist, here is the true story of one of South Africa’s national treasures, co-founder of the Market Theatre, director of the early productions of the plays of Athol Fugard, and mentor to a generation of South African actors, as he begins his artistic journey wrestling with the angels.
“No one knows how many men and women who have become makers of a unique black theatre and a unique non-racial theatre in South Africa known all over the world come from [Barney Simon’s] vision and patient energy as director/writer.”
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Courtesy of The Market Theatre
BARNEY SIMON (1932–1995) was the legendary artistic director, writer, and co-creator of the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. The Market Theatre challenged the apartheid regime, armed with little more than the conviction that culture can change society, and became recognized as one of the most influential and distinguished theaters in South Africa and the world.
DEEP GREEN RESISTANCE
Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen
or years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane
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and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes. Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.
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It provides an exploration of organizational structures, recruit-
ment, security, and target selection for both aboveground and underground action. Deep Green Resistance also discusses a culture
is a writer, activist, and small-scale organic farmer living in Ontario, Canada. His first book was Peak Oil Survival: Preparation for Life After Gridcrash. His most recent book is What We Leave Behind, co-written with Derrick Jensen.
of resistance and the crucial support role that it can play. Deep Green Resistance is a plan of action for anyone determined
to fight for this planet—and win.
• Promotions tied to Earth Day in April • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with the authors’ speaking engagements • Promotion through the authors’ web sites: www.inthewake.org (Aric McBay); www.derrickjensen.org; www.lierrekeith.com
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LIERRE KEITH is a writer, small-scale farmer, and radical feminist activist. She is the author of two novels, as well as The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability. She’s been arrested six times. She lives in Humboldt County, California.
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Hailed as the philosopher poet of the environmental movement, DERRICK JENSEN is author of fifteen books, including Endgame Volumes 1 and 2, What We Leave Behind, and A Language Older Than Words.
Screenplays and Writings
Translated by Catherine Temerson
mong today’s leading filmmakers, none brings to the screen such a deep awareness of how power is channeled from First to
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Third World societies, or exhibits such great human sensitivity, as Raoul Peck, whose documentary Lumumba took the world by storm when it appeared in 1992. Collected here for the first time are Peck’s screenplays and piercing images from nine major features and documentary films, including Lumumba, the award-winning feature about Republic of Congo Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, and The Man by the Shore, the first Haitian film ever to be screened in theaters in the
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“A filmmaker with a fine eye for people and landscapes.”
—New York Times
United States and the first Caribbean film ever entered into competition at the Cannes Film Festival. With over one hundred production stills, storyboards, and poster art.
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RAOUL PECK ’s feature films and documentaries explore internationalist themes of inequality and offer compelling depictions of Haiti under political duress. In addition to filmmaking, Peck has served as Haiti’s minister of culture. In 2001 he received the Human Rights Watch Lifetime Achievement Award. His most recent film is Moloch Tropical. CATHERINE TEMERSON ’s
most recent translations include Amin Maalouf ’s Origins, Elie Wiesel’s A Mad Desire to Dance, Florence Noiville’s Isaac B. Singer: A Life, and Hiner Saleem’s My Father’s Rifle: A Childhood in Kurdistan.
• Author book and film events in New York City
WORLD REPORT 2011
Human Rights Watch
uman Rights Watch, under director Kenneth Roth, leads the struggle to focus the world’s eye on human rights issues at
home and abroad. Its annual World Report, written in straightforward, nontechnical language, conducts a systematic investigation of human rights abuses in every country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, with a particular focus on the roles played in each country by key domestic and international figures. Then—in incisive essays written by staff, scholars, and activists—the report describes the way forward to a more humane future. Highly anticipated and widely publicized by the US and international press every year, World Report—collecting reports on
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Current Affairs • February 2011
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“A wonderful report. An attempt to bring rationality where emotion tends to dominate.”
—Simon Jenkins, former editor of the Times (London)
human rights issues from 2010—is an invaluable resource for journalists, diplomats, and citizens.
“The reports of the New York–based Human Rights Watch (HRW) have become extremely important. . . . Cogent and eminently practical, these reports have gone far beyond an account of human rights abuses in the country.”
—Ahmed Rashid, New York Review of Books
• Author event in New York City • National drive-time radio tour
KENNETH ROTH © Human Rights Watch
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH is the largest US-based international human rights organization. It investigates, reports on, and seeks to curb human rights abuses in over seventy countries. For more information, visit www.hrw.org.
TEACHING WITH HOWARD ZINN’S VOICES OF A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES AND A YOUNG PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
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oward Zinn’s influential books have inspired students and activists of all ages, affirming the power of the people to influ-
ence the course of events. From the classic A People’s History of the United States, to the primary sources in Voices of a People’s History of the United States, to the stories of young leaders in A Young People’s History of the United States, arises a symphony of our nation’s original voices, an embodiment of the power of civil disobedience and dissent wherein lies our nation’s true spirit of defiance and resilience.
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In this teaching guide, history professor Gayle Olson-Raymer pro-
vides insight into how to apply Voices of a People’s History of the United States and A Young People’s History of the United States in the classroom. It includes questions for discussions, exams, and essays; creative ideas for in-class activities and group projects; and suggestions for teaching Voices alongside Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. In conjunction with the newly launched Zinn Education ProjCourtesy of Gayle Olson-Raymer
ect—a collaboration between Teaching for Change and Rethinking Schools—Olson-Raymer’s teaching guide will bring the writings of Howard Zinn to the most critical population: our youth.
GAYLE OLSON - RAYMER is professor of history and education at Humboldt State University and a participating professor in the Teaching American History program in two California elementary and high school districts. She is the author of Terrorism: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective and Instructor’s Manual for Alan Brinkley's American History: A Survey.
Ina May Gaskin
enowned for her practice’s exemplary results and low intervention rates, Ina May Gaskin has gained international no-
toriety for promoting natural birth. She is a much-beloved leader of a movement that seeks to stop the hypermedicalization of birth—which has lead to nearly a third of hospital births in America to be cesarean sections—and renew confidence in a woman's natural ability to birth. Upbeat and informative, Gaskin asserts that the way in which women become mothers is a women's rights issue, and it is the act that perhaps most powerfully exhibits what it is to be instinctually human. Birth Matters is a spirited manifesta showing us how
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Praise for Ina May Gaskin: “Simply put, midwife Ina May Gaskin is the most important person in maternity care in North America, bar none.”
—Marsden Wagner, MD, MS, former director of Women’s and Children’s Health, World Health Organization
to trust women, value birth, and reconcile modern life with a process as old as our species.
“There is no better guide to have at your side than the legendary Ina May!”
—Harvey Karp, MD, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block
“Ina May Gaskin is an American treasure.”
—Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth and Misconceptions
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• National drive-time radio tour • Features in Bitch, Bust, Midwifery Today, Ms., New York Magazine, Salon.com, and Venus Zine • Author Events: San Francisco • Boston • Ann Arbor, MI • New York • Portland, OR • Philadelphia • Nashville, Memphis, and Summertown, TN • Seattle
Called “the midwife of modern midwifery” by Salon, INA MAY GASKIN has practiced for nearly forty years at the internationally lauded Farm Midwifery Center. She is the only midwife for whom an obstetric maneuver has been named (Gaskin maneuver). She is the author of Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, and Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding.
IN OUR CONTROL
The Complete Guide to Contraceptive Choices for Women
Foreword by Jennifer Baumgardner
ombining meticulous research and an understanding of the real-life issues that influence birth control choices, Laura
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Eldridge has crafted an accessible guide to contraception for men and women of all ages. She not only urges her readers to consider the pros and cons of each method, she provides them with the information and perspective they need to take part in a productive dialogue on reproductive health. Whether you’re looking for your first birth control method or want to know more about your current contraceptive choices, In Our Control will empower you to make critical decisions about your
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“A wonderfully engaging and accessible book that will help women to navigate today’s contraceptive maze.”
—Andrea Tone, Canada Research Chair in the Social History of Medicine at McGill University, author of Devices and Desires
“Real choice requires information. . . . In Our Control is a handbook for revolution from the inside out.”
—Holly Grigg-Spall, Bitch blog
“Laura Eldridge carries the torch for women’s health advocacy with this important new book.” —Shere Hite, author of The Hite Report
• Author Events: New York • Philadelphia • Providence, RI • Boston • Bridgeport, CT • College tour in September 2010
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“Wow! I couldn’t put [In Our Control] down. Reading Laura Eldridge’s history about contraception blew my mind. We cannot allow pharmaceutical companies to endanger women lives! This book is about to regalvanize the women’s health revolution!”
—Betty Dodson, author of Sex for One: The Joy of Selfloving
is a women’s health writer and activist. Her latest books are The No-Nonsense Guide to Menopause and Body Politic: Dispatches from the Women’s Health Revolution, both authored with women’s health pioneer Barbara Seaman. In Our Control is her first book as a solo author.
Illustrated by Nahuel Scherma • Translated by Elise Buchman Additional illustrations by M. Jones
n the United States, ninety miles from Cuban shores, tempers flare on the subject of Fidel Castro: some say he is a dictator, some say
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he is a liberator. In Fidel, Néstor Kohan and Nahuel Scherma present one of the towering figures of the twentieth-century as he is seen by Latin Americans: as the leader who, for over fifty years, has stood up to the greatest military power in the world, and remained standing. Here, in Kohan’s incisive prose and Scherma’s passionate illustrations, is the man who, inspired by decades of Latin American Marxist thinking, fought from the mountains of the Sierra Maestra to free his country—the man who walked the razor’s edge between
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Fidel también será publicado en español por Siete Cuentos Editorial. Con historietas y fotos divertidas, este texto corto expone las ambiciones de Castro, el líder que quiso dar rasgos creativos, inteligentes, y humanitarios a la cara del socialismo. Fidel nos muestra un hombre que no puede ser distinguido ni de su revolución, ni de su patria.
military threats by the United States and political coercion by the Soviet Union—the man who became a leader in the revolution against colonial governments from Angola to Vietnam to Latin America—the man who fought, above all, to transform the conscience of his people, spreading literacy, culture, and free medical care to everyone on the island. Here is Fidel—the man who became the symbol of the revolution in the New World. “A man of austere habits and insatiable illusions . . . incapable of conceiving any idea that is not colossal.” —Gabriel García Márquez, from “The Fidel I Think I Know”
NÉSTOR KOHAN , born in Buenos Aires in 1967, is the author of a number of Spanish-language books on Marxism, Che Guevara, and social movements in Latin America. NAHUEL SCHERMA
is an Argentinian filmmaker and documentarian. Fidel is his first book of
© Elena Kohary
Courtesy of Néstor Kohan
worked in children’s theater for twenty years. This is her first book-length
M . JONES
is an illustrator and fiction writer living in Austin, Texas.
GRAND CENTRAL WINTER
Stories from the Street Expanded 2nd Edition
Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut
ith humane wisdom and biting wit, Lee Stringer chronicles the unraveling of his seemingly secure existence running a
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graphic design company and his odyssey of survival on the streets of New York City. Whether he is writing about taking shelter underneath Grand Central by night and collecting cans by day, whether saving a stranger from a pair of robbers or stealing from a friend, Stringer powerfully conveys the paradoxes and emotional complexity of “normal” life on the street. Gestures of human kindness, even heroism, stand alongside acts of wanton violence and desperation, creating in the end one of the most remarkable urban
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A New York Times Notable Book A USA Today Top Ten Pick As seen in People and USA Today and featured on CBS This Morning, CNN, and NPR “Stringer gives us the long view of New York’s underbelly, born of pain but delivered with style and heart.”
—John Jiler, New York Times Book Review
memoirs of our time. This revised paperback edition features four never-before-
published chapters, and a startling new ending.
© Cheung Ching-Ming
“Stringer’s crisp detail, straight no-chaser wit, and uncompromising frankness are as bracing as his subject is significant.”
LEE STRINGER lived on the streets from the early eighties until the midnineties. A former editor and columnist of Street News, his other books include Sleepaway School: A Memoir and, with Kurt Vonnegut, Like Shaking Hands with God: A Conversation About Writing. He is at work on the forthcoming White People: Stories from the Suburbs. He lives in Mamaroneck, New York.
BAD SHOES & THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM
Illustrated by Vanessa Davis
ad Shoes & the Women Who Love Them is a lighthearted but highly informed wake-up call to women to make smart decisions when
buying and wearing fashionable shoes. It explores the significance of shoes, the psychology behind the foot fetish, the history of foot binding, the feminist critique (or celebration) of high heels, and the history of how they came to be. Illustrated throughout by artist Vanessa Davis, Bad Shoes also includes hilarious anecdotes from women who love shoes. And in case you’re wondering: yes, it is possible to make good footwear decisions without sacrificing style! Tanenbaum shows you how. “Being dressed to kill shouldn’t mean killing your feet! It’s time to liberate ourselves from the tyranny of shoes that hobble our mobility and disfigure our bodies in the name of sexiness. With this book, Leora Tanenbaum shows us how to take the first step.”
—Audrey D. Brashich, author of All Made Up: A Girl’s Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype and Celebrating Real Beauty
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“A witty, insightful, highly readable, and frankly shocking exploration of high heels that is a must-read.” —Liz Funk, author of Supergirls Speak Out: Inside the Secret Crisis of Overachieving Girls
“Someone finally gets it! . . . Please, this is necessary reading for any person who wishes to remain safe, comfortable, and ambulatory in their life. Please read this book—it can save your wheels.”
—Dr. Johanna S. Youner, DPM, FACFAS
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“In Leora Tanenbaum’s Bad Shoes, the woman who exposed slutbashing, cat-fighting, and God-reclaiming takes on women’s masochistic relationship with their feet. Run (while you still can) to your nearest bookstore and save your sole.” —Jennifer Baumgardner, author of Look Both Ways, Manifesta, and Abortion & Life
LEORA TANENBAUM is the author of Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation; Catfight: Rivalries Among Women; and Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality. She lives in New York City. VANESSA DAVIS is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. Her first book, Spaniel Rage, was published by Buenaventura Press in 2005, and her second is due out from Drawn & Quarterly in 2010.
TERRORISM AND THE ECONOMY
How the War on Terror is Bankrupting the World
hile we feared that al-Qaeda might destroy our world, Wall Street ripped it apart.
Economist and bestselling author Loretta Napoleoni traces the link between the finances of the war on terror and the global economic crisis, finding connections from Dubai to London to Las Vegas that politicians and the media have ignored. In launching military and propaganda wars in the Middle East, America overlooked the war of economic independence waged by al-Qaeda. The Patriot Act boosted the black market economy, and the war on terror prompted a rise in oil prices that led to food riots and distracted governments from the trillion-dollar machinations of Wall Street. Consumers and taxpayers,
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Praise for Rogue Economics: “Timely and fascinating, Napoleoni’s top-notch reporting, in which her attention turns from Viagra to blood diamonds to the banana price wars in a few pages, works in the vein of Freakonomics and Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation, but much grimmer.”
spurred by propaganda, accepted crushing global debt. Napoleoni shows that if we do not face up to the many serious
connections between our response to 9/11 and the financial crisis, we will never work our way out of the global recession that now threatens our way of life.
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Praise for Terror, Incorporated:
“A masterpiece . . . This book should be required reading for everyone in the White House, State Department, and Pentagon.”
is the author of the bestselling book Rogue Economics: Capitalism’s New Reality, which has been translated into fourteen languages, and Terror Incorporated: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Networks, which has been translated into twelve languages. One of the world’s leading experts on money laundering and terror financing, she has worked as a London correspondent and columnist for La Stampa, La Republica, El País, and Le Monde.
BETWEEN THE FENCES
Before Guantánamo, there was the Port Isabel Service Processing Center
n the Rio Grande Valley, one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the United States, good jobs are scarce and the Port Isabel
Service Processing Center—one of the largest immigration detention centers in America—pays the best wages for a hundred miles. The guards follow orders and keep quiet. For five years, Tony Hefner served as a security guard at the detention facility and witnessed alarming corruption and constant violations of basic human rights. Between the Fences is the shocking story of the systematic sexual, physical, financial, and drug-related abuses by Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) officers, and the incredible courage of the author, several fellow guards, and
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Politics • May 2010
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“Tony Hefner’s descriptions of human rights abuses at the Port Isabel Center mirror the complaints that continue to emerge from the facility—including reports from over one hundred detainees who went on a hunger strike there in 2009.”
—Catherine Tactaquin, executive director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
many brave detainees who stood up against it. With 400,000 immigrant detainees in US custody annually, Between the Fences is a call to action demanding that we look inside the detention centers on our own soil and consider how they are run.
“People who care about social justice and America’s image in the world should read former prison guard Tony Hefner’s disturbing account of sexual and physical abuse at Port Isabel.”
—Carol M. Swain, editor of Debating Immigration
Courtesy of Tony Hefner
created the Bearing Precious Seed Ranch ministry in southern Texas for local Hispanic children while employed by the INS detention camp Port Isabel. After witnessing human rights abuses within the camp, he began a fight for justice that is still raising awareness about the treatment of detainees in America. Tony and his wife Barbara now live in northern Michigan.
ynthia O’Neal was living “the good life”—married to the famous stage and screen actor Patrick O’Neal, the mother of
two young sons, resident of The Dakota downstairs from John Lennon, owner of the successful Ginger Man restaurant, and friend to many brilliant musicians and performers. When the AIDS epidemic hit the arts community hard, her life changed course suddenly, surprisingly, and completely. With the support of longtime friend Mike Nichols, she founded Friends In Deed and soon found herself spending her days in hospitals, cramped rooms, and dirty apartments: anywhere a patient needed a hug, a hand held, or confidence boosted. And when Patrick became ill and passed away
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in 1994, Cynthia had to work through her own grief instead of someone else’s, and she found her life transformed again. An extraordinary testament to what we can achieve when people
“This utterly winning book seems to sweep up the most devastating years of the AIDS epidemic and simply hold them, as if Cynthia O’Neal’s embrace is so capacious that she can somehow contain the suffering of every man and woman during those murderous times. . . . Nothing has escaped her gaze, and nothing seems outside her enormous, indelible compassion.”
—Mark Doty, author of the National Book Award–winning Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems
come together with a shared purpose, Talk Softly is both one
“One cannot read this book without wanting, in the most gentle way, to do better, live better, and be better. Her story has stayed very much with me, a fine spirit to have around.”
—Susan Minot, author of Rapture
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woman’s story and a universal tale.
“[A] beautifully written memoir of a ‘noisy life,’ intricately structured, heartbreaking as well as joyous, and tense as a thriller. With its wide cast of characters . . . it is a deeply moving portrait of our time. I keep thinking that this is what civilization means.” —Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient
CYNTHIA O ’ NEAL
is the founder and president of Friends In Deed, a New York City crisis center that provides emotional and spiritual support for anyone diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. This is her first book.
THE EMERGENCE OF MEMORY
Conversations with W. G. Sebald
Edited by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
hen German author W. G. Sebald died in a car accident at the age of fifty-seven, the literary world mourned the loss of a
writer whose oeuvre we were just beginning to appreciate. Through published interviews with and essays on Sebald, American novelist and translator Lynne Sharon Schwartz offers a profound portrait of the late author, who has been praised posthumously for his unflinching explorations of modern history, dislocation, and the role of memory. Includes essays from Charles Simic, Ruth Franklin, Michael Silverblatt, and others. “Schwartz does a fine job of evoking this elusive author.”
—David Ulin, Los Angeles Times
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“The great achievement of [Sebald’s] work is that he makes it audible to his readers while still honoring the silence.” —Evelyn Toynton, Harper’s Magazine
“If this interesting book of criticism and interviews introduces you to Sebald or encourages you to return to him, it will have served a noble purpose.”
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W . G . SEBALD
was born in Germany in 1944. His novels—The Rings of Saturn, The Emigrants, Vertigo, and Austerlitz—have won a number of international awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Berlin Literature Prize, and the Literatur Nord Prize. He is also the author of three books of poems and a book-length essay. He died in December 2001.
LYNNE SHARON SCHWARTZ
has authored fourteen works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as the widely acclaimed memoir Ruined by Reading. She won the PEN Renato Pogglioli Award for her translation from Italian of Liana Millu’s Smoke Over Birkenau.
SAILOR & LULA
The Complete Novels
Wild at Heart, Perdita Durango, Sailor’s Holiday, Sultans of Africa, Consuelo’s Kiss, Bad Day for the Leopard Man, and The Imagination of the Heart
n the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Barry Gifford’s searing contemporary classic Wild at Heart, and of David
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Lynch’s Palme d’Or–winning film, Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels presents all seven of the books that comprise the saga of Sailor Ripley and Lula Pace Fortune, “the Romeo and Juliet of the South” (Booklist). “I saw Sailor and Lula in love in the middle of a crazy, violent, wild world, and I wanted to go on that trip with them. . . . It’s like looking into the Garden of Eden before things went bad.”
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“Barry Gifford invented his own American vernacular— William Faulkner by way of B-movie film noir, porn paperbacks, and Sun Records rockabilly—to forge the stealth-epic of Sailor & Lula. His accomplishment looks more and more like one of the permanent glories of recent storytelling, a set of crude masterpieces like Philip Guston’s late paintings. The compression and verve on view on every page of this compendium is as irresistible and dizzying as a dish of brandy-filled chocolates forged in shapes of pistols, hangmen’s ropes, convertible automobiles, and unclad, steamy bodies, daring you to keep gobbling them up.” —Jonathan Lethem
“[Sailor and Lula’s] talk comes from the hot dark of the innards, reminding us that the world is ‘wild at heart’ and that we fear and love it that way.”
—Washington Post Book World
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The author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have been translated into twenty-eight languages, BARRY GIFFORD is one of the few contemporary American writers whose characters are familiar to audiences around the world. Gifford lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
See page 22 for Sad Stories of the Death of Kings.
A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel
n 2006 Alice Walker, working with Women for Women International, visited Rwanda and the eastern Congo to witness the af-
termath of the genocide in Kigali. Invited by the antiwar group CODEPINK, Walker traveled to Palestine/Israel three years later to view the devastation on the Gaza Strip. Here is her testimony. Bearing witness to depravity and cruelty, she presents the stories of the individuals who crossed her path and shared their tales of suffering and courage. Part of what has happened to human beings over the last century, she believes, is that we have been rendered speechless by unusually barbaric behavior that devalues human life. We have no words to describe what we witness. Self-imposed silence has
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History / Social Science • April 2010
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“[Alice Walker] bears witness but steps in as an activist, acknowledging that as global citizens, ‘allowing freedom to others brings freedom to ourselves.’ Read Overcoming Speechlessness to overcome despair.”
—Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace and Global Exchange
slowed our response to the plight of those who most need us.
“Few books convey such a generosity of spirit, and such a commitment to the idea of sharing, in pain as in love. And even fewer express so eloquently the idea that a true peace can only be built on justice.“
—Saree Makdisi, author of Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation
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“Perhaps ordinary language cannot convey adequately the horrors of our time. Perhaps it takes a poet to reach into her own heart and into ours, to break out of silence and despair, to speak the unspeakable truth. Alice Walker . . . declares, by her words and by her actions, that she will not, that we must not, let this go on.” —Howard Zinn
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, ALICE WALKER is the author of more than thirty books including The Color Purple and Sent by Earth. Her writings have been translated into more than two dozen languages. From her essays concerning the civil rights movement to cries for intervention on the Gaza Strip, Walker continually and eloquently calls attention to ignored injustices around the world.
JESUS OF NAZARETH
Translated by Susan Massotty
uilding on the work of the great biblical scholars of the twentieth century, filmmaker Paul Verhoeven disrobes the mythical
Jesus to reveal a man who is, after all, startlingly familiar to us. Gone is the Jesus of the miracles, gone the son of God, gone the weaver of arcane parables whose meanings are obscure. In their place Verhoeven gives us his vision of Jesus as a complete man, a man who has much in common with other great political leaders throughout history, human beings who believed that change was coming in their lifetimes. Steeped in biblical scholarship but free of the institutional biases that so often dictate the terms of discussion of the historical Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth builds a bridge reaching back to
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Biography & Autobiography / Religion • April 2010
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“[Verhoeven] reflect(s) an astonishing familiarity with the trends of scholarship during the last 150 years . . . I recommend it with the utmost enthusiasm.”
—Dr. Gerd Lüdemann, University of Göttingen, Germany
Jesus’ lifetime, and forward to the present, and from biblical scholars to lay readers whose interest might be personal or political. “With . . . a filmmaker’s eye for detail, and a healthy skepticism about biblical scholarship, Verhoeven breaks down the gospels . . . and reassembles them into a unique and fascinating reconstruction of the historical Jesus.” —Robert J. Miller, author of Born Divine
“This is no zombie Jesus . . . but a human being who breathes our air, risks, dreams, imagines, and makes mistakes.”
—Arthur J. Dewey, Xavier University and fellow of the Jesus Seminar
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“Paul Verhoeven’s reconstruction of the life of Jesus of Nazareth reflects throughout his profound understanding of the ancient works that testify to Jesus’ words and deeds and the scholarly literature of the modern quest for Jesus as a historical figure.” —W. Barnes Tatum, author of In Quest of Jesus and Jesus at the Movies
PAUL VERHOEVEN is the only non-theologian admitted to the Jesus Seminar, a group of seventy-seven eminent scholars in theology, philosophy, linguistics, and biblical history. Their discussions are devoted to determining what Jesus actually said and did. Verhoeven is the director of successful films such as Turkish Delight (1973), The Fourth Man (1983), RoboCop (1987), Basic Instinct (1992), Starship Troopers (1997), and Black Book (2006). SUSAN MASSOTTY is an award-winning translator who has translated numerous books, including The Diary of Anne Frank, My Father’s Notebook by Kader Abdolah, All Souls Day by Cees Nooteboom, Wedding by the Sea by Abdelkader Benali, and The Kreutzer Sonata by Margriet de Moor. She lives and works in the Netherlands.
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