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Theory and social and political movements

A new issue of Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements is out. V. Upadhyay (IIT-Delhi): What Happened to the Left Alternative? Ingar Solty (York): Is the Global Crisis Ending the Marriage of Capitalism and Liberal Democracy? (Il-)Legitimate Political Power and the New Global Anti-Capitalist Mass Movements in the Context of the Internationalization of the State. James K. Rowe and Myles Carroll (Victoria): Reform or Radicalism: Left Social Movements from the Battle of Seattle to Occupy


Paper Trail

In a letter on Tuesday, Amazon said they would give Hachette authors 100 percent of profits of e-book sales. Hachette said to accept the offer would be “suicide.” Amazon said it would be no such thing. But the online retailer, which has been trying to extract better terms on e-book sales from Hachette for months, has

Syllabi

Weird Sex

Vanessa RovetoThere's good sex and there's bad sex. And then there's weird sex—a Freudian purgatory that somehow neither stimulates the libido nor inhibits it. In art and life, we're inclined to seek out pleasure

Daily Review

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book

It is both reassuring and unnerving to recall the Cold War as conducted with books rather than tanks. Both the CIA and the KGB implicitly endorsed Maxim Gorky's proclamation that "books are the most important and most powerful weapons in socialist culture."

Interviews

Thomas Beller

J.D. Salinger spent nearly the last sixty years of his life as a recluse, attempting to outrun the fame brought by his celebrated first novel, The Catcher in the Rye. In Thomas Beller's new biography, J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist, Salinger's life appears as a triptych, in which the entire last half of Salinger's life—but only one story, "Hapworth 16, 1924"—is relegated to the final panel.

Excerpt

F for Fake

Brian Dillon

What exactly do we mean when we call an artist or writer a charlatan? What manner of truth is in question? Assuredly, an artistic or literary charlatan is not merely a fraud, a forger, or an impostor. Such quasi-criminal categories have their own clear-cut logic: The perpetrator either is or isn't what he purports to be. But an accusation of charlatanry points to something far more fundamental than a simple waywardness with the facts.

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