Based on true life stories

From M/C Journal, a special issue on Cultures of Disclosure, including Nick Muntean and Anne Helen Petersen (Texas): Celebrity Twitter: Strategies of Intrusion and Disclosure in the Age of Technoculture; Christine Lohmeier (Rotterdam): Disclosing the Ethnographic Self; Jenny Lawson (Leeds): Food Confessions: Disclosing the Self through the Performance of Food; Luis Carlos Sotelo-Castro (Northampton): Participation Cartography: The Presentation of Self in Spatio-Temporal Terms; and Donna Lee Brien (CQU): Disclosure in Biographically-Based Fiction: The Challenges of Writing Narratives Based on True Life Stories. A review of I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-up Comedy's Golden Era by William Knoedelseder. L.L. Zamenhof and the Shadow People: Esther Schor on the amazing story of how Esperanto came to be. From Foreign Affairs, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is not the powerful anti-Western bloc it appeared to be a few years ago — the organization should deliver some tangible accomplishments before the West rushes to condemn or cooperate with it; and a review of books on foreign reporting. Gregory McNamee on the top 10 post-Apocalyptic films, from A Boy and his Dog to the Mad Max trilogy. David Brooks hands out the Sidney Awards for the best magazine essays of the year (and part 2). Simon Winchester on the case against the new year: Midnight revelry amounts to sheer malarkey. Here's The Noughtie List, a list of all the "best ofs" from the 2000s. Tony Judt on suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease: "My nights are intriguing; but I could do without them".

And please take advantage of Special Holiday Savings from Bookforum, with offers of 1 year (5 issues) for only $12.00, or 2 years (10 issues) for $24.00.