Left Eye on Books

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Gospel of Wealth vs. the Gospel of Work

Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman belatedly celebrate Dimitra Doukas' Worked Over: The Corporate Sabotage of an American Community, one of the major overlooked books of the last couple of years.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Just a note about James Frey, who's a little off-topic for my purposes. Fraudsters, whether writing about recovery or weapons of mass destruction, are usually easy to detect by people with some real knowledge of the topic. The bigger scandal is always why nobody bothers to consult them before the story blows up in everyone's faces.

Osama's Book Club

William Blum takes an endorsement from Osama Bin Laden in
stride
.

From Blum's end of the conversations, you could tell the reporters were
expecting him to express some kind of discomfort, remorse, maybe even shame.
Blum refused to acknowledge feelings he did not have.
"I was not turned off by such an endorsement," he informed a New York radio station. "I'm not repulsed, and I'm not going to pretend I am." He patiently reiterated the thesis of his foreign-policy critique -- that American interventions abroad create enemies.

On a more serious note, this comment, like the 'My Pet Goat' anecdote from Farenheit 9-11 that he referenced last year, raises serious questions about whether Bin Laden writes his own material, something reporters would learn if they talked to Bruce Lawrence.