Left Eye on Books

Saturday, March 11, 2006

A New Bookshelf

Amy Schrager Lang and Cecilia Tichi, in the aftermentioned What Democracy Looks like, offer a 'post-Seattle' reading list of American literature:


Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed
Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation
Naomi Klein, No Logo
Joseph T. Hallinan, Going Up the River
Laurie Garrett, Betrayal of Trust
Walter Mosley, Workin' on the Chain Gang

Anna Deveare Smith, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
Victoria Brittain and Gillian Slovo, Guantanamo
Tony Kushner, Angels in America

Against Forgetting
Philip Levine, What Work is
Spencer Reece, The Clerk's Tale
Wesley McNair, My Brother Running
Frank X. Walker, Affrilachia

Andre Dubus III, House of Sand and Fog
Barry Lopez, Resistance
Jean-Christophe Rufin, Globalia
M.T. Anderson, Feed
William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
John Le Carre, The Constant Gardener
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
Robert Newman, The Fountain at the Center of the World

(Paranthetically (obviously), this essay mistakes the Yes Men's Granyth Hulatheri for an authentic WTO spokesperson, and misspells Cornel West and Errol Morris--but nobody's perfect)

Friday, March 10, 2006

Dissident Voice reader David Patten alerted me to James
Loewen's Sundown Towns .

From Publishers Weekly

According to bestselling sociologist Loewen (Lies My
Teacher Told Me
),"something significant has been left
out of the broad history of race in America as it is
usually taught," namely the establishment between
1890 and 1968 of thousands of "sundown towns" that
systematically excluded African-Americans from living
within their borders.

Another book along these lines is When Affirmative Action was White
by Ira Katznelson. Liberals should move away from arguing that
Affirmative Action is a response (only) to
the legacy of slavery, but instead emphasize the way government and
civil society policies since the end of the civil war often limited
African American economic opportunity.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Jonathan Nitzan and Shimshon Bichler, authors of The Global Political Economy of Israel, have accused Retort of plagiarism, both in their London Review of Books article, "No Blood for Oil?" and in their book, Afflicted Powers. I've read through "The Scientist and the Church", and, indeed, there are definitely some places where Retort seems to have slid over the line, incorporating their data and theoretical formulations without due credit, although in other places there appears to be the phenomenon where if you read a work too closely you sometimes unconsciously incorporate its phraseology. Some of their derision of Retort seems like it is based more on theoretical differences than anger at thievery. And their discussion of Marxism and Postmodernism is a little daft. Retort should reply somewhere. Reviews of Afflicted Powers and The Global Political Economy of Israel on Amazon reiterate these charges--probably more people see those than the essays published about Afflicted Powers in New Left Review.

Dissident Voice

I have a review today (actually under March 6) of Biz War and the Out of Power Elite on Dissident Voice. So, Hello Dissident Voice readers!