Pulse Media sings the praises today of The Verso Book of Dissent, alongside an online posting of Tariq Ali's preface to the book:
To commemorate 40 years of radical publishing Verso Books has published The Verso Book of Dissent: From Spartacus to the Shoe-Thrower of Baghdad. I have just finished reading this brilliant collection of historical passages of resistance and dissent taken from ca. 1800 BCE to the present and am delighted to have the words of Ali Ibn Muhammad, Marquis de Sade, Audre Lorde and Harold Pinter in one place. This is a must-have volume.
Visit Pulse Media to read Ali's preface—please note the competition to win a copy of the book has now ended ... but watch this space for further copies up for grabs.
This week saw thousands of anti-G20 protesters in Seoul, where world leaders met to talk business, and of course Wednesday's demonstration in London against increases in tuition fees, widely seen as marking "just the beginning" of a wave of student protest. With turnout estimated at over 50,000 people and Tory HQ stormed (go students!), this has been the largest show of public anger in response to the Coalition's austerity measures so far, following occupations across the country including at Deptford Town Hall by Goldsmiths students and Manchester University buildings. Proposals have now been announced for a national day of anti-cuts protest on 24 November.
The Verso Book of Dissent: From Spartacus to the Shoe-Thrower of Baghdad aims to inspire an appropriated 'Yes we can' response to Tariq Ali's question "Why can't we protest against cuts like the French?" Five copies are available to win for the first correct responses to these very easy questions:
1. What is the name and profession of the Shoe-Thrower of Baghdad?
2. Which voice of dissent included in the book is the latest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize?
3. What is being protested against by the #IAmSpartacus Twitter hashtag?
Entrants must email their answers to firstname.lastname@example.org with the address to which the book should be sent. The competition is only open to those in the UK.
In a mid-term piece for New City, Ian Epstein does a survey of recent books on Barack Obama, opening with a dig at the people making the books:
The midterm election is a quadrennial occasion like an extremely exclusive art fair or a seminal trade show for many American industries. The main topic, of course, is the celebrated and increasingly absurd blend of American ritual and American politics. The midterms inject energy into everything, and especially the allegedly troubled industry of pulped trees and human thought that is known as publishing.
Among the books under scrutiny here are Roger D. Hodge's The Mendacity of Hope, Edward McClelland's Young Mr. Obama, Ari Berman's Herding Donkeys, and, of course, Tariq Ali's The Obama Syndrome about which Epstein writes, missing the point of the book entirely:
It lacks the make-you-want-to-stand-up-and-say-fuck-yeah attitude with which Obama adeptly mystified the masses during his campaign.
The book to make-you-want-to-stand-up-and-say-fuck-yeah that Epstein is perhaps looking for is The Verso Book of Dissent ...