As most young people, students, and recent college graduates are well aware, entering today's job market can be a terrifying endeavor. Long before the afterglow of post-secondary accomplishment has any time to fade (or even to appear, in the case of working students), the race is on for the next step toward gainful employment. In most cases, this means a highly competitive race to the bottom of the corporate ladder.
In in interview with Aaron Lake Smith for The Rumpus, Luc Sante calls The Invention of Paris "really fantastic" and characterizes Eric Hazan, the author, as a "kindred spirit." Sante's recent review of The Invention of Paris for the New York Review of Books praised Hazan's book as "one of the greatest books about the city anyone has written in decades." Demand for The Invention of Paris has been so great that Verso has sold through its hardcover printing in less than a year. A lovely paperback edition, with new full-color maps and illustrations, will be available in April 2011.
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In a world of statistics and precision, in which "accountability" is now a Washington buzzword, there's one number no American—not even the president or the Pentagon—knows: the number of U.S. military bases currently dotting the globe. In a new piece for Tomdispatch.com, Nick Turse, author of The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan, weighs in:
Last January, Colonel Wayne Shanks, a spokesman for the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), told me that there were nearly 400 U.S. and coalition bases in Afghanistan, including camps, forward operating bases, and combat outposts. He expected that number to increase by 12 or more, he added, over the course of 2010.
In September, I contacted ISAF's Joint Command Public Affairs Office to follow up. To my surprise, I was told that "there are approximately 350 forward operating bases with two major military installations, Bagram and Kandahar airfields." Perplexed by the loss of 50 bases instead of a gain of 12, I contacted Gary Younger, a Public Affairs Officer with the International Security Assistance Force. "There are less than 10 NATO bases in Afghanistan," he wrote in an October 2010 email. "There are over 250 U.S. bases in Afghanistan."