Writing today for the London Review of Books Blog, Tariq Ali, author most recently of The Obama Syndrome, says the new round of Wikileaks simply "confirm what we already know about Af-Pak," namely that:
Pakistan is a US satrapy: its military and political leaders constitute a venal elite happy to kill and maim its people at the behest of a foreign power.
Edwin Heathcote, the Financial Times' architecture critic, selects Jean Baudrillard's America as one of the best non-fiction books of 2010:
Baudrillard's stunning contemplation on the vastness of the US was first published in English in 1988 and is reissued here with an excellent introduction by Geoff Dyer.
Visit the Financial Times to read the full list.
Leon Neyfakh, arts reporter for the New York Observer, reports on Words and Money, and the tension between market pressure and literary value in publishing today:
Schiffrin argues that neither book publishers who seek to publish important or difficult works nor news outlets that aim to produce significant reportage can "continue to rely on the traditional forms of profit-centered ownership" and must find ways to attract funding from alternative sources.
Visit Thirteen.org to read the article in full.