To celebrate the release of Explore Everything, we're challenging readers to do some exploring of their own: from underground tunnels to mountaintops, whether halfway around the world or in your own town, capture your adventures and discoveries and share them with us on Twitter. One grand prize winner will receive a free copy of the book signed by author Bradley L. Garrett and a $100 gift certificate to online photo equipment store Adorama.com. Two runners-up will receive a signed copy and a $50 gift certificate.
Tweet your best place-hacking photos to @VersoBooks
using the hashtag #ExploreEverything
between 12:00 PM EST 10/8/13 and 12:00AM EST 11/1/13 to be entered to win. Make sure you’re following @VersoBooks on Twitter, and check out the official rules below to make sure you and your photo are eligible to win!
's new book, Explore Everything: Place Hacking the City,
has ignited great praise, curiosity, and indignation over the last few weeks. While The Guardian
's Robert MacFarlane enthusiastically accompanied Garrett on one of his vertiginous urban explorations, Josh Dzieza writes about the political implications of place-hacking in The Daily Beast.
He lauds Garrett's efforts to re-appropriate dwindling areas and thus re-democratize increasingly privatized, yet abandoned, spaces:
To Garrett, the city is a space coded by law and social convention, ready to be infiltrated and subverted, much like a hacker plays with a computer program
Over the past few years, it has been fairly common to hear: "the time has come for a new vision for Palestine/Israel." It is hard to refute the reality of a dead-end implied in this expression, but must a dead-end always lead us to a new vision? As Hanan Ashrawi has previously stated, new forms of talks, dialogue, and inventiveness are not what was missing in the endless peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.
After 65 years of "peace talks" – they didn't start with the Oslo accords, but way back in 1949 – we should question the very relevance of the procedures of peace. A peace treaty is usually called for in a situation of war between two existing states. In the case of Palestine since 1949, peace talks were a means for imposing partition, which was rejected by the majority of the population in Palestine in 1947; they were a way to bypass that rejection and implement partition through violence. In 1948-49, 750,000 Palestinians were expelled, the country was destroyed and its face transmuted by the new state; but full partition was not achieved. Ever since, maintaining the fantasy of separation has required the use of more and more violent solutions to the problems entailed in partial partition. Peace talks are a means of ruling that for the last 65 years have kept Palestinians and Jews haunted by the same question that colonialism lethally injected into the Middle East: for or against partition; one or two states. The major difference between then – prior to 1947 – and now is the excessive violence that was exercised in order to achieve what was doomed from inception as opposed by the majority of the concerned population – namely partitioning.
Here we reproduce the obituary that Tariq Ali wrote for the Independent
In today's LA Times
review of Narcoland
, Jason McGahan praises author Anabel Hernández
for her "empirically devastating" and unparalleled investigation of violence and corruption in Mexico from the drug cartels all the way up to the highest echelons of the Mexican government:
No single recent work on the subject peers more deeply than Anabel Hernández's "Narcoland," an investigative magnum opus by a Mexican journalist driven by purpose verging on despair.
... Like a rogue detective in a noir mystery, she picks up on leads that were ignored, dusts off witness statements that implicated the police, army and political elite, and attempts to reconstruct the scenes of the crime on her own.
No book in print on the current situation in Mexico collates so many lost documents of abortive investigations or broadcasts so many whispers of insiders before they disappeared into witness protection, were assassinated, or walked away scot-free.