Shaun Randol

Day three of PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. Event number four for me, at a fourth location. One of the joys of this weeklong event is discovering new and unusual places. So far I’ve been in the sexy Standard Hotel, the very cool Chelsea Lighthouse, an old gymnasium in Little Italy, and now the charming Greenwich House Music School—all new to me. Looking ahead, I’m scheduled to cover six more events in six more locations.

Rob Grace

War—what is it good for? Writing. The same can't necessarily be said of war's opposite, peace. Antony Adolf seeks to correct a largely overlooked historical phenomenon—that of peace and peaceful coexistence amongst humanity. Rob Grace reviews this ambitious attempt at setting the record straight.

Vicente Garcia Groyon

I recently finished the novel The File on H by Albanian writer Ismail Kadare, which I thoroughly enjoyed for its deadpan absurdity. Kadare won the Man Booker International Prize in 2005, which is given to a writer for a body of work rather than a single book.

Dan May

What, exactly, is the difference between a free market and state-run capitalism? How does the economy in Norway differ from the economy of Brazil or China? Ian Bremmer's The End of the Free Market is a nice primer on the global economy, and provides keen insight into the current financial crisis. But when it comes to specific remedies to heal an ailing free market system, Bremmer comes up short. Dan May reviews.

Chris Eberhardt (汪哲伟)

BEIJING - “Do you think this book should be thought of like Super Girls or Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon ?” A language partner and I were discussing the new release by Jonathan Watts titled When a Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will Save Mankind – Or Destroy It (Faber & Faber, 2010).

Ed Hancox

“Comics” aren't always funny.

Mary Refling

In Higher Education? the teacher-writer duo of Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus wade into the conversation on the decline of the American university system.  It is fitting, then, that Mary Refling, a professor steeped in the knowledge of the debate, takes on this latest academic salvo.

M. Junaid Levesque-Alam

Muslims of Metropolis traces the experiences of three Muslim immigrant experiences in the West: a Turk in Germany, a Palestinian in England, and a Bangladeshi in the United States. They may share the same religion, but the experiences in their new countries are hardly the same. M. Junaid Levesque-Alam reviews the intimate portraits sketched by Kavitha Rajagopalan.

Danny Schechter

In this essay, award-winning, veteran journalist Danny Schechter reflects back on his decades-long career in mainstream and independent journalism and offers advice for the next generation of reporters. Would be muckrakers, media critics, progressive journalists and speakers-of-truth-to-power, listen up: the News Dissector has something to say.

Ed Hancox

Putin's Oil has all the makings of a thriller novel: conspiracies, Kremlin politics, double agents, corporate espionage, mysterious deaths, and exile to Siberia. Except this is the true story of how then-president Vladimir Putin wrestled control of  the oil giant Yukos, once one of Russia's most successful companies, from Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Ed Hancox delves into the machinations that landed a one-time billionaire in a Siberian prison.