***Naomi Klein, whose book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism offers incisive observations on the use of torture as “a silent partner in the global free-market crusade,” has an essay online at the Nation discussing the exciting shift in the political landscape of Latin America. As she notes, it takes a generation to recover from “shock” tactics (something we in the
So I wonder what will happen when a year or so from now “the lease on the largest and most important
***Locus Online reports that Cat Rambo and Jeff VanderMeer have a joint collection, The Surgeon’s Tale and Other Stories out from.Two Free Lancer Press.
***In the new issue of The Lambda Book Report, Judith Redding reviews Kelley Eskridge’s Dangerous Space and concludes:”Eskridge is different: her writing has teeth. First they flash a bright smile at you, but later they bite, and they chomp down hard.”
***Racheline Maltese has posted a thoughtful review of Sue Lange’s We, Robots. She characterizes it as “a slim volume that manages to be both a hilarious critique of hyper-consumerist and protect-the-children-from-all-dangers-real-or-perceived-at-all-costs-always culture and a pointed meditation on the uses of pain, physical and emotional, in the formation of character, personality and ambition.” She notes that “the story, narrated by Avey is a staccato prose of robot precision and strange digressions that often gives the book the feel of a Google search run amok. This is funny and delightful and gives the book a strange mechanical rhythm that makes is both a quick read and the perfect backdrop for some truly surprising ways of thinking about our world.” And she concludes “Lange gives us a quiet and sad look at the world of institutionalized timidity we are heading towards with or without robots, intertwined with a hilarious send-up of just how we’re getting there.”