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Schmidle Reports from Pakistan

January 2, 2008

The trick in putting out a quarterly anchored by current events is to figure out what will be current in a few months. That is our editor's job, and how he does it, I would not try to guess. But somehow the stars aligned this week, and we've got a ho [...]

Chiquita’s Terrorist Ties Highlighted in VQR

September 14, 2007

A demobilized paramilitary fighter, "Lorenzo," in Turbo, Colombia. A hazard of producing a quarterly with months-long lead times is that it's not easy to be timely. We have to forecast what will be relevant and informative in light of events six mon [...]

Saddam Is Dead

December 30, 2006

Saddam Hussein has been executed in Baghdad. In the coming days, we can all expect renewed debate about whether deposing and executing Hussein has been worth the human and political toll. (I think our stance is clear.) As a background for this discus [...]

Rushdie and the Mohammed Cartoons

March 2, 2006

Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that originally published the Mohammed cartoons, has now posted a manifesto, denouncing the ensuing violence, signed by twelve intellectuals—including writers Salman Rushdie, Irshad Manji, Taslima Nasreen, Cha [...]

More Fictional Nonfiction

March 2, 2006

This time it’s in the Village Voice that’s been caught running made up stories—and in a totally inconsequential cover story on Neil Strauss’s ridiculous book, The Game, no less. The Gothamist has it right when they say that the most embarrass [...]

Faulkner Letter Sells for $18,000

February 21, 2006

According to the Washington Post, a letter by William Faulkner complaining that he had been “conned” into a screenwriting contract with Warner Brothers sold yesterday for nearly $18,000, according to auction house Bonhams & Butterfields. Faul [...]

Lost Larkin Tapes

February 14, 2006

The London Telegraph reports that a collection of lost recordings of Philip Larkin have been found in the attic of a former BBC sound engineer—who recorded the British poet in his garage studio. The engineer’s son jokes with the Yorkshire Post To [...]

Nobody’s Fool

February 11, 2006

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo has devised a novel plan to raise money for the Community School in his hometown of Camden, Maine. It seems Camden is facing a $79,000 budget shortfall (somebody has to pay for those tax cuts, right?), so R [...]