In 1995, Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents about the C.I.A.’s involvement in the death of Che Guevara in Bolivia. Years passed — 16 of them — and Mr. Ratner forgot that he had ever sent the letter. But he was still living in the same apartment and one day some documents from the government began trickling in through the mail. With new information he now says definitively dispels “the myth that the United States was not involved in the order to kill Che,” Mr. Ratner decided to write a small book, joining forces with another attorney, Michael Steven Smith, to produce Who Killed Che? How the C.I.A. Got Away with Murder.
On Thursday night their publisher, independent outfit OR Books, held a party to celebrate the book’s publication at the somewhat unusual venue of the Cuban Mission to the United Nations.
“I think that we recognize that we’re way past the moment of panic,” said the novelist DW Gibson yesterday. “And it now sort of feels like a land of opportunity.”
Mr. Gibson was explaining why he and four of his friends– Choire Sicha of the Awl and fellow novelists Dale Peck, Lisa Dierbeck, and Joshua Read More
You know you are wading into choppy waters when your defense of Amazon compares Amazon to Pol Pot. And when you admit that the headline “In Defense of Amazon” started out as a joke.
Despite these things, Ruth Franklin gives Amazon apologia her best shot! In The New Republic, she responds to OR Read More
Bookforum editor Chris Lehmann didn’t realize that his book deal was settled until contacted by The Observer. He hadn’t even signed the contract, he explained.
The Observer was pleased to be the bearer of good news.
Lehmann’s book, Rich People Things, was sold to Colin Robinson at Or Books by Melissa Flashman of Trident Media Read More
Carl Oglesby, who served as president of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) during 1965-1966 and has since made a career as an author, had a stroke last night while getting dressed for a party at his literary agent’s house celebrating the publication of his new memoir about the 60s antiwar movement, Ravens Read More