BOOKS

PHILIP K. DICK: A VISIONARY AMONG THE CHARLATANS

Philip Dick does not lead his critics an easy life, since he does not so much play the part of a guide through his phantasmagoric worlds as give the impression of one lost in their labyrinth.

Joseph Stiglitz

Joseph Stiglitz: Globalization and its Discontents

Joseph Stiglitz’s Globalization and its Discontents has sparked a major critical response since its publication in that it appears to encapsulate widespread doubts about globalization processes and their governance.

The Jungle (1906) – by Upton Sinclair

As a young man of 26 years, Sinclair spent seven weeks observing the daily lives of individuals who worked in the meat packing industry in Chicago’s Packingtown. Being from the South, an area torn by the Civil War, he hated poverty and its effects on humans.

SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE: REVIEW BY MICHAEL CRICHTON

In 1969, a then relatively unknown Michael Crichton reviewed Kurt Vonnegut’s latest novel, “Slaughterhouse Five”. In an ambivalent take, Crichton called it “hideous, ghastly, murderous—and calm.”

Truman Capote – Playboy Interview (1968)

“Wealthy Farmer, Three of Family Slain: H.W. Clutter, Wife and Two Children Are Found Shot in Kansas Home.” The UPI dispatch below this headline, buried in the back pages of the November 15, 1959, New York Times,had an electrifying effect on novelist Truman Capote.