To mark National Poetry Month, FiveBooks is running a week of interviews
with leading poets discussing their five favourite books on – or of –
poetry. Kicking off the series today is Gillian Clarke, National Poet of
Wales. Look out over the coming days for more interviews, with the likes of
Roger McGough and Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.
We hope you enjoy!
What Really Ails Italy?
Tim Parks | New Yorker | 4 April 2011
Unemployment high, wages low. Government in turmoil. North-South antagonism.
Public squalor. Choking bureaucracy. It's that way now, it's been that way
for at least 150 years. Incapable of reform, Italy makes a virtue of
Leon Neyfakh | Boston Globe | 3 April 2011
Alvin Roth, Harvard economist, designs markets that work without money.
Helped develop systems for matching doctors with hospital internships, and
assigning children to NY public schools. Working now on national kidney
Melinda Liu | Newsweek | 3 April 2011
Designers like Diane von Fürstenberg see China as a potentially huge market.
And the Chinese are finding freedom through fashion. Compare that with
literature, media and popular music, where official censorship still applies
Plato Battles Nato
James Crabtree | FT | 1 April 2011
Delightful fugue on Bernard Henri-Lévy's intervention in the Libyan war. "At
a pinch, David Cameron could match the French, bouffant for bouffant, and
send A.C. Grayling behind enemy lines. But beyond this the options are slim"
Bank Laundered Billions For Mexican Gangs
Ed Vulliamy | Guardian | 3 April 2011
And pretty much got away with it. Wachovia, since taken over by Wells Fargo,
laundered drug money equivalent to one-third of Mexico's GDP, for murderous
cartels. When US eventually prosecuted, case was settled for a small fine
Explaining Congo's Endless Civil War
Adam Hochschild | NYT | 1 April 2011
Shrewd, informative review-essay by top historian of Africa. “How do you
cover a war that involves at least 20 different rebel groups and the armies
of nine countries, yet does not seem to have a clear cause or objective?”
Gillian Clarke on Poetry
In the first instalment of our Poetry Series, the National Poet of Wales
tells us why many teachers are better than actors at reading poetry
Russia and the FSU
From the war in Chechnya to the murky depths of the KGB archive. Everything
you need to know (well, nearly everything) about Russia's past and present
@nuzav Tina Fey and “Bossypants.”
Book of the Day
Winning Our Energy Independence: An Energy Insider Shows How by David
Bob Johnstone says: “Without Hermann Scheer, the whole sea-change in
solar in Germany would not have happened.”
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