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Bookmarks highlights — Empire, resistance and a high school unlike any other

by Judith Orr
Issue No. 1950

Speaking of Empire and Resistance

Speaking of Empire and Resistance

Speaking of Empire and Resistance: Conversations with Tariq Ali
by Tariq Ali and David Barsamian

Boy Meets Boy
by David Levithan

Tariq Ali’s most recent books, The Clash of Fundamentalisms and Bush in Babylon, have sold tens of thousands of copies and become international best sellers.

His latest book, Speaking of Empire and Resistance, is just out and pursues the same theme.

It is made up of a series of fascinating interviews with US writer David Barsamian.

Tariq talks about anti-imperialist struggles from Vietnam to Iraq, but also discusses the fate of modern day Pakistan, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the state of the Islamic world, and the continuing significance of imperialism in the 21st century.

Tariq Ali will be talking about empire and resistance at 6.30pm on Monday 9 May at Bookmarks, the socialist bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1. The nearest tube station is Tottenham Court Road. Everyone is welcome.

The event is free. To reserve places or order the book for £8.99 plus £1.20 postage (you can also order a signed copy), e-mail [email protected] or phone 020 7637 1848.

Also new is the novel Boy Meets Boy by US author David Levithan (£10), set in a town where, “There isn’t really a gay scene or a straight scene. They got all mixed up a while back, which I think is for the best.”

It’s the story of Paul, a student at a high school like no other.

The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen, Infinite Darlene, is also a football quarterback and used to be a guy, and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.

This is a must for school libraries and teenagers everywhere. It’s a love story with a difference.

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Thu 5 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1950
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