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BookMarx (3/28/2013)

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  • Simon Waxman reviews Karen Houppert’s new book on America’s broken public defense system: you may have a right to a lawyer, but no one said you’d get a competent one.
  • Lean In is really waging a battle for work and against unmonetized life.” Kate Losse in Dissent.
  • Henry Farrell reviews Mark Blyth’s book on austerity, asks the question everyone’s thinking: “why did politicians ever think that austerity was a good idea in the first place?”
  • Crooked Timber runs a seminar on Erik Olin Wright’s Envisioning Real Utopias, thus far garnering responses from Bill Barnes, John Quiggin, Diane Coyle, David Estlund, and more.
  • Hazem Kandil considers the state of the Egyptian revolution in London Review of Books.
  • Theresa Runstedler, the author of a new book on heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, is suspicious of the motive behind an attempt to pardon the African American boxer.
  • “It’s not racism. They just shouldn’t be here.” Dave Zirin details the arresting anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry in Israeli soccer.
  • Hurdle the Harper’s paywall and you can read Terry Eagleton’s review of a new Marx biography.
  • Noted labor historian Melvyn Dubofsky asks, “Can the labor movement reverse its decline?” and answers in the negative. Ready yourself for a depressing read.
  • RIP Chinua Achebe, Nigerian novelist and seminal figure of post-colonial literature.
  • From the MIA: E. P. Thompson’s “Socialist Humanism”
  • Herbert Marcuse in conversation on a horrible couch.