Lucy Mannions troubles begin when she awakes in a dimly lit tent somewhere in the Middle Eastern kingdom of Dahman. The petite English secretary quickly realizes that shes been drugged and kidnapped by Sheikh Hakim Bin Taimur Al Fulani, a man so outrageously exotic and arrogantly masculine that his presence seemed to fill the tent and overpower her.
As reported by publishing trade mag Folio, magazines that feature Jesus on their covers see their issue sales jump by as much as 45 percent. (Putting the Bible front and center can boost sales as much as 51 percent.) In the past couple of years, magazines such as Wired and Popular Mechanics have tried to cash in on this miracle of marketing, but the most persistent devotees are Time and Newsweek, which have spent the last decade competing over who can squeeze Jesus on the front most often.
April 8 Time fires the opening salvo of the Jesus wars during Holy Week.
April 8 Newsweek shoots back with "Rethinking the Resurrection."
More than six months early, Newsweek celebrates "2000 Years of Jesus."
December 6 Time reminisces about "Jesus at 2000."
December 13 Newsweek looks into "The Birth of Jesus."
December 13 Time reveals "Secrets of the Nativity."
March 21 Time goes for broke with "Hail, Mary."
March 28 Newsweek intercepts with the backstory of "How Jesus Became Christ."
Can there possibly be a more succinct distillation of the Bush administrations worldview than country star Toby Keiths lyrical post-9/11 promise to put a boot in your ass? In this sharp yet dishy book, Chris Willman explores country musics embrace of such shit-kicking conservatism and how it became the unofficial soundtrack of the Dubya years.
Joe Sacco occupies a unique spot in the no-man’s-land between underground cartoonists and war correspondents. By presenting his firsthand reporting from hot spots like Gaza, Sarajevo, and Iraq in gritty black-and-white comics, Sacco has won over serious fans of comics and nonfiction alike (and has been name-dropped on The O.C., of all places). His first graphic novel, Palestine, chronicled his travels in Israel and the West Bank during the first Intifada. That was followed by the widely acclaimed Safe Area Gorazde, which depicted his experiences holed up in a besieged Bosnian Muslim enclave. Sacco’s work is often called “comic journalism,” but that label doesn’t fully capture how he’s managed to simultaneously blend and defy both genres. It’s not your typical journalist, after all, who seeks inspiration from Robert Crumb. And it’s not your typical comic-book artist who goes looking for wanted war criminals like Radovan Karadzic, as Sacco does in his latest collection, War’s End, published in June.
In 1980, Andrew Meldrum left his reporting job in southern California, sold his car, and packed his bags for Zimbabwe. The aspiring foreign correspondent was searching for that ever-elusive story: good news from sub-Saharan Africa. He was inspired by recent events in the southern African country formerly known as Rhodesia, which was moving from white minority rule to majority rule after nearly 15 years of civil war. It seemed like a promising place to spend a couple of years. “I found Zimbabwe to be a really exciting and positive place and I found that my work was growing as well,” recalls Meldrum, now 53. “So I just stayed and stayed and stayed.”