Due to launch at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Let’s Start a Pussy Riot is a new collaborative art book curated by German-born performance artist Emely Neu. When three members of Pussy Riot were imprisoned last year, Neu staged a mini-festival to raise funds for the women, and started a blog for the public to submit artworks, which in turn evolved into a book. The first half provides an overview of Pussy Riot, including their manifesto and court statements, while the latter section features the work of nearly 70 artists and musicians such as Yoko Ono, Jenny Holzer, Judy Chicago, Kara Walker and the Knife. 

Photographs: Rough Trade

The secret histories of secondhand books

The personal dedications one finds in secondhand books are often as fascinating as the text. In honour of this, we’re starting a new series showcasing my most intriguing finds.

This first is written in the front of A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor: From Safei to Dad. The inscription reads:


Dear Dad,

According to Mum (alias the Guru of the Postal Rates) the best way to send a book is as Printed Matter, but then it can’t include a letter – hence this method.

I enjoyed this book (and its sequel) a ‘lot.’ While I was reading them, I thought of you, and wondered what memories you have of any of the times and places he describes. Of course this world, (of central Europe as it was in 19??) vanished before I was born. The mixture of the author’s experiences of it at age 18 and his reflections now (or at any rate in 1978) on a world it is impossible to re-visit, give the book an usual texture, I think.

Don’t feel obliged to read it if it doesn’t “grab” you. You can view this as a short letter with 300 pages attached.

Lots of love


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50 Cent to write book on bullying

50 Cent

Bully for him … 50 Cent to release semi-autobiographical novel for young adults. Photograph: Sean Gardner/Reuters

Rapper says novel inspired by childhood experience will be a positive influence on teenage readers