Issue 20

Survival

Fall 2014
Art for Issue 20

No care for the caregivers, no luck for the narcos. Should artists get paid? Check your privilege! David Samuels goes to the Grammys. Frank Guan reviews Tao Lin. New fiction from Akhtiorskaya and Zink.

Issue 19

Real Estate

Spring 2014
Art for Issue 19

Putin vs. Ukraine, Microsoft vs. AOL. Jedediah Purdy regrets, Kristin Dombek solves your problems, Nikil Saval redesigns your office. New fiction by Benjamin Kunkel and two scenes by Nell Zink.

Issue 18

Good News

Winter 2013
Art for Issue 18

The NSA would like to connect with you on LinkedIn. Sheila Heti’s diary, clubbing for Christ, and new fiction from Becky Curtis.

Issue 17

The Evil Issue

Fall 2013
Art for Issue 17

Fiction from Norman Rush and Rebecca Curtis, drama from Gregory S. Moss. Moretti reads Middlemarch, Gregory surfs, and Kraus asks what’s after art.

Issue 16

Double Bind

Spring 2013
Art for Issue 16

Against sociology, for cultural revolution! Indians: the next top model minority. Freudenberger reads Munro. Drumming with Colpitts, panda porn with Witt.

Issue 15

Amnesty

Winter 2013
Art for Issue 15

Magazines are dead, long live magazines! Kristin Dombek on sex, drugs, and Ryan Gosling. Nikil Saval on China’s Long ’80s. Feminists remember Shulamith Firestone.

Issue 14

Awkward Age

Summer 2012
Art for Issue 14

Burn your degrees! Demand sex class action. Against big babies at home and imbeciles abroad. Yelena Akhtiorskaya panics in a suitcase.

Issue 13

Machine Politics

Winter 2012
Art for Issue 13

The Intellectual Situation is occupied. James Franco prepares, Sotheby’s sells out. Are computers stupid? Christopher Glazek: Raze the prisons. Benjamin Kunkel: Buzz.

Issue 12

Conversion Experience

Fall 2011
Art for Issue 12

Against intervention, home in Baltimore, obsessed with Gchat. Mark Greif in Stanley Cavell’s classroom and Kent Russell in juggalo country. Helen DeWitt’s new novel.

Issue 11

Dual Power

Spring 2011
Art for Issue 11

A brother in Afghanistan, obscure poetry at Cambridge, crisis in the humanities. Are the Necronauts an avant-garde? Boltanski: “making reality impossible.”

Issue 10

Self-Improvement

Fall 2010
Art for Issue 10

MFA vs. NYC, the masses vs. the elites, the racists vs. the progressives, the vegans vs. the fetuses, California vs. the world. Franzen’s Freedom or death! Sheila Heti: How Should a Person Be?

Issue 9

Bad Money

Spring 2010
Art for Issue 9

Full Employment Now! Octomom, one year later. Internet as social movement, video games as art. Ads nowhere and everywhere. Drug wars in Mexico, parties in Miami, Batuman in Samarkand. Zombies.

Issue 8

Recessional

Fall 2009
Art for Issue 8

A red and green Marxism as the way out of the crisis. Fiction from Mexico’s best untranslated novelist. The history of the New Left Review, adventures in online dating, the rise of the neuronovel, on repressive sentimentalism.

Issue 7

Correction

Fall 2008
Art for Issue 7

Obama as American Gorbachev; Roberto Bolaño canonized. Interviews with David Harvey and an Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager. Molly Young takes adderall, Mark Greif eats locally, A. S. Hamrah sees every Iraq war movie.

Issue 6

Mainstream

Winter 2008
Art for Issue 6

The “hype cycle” as the emotional life of capitalism, the death and life of book reviewing. Is global warming a “politics of fear”? Cho Seung-Hui. Gawker. Caleb Crain’s novella, Helen DeWitt’s new novel.

Issue 5

Decivilizing Process

Winter 2007
Art for Issue 5

Technological excess, from email to porn to blogs. Basharat Peer sees torture in Kashmir, Eli S. Evans watches television in Los Angeles. A fable by Benjamin Kunkel, fiction about nuclear proliferation, a report on flying cars.

Issue 4

Reconstruction

Spring 2006
Art for Issue 4

Chad Harbach on global warming. A symposium on “American Writing Today.” Fiction by Rebecca Schiff and John Haskell. Phil Connors on life at the Wall Street Journal. Mark Greif‘s “Afternoon of the Sex Children.”

Issue 3

Reality Principle

Fall 2005
Art for Issue 3

The ’90s bubble. On “Dating.” The con of the “reading crisis.” James Wood on the task of the critic, Walter Benn Michaels on neoliberalism and the novel, Mark Greif on reality TV and Radiohead, and Elif Batuman on Franco Moretti.

Issue 2

Happiness

Winter 2005
Art for Issue 2

The aftermath of Bush’s second election. Theory after the fall. Literary readings: cancel them. “Is J. M. Coetzee afraid of life?” Elif Batuman brings Isaac Babel‘s last living relatives to California. George Scialabba massacres Christopher Hitchens.

Issue 1

Negation

Summer 2004
Art for Issue 1

“It is time to say what you mean.” Raids on the cultural norm. Against Exercise. Fiction by Sam Lipsyte and Benjamin Kunkel. Keith Gessen on the education of Gary Baum.