Issue Number 8

Recessional

  • The Intellectual Situation
    • On Your Marx

      Neo-Keynesian blog posts bear the same relationship to the crisis as cognitive behavioral therapy does to a patient’s troubles. Here is something insightful; listen carefully and it might save your life. More…

    • Gentrify, Gentrify

      “Gentrification”: the term evokes the political and mental life of two generations of city-dwellers. More…

    • Growth Outgrown

      The sense one gets from the news these days is that no one is sure what’s going on. Confusion reigns, the way it never quite did during the Bush era, when the enemies of humanity went out of their way to identify themselves. More…

  • Politics
    • On Repressive Sentimentalism

      Many things changed in the twentieth century. No change was more momentous and utopian than that men could choose men for love objects, and women choose women, to remake the sexual household. More…

    • Conversations with HFM

      You know what it’s like? It’s like somebody drops a depth charge onto a submarine, and you hear a big explosion, but you don’t know what’s happening. We’re waiting for the bodies to bob up. More…

  • Essays
    • Don’t Say No

      Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick is a great book to give as a gift to somebody you are hoping to sleep with. Explicit but subtle, its title contains two meanings. More…

    • So Little to Remember

      This morning we drove to the storage unit on the outskirts of Albuquerque and put Dan’s possessions neatly into the U-Haul. More…

    • Cinema é Luxo

      Finally the government told the students. With an air of great benevolence and gravity, a functionary from the Ministry of Work announced they would be working in the movies. More…

    • Rise of the Neuronovel

      The last dozen years or so have seen the emergence of a new strain within the Anglo-American novel. Ian McEwan, Jonathan Lethem, all these guys write about are total weirdos! More…

  • Fiction
    • Among Friends

      I decided to put a stop to him: I asked for twice the money. He accepted and I had to scrounge for adjectives that would bring the deeper Mexico to light. I also introduced him to Gonzalo Erdiozabal. More…

    • A Broken Window

      It hadn’t been true then. There had been no rain at her wedding. Today there was no sunshine. The reservoir of these tears had accumulated in the course of a difficult year. More…

  • Reviews
    • New Left Review

      In April 1975, North Vietnamese forces overwhelmed the South and took Saigon. American troops, who had mostly withdrawn by 1973, had no way of stemming the tide. “COMMUNISTS ENTER SAIGON,” ran the AP wire. More…

    • R We Going 2 Dai Alone?

      Reading Craigslist, I feel as though I am dipping my cup straight into the swift-flowing stream of human need. Laid-back is the only thing these people aren’t. More…

    • Forget Bourdieu

      My iPod is not an index to a hidden self. It’s as socially legible as everyone else’s. More…