Issue Number 9

Bad Money

Cover of Issue 9
  • The Intellectual Situation
    • The Intellectual Situation

      Web 2.0 has been revelatory in lots of ways—user-generated naked photos, for one—but the torrent of writing from ordinary folks has certainly been one of the most transfixing. More…

    • Internet as Social Movement

      “The Russian Revolution,” Wired founding editor Louis Rossetto once said, “was like a schoolyard game compared to the change that’s been driven by the digital revolution.” More…

    • Addled

      Today we Google ourselves to see what the world knows about us; tomorrow we’ll just watch the ads. The outlines of this can already be discerned in Gmail’s data mining of your emails. More…

    • Cave Painting

      For the best writers on video games, games are not art and don’t need to be. Games are, by design, what Plato believed epic poetry to be: ethics manuals for inhabitants of the cave. More…

  • Politics
    • Full Employment

      Of all classic capitalist problems—income inequality, imperialism, the class character of the state—mass unemployment has probably been the one to trouble living Americans least. More…

  • Narcoterror in Mexico
    • Under the Cartels

      In the late ’90s, when I moved to the city of Monterrey, people made jokes about my origins: surely my father carried a gun, surely I was coarse and crude—I was from a border town. More…

    • The Red Carpet

      It’s possible to distinguish the ‘signatures’ of the different cartels: some decapitate their victims, others cut out their tongues, others leave the dead in the trunks of cars. More…

  • Essays
    • Miami Party Boom

      We were led to an elevator past tanks filled with pulsing jellyfish. The elevator went down to the basement area, and when the door slid open an impossibly tall drag queen greeted us. More…

    • Summer in Samarkand, Part II

      If there is one thing I heard a thousand times in Samarkand, it was how they have the greatest bread in Uzbekistan because of their amazingly clean water and air. More…

    • Octomom, One Year Later

      The octuplets were supposed to be a distraction; instead, the camera teams camped on Nadya Suleman’s lawn got a living metaphor for the crisis. More…

  • Fiction
  • Reviews
    • Zombie Renaissance

      Critics have been worrying about the death of the novel for decades. The publication of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is unlikely to change that. More…

    • Why Don’t You?

      Because she wants to argue that having sex doesn’t mean you’re a bad person, Valenti insists on divorcing sex from emotional and ethical consequences altogether. More…

    • Fake Food Triptych

      One suspects a preexisting need to make food more interesting than it is, more beautiful, more strange—an impulse more fundamental than a flavor-tripping party. More…