n+1, Issue 10: Self-Improvement (Fall 2010)
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n+1 is a New York–based American literary magazine that publishes social criticism, political commentary, essays, art, poetry, book reviews, and short fiction. It is published three times each year, and content is published on its website several times each week. Each print issue averages around 200 pages in length.
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Issue Ten -Self-Improvement, Fall 2010: 162 pages
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?
that the defense of unthreatened freedoms counts for less than an apparently widespread white wish to make more out of their difficulties than other people. This is no longer a culture war, a revolt of stoics against the “culture of complaint,” but something deeper and older that precedes the identity politics movements it aims to subvert. Forty-two years after the Civil Rights Act, white people who still think of themselves predominantly as “white people” want to air their grievances with the
naturally talked a lot about my dreams, which ordinarily I’m at a loss to recall. I’ve never remembered my dreams better than when I’ve had someone to tell them to — maybe there’s a lesson in there about fiction. Anyway one night, which I place in mid-2007, I had a dream about Jonathan Franzen. In September of the same year, I was paid a gratifying sum of money to give a short, shallow, hopefully amusing talk about audio books at the New York launch party, held at the Angel Orensanz Center on the
Writers, are part of large public universities); the continued unemployability of 20-somethings; and the continued hunger of undergraduates for undemanding classes, does seem more forward-looking than one that relies on overflow income from superfluous books by celebrities, politicians, and their former lovers. It was announced recently that Zadie Smith — one of the few writers equipped by fame to do otherwise — has accepted a tenured position at NYU, presumably for the health insurance; perhaps
NADA, the lobbying arm of the nation’s automobile dealerships, which showed its muscle during the recent fights over consumer lending legislation and the auto bailouts. The NADA has 17,000 dues-paying dogs in the fight over the electric car’s future. Many people don’t realize that dealers are the actual customers of GM, Ford, Chrysler, and the others; mere civilians must buy from the dealerships. Dealerships don’t actually make much money selling cars, but they do make good money providing
quality of everyone’s air. Or more radically, a revolution against the current infrastructure of industrial food, enabled by the public’s decision to withdraw from corporations the subsidies that privi- lege industrial agricultural products over properly farmed food. Does this seem trivial? It’s arguable that hope is better nourished in the long term, even at the global scale, by smaller, less than apocalyptic steps. The proclamation of a new messiah will always get the publicity, but it can’t