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Pirates and Traders
November 10th, 2017, 09:08 AM

The traffic in Lagos is famously bad. The local driving culture dictates tailgating, honking, flashing of brights, left turns into oncoming traffic, passing on the right, and shouting (but no cursing or lewd gestures—not in such a religious country). It isn’t rare to see a car casually reversing down an on-ramp, a motorcycle scattering pedestrians on a sidewalk, or a truck inching over a highway median to make an improbable u-turn.
Why Are We in Niger?
November 8th, 2017, 09:08 AM

Faced with political instability in the developing world—often a region of the developing world in which the US and its allies have at least some interest in resource extraction—the US advises weak governments to fight “terrorism,” providing training and material assistance as needed. When the government proves unable to stand on its own two feet, the US sends in troops of its own.
Not Every Kid-Bond Matures
November 6th, 2017, 09:08 AM

The summation Kids These Days gives us is harrowing: here is a generation hurrying to give in to the unremitting, unforgiving commodification of the self. Malcolm Harris predicts a future of debt servitude, confinement for the “malfunctioning,” worsening misogyny (though his gender analysis is less coherent than the rest of his argument), and total surveillance. Millennials, that is, are the first generation to live in the dystopia to come.
Emily Witt in conversation with A. S. Hamrah
November 1st, 2017, 09:08 AM

Emily Witt will discuss her new book, Nollywood (Columbia Global Reports) with n+1 film critic A. S. Hamrah. The event is free and open to the public. n+1 7 PM November 14, 2017 68 Jay Street #405 Brooklyn, NY 11201 RSVP on Facebook and via email to rsvp@nplusonemag.com. “Brooklyn-based journalist Emily Witt blends monograph with vivid reportage in her latest offering: a short but sweet study of Nigerian cinema.” —Laura […]
Corey Robin in conversation with Keith Gessen
November 1st, 2017, 09:08 AM

Corey Robin will discuss the second edition of his book, The Reactionary Mind (Oxford University Press) with n+1 founding editor Keith Gessen at McNally Jackson. An excerpt from The Reactionary Mind appears in Issue 29. The event is free and open to the public. 7 PM, November 13, 2017 McNally Jackson 52 Prince Street New York, NY 10012 RSVP on Facebook. “The book that predicted […]
Desperately Seeking Cities
October 31st, 2017, 09:08 AM

Most city dwellers, it turns out, live lives of quiet desperation for Amazon. What was happening to Philadelphia disclosed the emptiness not just of this city, but of what people all over the country had learned to think cities were good for.
The Forever Chancellor
October 25th, 2017, 09:08 AM

West Germany in the 1980s was a country of unattractive affluence, headed by a distant, uncharismatic figure who wasn’t even particularly adept as a technocrat. During the Helmut Kohl era history was everywhere—or rather, everywhere else.
Houses Are Built on Top of Mountains
October 24th, 2017, 09:08 AM

Coping and suffering is what Ireland has decided to throw its chips on. Years of corruption in our planning system, with politicians receiving payments to approve ill-thought through housing projects, have led to housing developments on flood plains, at the mercy of the weather each winter. Houses are built on the top of mountains, or in remote fields, draining resources, encouraging the use of the private car, and wrenching apart Ireland’s small towns and villages.
The Recovery
October 13th, 2017, 09:08 AM

The collectives transmitting on the radio out of Café Zapata have made it their goal to speak through the misinformation, malpractice and cover-ups that have proliferated in the chaos after the earthquake. They call themselves the Brigadas Autónomas. “Let’s say it clearly,” they wrote in a press release on September 26, “solutions will not come from the State and from capital; on the contrary, they are responsible for a natural phenomenon turning into a tragedy.” In a way, there can be something equitable, at least initially, about a natural disaster: rubble falls on rich and poor alike. This time, as in 1985, buildings in the wealthy Roma and Condesa neighborhoods suffered some of the greatest damage in the city. But reconstruction comes at a price, and after the earth stops shaking, the vulnerable find themselves even more so.
October 12th, 2017, 09:08 AM

A white male, twenties, appears at the top of the steps w/ a catering tray. He wears the tucked-in black T-shirt and tight black jeans of a stagehand; he passes the guests gooey triangles of cheese quesadillas. He nods in response to the appreciative thank yous and offers guests thick napkins branded with the company logo: a thick, bland “C,” its top half altered to suggest, vaguely, a pillow on a bed. The paper goods are a not-so-subtle reminder that when we wipe the grease from the corners of our mouths we must do so courtesy of the company’s largesse.