Toward the Philosophy of an Act
March 24th, 2017, 02:03 PM
21. Now I’m here, alone, envisioning Mikhail. I type and my words fill the white screen, paragraphs accumulating like storm clouds. Command-S and they’re saved, cached inside somewhere, in a space so small it’s virtually virtual. Amazing how we’ve gone from stone to parchment to paper to essentially nothing at all, as if we’ve almost managed to reproduce the very substance of thought itself, its fundamental nothingness, its light
ness. Something not really
existing, but not not
existing either. Something tangible as smoke.
On Robert Silvers
March 23rd, 2017, 02:03 PM
Writing well is a risky, lonely undertaking. In a world intent on finding new ways to be stupid, cruel, and irrational, the defense of intelligence, decency, and reason can seem futile. Remembering Bob, I remember how he used to end those phone calls: “And so we push ahead.”
Turkey and the Headscarf Ban
March 20th, 2017, 02:03 PM
On May 2, 1999, Merve Safa Kavakçı, a 31-year-old newly elected lawmaker from Istanbul, was to take the oath of office in Parliament, having won a seat two weeks earlier as a member of Turkey’s new Islamist party, the Virtue Party. The problem was that Kavakçı was among the few Turkish women in politics who wore a headscarf, and no woman had ever entered the Turkish Parliament in a headscarf before.
Act Normal or Go Away
March 18th, 2017, 02:03 PM
Wilders’s argument is, in effect, that multiculturalism is the opposite of diversity. At a Koblenz conference hosted by Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland, he warned in that the totalitarianism of the EU and political correctness would reduce the wonderful variety of nations to a “uniform multicultural society.” (He also said that “women are afraid to show their blonde hair,” which is new to me.) But he owes so much to the “politically correct” vocabulary of “rights” and “identity” that he claims to reject.
March 17th, 2017, 02:03 PM
Our film critic A. S. Hamrah appears in n+1 contributor Ricky D’Ambrose’s short film, Spiral Jetty, playing this weekend at New Directors/New Films 2017. Exploit this rare opportunity to see our film critic in a short film directed by one of our contributors! Friday, March 17 Walter Reade Theater 9:15 PM March 17, 2017 165 West 65th Street New York, […]
Basharat Peer in conversation with Marco Roth
March 17th, 2017, 02:03 PM
Basharat Peer will discuss his new book, A Question of Order, with n+1 founding editor Marco Roth, author of The Scientists. The event is free and open to the public. n+1 7:30 PM March 28, 2017 68 Jay Street #405 Brooklyn, NY 11201 RSVP on Facebook and via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. “Basharat Peer’s new book is impeccably timed. Amid all this loose talk […]
Drawing Lessons at a Juvenile Prison
March 15th, 2017, 02:03 PM
In August 2010, I visited the Mozhaysk Juvenile Prison for the first time, as a volunteer for the Center for Prison Reform, and gave a drawing lesson to some of the inmates. I taught drawing classes at the girls’ penitentiaries in Novy Oskol and Ryazan and the boys’ penitentiary in Aleksin, but Mozhaysk is the […]
The Gentrification of Standing Rock
March 13th, 2017, 02:03 PM
As yurts were built left and right and kale arrived by the truckload, I began to see that Standing Rock was gentrifying. White people had arrived in a space that was not our own and tried to improve it according to our standards. We ate foods cooked by our poorer, browner neighbors and learned a few words in their language. We improved the housing stock and brought newer, greener technologies. But as we tried to help, we simply got in the way.
Descent into Liberalism
March 10th, 2017, 02:03 PM
So far right did politics float that Richard Nixon is now a moderate and Pat Leahy looks like Che Guevara. The furthest-left there is to be is what conservatives call “radical liberal.” This should be an oxymoron, but given the span of the possible, it is not. With political possibility, language too is squeezed.