n+1, Issue 5: Decivilizing Process (Winter 2007)
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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 Five - Decivilizing Process, Winter 2007: 136 pgs
Technological excess, from email to porn to blogs. Basharat Peer sees torture in Kashmir, Eli S. Evans watches television in Los Angeles. A fable by Benjamin Kunkel, fiction about nuclear proliferation, a report on flying cars.
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his desire and aversion. He feels displeasure when he fails temporarily to be master of himself. Stoic reason makes a man absolute master of his judgments and eradicates everything that is bad while clarifying the only thing that is truly good: the right use of choice. It is the denial of any meaning to immediate experience, apart from the judgment one places upon it, that is truly anaesthetic—a will to control one’s judgments and minimize their effects, to make experiences not matter except for
Folly would always be a failure. But then atomized private life under the sign of the market is doomed to failure too, if we think of happiness, excitement, joy, or surprise. You’ve got to pick your failures—and I’d like to fail in good company instead of all on my own. So permit me a lonelyhearts ad of my own: I seek talented individuals—like the Blithedale colonists, who’d “gone through such an experience as to disgust them with ordinary pursuits but who were not yet so old, nor had suffered so
auras, I said. No one paid any attention. All the people who had been seated in the red room and the green room of the church were now in our room, the blue one, and they’d gathered along the walls. I looked at my lover. I love you, I said. My lover glanced at me. I love you too, he said. Then he looked back at Benny. I ask you as a friend, my lover said. As my best friend and a handsome guy. What do we do about this? The crowd moved forward. I stretched to my full height, five-three. I’m not
the roads, already exists, but the historical and regulatory baggage of the land car won’t let it happen. Meanwhile our whole approach to air travel has become Kafkaesque. Massive taxation supports major airports while only government largesse—in the form of everything from indemnification to outright cash—keeps the passenger jets in the air. And these jets are the only thing worse for the environment than driving a car, putting out 50 percent more carbon dioxide per passenger and leaving
woman in [a state of arousal], because if you do then she will . . . say that you are a rapist”). Zuma’s political persona relies heavily on such invocations of his Zulu heritage. To his detractors, his acquittal symbolized a descent into tribalist politics and showcased the government’s incompetence. His supporters countered that he was a scapegoat, the girl a liar and a whore, and who was to say she had HIV anyway? (I wondered if he already had HIV—and this explained the unsafe sex.) After yet