The editors on webism, Mark Greif on Octomom and the recession, Emily Witt on the Miami real estate boom, the conclusion of Elif Batuman's "Summer in Samarkand." Full Employment Now! Drug wars in Mexico, zombies in novels. Plus an excerpt from Sam Lipsyte's The Ask....
|Title||:||n+1 Issue 9: Bad Money|
|Number of Pages||:||216 Pages|
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n+1 Issue 9: Bad Money Reviews
Wonderful journal, creative and interdisciplinary. Though I picked up this issue for Elif Batuman's essay on her summer in Samarkand (which balances artfully between essayistic and academic sensibilities), the standout piece was Mark Greif's _Octomom, One Year Later_. Greif explores the uncanny synchronicity of Bernie Madoff's downfall with Nadya Suleman's emergence into the public eye as "Octomom", laying out parallels between rabid American capitalism and biological entrepreneurism via procreation. Greif summarizes: Nadya had leveraged her disability payments into six babies, collateralized them...andthen quite brilliantly leveraged those six babies into eight more. A handmaiden tomodern medicine, she had taught herself to maneuver within its contemporarypossibilities.The monstrous, newborn doctrine Greif introduces combines "the political liberalism of choice--in which one has aright to seek personal identity and self-determination through reproductive medicine--and the economic neoliberalism of all goods going to whoever can pay the most to buy them." What creature slouches towards New York and Los Angeles to be born? "Biological liberalism," that's who. Greif puts his finger on the pulse of a confused, media- and consumer-driven ideology, one which seems timely and topical given the uncivil, nonsensical rhetoric of the last election. Sigh. What an ugly frankenbeast. Suleman (re)models herself on Angelina Jolie (literally!), the mix of celebrity and class politics makes for a provocative read, one that asks us tease out our blind spots when it comes to deeper trends and patterns of seemingly unrelated stories in the media, and to examine what's rumbling under the surface of our cultural landscape.
This is the strongest n+1 that I've read since I've started subscribing. The opening article about the Internet as a Social Movement is a good look at the history of the web and its current/future goal of hypersensitizing and personalizing ads for the benefit of companies and users.The Narcoterror in Mexico essays are simply great, though the translation is a bit clunky. I think I learned more about what life amid the violence in Mexico is like in there two short essays than in Bolano's 2666.Mark Greif's essay about Octomom as a metaphor for modern society walks the fine line between societal criticism and gradschool essay (pick two topics, try to build a connection). It is nicely structured and makes some clever points, insights