Issue four of n+1 arrived this morning. I am among those guilty for its door-stop size, since I contributed to the symposium, “American Writing Today” (not online).

7 thoughts on “N+1”

  1. n+1 is a new journal about culture and politics. They see themselves, rather self-consciously, as continuing the tradition of Partisan Review. Back in the day, PR used to do these occasional round-ups in which worthies weighed in on the "State of American Writing," and that's what I'm guilty of participating in. Wesley Yang wrote a profile of them for the New York Observer, and A. O. Scott wrote one for the New York Times Magazine.

  2. As I decided whether I'm bold enough to drop you a line and tell you that I wrote critical review of your contribution to "American Writing Today," I looked through my logs and saw a link to this post. I searched the page for it, but couldn't (and can't) find it, so I can only imagine that the Internet itself wanted me to do so. Who am I to decline?

    For the record, yes, I should've turned down the snark, but I was genuinely baffled by your contribution…and had been dissertating all day, and therefore prone to annoyance. (But I'm still somewhat baffled by your contribution.)

  3. Although I'm largely in sympathy with you (as noted at the Valve), I wish you'd mentioned some of the academics who do have that fannish energy. They exist — why not grab the chance to give them a little shove into the n+1 spotlight? It's not like anyone else is gonna do it.

  4. After thinking about the space you had to work with, I withdraw my kibitz. Any such effort would've likely come across as disruptive namedropping. "Some Reflections on the State of Things" is a frame friendlier to diagnoses than to celebrations.

  5. Yeah, I did make a strategic decision not to name names, in praise or censure. But I can see your point. The other thing to admit, here: in my head, it wasn't an essay about academic criticism per se; it was an essay about criticism, and where it happens in our culture, and what's become of it. The essay didn't altogether come out that way, I realize.

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