Announcing Issue 15

Dear Readers,

We’re pleased to announce the imminent launch of Issue 15: Amnesty, coming to mailboxes, bookstores, and reading devices in mid-November.

It’s a great issue—featuring an outstanding essay by Lawrence Jackson about growing up black in Baltimore; an account of the trial of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik from Julia Grønnevet in Oslo; and Kristin Dombek’s report on sex, drugs, and Ryan Gosling in reconstructed Williamsburg.

The Intellectual Situation returns to its outraged form and takes on the Atlantic and Harper’s. Nikil Saval surveys the long ’80s in China at the intersection of politics and pop music. Benjamin Kunkel diagnoses the psychopathology of American politics. The reviews section considers the health-care ruling, Katherine Boo’s India, and the career of Jeanette Winterson.

For fiction, we have an excerpt from Mikhail Shishkin’s extraordinary novel Maidenhair. And not least of all, the issue features reflections by Alix Kates Shulman, Ti-Grace Atkinson, Ann Snitow, Chris Kraus, Nina Power, and many more on the pioneering radical feminist Shulamith Firestone.

We’re convinced this is one of our strongest, widest-ranging, and most exciting issues yet, and are eager to get it into your hands. If you’re not yet a subscriber, sign up now to receive your copy directly from the printer.

Best wishes,

The Editors