facebook twitter tumblr newsletter

Keep up with The New Inquiry by signing up for our newsletter.


An Open Letter from Our EIC

July 29, 2014

Since its inception five years ago, The New Inquiry has published everything — blogs, essays, features, supplements, and magazines — for free. No paywalls, no ads, and no-string pulling benefactors. And now, we are presented with a unique opportunity that will help us continue it that way.

If we can reach $25,000 in July donations, an anonymous donor has vowed to match our efforts. This would mean a $50,000 operating budget dedicated to paying our contributors a fee more commensurate with their talents, revamping our website and magazine, and ensuring our independence to explore all projects and platforms for the benefit of our readers.

We’re approaching the finish line: With just two days remaining, we are close to goal and so grateful to our supporters. Still, we are not there yet. In these last hours, donations — $5, $10, $20, or any amount of your choice — will be doubled, but your support will echo far beyond any measure. We’re counting on you to help us prove that there’s still a place for online writing untethered to traffic-driving algorithms and audience metrics. The New Inquiry is a rare project, help us keep it a sustainable one.

Sincerely yours,
Ayesha A. Siddiqi
Editor in Chief
The New Inquiry


We’ve Doubled The Content, Help Us Double The Donations

July 11, 2014

Thousands of subscriptions, 30 magazines, and three supplements later, the New Inquiry is committed to remaining ad and paywall free. It’s a decision that maintains our editorial independence as we aspire to enrich cultural and public life by putting all available resources—both digital and material—toward the promotion and exploration of ideas.The commitment that keeps us free from string-pulling benefactors also places our fate in your hands. Our readers are not only our priority as a publication, they are our patrons. Your contributions have enabled us to go from a tumblr to an award winning monthly magazine and website with new work everyday.

This week for the first time in our history TNI brings you not only a new magazine issue, but an additional supplement on Lana Del Rey. Available to all as always free of cost. We’d like to continue expanding our offering and commission more pioneering work. But we can only do so with your help.

For a limited time an anonymous donor has agreed to match funds up to $25,000 if we raise as much by the end of the month. For every dollar you give TNI receives double up to 25k, thats a potential 50k operating budget. The money would allow us to raise the baseline fee for writers, make necessary updates to our website and magazine, and continue pursuing projects like our beautifully designed and singularly focused supplements like Ms. America and innovative conferences like Theorizing The Web. We have just a little over two weeks to reach our goal.

Your gift today could sustain this rare project that has earned a reputation for driving cultural conversations from Big Data to teen movies. So if you’ve ever used our essays in a class, shared with friends, or simply found drawn to time and time again, support us today. Our continued existence depends on you.



Queens Live @ The Kitchen

June 3, 2014


The New Inquiry presents a live version of issue no. 29, Queens. The evening includes presentations and performances by Alexis Blair Penney, Sarah Nicole Prickett, Derica Shields, and Hannah Black. Jarvis Derrell, aka shehashadit, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Participants, in order of appearance

Jarvis Derrell is a lover of fried chicken, bottom, fierce bitch, and the creator of

Kartik Nair is doctoral candidate in Cinema Studies at New York University, where he is writing a dissertation on low-budget horror films in 1980s India. Kartik is an Associate Editor for Bio-Scope, a journal dedicated to South Asian Screen Studies.

Derica Shields is a writer and editor from London. She has studied in Rio de Janeiro, Cambridge and Ithaca, and currently lives in New York.

Hannah Black holds an MFA in Art Writing at Goldsmiths and recently completed the Whitney Independent Study Program. Her recent work across video, text and performance draws on communist, feminist, and afropessimist theory, autobiographical fragments, and pop music as a collective imaginary. She is a contributing editor at The New Inquiry.

Sarah Nicole Prickett is a woman writing in New York. Her stuff appears (or has appeared) inArtforumBullettDazedThe HairpinHazlittFashionThe Globe & Mailn+1Style.comT MagazineVICE, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor at The New Inquiry.

Alexis Blair Penney is a New York City-based artist, musician, writer and witch. Penney founded, lives and works with the artist collective Chez Deep and is currently working on the follow-ups to theWindow cycle, her debut record and novel, respectively available from Ecstasy Records and Peradam Press.


Monday, June 16th
The Kitchen
512 W 19th St


Ayesha Siddiqi is Editor in Chief

June 2, 2014

An announcement from our new Editor in Chief:

The New Inquiry’s staff has distinguished itself through their exploration of ideas removed from the pretensions of either academic journals or the biases of traditional media. I am proud to be named the New Inquiry’s first succeeding Editor-in-Chief since Rachel Rosenfelt co-founded the magazine in 2009.

The New Inquiry is cultural discourse at its best: an online magazine free of string-pulling benefactors, traffic-seeking advertisers, or artificial paywalls—available to all curious readers under a Creative Commons license.

I look forward to being a resource for our brilliant team and further enabling the vital writing that the New Inquiry was created to support.

Help us toward our mission by becoming a supporting member or a subscriber to the New Inquiry Magazine.

Thank you for your ongoing readership. I look forward to honoring TNI’s commitment to an inclusive culture of criticism and inquiry.

Ayesha Siddiqi
Editor in Chief