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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


The Sabotage of Life @ The New School

May 12, 2014

fantomas humanity beautiful puppet show

Blogger and contributor Evan Calder Williams will be giving the fourth and final lecture in his series on sabotage, joined by Contributing Editor Hannah Black:

The last in the series, this lecture tackles the last aspect of sabotage responsible for the century’s worth of attacks on it: its negation of the centrality of “life” as an ideal to organize around and in defense of. Contrary to many of its most recent advocates, sabotage does not suggest the surge of an irrepressible human vital urge against “deathly” mechanisms of capital and state. Instead, it produces a crack in the assumed bond of human-life-work, insists on dangerous collaborations with mechanisms both inhuman and “against life,” and reminds us that only those who insist on the primacy of life itself could support one so unlivable.

Topics include: birth strikes, Neo-Malthusian and otherwise; animation; hostile objects; material feminist urban design; slapstick; unwaged time.

Wednesday May 14th
7 – 10 pm
25 East 13th Street
Room E206 (“The Glass Corner”)