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Book Launch: The Sacrifice of Abraham (10/27)

October 24, 2014

Alexander Nemser, Work Sample, Excerpt from “Moshe Feldstein, Icon of Self-Realization” from Alexander Nemser

Alexander Nemser is the author a new book of prose poems called “The Sacrifice of Abraham,” a sequence of fifty re-tellings of the story of Abraham and Isaac, each one wilder and more expansive, and growing to include Greek gods, love affairs, and redemption of garbage. “The Sacrifice of Abraham” is forthcoming in summer 2014 from Bookieman, an independent publishing platform founded by artist Nino Biniashvili.

“The Sacrifice of Abraham” reads like a lost Dead Sea Scroll, finally unearthed from the internet of the future. It brandishes genres—bible story, biblical exegesis—only to show them explode. The formal affiliations of the book are so various and thoroughly dissolved in gorgeous prose that they hardly register as such. Repeated reads suggest ancestors as disparate as Robert Lowell and Bruno Schulz; the book of Genesis and Ghostface Killah. On a macro-level the book exhibits a Whitmanian spirit. Holiness is a concept traditionally defined by separateness; to be holy is to be among a small elect. As the book despairs about the costs of a border between holy and unholy, it doesn’t necessarily knock the divide itself. Instead, the Sacrifice of Abraham seems to ask, how much the side of holiness might manage to include.

The release launch will take place on Monday, October 27th, at 7pm at Honey Ramka Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn (56 Bogart St, First Floor), just off the Morgan Ave L-train.


TNI Welcomes Keguro Macharia

October 2, 2014


We are so excited to introduce a the newest blogger at the New Inquiry. Keguro Macharia is a writer and professor based in Kenya. His new blog, Wiathi, is titled after the Kikuyu word for freedom/self-determination and will feature his thoughts on cultural production, Kenyan law, queer politics, and the black diaspora. His inaugural post links #kasaraniconcentrationcamp, #Gaza, and #Ferguson and asks: How do the disposable survive?

Read his essays for TNI:

Wailing from the #KenyaRefuses supplement

and  On Quitting which appeared in Vol 32: Back To School



TNI Welcomes George Lazenby

September 29, 2014


We’re so pleased to announce our newest blogger George Lazenby, who will be moving from 454 W 23rd St  to just 454, here at the New Inquiry. To mark the occasion of his first post at TNI, here are a few of our favorites of his from the past:

what the fuck is wrong with America???

“I think the usefulness of tracing the distinction between self-pity and depression…starts to dissolve as soon as you try and take the next step.”

do you want to be famous?

“I think you’re right to worry about it”

Send him your questions here


Creative Time and Weeksville Heritage Center present “Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn” (9/20)

September 16, 2014
Creative Time and Weeksville Heritage Center present Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn, a walkable month-long art exhibition of four community-based art commissions by Xenobia BaileySimone LeighOtabenga Jones & Associates, and Bradford Young. Black Radical Brooklyn launches from the site of Weeksville, a Brooklyn community established by free and formerly enslaved Black citizens 11 years after abolition in New York State. Black Radical Brooklyn draws inspiration not only from this story–achieving self-determination through the claiming and holding of a neighborhood–but also from radical local battles for land and dignity from the 1960s to today.
Installations include artist Xenobia Bailey remaking the world as “funkified” in collaboration with Boys & Girls High School; filmmaker Bradford Young presenting a film on refuge and the African-American diaspora inside the historic sanctuary of Bethel Tabernacle AME Church; collective Otabenga Jones & Associates broadcasting music and radical histories from a pink 1959 Cadillac, in collaboration with Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium; and Simone Leigh presenting a costumed, performative space for dignified healthcare inside Stuyvesant Mansion in tribute to forgotten Black medical pioneers.
Saturday, September 20
Opening Party
Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn
Weeksville Heritage Center
between Bergen Street and St Marks Avenue
A/C to Utica Avenue
Exhibition open from 12pm
Party from 2pm-6pm by Jesse Boykins III and DJ Manchildblack
Food by Bread Love

TNI’s Co-Founder and Publisher Headed to Verso Books

September 15, 2014


We’re very excited and proud to announce that TNI’s co-founder and Publisher Rachel Rosenfelt will be joining our longtime friends and collaborators at Verso Books as Creative Director.

Verso Books is the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world and offers a catalog we often turn to here at TNI. We look forward to Rachel’s work furthering our shared commitment to the most forward thinking writing from around the world.

In addition to her new role at Verso, Rachel will remain actively involved leading TNI’s growth, and continue developing The New School for Social Research’s emerging Master’s Program in Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism as a Visiting Professor.