Thanks to the spread of academic cultural studies in the 1990s and early 2000s, most popular writing on arts and culture has become about as engaging as a chorus of dog farts. Humor and novelty all but disappeared as people repeatedly trotted out the same tired theses on postmodernity, from the same class-unconscious perspectives. The New Inquiry is one of very few publications to shirk that trend of irrelevance and sophistry.
Co-founded and currently co-edited by Mary Borkowski, Jennifer Bernstein, and Rachel Rosenfelt, The New Inquiry is completely free, online, and brilliant. Currently celebrating its 1-year anniversary, TNI has recently covered topics as diverse as Ai Weiwei, police mortality, sexual economies, and plastic. TNI is every bit the “space for discussion” it aims to be, expertly “putting all available resources—both digital and material—toward the promotion and exploration of ideas.”
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