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New Issue of N+1

Issue 6 of N+1 is now available at—at least according to the descriptions provided in the annotated table of contents—has a few interesting articles.

“The Hype Cycle”

The problem with hype is that it transforms the use value of a would-be work of art into its exchange value. The important thing is no longer what a song, movie, or book does to you. The big question is its relationship to its reputation.

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“Book Review Nation”

And so you begin to think that, like the gangs of L.A., the book review will never die. To comment, annotate, respond, and then give a rating based on a five-star rating system—this must be what separates us from the animals.

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