Issue no. 7
The City in the Age of Information
A gimlet stare at what twentieth-century capitalism has done for the American metropolis. Keith White reads city lifestyle magazines. Paul Lukas pays a visit to Times Square, then a retail wasteland. Naomi Klein hangs out at an online café. Maura Mahoney reads Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and finds it depicts Savannah, Georgia, as a Southern Gothic theme park. David Mulcahey reflects on the “Screw Capital of the World”: Rockford, Illinois. Kim Phillips-Fein regrets how lotteries bilk the poor, and Stephen Duncombe rankles at the way cities police them. Plus: dialect fiction by Irvine Welsh. Produced in Chicago in June 1995.