Amber A’Lee Frost writes in Bro Bash in Jacobin about a disturbing tendency to leave quantitative analysis to the “bros”.
Whatever the dubious populist cultural trends might suggest, radicals, especially feminist radicals, should not be eschewing quantitative scholarship. We should be engaging with it, critiquing it, and expropriating it from the broterie.
In Limits of the Locavore in Dissent, L. V. Anderson decries unfair labor practices related to harvesting the gorgeous organic, local food that you see at farmer’s markets; Anderson argues the workers’ conditions are worse than on large-scale industrial farms. (I happened to have purchased the magazine, but only a blurb is available for free online.)
These are just two thought-provoking articles of the dozens and hundreds published regularly in various semi-obscure journals (undoubtedly to those in certain Brooklyn communities, the semi-obscure label would seem ridiculous, but I think most people have scarcely heard of these publications).
The Atlantic, Harpers, The New Yorker, NY Times Review of Books–these are all publications we know (and probably less often read). But there are a host of other lovingly constructed magazines with thought-provoking articles that simply do not get the attention they deserve. Slate, Salon, Gawker, Jezebel–these publications aim for clickbait headlines and facile, puerile analysis (with many notable exceptions, but the trend is unfortunately clear).
Give yourself a break, and enjoy some articles from the following magazines and journals, whether you get an online or print copy. Although the two examples above are political, literature, art, music, and culture are worth exploring in much more detail too.
- Lapham’s Quarterly
- World Literature Today
These are better known, but still worth considering:
- The Nation
- The Walrus
And among my not-so-guilty pleasures, I include The Economist. Definitely not obscure, tending towards or perhaps embodying establishmentarianism in its most centrist form, but with fascinating articles about subjects that you do not think to think about, until you see a trenchant analysis right in front of you.
What journals do you like?
I have to include a few online publications which have a model of gems among the rough. These include Longreads, Longform, and Medium. Lots of great writing taking place there too.