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Suspect : Alphabet City Magazine 10 - John Knechtel


Alphabet City Magazine 10

By: John Knechtel (Editor)

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What is the condition of the suspect in a post-9/11 world? Do perpetual detention, ubiquitous surveillance cameras, and the legal apparatus of the USA Patriot Act target suspects accurately or generate suspicion indiscriminately? "Suspect," the latest in a series from Alphabet City and the first in its new format of topical book-length magazines, gathers hard evidence about the fate of the suspect in a culture of suspicion with contributions from writers, artists, and filmmakers. Their testimony takes a multiplicity of forms and formats. Among them: A 24-page color comic by graphic novelist Joey Dubuc asks the reader to make narrative choices in a web of surveillance, suspicion, and fear. "Harper's" contributor Mark Kingwell observes that while suspicion tries to isolate the suspect, in fact we are all the suspect. Slavoj Zizek reflects on the new cultural status of the suspect after Abu Ghraib. Philosopher George Bragues argues that even as the United Nations looks for ways to discipline "suspect nations," it simply cannot succeed under current international conditions. Alphabet City editor John Knechtel interviews Naomi Klein, author of "No Logo," about the legal and political strategies of the Bush administration. Sylwia Chrostowska describes what happens, in the the 1970 Italian film "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion," when a corrupt official investigates himself. Screenwriter Timothy Stock and illustrator Warren Heise create a documentary in comic form about Critical Ensemble artist Steve Kurtz, charged under the bioterrorism provisions of the Patriot Act. Novelist Camilla Gibb portrays, in "Things Collapse," the terrifying effects of a "separating sickness" of unknown origin, which perhaps exists only in the fears of the population it strikes. And novelist Diana Fitzgerald Bryden follows her character Rafa Ahmed, a PFLP hijacker from the 1970s, as, many years later, she is to appear at a peace conference. Filmmaker Patricia Rozema, director of "Mansfield Park" and other films, contributes a 16-page film-in-a-book, "Suspect." "Suspect" is a non-partisan handbook on the mechanisms and machinations of suspicion for the twenty-first century national security state.

Industry Reviews

The Canadian think tank Alphabet City gets to the heart of post-9/11 existence with this pocket-sized gem focused on the figure of the suspect.... The Toronto symposium that accompanied the book's publication last winter proved how valuable Alphabet City's insistence on interdiscplinarity could ultimately be in enriching and broadening the parameters of humanistic public debate.

-Canadian Art
Unlike other Sept. 11-inspired books, this one does not seek to witness or interpret the attacks so much as to account for the philosophical, moral, ethical and legal complexities of suspicion in a time of terror and war. It challenges us to consider not only what it means to be suspicious, but also what it means to suspect - as individuals and as nations. In that sense, it may be the most sweeping Sept. 11 volume to date.... Even the design of Suspect challenges readers. The size of the book - fat and square, about the width of a spread hand - creates the sense of something intimate, or perhaps contraband. The collection begins with a series of images: close-ups of an eye, a retinal scan, the eye printed on the dollar bill, a video camera lens. It's as if the book is literally looking back at readers, a silent surveillance. It looks so certain on the outside, but the inside churns with doubt.

-Los Angeles Times Book Review

Introductionp. 21
Elephants [Fiction]p. 24
Is there life on Saturn? Is life possible in Texas? Father and daughter and other-worldly creatures attempt an answer
Who Is The Suspect? [Essay]p. 33
Holmes and Marlowe are enlisted to investigate the logic of the suspect, and find that logic is harder then it looks
Suspect [Film]p. 58
A sleeping woman wakes up to find an intruder in her home. She chases her, catches her, but can't think of what to do next
Detained: Iraq 2003 [Photo Essay]p. 96
Iraqis are detained by the US military
Rumsfeld's Unknown Known, Or Iraq's Initiation Into Democratic Practice [Essay]p. 108
Recent events at Abu Ghraib resemble nothing so much as the initiation rites of American frat houses
Before And After [Drawings]p. 120
Drawings track jpeg images of the war in Iraq using a homemade separation technique they are done as rubbings with window screening and crayons
Suspect States: Kant's Advice For The United Nations [Essay]p. 128
Immanuel Kant--the United Nations' philosophical architect--is asked how the world body should deal with suspect states that threaten the international order
Liberalism, Or What Rights Look Like In A Shipwreck [Essay]p. 142
Can liberalism defend itself, if the idea of universal rights means it can't recognize suspects or enemies when it needs to?
Shocks [Interview]p. 159
Shock therapy drove the American agenda in the suspect nation of Iraq
Brandon Mayfield, Suspect [Essay]p. 170
What makes a suspect? Fingerprint evidence and "suspicious" facts in the case of Brandon Mayfield, who was eventually cleared in the Madrid train bombing
Regulating Traffic: Amsterdam, Beijing, London [Essay]p. 186
Security surveillance technologies in three cities watch over and sort massive flows of people
The Sequel [Choose-Your-Own-Story]p. 194
In a city called The Sequel you, the reader, are the protagonist, recruited by the city's secret managers, the Department of Fictional Characters
Interference [Artwork]p. 224
Webcam views disrupted by reflection, frost, condensation, insects, and sun flares
Sektor's Suspicions [Essay]p. 234
Secret police film a Polish man setting himself on fire to protest the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia
Above Suspicion [Essay]p. 240
In the 1970 Italian film Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion a police official investigates a murder he himself committed
Purgatorio [Play]p. 245
A man and a woman in a room. An asylum? A hospital? A prison? He has all the power to interrogate her, set her free. And she has...a secret. One of the two will win. Or perhaps they will both lose
Singing Against The Tide: The Handmaid's Tale In Toronto [Memoir]p. 262
An opera director finds himself creating a fictional right-wing American theocracy, just as George W. Bush is campaigning for re-election...
Ninety-nine individual facemasks embroidered with the ninety-nine names of Allah represent the promise of security (aman) in traditional Islamic culture
Mealtime [Fiction]p. 282
In the early 1970s Rafa Ahmed hijacked a plane in a coordinated attack by the PFLP. Many years later she is to appear at a peace conference in Canada
Brother Suspect [Essay]p. 304
Joseph Conrad's "The Secret Sharer" presents a model for overcoming suspicion in a climate of threat and fear
Things Collapse [Fiction]p. 310
In the year 2024, the USA PATRIOT Act is used to isolate thousands in secret internment camps in response to an epidemic of unknown origin. A son discovers that those like his father who were infected did not necessarily die of illness, but of isolation
Suspect Culture [Graphic Novel]p. 332
Artist Steven Kurtz was arrested under the USA PATRIOT Act after an EMS worker attending the death of Kurtz's wife called the FBI about his petri dish artworks Timothy Stock
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ISBN: 9780262112901
ISBN-10: 0262112906
Series: Alphabet City
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 331
Published: 12th November 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 16.76 x 12.34  x 2.95
Weight (kg): 0.51