The arrival of n+1 for iOS marks the first time that readers can access all of their offerings (print content! online exclusives! e-books!) in one cohesive subscription. Readers can now take the creative and intelligently curated content of the literary mag that Malcolm Gladwell calls "rigorous, curious, and provocative" on the go.
In addition to a year's worth of triannual n+1 issues, subscribers will also receive three ebooks. First up: Buzz, a new play and story written by founding editor Benjamin Kunkel, the author of Indecision and Utopia or Bust. That's one book-length publication every two months introducing you to "some of the best writers you've never heard of." Yearly subscriptions to the app cost $39.99 and ensure that you have iOS access to n+1's eclectic mix of writing with an emphasis on "describing the present" at your fingertips.
In 2004, the team behind n+1 took a calculated risk: Impassioned daydreaming and pure, mathematical logic united to justify its founding editors' desire to throw yet another print magazine into the mix. Where others saw only an overcrowded publishing industry, the magazine's founding editors--Keith Gessen, Mark Greif, Chad
Harbach, Benjamin Kunkel, Allison Lorentzen, and Marco Roth--recognized room for improvement and weren't about to let that space go to waste. As Susan Hodara's piece in Harvard Magazine explains,
The name n+1, conceived in a moment of frustration, comes from an algebraic expression. "Keith and I were talking," Harbach recalls, "and he kept saying, 'Why would we start a magazine when there are already so many out there?' And I said, jokingly, 'N+1'--whatever exists, there is always something vital that has to be added or we wouldn't feel anything lacking in this world."
A decade later, n+1 has moved beyond its algebraic roots to become a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics published three times a year. In addition, they publish new online-only work several times each week, as well as books expanding on the interests of the magazine.
Issue 19: Real Estate was particularly excellent, and best of all, it's included with the free download so you can start reading right away, wherever you are.
The issue features more new fiction by Kunkel, along with political and cultural essays by David Auerbach (Microsoft vs. AOL?), Kristin Dombek (life advice), Nikil Saval (office design trends), Jedediah Purdy ("The Accidental Neoliberal"), and more. You're not likely to get bored mid-issue! Topics swing from Ukraine's geopolitical crisis to classical music-listening etiquette in "The Concert Hall" by The Editors:
"Where classical music is most visibly in crisis is the concert hall, and all the rituals that govern contemporary classical music and make it intolerable, even to people who love contemporary classical music, belong to the concert hall. The prohibitions, the dress code, the shared obligation to stare down misbehaving fellow concertgoers until they cut it out--all are ways of disciplining the experience of live musical performance. At home, in the car, on the streets with headphones, a listener can sing along, laugh, get annoyed and turn the volume down. In the concert hall, one must not clap in between movements; everyone knows that those pauses are for coughing. By coughing, listeners reassure each other: Don't worry, we weren't feeling or thinking anything about what we heard--we were only sitting here, trying not to cough."
If you're new to n+1, then take our word for it: The app is a beautifully designed and accessible way to encounter their content for the first time. It's one of the many reasons we're so excited to welcome n+1 to the 29th Street family. We hope you love their new app as much as we do. And as always, we want to hear your thoughts.