Spring has finally arrived in New York, and in a few short weeks, so will the Spring edition of Dissent! It’s a fantastic issue, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Sign up for our email newsletter before the end of March, and we’ll send you a PDF of the whole issue—for free—when it launches on April 6.
In the magazine you’ll find “Border Crossings,” a special section on immigration politics edited by associate editor Kaavya Asoka and “Belabored” co-host Michelle Chen. Among the pieces in the section, you will find Vivek Bald on the vexed questions of migrant identity and culture; Tammy Kim and Anjali Kamat on migrant laborers in the United States and the U.A.E.; and Mae Ngai and Daniel Kanstroom on Obama’s recent executive action that pardoned 5 million undocumented immigrants.
The issue also boasts a bumper crop of cultural and political criticism—Francesca Mari on the “assistantship economy,” David Bell on French politics, Sarah Jaffe on why feminism needs punk, and Mark Tushnet on executive power. We are also publishing—with great excitement—a brilliant short story about teeth and capitalism by the Mexican novelist Valeria Luiselli.
Finally, we’ll be launching “Border Crossings” on Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. at 61 Local in Brooklyn with a panel co-sponsored by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, featuring Vivek Bald, Gaiutra Bahadur, Jack Tchen, and more. The event is free—after the panel, stick around for drinks and conversation.