Because the Occupied Wall Street Journal apparently doesn’t fill the print media needs of the movement, n+1 is following up their personals ads with the Occupy! Gazette. According to the project’s Kickstarter, n+1 recruited Astra Taylor, the documentary filmmaker who made Zizek! and Sarah Leonard, who writes for Dissent magazine, to put together the Gazette. It’s supposed to be a “history, both personal and documentary, and the beginning of an analysis of the first month of the occupation.”
Articles deal with the problem of the police; the history of the “horizontalist” management structure at OWS; how to keep a live-in going when what you’ve tried to shut down refuses to shut down (like Harvard, or Wall Street); on whether the Fed should be abolished; on where that Citibank arrest video came from; on occupations in Oakland, Philadelphia, Atlanta; on what happens next; and more.
It’s an attempt to begin to think through what is happening, written by people both on the ground and across the river.
As of this posting, the project has surpassed its $2,000 goal. The Gazette will be 36 (!) pages and 2,000 copies are to be printed on “handsome” paper. It arrives on Saturday.
A 36-page glossy is a pretty weighty way to tell a story that’s in constant flux, but hey. Why not.