n+1 presents City by City



for a discussion of

City by City:
Dispatches from the American Metropolis

This event includes a book signing


June 19, 2015
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes co-editor STEPHEN SQUIBB for a discussion of the book City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis, published by FSG and n+1. Stephen is joined by contributors GREG AFINOGENOV, DAN ALBERT, and ANNIE WYMAN.

Edited by Keith Gessen and Stephen Squibb, City by City is a collection of essays—historical, personal, and somewhere in between—about the present and future of American cities. It sweeps from Gold Rush, Alaska, to Miami, Florida, encompassing cities large and small, growing and failing. These essays look closely at the forces—gentrification, underemployment, politics, culture, and crime—that shape urban life. They also tell the stories of citizens whose fortunes have risen or fallen with those of the cities they call home.

A cross between Hunter S. Thompson, Studs Terkel, and the Great Depression-era WPA guides to each state in the Union, City by City carries this project of American storytelling up to the days of our own Great Recession.

"The spirited, eye-opening examinations of various American cities in this intelligent collection of essays . . . tell a common story of economic vibrancy and ambitious vision followed by 'postindustrial malaise,' economic depression, ecological devastation, and rising crime . . . The most thoughtful and thought-provoking provide personalized histories of various cities' struggles . . . While the collection paints a depressing picture of the modern American city . . . several essays sow seeds of hope for a more promising future: one of environmental renewal and new civic institutions that can renegotiate livable, thriving communities out of a present crisis and a blighted past." —Publisher's Weekly

Annie Wyman
Annie Wyman

Annie Wyman

Annie Julia Wyman is a graduate student in the Harvard Department of English, where she studies comedy. She is a former editor at McSweeney's and the former publisher of the American Reader. Her writing has appeared widely in print and online. 

Dan Albert
Dan Albert

Dan Albert

Dan Albert holds a PhD in history from the University of Michigan. He writes about the past, present, and future of cars for n + 1 magazine.

Greg Afinogenov
Greg Afinogenov

Greg Afinogenov

Greg Afinogenov is completing his PhD in Russian history at Harvard. His writing has appeared on the n+1 and Bookforum websites and in the London Review of Books.

Stephen Squibb
Stephen Squibb

Stephen Squibb

Stephen Squibb’s work as a writer and/or an editor has appeared in or online at Artforum, e-flux journal, Modern Painters, Monthly Review, Jacobin, n+1, T Magazine and Art Agenda, where he is a contributing editor. He is editor, with Khalil Rabah, of the Summer 2011 newsletter for the Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humankind, with Keith Gessen, of City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis, (FSG), and, with Adam Pendleton, of the Black Dada Reader (Mousse). He is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Harvard University.

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