By Mark Greif

8 infants. A monetary crash. The porn deals. the child formulation. How one lady turned a scapegoat for America's troubles--but taught us how either the robust and the powerless are gaming our procedure. This comedian, provocative, wittily argued essay from n+1 means that the genuine that means of Octomom displays the best way all of us stay now.

Kristin Dombek is a lecturer within the Princeton Writing Department.

n+1 is of politics, literature, and tradition. factor eleven is drawing close this March and may be on hand in bookstores in all places and by means of subscription. the web site is up to date with new, frequently web-only content material a number of occasions each one week.

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"Just if you are considering you are intellectually by myself on the earth, whatever like n+1 falls into your hands"—Jonathan Franzen, the recent York Observer

"A generational fight opposed to laziness and cynicism."—A. O. Scott, the recent York instances Magazine

"I really love n+1. it really is terrific." —Stephen Metcalf, Slate

Mark Greif is a founding editor of n+1, and teaches on the New college in New York.

n+1 is a print journal of literature, politics, and tradition. established in Brooklyn and based in 2004, the journal has simply elevated its ebook expense to 3 occasions each year.

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3] But eventual battlegrounds will also be insurance reimbursement for IVF benefits, or interventions of corrective medicine for “infertility,” which are not currently covered in most states; a different ethos, and a contrary though not unreasonable topic for NOW. What I see in pop culture, including material for younger audiences, is further paradox. Beginning in 2005, the MTV documentary division scored a hit with a reality series called My Super Sweet 16 . An ultrarich teen plans a lavish party for her 16th birthday at which, usually, someone will cry because Daddy has paid for the totally wrong star entertainer (Usher rather than Ludacris, or vice versa) or has dressed up in a humiliating outfit or scheduled the limousine too late.

It’s as if she added babies from her own womb just to show that she isn’t taking babies because she can’t make them; she can. Nor does she specialize in some one ethnicity that her adoptions will repurify; she picks up the kids when the spirit moves her. + + + Of course, there’s one thing odd about this. She’s also, in her way, buying the kids. An alternative might have been to help the Ethiopian Muslim woman who was raped. If Jolie is America’s conscience, she is also a bearer of one of our less beautiful traits: the will to buy whatever we want.

First, the culture doesn’t seem to like her. Second, while the press calmly awaits her downfall, Angelina, like one of the ancient gods, is able to violate all laws, then fascinate us with her selective reintroduction of them. She takes what she wants. She is the virago who acquired Brad Pitt, sexiest and emptiest of male stars, and filled his blond vacancy with her life force, stealing him away from simpering Jennifer Aniston. Her swollen lips are not so much physically engorged with blood as metaphorically covered in it.

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