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Suspect

What is the condition of the suspect in a post-9/11 world? Do perpetual detention, ubiquitous surveillance cameras, and the legal apparatus of the USA Patriot Act target suspects accurately or generate suspicion indiscriminately? Suspect, the latest in a series from Alphabet City and the first in its new format of topical book-length magazines, gathers hard evidence about the fate of the suspect in a culture of suspicion with contributions from writers, artists, and filmmakers.

“It may be the most sweeping Sept. 11 volume to date.”
—The Los Angeles Times

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Introduction to ‘Suspect’

By John Knechtel

“Suspect” is both verb and noun. To suspect is to create a suspect. Out of speculation, odd fragments, gossip, and half-truths one constructs a tight narrative of motive, means, and guilt, giving fantasy a specific form and face. It happens quickly. Suspicion, as Mark Kingwell argues here, tells an entire story in an instant, a story that is scripted in imagination before anything can be known of the reality.

Select features from ‘Suspect’
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Who is the Suspect?

By Mark Kingwell
Image from Murder, My Sweet (1944)

The question before us is: who is the suspect? What does it mean to suspect,...

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Brother Suspect

By Jeanne Randolph
Image by Mike Feagans

Of course the United Airlines Boeing 737 was carrying enough fuel to reach Los Angeles...

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Rumsfeld's Unknown Known, or Iraq's Initiation into...

By Slavoj Zizek
Image by Rita Leistner/Redux

Does anyone still remember the unfortunate Mohammed...

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Shocks

By Naomi Klein
Interviewed by John Knechtel
Image from ITN

Alphabet City: Lately you have been writing about Iraq, and American political tactics in Iraq....