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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


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’

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,...


Brother Suspect

By Jeanne Randolph
Image by Mike Feagans

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


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

By Slavoj Zizek
Image by Rita Leistner/Redux

Does anyone still remember the unfortunate Mohammed...



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....