Keith Gessen Leftsplains Charlie Hebdo

Keith Gessen, co-editor of the left-wing journal n+1 has written an explanation of why he joined more than 200 other writers in protesting the PEN American Center’s decision to honor the courage of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. His misgivings date back to the immediate aftermath of the January shootings in Paris. Amid the general sorrow and anger Gessen had picked up on “an attempt to assimilate the shootings to the ongoing American ‘War on Terror.’” And, after all, “people are endlessly being killed, jailed, and harassed in the name of this war.”