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Baffling the consensus since 1988, this journal seeks to debunk the ideology of the free market and to drive public discourse in literate and humane directions. Issues contain thundering anti-business salvos from the sharpest minds, as well as poetry, literature, and satirical art.

This sixteenth issue, "NASCAR, How Proud a Sound!" published in 2003, contains the following essays, short stories, and poems:


Shrill and Shriller
Thomas Frank

In Memoriam: HLM
Daniel Raeburn

Facts on the Ground
Jamie Kalven

The Bubble that Tony Built
Nick Cohen

Literature and Democracy
Dubravka Ugresic

Starving to Death on Red Herring
Kenneth Neil Cukier

Same as the Old Boss
Steve Featherstone

Flexibility and Its Discontents
Paul Maliszewski

Childish Things
Dan Kelly

Go West, Everyone ...
Kevin Mattson

Long Live Socialist Realism
Dubravka Ugresic


Pop Goes the Weasel
Ana Marie Cox

The PowerPoint Potboiler
Jim Arndorfer


What Jane Wore to Jamaica
Laurie Weeks


Wal-Mart Epigram #1
Bernadette Mayer

Wal-Mart Epigram #2
Bernadette Mayer

Park America Dream
Andrea Brady

December 2, 2002
Juliana Spahr

December 3, 2002
Juliana Spahr
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014360746
  • Publisher: Baffler, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 544,794
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Andrea Brady teaches at Brunel University in Uxbridge, England. “Park American Dream” is from her collection Vacation of a Lifetime (Salt).

Nick Cohen writes for the Guardian. His new book, Pretty Straight Guys, will be published by Faber & Faber in October.

Ana Marie Cox’s resume is littered with failed hipster-paradise dot-coms such as Feed and Suck. She has not learned her lesson and continues publishing at

Kenneth Neil Cukier, a writer based in Boston and Paris, is working on a book about the Internet and international relations.

Steve Featherstone is a writer and photographer. He lives in upstate New York.

Ada Rima Grybauskas is a Chicago artist and graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her current work investigates ideologies of celebration, patriotism, and empire.

Jamie Kalven is the author of Working With Available Light: A Family’s World After Violence and an advisor to the resident council of the Stateway Gardens public housing development in Chicago.

Kevin Mattson teaches American history at Ohio University and is the author of Intellectuals in Action and a co-editor of Steal This University.

A member of the second generation New York School, Bernadette Mayer’s many books include Story, Moving, Memory, Studying Hunger and The Bernadette Mayer Reader (New Directions).

Juliana Spahr is the author of Puck You-Aloha-I Love You (Wesleyan), Everybody’s Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective Identity (University of Alabama), and Reponse (Sun & Moon).

Dubravka Ugresic is writer who writes in Croatian (and sometimes in English) and lives in Amsterdam. Her most recent book is Thank You for Not Reading (Dalkey Archive Press).

Laurie Weeks lives in New York City and was a contributor to the screenplay for Boys Don’t Cry. She is currently finishing her first novel, Zipper Mouth, from which THE BAFFLER’S excerpt is taken; as well as a book of short stories, Debbie’s Barium Swallow or, I Know I Am A Flower.
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