The Baffler No. 17

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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 seventeenth issue, "Superslayer Storybook," published in 2006, contains the following essays, short stories, and poems:


The Gilded Mean
Thomas Frank

The Rule of Law in Shambles
Thomas Geoghegan

William Burroughs: My Part in His Downfall
Andrew O'Hagan

Milwaukee Bucks: How a Midwestern Industrial Fortune Changed American Politics
Jim Arndorfer

Buy and Hold 'Em
Kim Phillips-Fein

Free (Market) Verse
Steve Evans

Requiem for a Bureaucrat: Victor G. Reuther: January 1, 1912–June 3, 2004
Jim McNeill

Once More, With Actors: The Chautauqua Revisited
Matt Weiland

Putting Creativity to Work
Catherine Liu


Four Minutes and 33 Pairs of Sweatpants
Martin Riker

The National Highway Defense Fund
Whitney Terrell


The Carlyle Group
Geoffrey Young

There Is Always Another Revolution
Joshua Schuster

The Ring of Strategic Influence
Jena Osman


The Flight of the Creative Class: Bohemian Rhapsody
Paul Maliszewski & Thomas Frank
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014492515
  • Publisher: Baffler, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Steve Evans is an associate professor of English at the University of Maine. He tends a website about contemporary poetry at
Thomas Geoghegan is a lawyer in Chicago and has written several books, including Which Side Are You On? and The Secret Lives of Citizens.
Catherine Liu teaches at the University of California at Irvine. She is the author of a novel, Oriental Girls Desire Romance, and an academic monograph, Copying Machines: Taking Notes for the Automaton. She is at work on a book about academic populism, critical theory and astrology.
Jim McNeill is a labor bureaucrat in Washington, D.C. He was editor of The Racine Labor and managing editor of In These Times. His writing has appeared in the American Prospect, the Chicago Tribune and Dissent.
Andrew O’Hagan’s most recent novel is Personality. It won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books.
Jena Osman’s most recent book is An Essay in Asterisks (Roof 2004). She teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Temple University.
Kim Phillips-Fein is an assistant professor teaching American history at New York University. Her first book, about the role of business in the rise of conservative politics, is forthcoming from Norton. She is getting married this fall, ’cause she knows when to hold ’em.
Martin Riker lives in Denver. He is currently working on a book about composer and instrument inventor Peter Smith.
Joshua Schuster has poetry published by Handwritten Press and has essays in Open Letter and Other Voices. He is a graduate student at University of Pennsylvania.
Whitney Terrell is the author of The King of Kings County and The Huntsman. He’s the New Letters Writer in Residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and remains, absurdly, a Royals fan.
Matt Weiland is from Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, and Ohio. He is co-editor of The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup, published by Harper Perennial. He lives in London, where he is the deputy editor of Granta.
Geoffrey Young’s latest book is Fickle Sonnets. He runs the Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
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