Overview

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 issue, "Margin Call," features essays by Michael Lind on the emerging American oligarchy; Yves Smith on the mountainous self-regard of the American finance ...
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The Baffler No. 18 (Vol. 2, No. 1)

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Overview

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 issue, "Margin Call," features essays by Michael Lind on the emerging American oligarchy; Yves Smith on the mountainous self-regard of the American finance industry; Chris Lehmann on libertarianism's willful failure to understand the economic crisis; Naomi Klein's reflections on "branding" in American politics 10 years after her magnum opus, No Logo; Matt Taibbi on the howler of a memoir just published by a certain doltish Midwestern governor; plus ruminations on the ruination of Detroit, a very funny fantasy about rumbling with the personnages of the Western literary canon, and a clever story by Paul Maliszewski.

Contents

Totentanz
Thomas Frank, Dave Mulcahey, Conor O’Neil

01/Essays
What Does the Internet Look Like?
Christine Smallwood

Serfing the Net
Astra Taylor

No Logo Update
Naomi Klein

The O-Word
Michael Lind

A Cottage for Sale
A. S. Hamrah

Indispensable Men
Yves Smith

The Un-usable Past
Walter Benn Michaels

Journals of the Crisis Year
Moe Tkacik

Motor City Elegy
Will Boisvert

The Eighteenth Brumaire of Michael R. Bloomberg
Ryan Ruby

King’s Row
Jim McNeill

The Mix-Tape and the Auteur
Will Schmenner

The People, No
Henry Fairlie

02/Columns
Poetry Slam
Dan Kelly

Let Them Eat Dogma
Chris Lehmann

Lost on Nelson Algren Avenue
Mike Newirth

Blood Drive
Matt Taibbi

03/Fiction
The Failed Plot to Assassinate Our Leader by Three Men, All Subsequently Deceased
Paul Maliszewski

Jimmy Carter’s Rabbit
Lydia Millet

Poetry
This Is
Rae Armantrout

Exercise
Jack Spicer

[If I had invented homosexuality ... ]
Jack Spicer

Zones
Devin Johnston

Race Inauguration
Thomas Sayers Ellis

Art
Simon Norfolk
Joel Sternfeld
Jules Spinatsch
John Miller
James Griffioen
Angie Waller
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014208307
  • Publisher: Conor O'Neil
  • Publication date: 12/31/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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  • Pages: 178
  • Sales rank: 765,384
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Meet the Author

James Griffioen is a writer and photographer. He writes the blog sweetjuniper.com and keeps a photo portfolio at jamesgriffioen.com.

A. S. Hamrah is the film critic for n + 1. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Dan Kelly lives in Chicago with his wife, Michael, and son, Nate. In his Boob Jubilee bio he referred to his sons Henry and Travis. They are, in fact, his cats. Goad him on at mrdankelly.com.

Chris Lehmann is associate editor of The Baffler. He is also the co-editor of Bookforum and a columnist for the Awl.com. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Walter Benn Michaels is professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His most recent book is The Trouble with Diversity; his next will be The Death of a Beautiful Woman: Form Now.

Jennifer Maxley has published five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Clampdown. She teaches creative writing and poetics at The University of Maine.

Will Schmenner was the film curator and programmer at The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University. He is currently a graduate student in the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

Christine Smallwood's essays and reviews have been published in The Nation, Bookforum and the Los Angeles Times. She was a founding co-editor of The Crier. She is currently working on a Ph.D in English and American literature at Columbia University.

Yves Smith, creator of the blog Naked Capitalism, has worked in and around Wall Street for nearly 30 years. Her book, ECONNED: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism, will be published in March 2010.

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and the author of several books, including The Great Derangement. He won the National Magazine Award for commentary in 2008.

Astra Taylor is the director of two documentaries about philosophy, Zizek! and Examined Life, both distributed by Zeitgeist Films. A companion book, Examined Life: Excursions with Contemporary Thinkers, was recently published by The New Press.

Moe Tkacik has been a staff writer for Time and The Wall Street Journal. From 2004 to 2005 she was a contributing editor at The Philadelphia Independent. Most recently, she was an editor at Gawker Media in New York, where she lives.

Angie Waller is an artist based in NYC. Her past publications include Data Mining the Amazon and Home of Tycoons.
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