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In this issue (Modem and Taboo), Thomas Frank takes us on a tour of the businessman’s republic, while David Graeber leads us into the hearts and minds of the revolutionary opposition. Chris Bray tracks down General David Petraeus and his wandering PhD. Evgeny Morozov takes apart the influential “crazy talk” of Silicon Valley publisher Tim O’Reilly. And Anne Elizabeth Moore explores the hidden assumptions behind Nicholas Kristof’s bid to rescue ...
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The Baffler No. 22

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In this issue (Modem and Taboo), Thomas Frank takes us on a tour of the businessman’s republic, while David Graeber leads us into the hearts and minds of the revolutionary opposition. Chris Bray tracks down General David Petraeus and his wandering PhD. Evgeny Morozov takes apart the influential “crazy talk” of Silicon Valley publisher Tim O’Reilly. And Anne Elizabeth Moore explores the hidden assumptions behind Nicholas Kristof’s bid to rescue the women of the world, who have nothing to lose but their market potential.

Baffler 22 contains our usual dazzling array of poetry, fiction, and satiric illustration. All this, plus Heather Havrilesky on Fifty Shades of Grey, Hussein Ibish on the Marquis de Sade, Christian Lorentzen on the British pop-star-cum-pedophiliac Jimmy Savile, and Jorian Polis Schutz surveys the state of Yoga in America. Subscribe now, and learn why Slavoj Žižek thinks hard-core pornography is the most censored of all film genres. Go ahead, look into the camera. You know you want to.

Table of Contents

Philosophical Intelligence Office

Negative Capability
John Summers

Camera Shy, Blah, Blah, Blah
Slavoj Žižek

A Beauty
Dmitry Gorchev

Daniel's Dictionary
Daniel Aaron

Hope is a Kiss
Peter Kayafas


Politics

To Galt's Gulch They Go
Thomas Frank

A Practical Utopian's Guide to the Coming Collapse
David Graeber


Culture

The State of Stretching: Yoga in America
Jorian Polis Schutz


Modem and Taboo

Passions of the Meritocracy: General David Petraeus and his wandering PhD
Chris Bray

Marketpiece Theater: Nicholas Kristof and Milton Friedman rescue the world
Anne Elizabeth Moore

The Meme Hustler: Tim O’Reilly’s crazy talk
Evgeny Morozov

Fifty Shades of Late Capitalism
Heather Havrilesky

Predator Drone: Jimmy Savile will see you now
Christian Lorentzen

United Sades of America
Hussein Ibish


Poems
Diaspora: Breakfast with Mahmoud Darwish
Kristina Robinson

Taverna
Manohar Shetty

Grim Sleeper
Terese Svoboda

Underground
John Keene

Di$claimer
Amy Gerstler

Accounting for the Damage
Jocelyn Burrell

Inside the House
Cathy Park Long

Sphinx Infinitives
Tyrone Williams

The Robots Are Coming
Kyle Gargan


Stories

The Agony of Leaves
Mahesh Rao

Up in Birdland
Monica Hileman


Ancestors

Jean-Arthur Rimbaud: For his 100th birthday
Thomas Bernhard


Graphic Art

Brad Holland
Mark Dancey
Steve Brodner
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016777016
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 164
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Thomas Bernhard (“Jean-Arthur Rimbaud”) was an Austrian novelist, playwright, and poet whose best-known works are the novels The Lime Works and Correction and the play Heldenplatz. Chris Bray (“Passions of the Meritocracy”) lives in West Hollywood, California. Thomas Frank (“To Galt’s Gulch They Go”) is founding editor of The Baffler and the Easy Chair columnist at Harper’s Magazine. David Graeber (“A Practical Utopian’s Guide”) is a contributing editor of the magazine and the author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years. His new book is The Democracy Project. Heather Havrilesky (“Fifty Shades of Late Capitalism”) writes Bookforum’s Best Seller List column and The Awl’s weekly existential advice column, Turning The Screw. She’s the author of the memoir Disaster Preparedness. Monica Hileman (“Up in Birdland”) has contributed stories to journals such as American Writing and Georgetown Review. In 2010 her short story collection was selected as one of the ten finalists for the Bakeless Prize in Fiction. Hussein Ibish (“The United Sades of America”) writes frequently on Middle East affairs. Christian Lorentzen (“Predator Drone”) is an editor of the London Review of Books. Anne Elizabeth Moore (“Marketpiece Theater”) is the Fulbright scholar/award-winning author/scruffy-haired ne’er-do-well behind the new book New Girl Law and the Ladydrawers column at Truthout. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Evgeny Morozov (“The Meme Hustler”) is the author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, a New York Times Notable Book of 2011 and winner of the Harvard Kennedy School’s 2012 Goldsmith Book Prize. His new book, To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Utopianism, is available now. Mahesh Rao (“The Agony of Leaves”) was born and grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, has worked as a lawyer, a bookseller, and an academic researcher, and now lives in Mysore, India. He has just completed his first novel.Jorian Polis Schutz (“The State of Stretching”) is a writer, calligrapher, and publisher whose Orphiflamme Press released its first book, Varitan’s Illustrated Greek Myths, in 2011. John Summers (“Negative Capability”) is editor in chief of the magazine.
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