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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 ...
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The Baffler No. 5

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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 fifth issue, themed "Alternative to What?", takes on rock and world music, Sassy magazine, and the marketing of "retro" or "alternative" culture and styles.



Rock n Roll is The Health of the State, Tom Frank
Eulogy: Sun Ra, Bob Nastanovich
Making the Scene: Brain Dead in Seattle, Eric Iversen
The Problem With Music, Steve Albini
Rebel Rock in Moscow, Nathan Frank
Why I am Very Angry, Seth Sanders
A Nest Of Ninnies, Selected Scorchings
Sweet Portable You, Music Reviews
The Name Caller, Steve Healey
The Teen Rebel as Model Consumer: The Hip World of Sassy, Tom Frank
World Music and You, Herbert Mattelart


We’re Marketed, Therefore We Are!, Stephen Duncombe
BeatnikMania—Again!, Maura Mahoney
The Retro Apocalypse Tom Vanderbilt


An Exclusive Baffler Investment Opportunity


Not the Plaster Casters, Janice Eidus
The District Supervisor, Robert Nedelkoff
The Grace of God, Mat Lebowitz
A Gray Day in Ann Arbor, Rick Perlstein
I am the Light, Dan Libman
Gedney Goes Underground, Staff


Gaston de Béarn: Ballad
David Berman: Democratic Vistas
Alec Dinwoodie: With This Poem All Things Are Possible, Interior, What she does not understand
Joe Fodor: Bonny Boy, Song of Her Vomit
James Tolan: Nocturne
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014559256
  • Publisher: Baffler, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/1993
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,294,421
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Steve Albini’s band, Shellac, has recently released two singles on Touch and Go records.David Berman was born in Williamsburg, VA. He is a sleeping car porter on Amtrak’s Crescent Line and plays in the Silver Jews and the Warcomet. Alec Dinwoodie works constantly to subvert his own poetry. He slips in and out of the American consciousness: voice of Faustus, shadow of velvet, Bert to his own Ernie. Stephen Duncombe lives in New York City where he is completing a performance piece based on the third volume of his work, The Economic Influence of the Developments in Shipbuilding Techniques, 1450 to 1485. Janice Eidus’ new novel is called Urban Bliss, “Not the Plaster Casters” will appear in Fall 1994, in Unbearables, an anthology of short fiction to be published by Autonomedia Press. Joe Fodor worked at Quayle Quarterly until the rude business of last November. Now he’s the fashion editor of Hysteria. Steve Healey is in the exquisite Frances Gumm, whose CD Cruella was recently released by VHF. Chris Holmes, explicator of the “Guyville paradigm,” is one of the country’s leading Ufologists and a roadie for Sabalon Glitz. Robert Nedelkoff has contributed to Forced Exposure and Conflict. He is a student at the Monterey College of Law and lives in Salinas, CA, with his lizard. Seth Sanders’ studies have convinced him that magic and religion are based on the common man’s wonder at unfair trade practices: hanc animam pro meliore damus, “we give this life for a better one”; call for escape route. James Tolan is a graduate of Jack Benny Junior High in Waukegan, IL but now bides his time in South Louisiana, sharecropping for the Man and penning the occasional vers libre. David Mulcahey is thoroughly and utterly obsolete. He’s waiting in virtual hibernation for the retro sensibility to reach 1988, the year he won the Paris-Dakar rally. Watch out, America. Tom Frank is not a person you should be listening to. His application to Harvard didn’t feaure a recommendation from a Kennedy. No interests back his literary efforts, and his ideas have no influence in the Clinton White House. Nor does he exhibit the appropriate shock when blue-ribbon committees discover that the children of poor people are also poor. He has never had a job, and he has almost never had a good haircut.
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