Magazines

Decrescendo

Introduction to The Baffler number 19, published in March 2012 One day we will tell you all that’s happened since we moved the journal from Chicago and revived it in Cambridge. But it was a lunch-time remark uttered along the way, a memorable snatch of conversation from a patroness, that has set the mood of …

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This Cradle Won’t Rock

Introduction to The Baffler number 20, The High, the Low, the Vibrant! published in July 2012 One hundred years ago, 25,000 textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, walked out of the mills. Unskilled, unorganized, crowded into tenements, they’d been lured from their homes in Turkey, Poland, Russia, and Italy by promises of prosperity in the world’s …

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Only a Dream

Introduction to The Baffler number 21, Your Money and Your Life, published in November 2012 The general elections were looming by the time we packed up these salvos, stories, poems, and graphics and laid our bindle on the doorstep of our printer in Pennsylvania. Yes, we went to print with an issue on politics, one …

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Negative Capability

Introduction to The Baffler number 22, Modem and Taboo, published in April 2013 Here’s a surprising story in our climate of austerity and lowered expectations. The Baffler, a quarterly magazine long in the habit of appearing now and then, published three issues in succession last year—the first time three issues have appeared in a single …

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Magic Brain

Introduction to The Baffler number 23, published in August 2013 A minor but telltale moment of relief from the country’s paralyzing austerity broke through a few months back, when the Obama Administration announced major funding for a new group called Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies. Yes, the group’s acronym is BRAIN. BRAIN is slated …

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The Rites of Play

Introduction to The Baffler number 24, published in January 2014. Competition is the legitimation device in the American system. Long ago enshrined in our laws as a mechanism for regulating goods and deciding value, competition is also our testing field for personal worth. From today’s tech entrepreneurs to yesteryear’s captains of industry, the players who …

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Friends in Low Places

Introduction to The Baffler number 25, published in July 2014. “They were nearly all Islanders in the Pequod, Isolatoes too, I call such, not acknowledging the common continent of men, but each Isolato living on a separate continent of his own.” —Herman Melville This magazine comes packaged with no official doctrine, no fancy method to …

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All in Yer Head

Introduction to The Baffler number 26, published in October 2014. Hello from HQ, where we are happy/sad to present number 26, Sickness and Pelf, on the culture of medicine and certain undiagnosed psychopathologies of everyday life in America. The operative method, wielded with a scalpel throughout this body of salvos, stories, poems, put-downs, and fake …

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To the Ninety-Nines

Introduction to The Baffler number 27, published in March 2015 As we buttoned up The Baffler no. 27, on fashion and power, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week broke out in New York, and additional extravaganzas of the global leisure set were hotly anticipated in London, Milan, Istanbul, Tokyo, Mumbai, Shenzhen, and Moscow. Pretty soon, we knew, the …

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Bedtime for Democracy

Introduction to The Baffler number 29, published in October 2015. “The earth belongs to the living and not to the dead,” Thomas Jefferson said. And a lot of good that did. The founding father railed against economic royalists and their schemes to perpetuate wealth through inheritance, giving the dead hands of the past a leg …

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