No. 23 A Carnival of Buncombe
Oh, we may say our colleges are the best in the world while we secretly believe they’re an overpriced rip-off, but leave it to Thomas Frank in The Baffler no. 23 to ask whether they’re the best in the world at committing the rip-off. Welcome to America five years after the financial crisis. It’s a place “made possible by buncombe,” as David Graeber explains here. And it’s a time of magical thinking, as Susan Faludi says in her exposé of the narrow brand of feminism on offer from Sheryl Sandberg’s positive-thinking tract Lean In.
Luckily, we have Jacob Silverman to burst the techno-bubble that is South by Southwest; Ann Friedman to explain why we’re “All LinkedIn with Nowhere to Go”; and Quinn Slobodian and Michelle Sterling to report from Berlin “How Hipsters, Expats, Yummies, and Smartphones Ruined a City.” Our midyear issue contains world-defining fiction by Adam Haslett and genre-bending prose by Thomas Sayers Ellis about Lou Beach’s surreal cover art. The carnival’s all here. From Seth Colter Walls on Jean-Paul Sartre to Farran Nehme on Buster Keaton, from Dubravka Ugrešić’s dreams of Wittgenstein to Richard Byrne’s “Nod to Ned Ludd,” The Baffler gives you the latest trends in cultural news and retail opinion. Step right up!
Table of Contents
Once Upon a Town
Thomas Sayers Ellis
CARNIVAL OF BUNCOMBE
Academy Fight Song
Facebook Feminism, Like It or Not
All LinkedIn with Nowhere to Go
HIGH LOW WASHINGTON
Without Which He Would Not Have Written His Greatest Poems
Jelly Donut, NYC
Here We Name Them ‘Way’
My Daughter Night Terrors the State
A Monkey Could Do This (and)
You and me are not friends, OK?
Where Is It Now
A Nod to Ned Ludd
On Wittgenstein’s Steps: A letter from unified Europe
Sacking Berlin: How hipsters, expats, yummies, and smartphones ruined a city
Quinn Slobodian and Michelle Sterling
Sartre for Sartre’s Sake
Seth Colter Walls
Front and back cover is by Lou Beach.
Philip Burke, Mark Dancey, Eleanor Davis, Henrik Drescher, Michael Duffy, Randall Enos, Walker Evans, Mark S. Fisher, Patrick JB Flynn, Stuart Goldenberg, Jakob Hinrichs, Brad Holland, David Johnson, J. D. King, Lewis Koch, Stephen Kroninger, Peter Kuper, David McLimans, P. S. Mueller, Paula Searing, Paul Shambroom, Brian Stauffer, Ralph Steadman, and Spencer Walts.