Daily Bafflements

The BafflerApril 23, 2015
A fight for the soul of Record Store Day. / Man Alive!

Corporate takeover of Record Store Day: just another reason we can’t have nice things. / Man Alive!

• Massachusetts has appointed Katie Stebbins as assistant secretary of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. In an interview, Stebbins tells of her plans to turn the whole state into an innovation district, a la Kendall Square. John Summers saw it coming in Baffler no. 24.. . .

• To get you in the mood for all that innovation, here’s Dan Miller at the Wharton School, announcing his plans to “disrupt” the commercial real estate market through crowdfunding.

It’s been too long since we checked in with SpaceX’s Elon Musk. (A week, in fact. Time flies.) Here’s another look at the rocket crash that hampered the otherwise successful launch of billionaires’ ambitions into space.

• In a debate too hip for its own good, Henry Rollins lashes out at the major record labels that are taking over Record Store Day, a movement of independent music sellers trying to stay alive in the midst of an onslaught from major record labels.