The Baffler,  March 16, 2016

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They live in New York City. They’re underemployed. One of them is a huge Phish fan. Given that (and Bernie Sanders’s roaring popularity with millennialseven female ones), isn’t it just a little surprising that Ilana and Abbi from Comedy Central’s “Broad City” are going ham for Hillary? No matter—Hillary’s hanging with the comedy duo to show she’s cool and gets it! After all, as Ben Schwartz wrote in issue no. 27, not so long ago, American “comedy was stolen from the professional jokesters by their traditional targets and became, unexpectedly, the new language of power, policy, and politics.”

Is Felix Salmon the reason journalism has no future? Sure, why the hell not.” Thanks, Awl! 

As David Graeber writes in “Despair Fatigue,” “Is it possible to become bored with hopelessness? There is reason to believe something like that is beginning to happen in Great Britain.” We’ve got more proof for all skeptics out there

• Is Donald Trump taking the Clash’s song, “White Riot,” way too seriously? You decide . . . 

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