The Baffler,  March 17, 2015

Daily Bafflements

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• Maybe the only good thing to come out of South by Southwest this week: flying cars? (Via John Byrne; see also David Graeber.)

• If you haven’t seen it yet, this send-up of Silicon Valley’s thoughtless privilege-and-profit machine, “WellDeserved,” is absolutely brilliant.

• Mallory Heiney, a member of the Corinthian 15, explains in the Washington Post why she’s not paying back her student loans from her nursing degree at Everest, a for-profit college: “Classes consisted mostly of teachers reading aloud from books. After I earned my degree, I did not have the knowledge I needed to pass the state licensing exam. I eventually passed it by spending hours researching the test questions online and watching YouTube videos.” And Heiney says she had to sell her plasma twice a week just to pay off her loans while getting this stellar education. (Via Strike Debt.)

• Happy St. Patrick’s Day, all you little Erins, Seans, and leprechauns! To celebrate, why not read a classic Baffler salvo from issue no. 12, “McSploitation” by Jim Arndorfer, a study of a grotesque and cynical Chicago pub that delivers a “past-as-playground rendition of Irish history unfolds as soon as you step inside.”

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I lined up at MOMA for a close-up view of how the brutal business of global garment-making was to be cleaned up for aesthetic presentation.