WeDisapprove. / Yusuke Kawasaki
The Baffler,  September 8, 2015

Daily Bafflements

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• The Griffith Review takes aim at the trend for mindlessly repeating that we live in “the golden age of storytelling,” making mention of Eugenia Williamson’s Baffler no. 20 salvo about This American Life, and the racket that is “dramatic non-fiction narrative in the form of a personal journey,” along the way. 

• Our very own John Summers spoke to the Globe about the party we’re throwing for George Scialabba’s retirement from his clerical duties at Harvard. The event is sold out, but George’s spectacular writing for The Baffler is available to all, here!

• “Some of my former family members were in unions,” says the president of WeWork, which sacked around hundred janitorial staff working at his startup, valued at ten billion, at the end of August for protesting about their working conditions. (If anyone is protesting too much, it’s certainly him.) Our former New York office was in the belly of the beast, and cleaners were asked to wear shirts saying “Do What You Love.”

• But, workers of the world, there’s hope! “Can Millennials Save Unions?” asks The Atlantic.

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