Philip Evergood. / Sharon Mollerus
The Baffler,  October 17, 2016

Daily Bafflements

Liveblog on Wednesday; evil needs glamour; thanks, Billy.

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• The only thing that got us through the abject depression of the last “presidential” debate were the witty asides of Baffler regulars Natasha Vargas-Cooper, David Rees, Laurie Penny, and EIC Chris Lehmann. So we will be liveblogging the next debate, on Wednesday—tune in and chortle along darkly!

• When theologian Gerald W. Schlabach claimed that “evil needs glamour in a way that the good does not,” he could have been writing about Donald Trump

Here’s some art by American communists.

Thanks, Billy.

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