Beach reading. © Kathy Boake
The Baffler,  June 7, 2016

Daily Bafflements

Baffler no. 31, attributing debt, oversharing

Beach reading. © Kathy Boake


• Today we premiere our summer issue, entitled “Memory Holes,” a series of dispatches from distinct destinations, real and imaginary, at which history has been sacrificed, overwritten, or restyled. Whether you’re in Hungary, where Susan Faludi foresaw Trumpist America, or Hollywood, where world building was always about fantasy and fakery, come into the shade of the architecture of memory.

• HBO prankster John Oliver disappointed in his show on debt forgiveness when he passed off the methods developed by debt activists as his own stroke of genius.

• Over at Pacific Standard, Melissa Gira Grant writes how, “To put it in alarmist Millennial trend piece parlance, [Chelsea] Manning’s crime was made akin to impulsive oversharing.”

You Might Also Enjoy

Prig and Pig

Patrick Blanchfield

It’s a memoir of a rolling-thunder disaster that’s still ongoing, the full wreckage of which could lead us practically anywhere.

word factory

Conflict Irresolution

Tom Carson

The Battle of Algiers tells us something this world’s Glenn Greenwalds don’t want to hear: torture works.

word factory

Baffler Newsletter

new email subscribers receive a digital copy of our current issue.

Further Reading

 June 14

Before you come to the conclusion that Scott Pruitt is some sort of sue-happy maniac, just think about all the prosecutions and lawsuits that he decided not to launch.

Heads Up: We recently updated our privacy policy to clarify how and why we collect personal data. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand this policy.