Need some new religious paraphernalia? In Italy, the markets booming. / Juliette Melton
The Baffler,  February 26, 2016

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Need some new religious paraphernalia? In Italy, the markets booming. / Juliette Melton
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• Are you a priest trying to snag rosaries in bulk, or a billionaire looking to deck out your mansion with a full array of Madonnas on the half shell? Luckily, we’ve got a trade show that’s just for you. The Italian market for religious goods is worth $5.2 billion annually, so consumers in the name of Christ will find plenty of shopping opportunities.

• Today in plutocrats: One Australian megamillionaire has ensured his legacy with an $80 million art museum displaying, among other antiques, Napoleon’s pistol and his own ashes, joining in on a trend identified by Rhonda Lieberman in Baffler no. 24. Bored with your polo ponies? Just build your own museum—no knowledge of art required.

• Ahh, the millennial, America’s most confusing consumer. Now, the pundit class puzzles over why he’s shunning breakfast cereal. Too much effort to pour it into a bowl and add milk? Not the kind of thing he can keep in his backpack to scarf down between his three part-time jobs? The likes of Buzzfeed, the New York Times, and Radio Canada were all eager to weigh in.

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