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The Baffler’s Week That Was

What a Week This Was, Bafflers. By now you have probably noticed that we launched our brand new website featuring all 25 issues of our head-spinning salvos, which you can browse by issue or search through using this handy dandy index.

So for the first time all in one place, we’re offering:

Salvos by Steve Albini, Nicholson Baker, Ana Marie Cox, Barbara Ehrenreich, Susan Faludi, Thomas Frank, Jim Frederick, James K. Galbraith, Tom Geoghegan, Jennifer Gonnerman, David Graeber, Naomi Klein, Chris Lehmann, Christian Lorentzen, Ben Metcalf, Evgeny Morozov, Andrew O’Hagan, Alex Pareene, Jed Perl, Rick Perlstein, Kim Phillips-Fein, Jeff Sharlet, Matt Taibbi, Astra Taylor, Maureen Tkacik, Tom Vanderbilt, Matt Weiland, Keith White, and Slavoj Žižek.

Poems by Rae Armantrout, Dave Berman, Charles Bernstein, Kwame Dawes, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Geoffrey Hill, Tony Hoagland, Harryette Mullen, Sharon Olds, and Charles Simic.

Stories by Leon Forrest, Aleksandar Hemon, James Kelman, Michael Martone, James Meek, Lydia Millet, Eileen Myles, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Irvine Welsh.

Illustrations by Jessica Abel, David Berman, Steve Brodner, Mark Dancey, Greg Fiering, Emily Flake, Brad Holland, Hunter Kennedy, Stephen Kroninger, Archer Prewitt, Ralph Steadman, Steve Walters, and Patrick W. Welch.

Discovered writings by James Agee, Thomas Bernhard, Christopher Lasch, Artie Shaw, and C. Wright Mills.

And so much more, of course. An embarrassment of riches! If you don’t know where to start, how about these editor’s picks from recent years, or some of these older pieces:

• Ben Metcalf, “American Heartworm” (1998)

• Matt Roth, “Dreams Incorporated: Living the Delayed Life with Amway” (1997)

• Jim Frederick, “The Intern Economy and the Culture Trust” (1997)

• Naomi Klein, “Just Deserts” (1995)

• Thomas Frank, “Dark Age: Why Johnny Can’t Dissent” (1994)

• Steve Albini, “The Problem with Music” (1993)

Over on the daily Baffler blog this week, Brooke Magnanti wrote about the farce of “feminist underwear,” Jason A. Lefkowitz and Mariya Strauss psychoanalyzed OSHA by playing its new video game about worker safety, Bijan Stephen reviewed Geoff Dyer’s indulgent new book, Hannah K. Gold argued that Aetna should pay reparations for having insured slave owners against the loss of their property (slaves), and Jordan Fraade pointed out hypocrisy in Democrats’ condemnation of corporate tax inversion.

Oh and, also this week, we are excited to say, Rick Perlstein became a contributing editor of The Baffler. It’s about time, too; he first wrote for us in 1993 with a thorough analysis of Scooby Doo. You read that right.

Please tell us what you think of all this. If you’ve got questions about your existing subscription, write to us here. If you want to sound off to the editors, do so here. We hope that you’ll enjoy the new site, and then further commodify your dissent by subscribing to the print version of the magazine. It’s only $30 a year and printed on the shiniest, heaviest paper we are permitted to use, by law. (Not really. But it’s pretty nice.)

See you next week. Go forth and Baffle, and be Baffled.