The Baffler

Archived since No. 1 - The Debut Issue Complete Archive
71 issues
The Baffler is America’s leading voice of interesting and unexpected left-wing political criticism, cultural analysis, short stories, poems, and art. Through its six annual print issues (and daily online content) it skewers every facet of our debauched social order.

Founded in 1988 by Thomas Frank as “the journal that blunts the cutting edge,” the magazine is currently edited by Jonathon Sturgeon and headquartered in New York City. It spotlights both new and established writers, and our regular contributors include Barbara Ehrenreich, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, George Scialabba, Rafia Zakaria, and Kim Kelly, among others.

Regular targets include Silicon Valley snake-oil, the deadening weight of consumer capitalism, our faithless media, the authoritarian overlords of our decaying body politic, and their undead neoliberal consensus. 

Read The Baffler for essential dispatches from the front lines of the dystopia we all call home.

Latest issue
We’ve never been so old. There were 95,000 centenarians in 1990 and 450,000 in 2015. Global life expectancy doubled from 1920 to 2020; the pandemic saw a dip that was horrifying but comparatively minor in the scope of a century’s time. Simultaneously, there have never been so many of us of so many ages (a third of the eight billion alive today are under eighteen), and so there is an unprecedented number of generations now existing, which is to say aging at the same time. Baffler issue no. 72, “Life Alert,” considers getting older and its consequences, for the aged and youthful alike. Contributors include Aaron Gell, Ken Kalfus, Tamara Kneese, Chris Lehmann, Chris Maggio, Austin McCoy, Ann Neumann, Brendan O’Connor, Matt Sandler, Anya Ventura, Jeff Weinstein, Adrian Nathan West, Britt Young, and more.

Subjects: Art And Design, Art, Literature, News And Politics

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  • First Issue: No. 1 - The Debut Issue
  • Latest Issue: No. 72 - Life Alert
  • Issue Count: 71
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