The Baffler

Archived since No. 1 - The Debut Issue Complete Archive
72 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
Failure abounds today, but also its recuperation. Who hasn’t been sold “resilience,” what with a vast industry of self-help hucksters and combination fitness-business influencers imploring you to grit your teeth and embrace the grind? In issue 73, “Consolation Prizes,” we consider the current state of failure (and its supposed rehabilitation) across education, government, leftist politics, medical promises, and the cultural sphere.

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

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  • First Issue: No. 1 - The Debut Issue
  • Latest Issue: No. 73 - Consolation Prizes
  • Issue Count: 72
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