Posts Tagged: The Baffler

Fifty Shades of Gray Bonnets

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Whether readers are motivated by a hazy Luddism or a nostalgia for the old male-supremacist order of things, there’s no mistaking the potent commercial lure of the “bonnet books.” Over at The Baffler, Ann Neumann chronicles the strange genre of breathless Amish romance novels—and who, exactly, are their millions of devoted readers.

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On Getting Pranked by Philip Roth

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Philip Roth’s retirement may well go down in history as one of the literary world’s greatest pranks. Over at The Baffler, J.C. Hallman takes a look at whether the literary giant has actually retired, despite giving interviews and and participating in conferences and receiving awards—and whether the very idea of a writer retiring is “to […]

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The Marquis de Sade’s Executive MBA

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For The Baffler, Kurt Newman analyzes Tom DeMarco’s 1997 novel, The Deadline: A Novel of Project Management, comparing the work to that of the Marquis de Sade and explaining why a seemingly irrelevant book highlights “our economic order’s sadomasochistic core.” The Deadline differs from other sadomasochistic fiction (American Psycho, Fight Club, and 24) in that it […]

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The Heroic Return of the Baffler

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After a hiatus of a few years, the intellectually-engaging, always interesting, often confrontational and downright maverick literary/cultural magazine The Baffler has returned! I just picked up my copy at the bookstore where I work. Most bookstores with a decent magazine rack should carry at least a couple copies. At least the ones in San Francisco […]

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