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The Baffler No. 22

The Baffler No. 22

author: John Summers

name: Steev

average rating: 4.23

book published: 2013

rating: 5

read at: 2013/05/14

date added: 2013/05/14

shelves: fun, politics

review:
As usual, attacking favorite sacred cows, this issue of The Baffler doesn't disappoint. Highlights are the massive and detailed critique of Tim O'Reilly by Evegeny Morozov; "Fifty Shades of Capitalism", a scathing review of the megapopular softcore romance; and the article about the Marquis de Sade and how his work has been so influential and prescient for our modern culture.

One thing I don't really get is why they always have so much poetry. For a journal that's so cynical and no-nonsense, it really surprises me that they've always found plenty of column-inches for poems. Some of them are certainly above-average compared to the common fare in most zines, but I'd rather read another article brutally ripping apart "the culture of business." I also couldn't really get into either piece of short fiction in this issue. But that might be just me. I always skip the fiction in Harper's or the New Yorker too, unless it's an author I know I like, so your mileage may vary.

But overall, nice work once again, Baffler.

The Baffler No. 22

The Baffler No. 22

author: John Summers

name: Steev

average rating: 4.71

book published: 2013

rating: 5

read at: 2013/05/14

date added: 2013/05/14

shelves: fun, politics

review:
As usual, attacking favorite sacred cows, this issue of The Baffler doesn't disappoint. Highlights are the massive and detailed critique of Tim O'Reilly by Evegeny Morozov; "Fifty Shades of Capitalism", a scathing review of the megapopular softcore romance; and the article about the Marquis de Sade and how his work has been so influential and prescient for our modern culture.

One thing I don't really get is why they always have so much poetry. For a journal that's so cynical and no-nonsense, it really surprises me that they've always found plenty of column-inches for poems. Some of them are certainly above-average compared to the common fare in most zines, but I'd rather read another article brutally ripping apart "the culture of business." I also couldn't really get into either piece of short fiction in this issue. But that might be just me. I always skip the fiction in Harper's or the New Yorker too, unless it's an author I know I like, so your mileage may vary.

But overall, nice work once again, Baffler.

The Men Who Stare at Goats

The Men Who Stare at Goats

author: Jon Ronson

name: Steev

average rating: 3.50

book published: 2004

rating: 3

read at: 2010/05/01

date added: 2010/05/03

shelves: fun, politics

The Men Who Stare at Goats

The Men Who Stare at Goats

author: Jon Ronson

name: Steev

average rating: 3.57

book published: 2004

rating: 3

read at: 2010/05/01

date added: 2010/05/03

shelves: fun, politics

A People's History of American Empire

A People's History of American Empire

author: Howard Zinn

name: Steev

average rating: 4.14

book published: 2008

rating: 4

read at: 2008/08/17

date added: 2008/08/17

shelves: fun, politics

review:
basically a cartoon excerpting of Zinn's People's History of The United States. Very well done. Kind of along the lines of the excellent Addicted to War "graphic novel."

The Nightly News

The Nightly News

author: Jonathan Hickman

name: Steev

average rating: 4.10

book published: 2007

rating: 5

read at: 2008/08/03

date added: 2008/08/03

shelves: fun, politics

review:

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