Death, Disembodied

In the wake of COVID-19, Ann Neumann asks on behalf of a nation in mourning: “how do we honor the dead when we can’t see them, touch them, gather to comfort ourselves?”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jul 30, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,513 words)

A Pretty Penny

A review of two novels set in contemporary East Asia, If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha and Breast and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami. Both critique wealth, beauty, and power through the lens of various young women.

Source: The Baffler
Published: May 13, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,212 words)

On a Wing and a Mayor

Are mayors the heroes of 21st century politics, or is going from getting the snow shoveled and the sewer lines fixed to managing a global pandemic a leap too far?

Source: The Baffler
Published: Mar 30, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,274 words)

Money Is an Iron

If you’re not up on your Oscar-nominated films, use A.S. Hamrah’s rundown to cram so you can tell one white nominee from another.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Feb 7, 2020
Length: 29 minutes (7,347 words)

Class Carpetbagger

Pete Buttigieg’s comedy of class-signaling errors.

Author: Corey Pein
Source: The Baffler
Published: Feb 3, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,585 words)

Smoke from Underground

“But the fire will outlive them all, and me. It will outlive my grandchildren and perhaps the human species. It has been burning for so long that it’s possible to forget that it started at the town dump. Centralia is the site of a disaster that sounds too stupid to be real, a trash fire that will inherit the earth.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jan 7, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,875 words)

Stammer Time

Barry Yeoman, a man with a lifelong stutter, suggests that while society mostly views a stutter as a disability, stammering really isn’t the problem at all. The real problem that needs to be cured is the assumption that those who stutter are somehow deficient.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Nov 5, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,864 words)

Strike With the Band

“Classical musicianship is better understood as a job, a shitty job.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Sep 3, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,772 words)

The Women Who Knew Too Much

As Niela Orr looks at Black women characters in horror films like “Us,” “Ghost,” “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane,” and “Scream,” she uncovers a throughline: “Black women have been humiliated and punished, in horror cinema as in life, for our incisiveness, for wondering aloud, for trying to get some answers.”

Author: Niela Orr
Source: The Baffler
Published: Jul 2, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,905 words)

Close Encounters of the Digital Kind

“The idea seems to be that we all live in the great database in the sky, occasionally summoning aliens with our minds.” Emily Harnett explores Silicon Valley’s appropriation of UFO culture.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Mar 8, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,666 words)