The Queer Art of Failing Better

Laurie Penny on Queer Eye: “It’s not about queerness at all. It’s actually about the disaster of heterosexuality—and what, if anything, can be salvaged from its ruins.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jul 24, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,054 words)

Been Down So Long It Looks Like Debt to Me

M.H. Miller shares his family’s story of financial collapse and explores the crippling effects of long-term debt.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jul 2, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,818 words)

A Crime and a Pastime

On skateboarding’s libertarian paranoia.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jul 3, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,442 words)

Vanity Foul

After a hundred years of performing the so-called “hand job” of journalism, the puff piece is giving way to a more enlightened form called the power piece. The successful power piece acknowledges the white cis male status quo and can help reshape the world its subjects and readers inhabit. When it fails, it perpetuates the same old same old it claims to subvert, puffing up activism instead of celebrity.

Source: The Baffler
Published: May 22, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,641 words)

I Dream of Content-Trash

Now we can outsource imagination.

Author: Zach Webb
Source: The Baffler
Published: Apr 25, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,787 words)

The Tragedy of the Commons

It’s hard living with other people. It’s also hard to live with a co-living startup that erodes cities’ social fabric while marketing itself as a communal experience.

Author: Zach Webb
Source: The Baffler
Published: Mar 1, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,397 words)

On Poisoned Ground

The city of East Chicago built an elementary school and public housing on a known polluted industrial site. The self-serving web of business interests and politicians who green-lighted these projects in this segregated community embody the term “environmental racism.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Dec 1, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,087 words)

The Afterlife of Newsies

The Newspaper Boy Strike of 1899 was unlikely fodder for a Disney movie, but the 1989 film taught a generation about the true meaning of a fun job, great friends, and the necessity of organized labor.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jan 8, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,800 words)

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Rocker

The lead singer of the Old 97’s discusses the way digitization has disrupted the collaborative nature of a musical community whose members treat each other with respect, even when they’re making money.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Dec 4, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,423 words)

American Pimps

Many NFL players are recognizing that their sports careers are lies, because the owners don’t care about players’ health or longevity, or validate their identity as black men in America. Seeing American professional football through the lens of the pimp game makes clear the power, exploitation, collusion and immorality at the heart of a business that treats players like property and gaslights the viewer.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Nov 22, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,718 words)