American Ghostwriter

An adventure as the Man Behind the Curtain for memoirs of the uber-rich.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Dec 1, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,500 words)

Party Monsters

The era Peak Television has segued directly into the Nadir of Criticism, and it’s not good for anyone.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Nov 28, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,536 words)

Tell Me It’s Going to Be OK

“Believers in capitalist liberal democracies may cluck at the over-the-top Maoist inquisitions devoted to revolutionary self-criticism, but our society encourages us to practice the same extravagant self-loathing, only privately.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Sep 10, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,679 words)

The Trouble with Uplift

Adolph Reed considers how pop culture narratives of Black “inspiration and uplift” featuring a singular (usually male) hero reflect the real-world leadership of Black gatekeepers and talking heads granted legitimacy by “elite opinion-shaping institutions and individuals.” Both, Reed claims, stifle the possibility of political change.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Sep 4, 2018
Length: 28 minutes (7,161 words)

Beyond Goop and Evil

Why don’t women feel well? We’ve come down with an advanced case of patriarchy.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Sep 4, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,508 words)

Privatizing Poverty

Two new books on poverty, Not a Crime to Be Poor (Peter Edelman) and The Poverty of Privacy Rights (Khiara M. Bridges), suggest that poor people are disproportionately surveilled, imprisoned, and monitored — “treated presumptively as lawbreakers” — so that the state can “redress its budget shortfalls” by imposing exploitative fines on anyone without ready access to hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jul 2, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,140 words)

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)