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July 18, 2013
Dear Sorensen,

Long time no email - but we're back, and in the midst of finalizing 
Baffler #23, to which you can still subscribe. In the meantime, amuse yourself with the following newsletter as we, your faithful Baffler staff, hurriedly put the finishing touches on Susan Faludi's takedown of Sheryl Sandberg and the Lean In mythos, Ann Friedman on the digital delusion that is the LinkedIn rat race, and more from what might be our best issue yet.
Vocabulary Lessons  

Before, my Spanish wasn't so bad; but it wasn't so good, either. . . . I already knew the biggest, most important word: golpe (coup, or blow). But that morning, the radio said golpe de estado - the full phrase, "a blow to the state" - a coup d'├ętat. As in, a violent overthrow of constitutional order. READ MORE.

"Vocabulary Lessons" will appear in print in issue 23.

He has populated the magazine with other interstitial thinkers, intellectual drifters dismissed by the academy for being too snarky, too strident, or too sincere. There's Thomas Frank, of course, who remains on the magazine's masthead as "Founding Editor" and regularly contributes articles and substantive input. There's [Chris] Lehmann, now the journal's senior editor and an invaluable collaborator for Summers. ("Chris is a veteran editor, and I'm just playing," Summers said.) There's the radical anthropologist David Graeber; authors Susan Faludi and Rick Perlstein. Though many of the contributors have high public profiles, they are unaffiliated with academic organizations. They have found in The Baffler's pages a home for ideas they can't express elsewhere. 

In case you missed it: The Columbia Journalism Review's July profile of us, "Unconventional Wisdom."
Whenever I talk to a band who are about to sign with a major label, I always end up thinking of them in a particular context. I imagine a trench, about four feet wide and five feet deep, maybe sixty yards long, filled with runny, decaying shit. I imagine these people, some of them good friends, some of them barely acquaintances, at one end of this trench. I also imagine a faceless industry lackey at the other end, holding a fountain pen and a contract waiting to be signed.
Steve Albini, "The Problem With Music," The Baffler issue 5, 1993 
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