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September 5, 2013
NEWS FROM THE BAFFLER
Dear Sorensen,

Welcome to another newsletter from The Baffler, the journal that "has no peer in American opinion." Or so says a recent feature in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Read on for some examples of why we're the best magazine abrasive out there, and if you like what we're publishing, don't forget to support us and subscribe.
ALL LINKEDIN WITH 
NOWHERE TO GO
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Illustration by J.D. King.
 
ANN FRIEDMAN on the Escher staircase that is LINKEDIN
 
The worst of the advice reads like management-speak Mad Libs . . . If the poor, as John Steinbeck once observed, see themselves as temporarily embarrassed millionaires, it seems fair to assume that on LinkedIn, followers see themselves as temporarily embarrassed thought leaders. READ MORE.
I'M NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT YOUR ACADEMY

THOMAS FRANK on the collapse of the AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
 
It is all so wonderfully circular, is it not? We know college degrees make us affluent because affluent people have college degrees; and we also know that we must spend lots of money on college - signing up for a lifetime of debt, essentially - because we believe status signifiers like college ought to be fantastically expensive. Think about it this way for long enough and you start to suspect that maybe those fancy stickers you put in your rear window are what education is all about, the distilled essence of the whole thing. READ MORE.
Elsewhere

"I would extend my pessimism to political journalists as well," Baffler founding editor Thomas Frank writes for Bookforum.
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