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November 7, 2013
NEWS FROM THE BAFFLER
Dear Sorensen,
THE ACT

Photograph by Lewis Koch.
 
FICTION by ADAM HASLETT
 
As he's unpacking his room, the boy hears a knock at the door and looks up to see his dad. There's something I meant to say, he says, his arms crossed over his barrel chest. Before I head off. . . . Whatever this place gives you, he said, indicating with a slow nod of the head the room, the view out the window, the campus beyond, wherever you end up, don't work for the ball-busters. READ MORE.
BUNCOMBE
 
 Baffler contributing editor David Graeber 
on the magic of capitalism

When you consider that those U.S. companies that still produce commodities now devote themselves mainly to developing brands and images, you realize that American capitalism conjures value into being chiefly by convincing everyone it's there. READ MORE.
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"Amazing to think that in 1936 the editors of
Fortune magazine cared enough about the hard lives of tenant farmers that they sent a reporter and a photographer to Alabama to do a story on them": Ian Frazier reviews James Agee's
Cotton Tenants in The New York Review of Books.
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