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The Baffler at MIT Press
The Baffler is a magazine of cultural, political, and business criticism that was established in 1988 and published until the spring of 2007. It was revived in 2009, with the first issue of volume 2 published in January 2010. The magazine was headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and sold at bookstores across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Established in 1988 by editors Thomas Frank and Keith White, published by Greg Lane, it had up to 12,000 subscribers. A self-described goal was to be "the journal that blunts the cutting edge". It was known for critiquing "business culture and the culture business" and for having exposed the grunge speak hoax perpetrated on the New York Times. One famous and much-republished article, "The Problem with Music" by Steve Albini, exposed the inner-workings of the music business during the indie rock heyday.
The magazine published sporadically, especially after the Chicago office of the Baffler was destroyed in a fire on April 25, 2001. (Baffler 14 was in press at the time, and only three new issues were subsequently published.)
Timeline of The Baffler magazine: #1 (1988), #2 (1990), #3 (1991), #4 (1992), #5 (1993), #6–7 (1995), #8 (1996), #9–11 (1997), #12–13 (1999), #14 (2001), #15–16 (2003), #17 (2006).
The magazine was relaunched in 2010, under a new publisher and new editors, and with a new design, with volume 2, issue 1 published in Winter, 2010.
In April 2014, The Baffler's editor-in-chief, John Summers, personally challenged forums posters at tHE r H i z z o n E to criticize the most recent issue at the time, #24. Despite several essays in response, Summers has so far ignored the outcome of the contest, silently refusing to award the first prize to George W. Bush as requested by the contest winner.
The magazine is credited with having helped launch the careers of several writers, including: Thomas Frank (What's the Matter with Kansas?)), Ana Marie Cox of Wonkette, and founding editor in chief Rick Perlstein (Nixonland).
- Commodify Your Dissent: Salvos from The Baffler. Edited by Thomas Frank and Matt Weiland. ISBN 0-393-31673-4.
- Boob Jubilee: The Cultural Politics of the New Economy (Salvos from The Baffler). Edited by Thomas Frank and David Mulcahey. ISBN 0-393-32430-3
- Leon Nefaykh (June 24, 2009). "Color Me Baffled! Thomas Frank's Magazine Lives Again". New York Observer. p. 10. Retrieved 2014-07-30.
- Peter Monaghan (October 26, 2011). "‘The Baffler’ Will Reappear via MIT Press". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 2014-07-30.
- Jennifer Schuessler (July 21, 2014). "The Baffler Puts Its Archive Online". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-07-30.
- Elizabeth Taylor (January 11, 1998). "Mixing Business With Culture". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-07-30.
- Leon Nefaykh (August 14, 2009). "Remember the Grunge Hoax?". New York Observer. Retrieved 2014-07-30.
- Albini, Steve (1993), "The Problem with Music", The Baffler (Chicago: Thomas Frank) (5), ISSN 1059-9789, OCLC 24838556, archived from the original on 2007-09-28, also archived from the dead Baffler site. (Reprinted in Maximum RocknRoll #133 (June 1994) and later various websites.)
- Ron Charles (July 21, 2014). "A quarter century of the Baffler". Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-07-30.
- Timeline checked with BookFinder plus WorldCat, consolidated with various sources, including DustyGroove, BookMaps, LibraryThing.