The Baffler

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The Baffler (founded 1988 by editor Thomas Frank) is a cultural-political criticism journal headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and sold at independent bookstores across the US. It is known for critiquing "business culture and the culture business" and for having exposed the grunge speak hoax perpetrated on the New York Times. A self-described goal of the journal is to "blunt the cutting edge". Its models are the satire and cultural criticism of H.L. Mencken and the progressive journalism of Randolph Bourne.

The magazine has always been published extremely sporadically (two issues were published in 1997, followed by two in 1999), especially after the Chicago office of the Baffler was destroyed in a fire on April 25, 2001 (see [1] (http://www.thebaffler.com/fire.html)). (Baffler 14 was in press at the time and as of 2004 only two new numbers have since emerged.)

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