In our spring revelry, Thomas Frank takes us on a tour of the businessman’s republic, while David Graeber leads us into the hearts and minds of the revolutionary opposition. Chris Bray tracks down General David Petraeus and his wandering PhD. Evgeny Morozov takes apart the influential “crazy talk” of Silicon Valley publisher Tim O’Reilly. And Anne Elizabeth Moore explores the hidden assumptions behind Nicholas Kristof’s bid to rescue the women of the world, who have nothing to lose but their market potential.
Baffler 22 contains our usual dazzling array of poetry, fiction, and satiric illustration. All this, plus Heather Havrilesky on Fifty Shades of Grey, Hussein Ibish on the Marquis de Sade, Christian Lorentzen on the British pop-star-cum-pedophiliac Jimmy Savile, and Jorian Polis Schutz surveys the state of Yoga in America. Subscribe now, and learn why Slavoj Žižek thinks hard-core pornography is the most censored of all film genres. Go ahead, look into the camera. You know you want to.