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The Baffler 148

About

The epigraph stamped on The Baffler no. 1, from Arthur Rimbaud’s “Morning of Drunkenness,” introduced it as a punk literary magazine. It was the summer of 1988. The founders, Thomas Frank and Keith White, were recent graduates of the University of Virginia. They named their magazine as a joke on academic fads like undecidability, then in fashion. The Baffler was born to laugh at the baffling jargon of the academics and the commercial avant-garde, to explode their paralyzing agonies of abstraction and interpretation. This magazine would move in the opposite direction. It would strive for the lucidity of independent critical intelligence.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 1988

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 260 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 6 x per year.

Fiction Open

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Satirical.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
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TypeLength Details
Short Story Short StoryNo specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words).
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Unknown payment Unknown payment.
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ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
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Nonfiction Open

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Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Satirical.
Topics:
Politics/Political Science, Society/Culture.
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TypeLength Details
Essay EssayNo specific word count limits known.
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Unknown payment Unknown payment.
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ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
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Poetry Open

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Satirical.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known.
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Unknown payment Unknown payment.
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Visual Art Open

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Art Media:
Open to all/most Art Media.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles, including: Humorous, Satirical.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Artwork Artwork
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Unknown payment Unknown payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No Unknown UnknownImage format submissions
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Dates

Last Updated: 28 Sep 2021
Last Checked: 22 Nov 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 28 Sep 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 11 Sep 2012

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