Boob Jubilee: The Cultural Politics of the New Economy

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Thomas Frank, David Mulcahey
W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - Business & Economics - 404 pages
For a magazine dedicated to debunking the nation's business culture, the final years of the twentieth century overflowed with bounty. "It was the most spectacular outbreak of mass delirium that we are likely to see in our lifetimes," wrote the editors of The Baffler. What was for others the dawn of a "New Economy" was for The Baffler a cornucopia of absurdity the costliest political and financial hustle in living memory. Reporting from places far from the white-hot centers of the libertarian revolution, Baffler writers were the people of whom it was fashionable to say they just don't get it. While New Democrats turned somersaults for Wall Street and economic commentary became puffery, these bold, talented, and very funny writers observed the crescendo of folly with which the century turned. Here their best writings are selected, updated, and reaffirmed, to sharpen our wits and inoculate us against follies yet to come.
 

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Well-researched cultural and economic essays that make insightful syntheses about how we got where we are in our recent collapse. The many selections feature tart, humorous writing that is a pleasure to read and digest. I actually have 2 copies; one to read in my bedroom and another to keep where guests will be able to thumb thru it. A compilation that really makes you think. 

Contents

This Car Climbed Mount Nasdaq Thomas Frank Greg Lane David Mulcahey Emily Vogt
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The God That Sucked Thomas Frank
9
Successitudes David Mulcahey
19
Cyclorama of the Great Debauch
21
Give the Millionaire a Drink Mike Newirth
23
American Heartworm Ben Metcalf
30
A Partial History of Alarms Nelson Smith
44
Bring Us Your Chained and Huddled Masses Christian Parenti
51
Rockerdämmerung Mike OFlaherty
182
The Brand Called Shmoo Dan Raeburn
200
Dreams Incorporated Matt Roth
224
Three Scenes from a Bull Market J W Mason
257
When Class Disappears Thomas Frank
289
The Intern Economy and the Culture Trust Jim Frederick
301
Chapters of Eleven Kim PhillipsFein
314
Dilbert and Me Tom Vanderbilt
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Death Travels West Mike Newirth
61
Who Moved My Civility?
73
I Faker Paul Maliszewski
75
Babbitt Rex Thomas Frank
149
Zoned Bohemian Mike Newirth
159
McSploitation Jim Arndorfer
173
Birchismo Dan Kelly
343
Paradise Shot to Hell Jeff Sharlet
357
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Acknowledgments
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David Mulcahey is managing editor of The Baffler.

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