issue 37, the winter edition of the baffler takes on the title of ‘power, corruption, and lies’. it’s a beautiful essay fest with topics ranging from the degradation of NFL to vanilla streaming services. it’s the latter of which that’s a standout essay from this issue, a damning appraisal of spotify and its ambition to “turn all music into emotional wallpaper”. elsewhere in the issue are political essays with its origin in the united states; the great rolling grift of payday lending; the surveillance-addled state of our movie screens and TV streams; and the antidemocratic dogma of public-choice theory.
// from the issue: the problem with muzak //