Did anyone else notice the little Leftist fracas that broke out in The New York Times Book Review this weekend?
Bloomberg View columnist Michael Kinsley’s review of Baffler editor and Harper’s columnist Thomas Frank’s conservative-debunking tract, Pity the Billionaire, elicited two spirited letters from Mr. Frank’s corner.
Wall Street Journal columnist Thomas Frank is leaving the broadsheet to take over Harper’s Easy Chair column for editor Ellen Rosenbush.
Here’s the release:
New York City, August 2, 2010-Harper’s Magazine today announced that
Thomas Frank has joined the magazine as its monthly columnist.
Beginning with the December issue, Frank will pen Read More
Publisher Conor O’Neil told the Chicago Reader that a new issue of the contrarian, left-wing journal of business culture is officially in the mail. The last issue came out in 2007, and before that had been dormant since 2003.
Leon Neyfakh reported on the magazine’s comeback back in June, and got Read More
It could be a movie: After years of struggle, four writers, close friends and allies from their days working together in the early ’90s on a small but highly influential magazine of politics and culture, are all suddenly enjoying varying degrees of success in the world of American letters. Matt is an editor at The Read More
The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule
By Thomas Frank
Metropolitan Books, 384 pages, $25
Call it the Thomas Frank Problem: Since What’s the Matter With Kansas? (2005), the journalist and polemicist has become a figure of irresolvable promise and consternation to the American left. Kansas, of course, put in straight and strident words what liberals Read More
You feel lost, confused, alone in the world. Everything you do ends in failure. No one listens to your ideas, respects your feelings or recognizes all that you have to give. You’re filled with resentment and anger. Your hopelessness borders on despair. You don’t know what to do, where to turn.
You’re a Democrat, obviously. Read More
What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America , by Thomas Frank, Metropolitan Books, 306 pages, $24.
Eight years ago, on the night of his election to the U.S. Senate, Sam Brownback declared, “As Kansas goes, so goes the nation.” If that’s true, Thomas Frank’s What’s the Matter with Kansas? Read More
“‘Bullshit,’” writes Thomas Frank, “certainly appeared in my own conversation that day when I flipped through my first book of management theory-Tom Peters’ 800-page 1992 opus, Liberation Management . Peters’ zanier 1997 book, The Circle of Innovation , is bullshit on wheels. ‘Bullshit’ was also my response when I sat amongst an audience of hundreds Read More
So I’m finally writing a column I promised you nearly a year ago, a column celebrating the underappreciated greatness of Tom Petty. A column initially provoked by a shameful diss of Mr. Petty in these pages, one that actually used the word “stupid” to refer to him. I guess because he looks like a redneck, Read More
The text for the first sermon of the new year:
“Western capitalism (the multinational entertainment oligopoly) will soon accomplish what the century’s more murderous tyrants, with all their poisonous calculations, could only dream of doing: effacing the cultural memory of entire nations.”
This is taken from “Dark Age,” an essay by Thomas Frank (author Read More