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The Baffler returns! The seminal magazine of culture and politics—which was founded by Thomas Frank in 1988—has often been plagued by intermittent outages (even a disastrous office fire in 2001) and has been “on hiatus” since last fall. But in a tweet yesterday morning, the publication told subscribers to “hang on!”: It will have a new print issue later this year, and new online content soon.

The man who wrote Elizabeth Taylor’s New York Times obituary actually died in 2005.

In the New Yorker, the Nobel-winning novelist Kenzaburo Oe writes of the dangers of nuclear power: “This disaster unites, in a dramatic way, two phenomena: Japan’s vulnerability to earthquakes and the risk presented by nuclear energy. The first is a reality that this country has had to face since the dawn of time. The second, which may turn out to be even more catastrophic than the earthquake and the tsunami, is the work of man.” And in Newsweek, Junot Diaz professes his love for Tokyo.

The 11th issue of n+1 comes out today, complete with reports from Egypt and Wisconsin and fiction by Yelena Akhtiorskaya. Tonight at McNally Jackson, Akhtiorskaya, as well as contributors Kent Russell, Gemma Sieff, and Emily Witt read from the issue.

Waiting for Godot, the video game.

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