Media nerds are familiar with The Baffler, a smart, satirical, lefty magazine that has had a few stops and starts in its history. Well, it's up and running again and in this week's Phoenix we've got a very amusing excerpt from writer Jim Newell on his teenage exploits with the uber-nerdy Fed Challenge, lionizing Messr. Greenspan before his fall from grace. Well worth a read.
Plenty of good local stuff, too - a piece by yours truly on a band of RISD students with some clever ideas for revitalizing Providence's downtrodden Kennedy Plaza (I'm particularly enamored with an inspired and eerie plan from student Stuart Penman to light up intermittent bricks from the bus station to Burnside Park, where a second batch of lights would hang from the trees) and a great scene from Phil Eil: the ULTRA nightclub's top brass watching an alumn, Pauly D, on the premier of his new reality show.
There's also a story well worth checking out in this week's Boston Phoenix on the hunt for the Craigslist killer who, as you may recall, attempted to strike in Providence in the midst of his all-consuming crime spree.