Thomas Frank

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  • Tears for Fears, February 1, 2014 - Harper's Magazine
  • Donkey Business, January 1, 2014 - Harper's Magazine
  • Chicago Is the Future, December 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Home of the Whopper, November 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Course Corrections, October 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • If Memory Swerves, September 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Ad Absurdum, August 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • A Possible Urtext for Mad Men, July 24, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Trio Grande, July 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Getting to Eureka, June 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Power Rangers, May 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Broken English, April 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Blood Sport, March 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Team America, February 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Second Chance, January 1, 2013 - Harper's Magazine
  • Appetite for Destruction, December 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • All the Rage, November 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Maintenance Crew, October 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • Compromising Positions, September 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • A Matter of Degrees, August 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • Letter from Brownbackistan, July 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Price of Admission, June 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • Bully pulpit, May 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • It's a rich man's world, April 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • Debt, be not proud, March 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • Act of contrition, February 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • Semper infidelis, January 1, 2012 - Harper's Magazine
  • More government, please!, December 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Bleakness Stakes, November 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • Social studies, October 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Age of Enron, August 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • Gold faithful, July 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • Required reading, June 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • Scenes From the Class War in Wisconsin, May 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • Check It Yourself, April 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Confessions of Glenn Beck, March 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • Servile Disobedience, February 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Fatal Center, January 1, 2011 - Harper's Magazine
  • Bright frenetic mills, December 1, 2010 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Economic Crisis: Lessons Unlearned, August 11, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Glenn Beck and Our 'Stolen' History, August 4, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • A Newt Gingrich Time Warp, July 28, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Linda McMahon's Pro Wrestling 'Soap Opera', July 21, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Obama and the Pink Scare, July 14, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Spies (All Too Much) Like Us, July 7, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Avoiding the Austerity Trap, June 30, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • The Meaning of Joe Barton's Apology, June 23, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Britain Cries Foul Over BP, June 16, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Obama and the Gulf Spill Anger , June 9, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Laissez-Faire Meets the Oil Spill, June 2, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Rand Paul's Bad Week , May 26, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Jim DeMint's Capitalist Fairy Tales, May 19, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • The Gulf Spill and the Revolving Door , May 12, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Goldman and the 'Sophisticated' Investor , May 5, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Porn Didn't Give Bernie Madoff His Start , April 28, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Please Tread on Us , April 21, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Conservatives and the Market for Alienation , April 14, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Drill Now? Try Regulate Now. , April 7, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Conservatives and the Cult of Victimhood, March 31, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • From Televangelism to the Tea Parties, March 24, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Don't Mess With the Texas Board of Ed, March 17, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • The Rise of the Reactionary Right, March 10, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • A New Age of Monopolies, March 2, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • What's the Matter With Democrats? , February 24, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • The Tea Parties Are No 'Great Awakening', February 17, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Washington's 'Deficit of Trust', February 10, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Populism Is Democracy at Work , February 3, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Centrism Died in Massachusetts, January 26, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • One Cross of Gold, Coming Up, January 19, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Bring Back Glass-Steagall, January 12, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Watch Out for GOP Populism, January 5, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
  • A Low, Dishonest Decade, December 22, 2009 - The Wall Street Journal
  • Glenn Beck's Holy War, December 1, 2009 - Playboy
  • Obama Should Act Like He Won, January 14, 2009 - The Wall Street Journal
  • The Naked and the Daft, September 1, 2008 - Bookforum
  • Why Misgovernment Was No Accident in Bush's Washington , August 6, 2008 - The Nation
  • The wrecking crew, August 1, 2008 - Harper's Magazine
  • Rendezvous With Oblivion, September 1, 2006 - New York Times
  • Defunders of Liberty, August 29, 2006 - New York Times
  • Thus Spake Zinsmeister , August 25, 2006 - New York Times
  • G.O.P. Corruption? Bring In the Conservatives., August 22, 2006 - New York Times
  • What Is K Street's Project? , August 19, 2006 - New York Times
  • A Distant Mirror , August 15, 2006 - New York Times
  • The Spoils of Victimhood, August 12, 2006 - New York Times
  • The Culture Crusade of Kansas, August 8, 2006 - New York Times
  • Joe Klein's Turnip Day, May 1, 2006 - The New York Observer
  • The Curmudgeon, February 5, 2006 - The Washington Post
  • Taking names: Anti-liberalism in theory and practice, February 1, 2006 - Harper's Magazine
  • Why WWI?, December 18, 2005 - The American Prospect
  • Looting Homeland Security, December 1, 2005 - Rolling Stone Magazine
  • What's the Matter with Liberals, May 12, 2005 - The New York Review of Books
  • 'John Kenneth Galbraith': The Presidents' Man , February 27, 2005 - New York Times
  • American Psyche, November 28, 2004 - New York Times
  • Clueless Democrats Trot Out Hollywood, July 29, 2004 - Los Angeles Times
  • Failure Is Not an Option, It's Mandatory, July 16, 2004 - New York Times
  • The America that will vote for Bush, February 1, 2004 - Le Monde Diplomatique
  • Get rich or get out, June 1, 2003 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Bullshit Boys, August 17, 2002 - The Guardian
  • Shocked, Shocked! Enronian Myths Exposed, March 21, 2002 - The Nation
  • Enron: Elvis lives, February 1, 2002 - Le Monde Diplomatique
  • The trillion-dollar hustle, January 1, 2002 - Harper's Magazine
  • The Enron outrage, December 14, 2001 - Salon
  • Malls aren't us, August 1, 2001 - Le Monde Diplomatique
  • When Markets Rule Politics, April 6, 2001 - Financial Times
  • America's Sucker-in-Chief, December 14, 2000 - Financial Times
  • The Rise of Market Populism, October 30, 2000 - The Nation
  • It's globalicious!, October 1, 1999 - Harper's Magazine
  • US 'newseum' to mediocrity, August 1, 1999 - Le Monde Diplomatique
  • Brand you: Better selling through anthropology, July 1, 1999 - Harper's Magazine
  • Creation myth of the "geo-architect", July 1, 1999 - Le Monde Diplomatique
  • "The Slant" Essays, December 31, 1998 - Artforum Magazine
  • France, an unforgivable exception , April 1, 1998 - Le Monde Diplomatique

  • New York Times columns


    Book Reviews

    Joe Klein's Turnip Day, A review of Politics Lost for the New York Observer, May 1, 2006. His bio of Woody Guthrie was better.

    The Curmudgeon, Washington Post Book World, February 5, 2006, a review of Marion Elizabeth Rodgers' comprehensive and impressively researched biography of H. L. Mencken.

    Taking names: Anti-liberalism in theory and practice, A review of Bernard Goldberg's 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, Harper's Magazine, February 2006. It's not much of a book, but it speaks encyclopedias about the conservative mindset.

    'John Kenneth Galbraith': The Presidents' Man , Review of the excellent biography by Richard Parker, New York Times Book Review, February 27, 2005.

    American Psyche, Review of The Great Divide: Retro vs. Metro (and two other books), New York Times Book Review, November 28, 2004. An unfortunate use of some very valuable research.