My friend Carolyn Kellogg just reported in the Los Angeles Times that “David Foster Wallace’s Estate Comes Out Against The End of the Tour.” Spread the word.
So because the semester is still winding down and I’m finding new oodles of time to post stuff, here’s some more links for the end of the semester.
Gabriel García Márquez
Since I posted last the world has seen the loss of one of its greatest writers, Gabriel García Márquez. In memoriam, some links.
National Security State
US Culture and Literature
Trisha Brady on Herman Melville for boundary 2‘s Great American Author Series.
Peter Frase, “The Comforts of Dystopia” at Jacobin.
Izabella Kaminska, “The Postcapitalist Economy” at The New Inquiry.
Since this event is being sponsored by the Sprout Fund, I actually just heard a plug for it on Pittsburgh’s local NPR. So I thought it only appropriate to advertise here as well.
The Concourse has a great map of the ways that Hollywood films have depicted the destruction of various locales in the US.
Megan Garber at The Atlantic, “What It’s Like to be Right About the Big Bang?”
The search for Flight MH370 is revealing one thing: the ocean is filled with garbage.
Kim Stanley Robinson alert: Paul Rosenfeld, “Would You Take a One-Way Ticket to Mars?”
And as part of his forthcoming 3 million page novel, Breeze Avenue (2015), Richard Grossman has buried a crystal ball deep inside of Princeton Mountain in Colorado. The ball, “made of synthetic sapphire, which is almost as indestructible as diamond,” has the Ten Commandments inscribed on it in Hebrew, and in “20 million years, as a result of natural forces carefully calculated by the geologists, the Torah Ball will emerge from its eroded resting place and bear the Ten Commandments down the mountain.” Hyperarchivalists of the deep future rejoice!
Stephen Slemon, “The Humanities Crisis Industry.”
Simon During, “Stop Defending the Humanities.”
Timothy Burke on anxiety, academia, and the humanities: “Frame(d).”
Frederick C. Moten on “The Beauty of José Esteban Muñoz.”
Eileen Jones has a review of Wes Anderson’s new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) at Jacobin, “Wes Anderson and the Old Regime.”
Richard Brody, “Nymphomaniac: Lars Von Trier’s Joyless Sexual Tantrum.”
Alex C. Madrigal, “Why It’s Time for the Journal of Porn Studies.”
Heather Havrilesky on the contemporary injunction to “Play, Dammit.”
And more news in recently declassified nuclear stupidity that one of my students just drew my attention to (thanks Matt!): ‘”Starfish Prime” Video Shows 1962 Nuclear Explosion in Space.” “‘Starfish Prime’ [was] a test conducted in the summer of 1962 when a 1.45-megaton nuclear weapon was launched 250 miles into space above the Pacific Ocean and then detonated.”
US and International
Peter Beinart, “America is Too Broke to Rescue Ukraine.”
George Packer on understanding the Ukrainian Crisis for The New Yorker, “Terms of Crisis.”
Eric Schmitt, “Iranian Ship, in Plain View but Shrouded in Mystery, Looks Very Familiar to U.S”: “ is building a nonworking mock-up of an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that United States officials say may be intended to be blown up for propaganda value.”
Radley Balko on how “overwhelming paramilitary force is on the rise”: “‘Why Did You Shoot Me? I was Reading a Book’: The New Warrior Cop is Out of Control.”