January 2014 Links

January 25, 2014

It’s been a busy month, both in the news and in the world. Here’s a few things I’ve almost had time to read.

 

Nuclear and Disaster

“Almost Everything in Dr. Strangelove Was True,” Eric Schlosser, The New Yorker.

The DSM-5 is the worst.

So are polar vortexes.

The state of emergency in West Virginia and its long term effects.

Literary destruction.

XKCD on the weather.

 

The NSA

NSA has a backdoor into your computer and to your iPhone.

Everything we know the NSA can do.

 

21st Century and beyond.

Sixty words.

Net neutrality.

Future timeline.

Climate apartheid.

 

Miscellaneous

Amiri Baraka will be missed.

History of American utopias podcast.

Bruce Robbins on the MLA Israel debate.

John McGowan has some questions about David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest.

It’s up to the Millennials now.

A reason to switch your major: there’s no jobs for scientists.

David Remnack’s time with President Barack Obama.

No more poverty?

Matthew Barney’s new film, River of Fundament.


Further Adventures in Nuclear Incompetence

January 23, 2014

It is being widely reported today that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel “has ordered a full review of the Pentagon’s nuclear mission — the second in six years — in response to the alleged cheating and drug rings inside the Air Force’s ballistic missile units.”


Headed to MLA

January 9, 2014

I am headed to Chicago to attend the 2014 Modern Language Association Convention. I’m looking forward to a fun and stimulating time, and am especially excited for a panel on Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge (2013).


Spring Semester 2014

January 5, 2014

In two days I start a new semester teaching three classes I am very much looking forward to at the University of Pittsburgh: Reading Poetry (ENGLIT 0315), Narrative and Technology (ENGLIT 0399), and Introduction to Critical Reading (ENGLIT 0500). The links on the last two classes take you to the class blogs. I am especially excited for Introduction to Critical Reading, as I will be teaching Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) for the first time. “A screaming comes across the sky.” I cannot wait.


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