A Couple More September Links (Spoiler, the US Still Has Nukes in Europe)

September 18, 2014

Leigh Phillips, “Four European States Host US Nuclear Bombs, WikiLeaks Reveals.”

Gregory Fried, “The King Is Dead: Heidegger’s ‘Black Notebooks.'”

Cory Doctorow, “Stephen Harper Sells Canada: China Can Secretly Sue to Repeal Canadian Laws.”

boundary 2 has made available Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht’s “The Future of Reading? Memories and Thoughts toward a Genealogical Approach.”

Maya Rhodan, “Nearly 5 Million Google Passwords Leaked to Russian Site.”

Simon Parkin, “Zoe Quinn’s Depression Quest.”

Podcast: Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey.

And Carolyn Kellogg on Alison Bechdel and Terrance Hayes receiving MacArthur Fellowships.

Many September Links

September 17, 2014

As predicted, I have been quite busy indeed and have not had a chance to post anything over the past couple of weeks. A bunch of fascinating stuff has been happening, a bunch of interesting books are coming out, etc., so I’m sad that I’ve been remiss in my duties. Hopefully this large batch of links will make up for that.


Apocalypse and After

George Dvorsky, “Have Humans Already Conquered the Threat of Extinction?”

Or not. Graham Turner and Cathy Alexander, “Limits to Growth Was Right: New Research Shows We’re Nearing Collapse.”

One of the first reviews of Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.

Jessica Corbett and Ethan Corey, “5 Crucial Lessons for the Left from Naomi Klein’s New Book.”

Eric Holthaus, “New Study Links Polar Vortex to Climate Change.”

Eugene Thacker on Radiolab.

And who knows where to put this one: Alison Flood, “Margaret Atwood’s New Work Will Remain Unseen for a Century.”



Matt Frassica, “The Revolution Has Been Digitized.” The digitization of the modernist “little magazine.”

Randy Kennedy, “Digitizing Warhol’s Film Trove to Save It.”

Glen Fleishman, “An Algorithm to Figure Out Your Gender.”

Patricia Hernandez, “Meet the Guy Who Spent Seven Months Killing Everyone in Fallout 3.”

Tatiana Danger, “Drone Discovers Abandoned Renaissance Faire Deep in Virginia Woods.” (I’d been wondering where I misplaced my Renaissance faire.)

Nicholas Carr, “The Manipulators: Facebook’s Social Engineering Project.”

History and Economics

Hector Tobar reviews The Half Has Never Been Told.

Tim Cassidey, “Historians Who Look Too Much.”



Masha Gessen, “The Dying Russians.”

Slavoj Žižek, “ISIS Is a Disgrace to True Fundamentalism.”

Michael Muhammad Knight, “I Understand Why Westerners Are Joining Jihadi Movements Like ISIS. I Was Almost One of Them.”

The Atlantic has a bunch of striking pictures in “Afghanistan: The Long Withdrawal.”


Literature and Culture

“Pittsburgh Poet Terrance Hayes Named MacArthur Fellow.”

Jonathan Arac, The American Jeremiad after Thirty-Five Years.”

And indeed, Common-Place 14, no. 4, has a whole roundtable on Sacvan Bercovitch‘s American Jeremiad.

Andrew Culp, “From the Decision to the Digital,” a review of Alexander R. Galloway’s new book, Laruelle: Against the Digital.

Alex Ross, “The Naysayers: Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and the Critique of Pop Culture.”

James Wood, “Soul Cycle,” a review of David Mitchell’s Bone Clocks.

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviews William T. Vollmann.

An interview with Ben Lerner at The Believer.

Alexander Norcia reviews Ben Lerner’s 10:04.

Dwight Garner reviews 10:04 in “With Storms Outside, Inner Conflicts Swirl.”

Another 10:04 review: Christian Lornetzen, “Back to the Present.”

And another. Joe Fassler, “Envision the Novel Like a Museum.”

Tiffany Gibert reviews Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven.

On the scourge of “creativity”: Joshua Rothman, “Creativity Creep.”

Thomas Pynchon’s edits to his Simpsons script.

Chris Rodley, “Post-structuralism Explained with Hipster Beards.”

Matt Uford, “People vs. the NFL.”

Adam Atkinson and my colleague at Pitt, Dawn Lundy Martin, both have poems in issue 45 of Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics in its “NSFW” special issue, edited by the incomparable Lara Glenum.

My friend Rachel Nagelberg has work in issue 5 of Impossible Voice.

My friend David Letzler has a new essay in Hypermedia Joyce Studies: “Redundancy, Modernism, and Readers’ Expectations: An Experiment in Joyce Prediction.”


The Gaming Controversy

TNI Syllabus: Gaming and Feminism.”

Ian Williams, “Death to the Gamer.”

David Auerbach, “Gaming Journalism Is Over.”

Patrick Miller, “Why I’m not a ‘Gamer.'”

Daniel Carlson, “The Insidious Rise of the Blockbuster Videogame.”

Peter Frase, “Gamer’s Revanche.”

And a roundup of the explosive month in videogames.


(Digital) Humanities and Higher Education

Brian Lennon, “The Eversion of the Digital Humanities.” A review of The Emergence of Digital Humanities by Steven E. Jones.

Lee Skallerup Bessette, “This Is Not an Essay.”

Malcolm Harris, “Not for Teacher,” a review of Dana Goldstein’s The Teacher Wars.

Debra Leigh Scott, “How Higher Education in the US Was Destroyed in Five Basic Steps.”

Jeffrey L. Butler, “The Two Cultures of Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century and Their Impact on Academic Freedom.”

Former Pitt teacher Cathy Day, “The Magic Building Where English Majors Work: Making Sense of Creative Writing’s Job Problem.”

Christy Thornton, “Students at the Barricades.”

Amanda Ann Klein, “Understanding Your Academic Friend: Job Market Edition, Part II.”

Mark Follman, “Idaho Professor Accidentally Shoots Himself While Teaching Class.”

And Mallory Ortberg, “Every Type of Email College Students Send to Their Professors.”

End of August Links

August 31, 2014

Environment and Apocalypse

Hamilton Nolan, “Doom Draws Nearer.”

Daniel Cech, “How the Apocalypse Would Happen if Heaven Were a Small Nonprofit.”

Robert O. Self, “Cataclysm in Suburbia: The Dark, Twisted History of America’s Oil-Addicted Middle Class.”

Emma Hansen, “From Nuclear Bombs to Killer Robots: How Amoral Technologies Become Immoral Weapons.”



Annalee Newitz, “The First College in the US to Open without any Books in its Library.”

Bill Chappell, “Bookless Public Library Opens in Texas.”

Ben Jurney, “2014: A Facebook Odyssey.”

Robinson Meyer, “There Still Isn’t One Good Way to Represent the Internet in Art.”

Becky Sullivan, “For The First Time, Real Tattoos Make Their Madden Debut.”

Danielle Kurtzleben, “How Facebook is Clearing Clickbait from Your News Feed.”

The Eternal September of the No Laptop Policy.

And Adam Gopnik, “Does It Help to Know History?”



French Government Dissolved Over Economic Policy.



Nicki Lisa Cole, “The Ferguson Syllabus.”

Jelani Cobb, “Bullets and Ballots.”

Christian Parenti, “Reading Hamilton from the Left.”


Literature and Culture

Maggie Nelson review Ben Lerner’s 10:04 in “Slipping the Surly Bonds of Earth: On Ben Lerner’s Latest.”

Steven Shaviro reviews Peter Watts’s Echopraxia in “Ferociously Intellectual Pulp Writing.”

My friend Carolyn Kellogg reviews David Mitchell’s Bone Clocks.

Michiko Kakutani review David Mitchell’s Bone Clocks in “A Lifetime Watching the World Devolve.”

Sean J. Kelly, “Adventures in Reading the American Novel.”

Diana Clarke on Bill Morris’s Motor City Burning: “The Idea of Detroit.”

Maria Popova, “Maurice Sendak’s Rare, Sensual Illustrations for Herman Melville’s Greatest Commercial Failure and Most Personally Beloved Book.”

Michael Finkel, “The Strange and Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit.”

William S. Burroughs Sends Anti-Fan Letter to In Cold Blood Author Truman Capote: “You Have Sold Out Your Talent.”

Imaginaries of the Future: Historicizing the Present.

The death of the “gamer.”

Sage Ashford annotates Multiversity, no. 1.

And an eleven year old and his father recreate scenes from Infinite Jest in Legos.


Humanities and Higher Education

Understanding Your Academic Friend: Job Market Edition.

Corey Robin, “What Would Mary Beard Do? Bonnie Honig on How a Different Chancellor Might Respond to the Salaita Affair.”

Brock Read, “Who’s Getting the Tenure Track Jobs? It’s Time to Find Out.”

Mitch Daniels, former Governor of Indiana and current president of Purdue University, is teaching a class this fall. Steven Stofferahn asks, “What Value in Prof. Daniels’s Class at Purdue?” The same Mitch Daniels who just wanted to prevent kids from reading Howard Zinn.

Well now. Catherine Stukel, “Is That Whining Adjunct Someone We Want Teaching Our Young” and “Teaching Cadence.”

And Adam Heiderbrink-Bruno, “Syllabus as Manifesto: A Critical Approach to Classroom Culture.”

More from Ferguson, the Earth Is Doomed in 2880, and Other Links

August 21, 2014

Nuclear and Environmental

Nick Blackborn, “How to Hide a Nuclear Missile.”

Paul Rogers, “California Drought: 17 Communities Could Run Out of Water in 60 to 120 Days, State Says.”

Seth Borenstein, “Recent Glacial Melt Mostly Caused By Man-Made Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Study Finds.”

Jeff Spross, “Meet the First Pacific Island Town to Relocate Thanks to Climate Change.”

Katie Valentine, “The Longest River in the US Is Being Altered by Climate Change.”

Isobel Markham, “Huge Asteroid Set to Wipe Out Life on Earth — in 2880.”



Bob Herbert, “The Fire This Time.”

Gail Sullivan, “How Facebook and Twitter Control What You See about Ferguson.”

“Ferguson Unrest: Egypt Urges US to Show Restraint.”

Nathaniel Downes, “Ferguson Police Busted: Attempt to Defame Shooting Victim Blows Up in Their Face.”

Jamelle Bouie, “Why the Fires in Ferguson Won’t End Soon.”

Jelani Cobb, “A Movement Grows in Ferguson.”

Lanre Akinsiku, “The Price of Blackness.”

Benjamin Wallace-Wells, “The Summer of 2014 and the Return of the Politics of Racism.”

Matthew Yglesias, “Police Are Operating with Total Impunity in Ferguson.”

“Mapping the Spread of the US Military’s Surplus Gear.”

Ashley Yates, “#Ferguson.”



Annysa Johnson and Nina Barton, “Islamic Militants Execute Journalist, MU Grad James Foley.”


Politics and Economics

Bonnie Honig’s “Three Models of Emergency Politics” has been made available by boundary 2.

Rob Horning, “Liquid Authenticity.”



Manuel Abreu, “Incalculable Loss.” “The algorithms that make up Big Data distribute complicity for death across the populations they surveil.”



An interview with Nick Bostrom.


Literature and Culture

Noah Berlasky, “Building a Better Panopticon,” a review of Linda Williams’s book on The Wire (2002-2008).

Some interesting things going on at the University of Arizona, my alma mater: “Transgender Studies Today: An Interview with Susan Stryker.”

Nate Lavey and Jay Kang, “Object of Interest: The Vocoder.”

And an interview with my friend Dave Keaton: “Hey, Why’d You Do That David James Keaton?”


Humanities and Higher Education

America’s coming student loan apocalypse. (I guess anything can be an apocalypse these days.)

Graeme Wood, “The Future of College?” (Ugh.)

“The Adjunct Crisis: A Reading List.”

Ferguson and Other Links

August 19, 2014


The running blog from Fergusons latest: Ben Mathis-Lilley and Elliot Hannon, “Officer Who Stopped Michael Brown Did Not Know He Was a Robbery Suspect.”

Photos from Ferguson.

Robert Stephens II, “In Defense of the Ferguson Riots.”

An open letter from David Simon.

Rembert Browne, “The Front Lines of Ferguson.”

“This Time, For Once, What It Is, It Is.”

Daniel Politti, “After a Day of Calm, Ferguson Reignites: Looting, Clashes with Police and Tear Gas.”

Jack Mirkinson, “Police Threaten to Shoot, Mace Reporters in Ferguson.”

Dylan Scott, “Mayor Defends Police: I Can’t Second-Guess These Officers.”

Jamelle Bouie, “The Militarization of the Police.”

The militarization of US Police.

Sahil Kapur, “House Democrat Unveils Bill to Demilitarize Local Police.”

Rand Paul, “We Must Demilitarize the Police.”

“There’s a Police Coup Going on Right Now in Ferguson, MO.”

Matthew Yglesias, “Enough is Enough in Ferguson.”

Mychal Denzel Smith, “The Death of Michael Brown and the Search for Justice in Black America.”

LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, “Policing the Police.”

Joe Coscorelli, “Obama Treads Lightly, Again, on Ferguson: ‘Listen and Heal,’ Don’t ‘Holler and Shout.'”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, “The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race.”

And a must see: John Oliver on Ferguson.


Nuclear and Environment

Laura Bliss, “Atomic Tests Were a Tourist Draw in 1950s Las Vegas.”

Anya Litvak, “Pennsylvania Gas Production Hits Another Peak.”



Helene Cooper and Michael D. Shear, “Militants’ Siege on Mountain in Iraq is Over, Pentagon Says.”



Neil Johnson, “The High-Tech Arms Race That’s Causing Stock Market ‘Tsunamis.'”

Alan J. Lichtman, “Who Rules America?”



Caleb Garling, “Tricking Facebook’s Algorithm.”


Literature and Culture

Mike Miley is going through David Foster Wallace’s archive, reading all the notes Wallace wrote in books.

Grant Morrison’s Multiversity debuts tomorrow! I’ve been chomping at the bit for this one. And the “map” of the multiverse is gorgeous.

Daniel Coluccielo Barber reviews Lessons in Secular Criticism by Stathis Gourgouris at the LARB.

Nathaniel Rich, “The Mystery of Murakami.”

Rebecca Mead, “The Pleasure of Reading to Impress Yourself.”

Steve Almond, “John Oliver Won’t Be Your Therapist: How He Torpedoed the Reassuring Tropes of Fake News.”

Manohla Dargis reviews The Giver in “If You Want to Remember, You Have to Ask the Old Guy.”

Laura Miller, “Portrait of a Self-Published Author: Drac Van Stoller’s Invisible Literary Empire.”

Zach Friedman, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

More on Robin Williams. Chris Gethard, “The Art of the Obituary.” Alex Pappademas, “Knight Takes King: Remembering Robin Williams, 1951-2014.” Andrew SoClomon, “Suicide, a Crime of Loneliness.” Anthony Lane, “Postscript: Robin Williams, 1951-2014.”

And Gabino Iglesias has an interview with my friend David James Keaton.


Humanities and Higher Education

Ian Bogost, “Academic Paydom: Tactical Lessons from the Steven Salaita Situation.”

Paul Bové, “Steven Salaita–My Letter to the Chancellor.”

An open letter from untenured faculty to Chancellor Wise of UIUC.

Getting some push back: Nicholas Kristof, “Don’t Dismiss the Humanities.”

Colleen Flaherty, “Pulling Rank: Is Northeastern Denying Professors Tenure to Improve Its National Rankings?”

William Deresiewicz, “Spirit Guides,” on the things that teachers can provide that parents can’t.

Robert J. McKee, “The Age(ism) of Diversity.”

On the Death of Robin Williams and Other Links

August 13, 2014

Nuclear and Environment

Sarah Stillman, “Hiroshima and the Inheritance of Trauma.”

McKenzie Wark, “Critical Theory After the Anthropocene.”



Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley, “Ebola and the Fiction of Quarantine.”

Leigh Phillips, “The Political Economy of Ebola.” “Ebola won’t be solved, because it isn’t profitable to do so.”



Mat Honan, “I Like Everything on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me.”

Six films by Andrei Tarkovsky are now available for free online.

More in The New Yorker making its archive available. “Television in The New Yorker.”


Literature and Culture

Tom Gallagher reviews The Last Magazine by Michael Hastings.

Maureen Corrigan reviews Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher.

George R. R. Martin says that people have already predicted the ending of A Song of Fire and Ice. So why bother?

Its been a sad week in entertainment that saw the loss of both Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. Williams suicide in particular has resonated with a great number of people. So. Some links. On Williams. Alana Horowitz, “Robin Williams Dead: Beloved Actor Dies in Apparent Suicide.” Jeremy Egner, “Remembering Robin Williams.” A. O. Scott, “Robin Williams, an Improvisational Genius, Forever Present in the Moment.” James Hamblin, “Robin Williams Lived Intensely.” Megan Garber, “The Robin Williams Way of Stardom.” David Weigel, “Calling All Sad Clowns.” And on Bacall. Dana Stevens, “The Designing Woman.” Isabel Wilkinson, “Lauren Bacall Could Teach You a Thing or Two About Style.” Sophie Gilbert, “Lauren Bacall: Never Outshone.”

And Olga Khazan, “Why Names Are So Easy to Forget.” I am so guilty of this.


Higher Education

Brad Wolverton, “How the O’Bannon Ruling Could Change College Sports.”

Charles P. Pierce, “The NCAA Is a Wreck Now.”

Dennis Hayes, “Let’s Stop Trying To Teach Critical Thinking.” Hayes could benefit from a bit of critical thinking himself (along with taking a freshman writing class . . .), as unsupported and unjustified overgeneralizations abound.

I’m Finally on Twitter! (and Other Links)

August 11, 2014

I’ve finally given in and created a Twitter account. You can follow me @BradleyFest.


In other news.


The diary of Mike Kirby, who worked with atomic weapons for years.


Iraq and International

“To the defense of Erbil: this was the main cause that drew President Obama back to combat in Iraq last week, two and a half years after he fulfilled a campaign pledge and pulled the last troops out” (Steve Coll, “Oil and Erbil”).

Rod Nordland and Helene Cooper, “Capitalizing on US Bombing, Kurds Retake Iraqi Towns.”

Conor Friedersdorf, “President Obama Risks Misleading Us Into War.”

Michael Tomasky, “Why Liberals Should Back Iraq Intervention.” Hmm.

On Putin’s current stance toward the US: David Remnick, “Watching the Eclipse.”

And boundary 2 has just made this fascinating article from their newest issue available: “Democracy: An Unfinished Project” by Susan Buck-Morss.


Literature and Culture

Steven Heller, “Writing the Book on Reinventing the Book.”

Caleb Garling, “Tricking Facebook’s Algorithm.”

Mark O’Connel, “Why Tweet About Your Novel?”

How the centers of Western culture migrated over two-thousand years.

And Arcade Fire covers part of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”


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