A poem, “Architects and Their Books,” was posted recently on Verse‘s blog. The poem is an excerpt from a forthcoming portfolio, “The Shape of Things,” which was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize and will be forthcoming in print later this year in Verse.
In the fourth issue of the new journal, C21: Journal of 21st-Century Writings, Mark West has written a nicely positive review of David Foster Wallace and “The Long Thing”: New Essays on the Novels (2014), edited by Marshall Boswell, in which I have an essay, “‘Then Out of the Rubble’: David Foster Wallace’s Early Fiction.” West also reviews Gesturing Towards Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy (2014), edited by Robert K. Bolger and Scott Korb (somewhat less positively).
I just published “An Interview with Jonathan Arac” in the most recent issue of boundary 2. I am honored to have had the chance to interview Arac, who has been such a important mentor to me in so many ways. An even further honor is having the interview appear in an issue with work by Tom Eyers, David Golumbia, McKenzie Wark, and others, along with Bruce Robbins’s interview of Orhan Pamuk and Jeffrey J. Williams’s interview of Wai Chee Dimock. What a fantastic issue.
It has been a very busy past few months, and my links have suffered. But spring break has provided some lovely, unencumbered time, so here are many, many links (futilely) attempting to catch up with what’s been happening in the world. (In the interest of space, I’ve also passed over some of the more visible recent stories.)
Nuclear and Environmental
Paul Krugman, “Republicans’ Climate Change Denial Denial.”
Adrienne LaFrance, “The Chilling Regularity of Mass Extinctions.”
Isabelle Stengers, In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism.
Alex Trembath, “Are You and Upwinger or a Downwinger?”
McKenzie Wark, “Creators of the World Unite,” review of Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, by Cory Doctorow.
Robinson Meyer, “The Decay of Twitter.”
Nicole Dewandre, “The Human Condition and the Black Box Society,” review of The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information, by Frank Pasquale.
Will Partin, “When a Videogame World Ends.”
Samantha Hunt, “A Brief History of Books That Do Not Exist.”
Alexander Provan, “The Last Platform.”
Bradford Bailey, “Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise (1963-67).”
James Fallows, “On the Impossibility of Fighting ISIL.”
Paul Mason, “The End of Capitalism Has Begun.”
Graeme Wood, “What ISIS Really Wants.”
Etienne Balibar, “In War.”
Jeffrey Fleishman, “‘Poetry is a witness’ to Suffering Wrought by Syria’s Civil War.”
Neel Ahuja, “Still Ahead Somehow,” review of The Security Archipelago: Human-Security States, Sexuality Politics, and the End of Neoliberalism, by Paul Amar.
Literature and Culture
Charles Simic, “Age of Ignorance.”
David Simpson, “Terror Talk and Political Management.”
Matthew Mullins, “Are We Postcritical?” review of The Limits of Critique, by Rita Felski.
Fred Moten, “On Marjorie Perloff.”
Tameka Cage Connely, “Try Me: Beneath the Art of Terrance Hayes.”
Joshua Mostafa, “The View from Nowhere,” review of Forget English! Orientalisms and World Literatures, by Aamir R. Mufti, and Born Translated, by Rebecca L. Walkowitz .
David Palumbo-Liu interviews Amitav Ghosh, “The Opium Wars, Neoliberalism, and the Anthropocene.”
October no. 155, “A Questionnaire on Materialisms.”
John Freeman, “Ben Lerner Is Apprehensive.”
Sadie Stein, “Ben Lerner on The Lichtenberg Figures.”
Kate Kellaway, “Claudia Rankine.”
Edward Mendelson, “Obama as Literary Critic.”
Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young, “The Program Era and the Mainly White Room.”
Colin Dayan, “Throw Away Your Mind.”
Sam Kriss, “Abandon the Future.”
Zachary Loeb, “The Ground Beneath the Screens,” review of A Geology of Media and The Anthrobscene, by Jussi Parikka.
Duncan Thomas, “The Politics of Art: An Interview with Jacques Rancière.”
Virginia Jackson, “The Function of Criticism at the Present Time.”
Adrian Parr, “What Is Becoming of Delezue?”
Dinah Lenney and Arne De Boever Interview Christopher Schaberg and Ian Bogost, “Here Comes Everything.”
Nicola Masciandaro, “Wings Flock to My Crypt, I Fly to My Throne.”
Zak Bronson, “Living in the Wreckage,” review of Salvage: Amid This Stony Rubbish, no. 1.
Heather Scott Partington, “Life-in-progress,” review of Submission, by Michel Houellebecq.
Spencer Kornhaber, “The Rapper of Refugees: What’s M.I.A.’s ‘Borders’ Video Really About.”
Adam Fleming Petty, “The Spatial Poetics of Nintendo: Architecture, Dennis Cooper, and Video Games.”
Michah McCrary, “Many Layers, Many Guises: An Interview with Sven Birkerts.”
Aaron Shulman, interview with Robert Coover.
John Baskin, “Death Is Not the End.”
D. T. Max, “Beyond Infinite Jest.”
Tammy Oler, “Oh, the Humanity,” review of Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy.
Paul Kincaid, “The Destruction of Genre,” review of Slade House, by David Mitchell.
Elizabeth G. Dunn, “The Myth of ‘Easy’ Cooking.”
Ester Bloom, “How ‘Treat Yourself’ Became a Capitalist Command.”
Fandor Keyframe, “What Is ‘Lynchian’?”
Richard Jean So and Andrew Piper, “How Has the MFA Changed the Contemporary Novel?”
Cathy Day, “My Critique of a Critique of MFA Programs.”
Robin James, “Hello from the Same Side.”
Aaron Bady, “Our Star Wars Holiday Special.”
Sam Kriss, “Smash the Force.”
Julia Johanne Tolo, “Margaret Atwood Is Writing a Superhero Comic Book.”
Michael Maizels and Patrick Jagoda, The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer.
Nathan Reese, “An Exhibition That Proves Videogames Can Be Art.”
Mike Sterry, “The Totalitarian Buddhist Who Beat Sim City.”
A. Will Brown, “Matthew Barney: River of Fundament.”
Meghan Tifft, “An Introverted Writer’s Lament.”
Emily Carlson, Symphony No. 2.
Tracy K. Smith, “Don’t You Wonder, Sometimes?”
Ashley Hutson, “Lit Mag Committed to Social Change is Intense, Provocative, and Simply Good Reading,” review of Asterix (Fall 2015).
Rose Eveleth, “Imagination Battles: What Will the Future Look Like?” review of Speculations (The Future Is ___), edited by Sarah Resnick.
And Kobe Bryant, “Dear Basketball.”
Humanities and Higher Education
Andrew Hoberek, “Why I Continue to Support Melissa Click.”
Goldie Blumenstyk, “As Big-Data Companies Come to Teaching, a Pioneer Issues a Warning.”
Colleen Flaherty, “Academics Get Real,” on #realacademicbios.
Rani Neutill, “My Trigger Warning Disaster.”
And Claire Vaye Watkins, Derek Palacio, and Anni McGreevy, “Academic-Job Listings for My Exes.”
Raymar Hampshire, “Why I Left: Pittsburgh Has an Expiration Date.”
I’m eager to begin another semester at the University of Pittsburgh. This spring I am teaching three classes: Seminar in Composition (ENGCMP 0200), Reading Poetry (ENGLIT 0315), and Introduction to Critical Reading (ENGLIT 0500). I have taught all three courses before and enjoy each one. Seminar in Composition is a newly redesigned course on the campus novel and the syllabus can be found on my Academia.edu page. I’d be happy to send along the syllabi for the other classes to interested parties, which tweak previous versions. (Among other texts, I’m eager to return to Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves  in Introduction to Critical Reading, and quite excited to read Claudia Rankine’s Citizen  in Reading Poetry). I have again decided not to do any class blogs this semester. For the blogs of previous classes, see the category “Teaching” to the right.