Life has been quite busy, so I don’t even have that big of a backlog of links, but there’s been some interesting things afoot and I’m way behind on some of this stuff. So, without further ado. . . .
The trailer to Paul Thomas Anderson’s forthcoming adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice (2009) should be required viewing:
Environment and the Future
The sixth extinction event . . . Damian Carrington, “Earth Has Lost Half of Its Wildlife in the Past 40 Years, Says WWF.” !!!
Ian Bogost, “Future Ennui.”
Andrew Jacobs, “Chinese Web Censors Struggle with Hong Kong Protest.”
Literature and Culture
Joyce Carol Oates, “The Death Factory: Martin Amis’s The Zone of Interest.”
Zachary Loeb, “All Hitherto Existing Media,” a review of Christian Fuchs, Social Media: A Critical Introduction.
Vauhini Vara, “Ello’s Anti-Facebook Movement.”
Jay Caspian King, “ISIS’s Call of Duty.”
Michael Agger, “The Minecraft Parent.”
Jillian Steinhauer, “Why Artworks Are Like People.”
Peter Frase, “In Defense of Gamers.”
And this is about the most adorable/punk rock thing ever: a fifth grader on The Dead Kennedys.
Humanities and Higher Education
Rebeccas Schuman generates some controversy with “Why Your Cousin with a PhD Is a Basket Case.” Because, as I posted a while ago, Amanda Ann Klein already basically wrote this (part 1 and part 2) at Judgmental Observer.
David Francis Mihalyfy, “Higher Education’s Aristocrats.”
Danny Dorling, “Tuition Fees: A Bonanza for the 1%.”
Jon Wu, “A Generic College Paper.”