To put off grading for a little while longer, here are a handful of links.
Nuclear and Disaster
Sir Martin Rees, “Can We Prevent the End of the World?”
Charlie Savage and James Risen, “Senate Rejects Claim on Hunt for Bin Laden.”
Alexis C. Madrigal, “What It’s Like to Work for Donald Rumsfeld.”
Jacob Silverman, “Is Charles Johnson a Digital Darth Vader?”
Literature, Theory, and Culture
Lee Konstantinou, “William Gibson’s Breakfast Burrito,” a review of William Gibson’s The Peripheral (New York: Putnam, 2014).
Jason Read, “Of Labor and Human Bondage: Spinoza, Marx, and the ‘Willing Slave’ of Capitalism,” a review of Frédéric Lordon’s Willing Slaves of Capital: Marx and Spinoza on Desire (New York: Verso, 2014).
Humanities and Higher Education
Audrey Waters, “Teacher Wars and Teaching Machines,” a review of Dana Goldstein, The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession (New York: Doubleday, 2014).
Teddy Wayne, “I’m an English Professor. In a Movie.”
And Alexis C. Madrigal, “The Next Time Someone Says the Internet Killed Reading Books, Show Them This Chart.”