I am sad to say that Tomaž Šalamun (1941-2014), one of my most important teachers, has passed away. I have written a short remembrance of him that either will appear here or in some other form.
Christopher Merrill, “Remembering Tomaž Šalamun.”
Andrew Epstein, “Tomaž Šalamun (1941-2014) and the New York School.”
And though I can’t read Slovenian, there is much here, including video of a television report.
Environment and Disaster
Alyssa Battistoni, “Nature’s Metropolis.”
Sam Gindin, “When History Knocks.”
Nick Bostrom, “You Should Be Terrified of Superintelligent Machines.”
David Harvey and Leo Panitch, “Beyond Impossible Reform and Improbably Revolution.”
National Security State
Margo Schlanger, “Infiltrate the NSA.”
Matt Taibbi, “The NYPD’s ‘Work Stoppage’ Is Surreal.”
Literature and Culture
A. O. Scott, “Is Our Art Equal to the Challenge of Our Times?”
Michael Gould-Wartofsky, “When Rioting Is Rational.”
Joshua Zelesnick, “The New Civil Rights Movement.”
Jonathan Sturgeon, “2014: The Death of the Postmodern Novel and the Rise of Autofiction.”
Victoria Dailey, “Descartes, Dick, and the Dog: Pierre Huyghe at LACMA.”
Alexander R. Galloway, review of The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism, by Steven Shaviro.
Bryan Doerries, review of Why Homer Matters, by Adam Nicholson.
Eric Swain, “This Year in Video Game Blogging: 2014.”