I am happy to announce that my second volume of poetry, The Shape of Things, will be published this summer by Salò Press. More details to come.
Nuclear and Environment
Stephen Hawking, “This Is the Most Dangerous Time for Our Planet.”
Andrew Bast, “Unpredictable,” review of Nuclear Politics: The Strategic Causes of Nuclear Proliferation, by By Nuno P. Monteiro and Alexandre Debs.
Madeline Conway, “Trump Threatens to Upend US Nuclear Weapons Policy.”
Robinson Meyer, “Human Extinction Isn’t That Unlikely.”
John F. Harris and Brian Bender, “Bill Perry Is Terrified. Why Aren’t You?”
And Pieter Lemmens and Yuk Hui, “Apocalypse, Now! Peter Sloterdijk and Bernard Stiegler on the Anthropocene.”
Ta-NehisiCoates, “My President Was Black.”
Barack Obama, “Last Letter to the American People.”
Cornel West, “Pity the Sad Legacy of Barack Obama.”
And Michiko Kakutani, “Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books.”
Zadie Smith, “On Optimism and Despair.”
The Editorial Board of The New York Times, “No Experience, No Problem.”
Masha Gessen, “Russia, Trump, and Flawed Intelligence.”
“Aftermath: Sixteen Writers on Trump’s America,” including Toni Morrison, Junot Díaz, and others.
Jonathan Lethem, “Diary.”
George Monbiot, “Frightened by Donald Trump? You Don’t Know the Half of It.”
Colleen Flaherty, “Values for the Trump Era.”
Slavoj Žižek, “Donald Trump’s Topsy-Turvy World.”
Lorraine Berry, “Umberto Eco on Donald Trump: 14 Ways of Looking at a Fascist.”
Jedediah Purdy, “What I Had Lost Was a Country.”
Paul Krugman, “Seduced and Betrayed by Donald Trump.”
Dan Sinykin, “Hannukkah and the Apocalypse.”
Robert Zaretsky, “Lost in Trumpslation: An Interview with Bérengère Viennot.”
Michael Grunwald, “The Victory of ‘No.'”
Andrew Reynolds, “North Carolina Is No Longer Classified as a Democracy.”
Emad Mirmotahari, “A Letter to Muslims and Jews.”
The New Inquiry annotates a letter to The New York Times staff.
Amy Siskind’s list of subtle changes.
Pussy Riot, “Make America Great Again.”
And River Clegg, “Rant.”
National Security State
Anthony Lowenstein, “Hijack: The CIA and Literary Culture.”
Rob Horning, “The End Is Always Near,” review of Four Futures: Life after Capitalism, by Peter Frase.
Pat Hudson and Keith Tribe, eds., The Contradictions of Capital in the Twenty-First Century: The Piketty Opportunity.
And Larry Elliott, “World’s Eight Richest People Have Same Wealth as Poorest 50%.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Now Is the Time to Talk about What We Are Actually Talking About.”
Ideas with Paul Kennedy, “The Dangerous Game: Gamergate and the ‘Alt-Right.'”
UpFront, “Slavoj Žižek on ‘Clash of Civilizations.'” (A quite incisive takedown of Žižek on the refugee crisis.)
David Foster Wallace Research Group, “Bibliography of Secondary Literature.” (I’m in there twice! though I also have a short review essay that isn’t included.) Also, there is now a David Foster Wallace Society.
Richard Montgomery, “On UCSC’s Outrageous Mass Destruction of Books.”
Leigh Alexander, “2016: The Year the Internet Became Real.”
Noel Kirkpatrick, “A River of Books Floods a Busy Toronto Street.”
Michael Enright, “Why We Still Need Public Libraries in the Digital Age.”
Leif Weatherby, “The Cybernetic Humanities.”
Thomas Rid and Ben Buchanan, “Attributing Cyber Attacks.”
Criticism and Theory
John Doran, “Capitalist Realism Author Mark Fisher Dies.”
Fredric Jameson, “Badiou and the French Tradition.”
Arne de Boever, ed., “Bernard Stiegler: Amateur Philosophy,” special issue, boundary 2, with essays by Tom Cohen, Claire Colebrook, Alexander R. Galloway and Jason R. LaRivière, Mark B. N. Hansen, and many others. (de Boever’s introduction here.)
Patrick Jagoda, “Videogame Criticism and Games in the Twenty-First Century.”
Andrew Hageman, Timothy Morton, and Jeff VanderMeer, “A Conversation Between Timothy Morton and Jeff VanderMeer.”
Lisa Ruddick, “When Nothing Is Cool.”
Marc Parry, “What’s Wrong with Literary Studies.”
Terry Eagleton, “Structurally Unsound.”
Adam Soboczynski and Alexander Cammann, “Heidegger and Anti-Semitism Yet Again: The Correspondence Between the Philosopher and His Brother Fritz Heidegger Exposed.”
Aku Ammah-Tagoe, Christopher Patrick Miller, and Mande Zecca, “Letters from ‘The Contemporary.'”
Literature and Culture
Robert Minto, “A Smuggling Operation: John Berger’s Theory of Art.”
William Deresiewicz, “In Defense of Facts,” review of The Making of the American Essay, The Lost Origins of the Essay, and The Next American Essay, edited by John D’Agata.
Being Human, Dan Kubis, “Interview with Michael Chabon.”
Julie Marie Wade, “The Rumpus Interview with Dawn Lundy Martin.”
Sasha Chapin, “The David Foster Wallace Disease.”
Aaron Bady, “Westworld, Race, and the Western.”
Joanna Radin, “Where Nothing Can Possibly Go Worng.”
Dan Hassler-Forest, “Politicizing Star Wars: Anti-Fascism vs. Nostalgia in Rogue One.”
Kate Aronoff, “Star Wars Goes to the Countryside.”
Morgan Leigh Davies, “Art in the Age of Masculinist Hollywood: Damien Chazelle’s La La Land.”
Ian Bogost, “Nintendo’s Sad Struggle for Survival.”
Lana Polansky, “Towards an Art History for Videogames.”
Eric Swain, “The Year in Videogame Blogging.”
Geoff Shullenberger, “The Socialist Singularity.”
Min Hyoung Song, “Monsters Come Home: On Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress.”
Zero Books, “Michel Houellebecq and The Liar’s Paradox.”
Jeannie Blue, review of Requiem for Hell, by Mono.
Alexander Provan, “Unknown Makers.”
Paul Celan, “From ‘Microliths,'” trans. Pierre Joris.
Rachel Nagelberg, “Two Poems.”
Humanities and Higher Education
Jayne Anne Phillips, “Why Teaching (Writing) Matters: A Full Confession.” In Praise (and Defense) of the MFA.
Will Schwalbe, “The Need to Read.”
Kevin Carey, “A Peek Inside the Strange World of Fake Academia.”
Nuclear and Environmental
Robin Bravender, “Trump Picks Top Climate Skeptic to Lead EPA Transition.”
Coral Davenport, “Donald Trump Could Put Climate Change on Course for ‘Danger Zone.'”
Generation Anthropocene, “An Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson.”
And Avery Thompson, “Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol.”
Masha Gessen, “Autocracy: Rules for Survival.”
George Saunders, “Who Are All These Trump Supporters?”
Jane Mayer, “Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All.”
Jeet Heer, “The GOP Is the Party of Death.”
Kenneth Goldsmith, “The Case for Plagiarism.” On Melania Trump’s RNC Speech.
R. Scott Rasnic, “Yes, It Was Plagiarism.”
Editorial Board of The Washington Post, “Donald Trump Is a Unique Threat to American Democracy.”
Laurie Penny, “American Horror Story.”
Teju Cole, “Fable.”
Lauren Berlant, “Trump, or Political Emotions.”
Clary Shirky, “There’s No Such Thing as a Protest Vote.”
Editorial Board of The New York Times, “Why Donald Trump Should Not Be President.”
This American Life, “Seriously?”
John Halle and Noam Chomsky, “An Eight Point Brief for LEV (Lesser Evil Voting).”
The New York Times, “What Happened On Election Day,” including Paul Krugman, “Our Unknown Country.”
Jerome Rothenberg, “A Poem for the Cruel Majority.”
Bernie Sanders, “Democrats Need to Wake Up.”
Slavoj Žižek, “Clinton, Trump, and the Left’s Dilemma.”
Mike Davis, “The Undead.”
Toni Morrison, “No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear.”
Editorial board of The Guardian, “A Dark Day for the World.”
Editors of The New Inquiry, “Say It with Us: FUCK.”
Teju Cole, “A Time for Refusal.”
Editors of Salvage, “Saturn Devours His Young: President Trump.”
Benjamin Kunkel, “Sweet ’16: Notes on the US Election.”
Thomas Piketty, “We Must Rethink Globalization, or Trumpism Will Prevail.”
Mike Davis, “Not a Revolution–Yet.”
John Wagner Givens, “Trump’s Victory Shows that the West is Emulating China.”
Editors of The New York Times, “The Donald Trump Interview: Full Transcript.”
Barbara Kingsolver, “Trump Changed Everything. Now Everything Counts.”
And Donald J. Trump, “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
The Movement for Black Lives, “Platform.”
The Editors of n+1, “Black Lives Matter: Further Reading and Resources.”
George Yancy and Judith Butler, “What’s Wrong With ‘All Lives Matter’?”
Laura Ciolkowski, “Rape Culture Syllabus.”
Assad Haider, “Passing for Politics.”
Kirin Wachter-Grene, “A Conversation with Ariane Cruz.”
National Security State and International
Scott Anderson, “Fractured Land: How the Arab World Came Apart.”
David Golumbia, “‘Neoliberalism’ Has Two Meanings.”
David Harvey, “Neoliberalism Is a Political Project.”
Chris Nealon, “Is There Life after Capitalism?” review of Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future, by Paul Mason.
Suzanne Helburn, “Rethinking Piketty: Critique of the Critiques” (a work in progress).
Malcolm Harris, “Lego Marx: What Is the Left Again?”
Ben Tarnoff, “Life after Capitalism,” review of Four Futures, by Peter Frase.
Dana Goodyear, “A Monument to Outlast Humanity.”
Jonathan Basile, “Putting Borges’s Infinite Library On the Internet.”
Sonia Weiser, “Should Prince’s Tweets Be in a Museum?”
Cait Etherington, “Life Behind the Stacks: The Secret Apartments of New York Libraries.”
Jentery Sayers, “Minimal Definitions.”
Nicholas Carr, “You Are Your Phone.”
Rick Seltzer, “The Librarian’s Bequest.”
Dallas Liddle, “Why I Hate the New MLA Handbook.”
And Kenneth Goldsmith, “Go Ahead: Waste Time on the Internet.”
Criticism and Theory
Nico Baumbach, Damon R. Young, and Genevieve Yue, “Revisiting Postmodernism: An Interview with Fredric Jameson.”
Nicholas Dames, “Criticism in the Twilight.”
Amy Hungerford, “On Not Reading.”
Tom LeClair, review of Making Literature Now, by Amy Hungerford.
Louis Menand, “Cultural Criticism and the Way We Live Now.”
“The Cultural Logic of Contemporary Capitalism,” special issue, Social Text.
Gerry Canavan, “Doktorvater,” review of Fredric Jameson: The Project of Dialectical Criticism, by Robert T. Tally, Jr., and Periodizing Jameson: Dialectics, the University, and the Desire for Narrative, by Phillip E. Wegner.
Terry Eagleton, “What’s Next after Postmodernism?”
Anna Kornbluh and Benjamin Morgan, “Introduction: Presentism, Form, and the Future of History.”
Bruce Robins, “On the Non-Representation of Atrocity.”
Anthony Lioi, “Accessing the Network Imaginary,” review of Network Aesthetics, by Patrick Jagoda.
Mary Pappalardo, “The Network Imaginary,” review of Network Aesthetics, by Patrick Jagoda.
J. Hillis Miller, Literature Matters.
David Golumbia, The Politics of Bitcoin: Software as Right-Wing Extremism.
Melissa Dinsman, “The Digital in the Humanities: An Interview with David Golumbia.
Jason Gladstone, Andrew Hoberek, and Daniel Worden, Postmodernism/Postwar–And After.
Kenneth Goldsmith, Uncreative Writing.
Lee Konstantinou, “The Hangman of Critique,” review of The Limits of Critique, by Rita Felski.
Fred Turner, “On Accelerationism.”
Brandon Kreitler, “Like a Poem: On Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry.”
Becca Rothfeld, “Damned Poetry: On Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry.”
Stephen M. Llano, “The Hatred of Poetry; The Hatred of Rhetoric?”
To the Best of Our Knowledge Podcast, “Critical Intimacy: An Interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak,” also with Gregory Jones-Katz.
Gregory Jones-Katz, “Deconstruction: An American Tale.”
Expanding Mind, “Canines and Cyborgs,” with Donna Haraway.
Alexander R. Galloway and Andrew Culp, “Ending the World as We Know It: An Interview with Andrew Culp.”
Alexander R. Galloway, “Is Badiou a Digital Philosopher?”
Zachary Loeb, “Mars Is Still Very Far Away,” review of Molecular Red, by McKenzie Wark.
Robert T. Tally, Jr., “Keeping Up with the Fishes,” review of Stanley Fish: America’s Enfant Terrible, by Gary A. Olson.
Richard Polt, “The Question Concerning Heidegger,” review of Heidegger: The Question of Being and History, by Jacques Derrida.
Matthew Fay, review of Cool Characters, by Lee Konstantinou.
Mark Sussman, “Looking for Judith Butler.”
Gayle Rogers, “Death by Prefix? The Paradoxical Life of Modernist Studies.”
Benjamin Aldes Wurgaf, “Thinking, Public and Private: Intellectuals in the Time of the Public.”
Gavin Mueller, “Civil Disobedience in the Age of Cyberwar,” review of The Coming Swarm: DDoS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet, by Molly Sauter.
Brooke Harrington, “The Capitalist’s Imagination.”
Steven Craig Hickman, “On Land, Zizek, and Speculative Realism: The Mediation of the Real.”
Rob Horning, “No Mind to Lose: On Brainwashing,” review of Human Programming: Brainwashing, Automatons, and American Unfreedom, by Scott Selisker.
Jeanne-Marie Jackson, “Farewell to Pnin: The End of the Comp Lit Era.”
Lisa Ruddick, “When Nothing Is Cool.”
Jonathan Nicholas Piper, “Locating Experimental Richness in Doom Metal.”
Rachel Aviv, “The Philosopher of Feelings.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, “The Arrangements: A Fiction.”
Tara Jayakar, “A New Center for Black Poetics.”
Mark Ford, “I Gotta Use Words.”
Gerry Canavan, “Death Immortalized.”
Leonard Pierce, “Harold Bloom on Blood Meridian.”
MashReads Podcast: “The Familiar Is a Mind-Bending Postmodern Novel about, Well, Cats.”
Steven Craig Hickman, review of Theoretical Animals, by Gary J. Shipley.
Gabino Iglesias, review of You With Your Memory Are Dead, by Gary J. Shipley.
Literary Hub, “Translating DFW.”
T. T. Jax, “Stephen Beachy: Real vs Unreal.”
PLINTH, no. 6.
Mark Sussman and Martin Paul Eve, “‘A Shorthand of Stars’: From John to Thomas Pynchon.”
Robin Clarke, “‘The Music of White Phosphorous,'” review of Symphony no. 2, by Emily Carlson.
Mike Good, “Since.”
And Jonathan Moody, “Rimbaud, meet Tomaz Salamun.”
Art and Popular Culture
Terry Smith, “Cézanne: Figuring Truth in Painting.”
Sam Wallman, So Below.
Aaron Bady, “Stranger Things, Season One.”
Emily Nussbaum, “The Metapolitics of Westworld.”
Keiichi Matsuda, “Hyper-Reality.”
Cameron Kunzelman, “The Solution to Our Political Problems Lies in Dungeons and Dragons.”
Neil Overy, “Cli-Fi: Hollywood and Climate Change.”
Alexander Billet, “Hollywood’s End Times.”
Amanda Ann Klein and Kristen Warner, “Erasing the Pop-Culture Scholar, One Click at a Time.”
Maria Bustillos, “Profsplaining, or, The Internet Is a Classroom, Whinypants!”
A. Will Brown, “Ways of Seeing: Manifesta 11 and the 9th Berlin Biennale.”
Kevin Durant, “My Next Chapter.”
Jeff Guo, “Stop. Using. Periods. Period.”
Willie Osterweil, “What Was the Nerd?”
Salvatore Pane, Mega Man 3 and “No Man’s Pokemon: Resisting Flow and Embracing Core Complexity.”
David Bowman, “Fallout 4 and the End of History.”
Julie Beck, “How to Use Fun to Find Meaning in Life,” an interview with Ian Bogost.
Ian Bogost, “The Tragedy of Pokémon Go.”
Sam Kriss, “Resist Pokémon Go.”
Joe Carmichael, “The Implicit Existential Drama in No Man’s Sky Reviews.”
Emma Vossen, “First Person Scholar: Publish with Purpose.”
Nicole Carpenter, “New Videogame Gives You a Tough Course in Capitalism.”
Archeogaming, “No Man’s Sky Archaeological Survey Code of Ethics.”
Charity, by Ian Hinck.
Humanities and Higher Education
Jeffrey J. Williams, “College and the New Class Divide” and “Innovation for What? The Politics of Inequality in Higher Education.”
Bruce Robbins, “Why Is Columbia Acting Like Walmart?”
Christopher Schaberg, “Against Careerism, for College.”
Christine Gross-Loh, “Should Colleges Really Eliminate the College Lecture?”
Susan Harlan, “A Poem about Your University’s Brand New Institute.”
And Daveen Tauber, “Post-Election College Paper Grading Rubric.”
I am pleased to announce that another essay on videogames, “Metaproceduralism: The Stanley Parable and the Legacies of Postmodern Metafiction,” just appeared in Wide Screen. The essay is part of a special issue on videogame adaptation, edited by Kevin M. Flanagan, and includes articles by Jedd Hakimi, Cameron Kunzelman, Kyle Meikle, Bobby Schweizer, and Kalervo Sinervo. It’s also open access, so anyone can read it.
Abstract: Most critics of contemporary literature have reached a consensus that what was once called “postmodernism” is over and that its signature modes—metafiction and irony—are on the wane. This is not the case, however, with videogames. In recent years, a number of self-reflexive games have appeared, exemplified by Davey Wreden’s The Stanley Parable(2013), an ironic game about games. When self-awareness migrates form print to screen, however, something happens. If metafiction can be characterized by how it draws attention to its materiality—the artificiality of language and the construction involved in acts of representation—The Stanley Parable draws attention to the digital, procedural materiality of videogames. Following the work of Alexander R. Galloway and Ian Bogost, I argue that the self-reflexivity of The Stanley Parable is best understood in terms of action and procedure, as metaproceduralism. This essay explores the legacies of United States metafiction in videogames, suggesting that though postmodernism might be over, its lessons are important to remember for confronting the complex digital realities of the twenty-first century. If irony may be ebbing in fiction, it has found a vital and necessary home in videogames and we underestimate its power to challenge the informatic, algorithmic logic of cultural production in the digital age to our detriment.
“2015.01,” a poem from my ongoing sonnet sequence, was just published in TXTOBJX. The journal, edited by Andrew Kiraly, publishes what it calls “text objects,” which are “pieces of automatic fictoidal writing produced in one or two sessions.” A text object will be up on the site for a few days and then “the text object sinks into the shuffle and is accessible only randomly via the ‘nxtobjx’ link.” You can read more about the journal here.
I am pleased to report that my essay, “Geologies of Finitude: The Deep Time of Twenty-First-Century Catastrophe in Don DeLillo’s Point Omega and Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia,” was just published in the most recent issue of Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. This essay has been in the works for some time, and I am happy to see it emerge into the light of day.
An abstract: The twenty-first century has seen a transformation of twentieth-century narrative and historical discourse. On the one hand, the cold war national fantasy of mutually assured destruction has multiplied, producing a diverse array of apocalyptic visions. On the other, there has been an increasing sobriety about human finitude, especially considered in the light of emerging discussions about deep time. This essay argues that Don DeLillo’s Point Omega (2010) and Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials (2008) make strong cases for the novel’s continuing ability to complicate and illuminate contemporaneity. Written in the midst of the long and disastrous United States incursions in the Middle East, DeLillo and Negarestani raise important political questions about the ecological realities of the War on Terror. Each novel acknowledges that though the catastrophic present cannot be divorced from the inevitable doom at the end of the world, we still desperately need to imagine something else.
Nuclear and Environment
Annabell Shark, “MoMA, The Bomb and the Abstract Expressionists.”
Alex Wellerstein, “The Demon Core and the Strange Death of Louis Slotin.”
US and International Politics
Slavoj Žižek, “Could Brexit Breathe New Life into Left-Wing Politics?”
Dan Sinykin, “Trump and the End Times.”
The editors of Salvage, “Lèse-Evilism: On the US Election Season.”
8-Bit Philosophy, “Is Trump Really a Fascist?”
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, “The Cynical Sit-In.”
Lyman Stone, “Could eNationalism Be a Thing.”
Elizabeth Drew, “Trump: The Haunting Question.”
Andrew Sullivan, “Democracies End when They Are Too Democratic.”
Jodi Dean, Crowds and Party.
Derek Thompson, “Donald Trump and the Twilight of White America.”
Jennifer Sabin, “The Newly Emboldened American Racist.”
Kevin Rigby Jr. and Hari Ziyad, “White People Have No Place in Black Liberation.”
Amanda Gross, “A Resurrection Vision.”
Maltz Bovy, “Checking Privilege Checking.”
Gennetta M. Adams, “Prince Wrote a Slow Jam about Donald Trump and It Is Glorious.”
National Security State
Sadie Levy Gayle, “CIA ‘Mistakenly’ Destroys Copy of 6,700-page US Torture Report.”
Daniel Allington, Sarah Brouillette, David Golumbia, “Neoliberal Tools (and Archives): A Political History of Digital Humanities.”
Adam Crymble, “Digital Hubris, Digital Humility.”
Matthew Kirschenbaum, “Am I a Digital Humanist? Confessions of a Neoliberal Tool.”
Jonathan Basile, Library of Babel and “Putting Borges’s Infinite Library on the Internet.”
Martin John Callanan, Alberto Toscano, Sarah Brouillette, and Tom Eyers, “Paranoid Subjectivity and the Challenges of Cognitive Mapping – How is Capitalism to be Represented?”
David Weinberger, “Rethinking Knowledge in the Internet Age.”
Amanda Petrusich, “Why Record Stores Mattered.”
Tim Peters, “Emojis, Comics, and the Novel of the Future.”
Paul Miller, “What Is LitRPG and Why Does It Exist?”
Houman Barekat, “The Internet-y Novel.”
Brian Ang, Theory Arsenal.
Literature and Culture
Alain Badiou, “Fifteen Theses on Contemporary Art.”
Carrie Battan, “Beyoncé’s Lemonade Is a Revelation of Spirit.”
Mark Sussman, “Butler, Speech, and the Campus.”
Ben Lerner, from The Hatred of Poetry.
Marjorie Perloff, “Old Possum’s Nest: A Second Look at the Poetry of T. S. Eliot.”
Crystal Alberts, ed., “Don DeLillo,” special issue, Orbit.
Nick Ripatrazone, “On Don DeLillo’s Deep Italian-American Roots.”
Carl Straumsheim, “All Rights Reserved.”
Steve Berliner, “What’s Wrong with the Aaron Swartz Book.”
Joe Fassler, “The Lorax and Literature’s Moral Obligation,” interview with Lydia Millet.
Daniel Dixon, review of The Unspeakable Failure of David Foster Wallace, by Clare Hayes-Brady.
Mark Wollaeger, rejected review of The Limits of Critique, by Rita Felski.
Joshua Rigsby, “Internet User Cory Doctorow,” interview with Cory Doctorow.
Liesl Schillinger, “Multilingual Wordsmiths, Part 1: Lydia Davis and Translationese.”
boundary 2, “Announcing b20: An Online Journal.”
Katie Fitzpatrick, “Beyond Cool,” review of Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction, by Lee Konstantinou.
Maggie Doherty, “After Irony,” review of Cool Characters and Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism, by Rachel Greenwald-Smith.
Lee Konstantinou, “Fartcopter Has the Answer.”
Gregory Jones-Katz, “How Should We Study Deconstruction?”
McKenzie Wark, “Make Kith not Kin!”
Aaron Bady, “Daredevil and the Problem of Not Bad.”
Timothy Aubry, review of Workshops of Empire, by Eric Bennett.
Elizabeth Helsinger, review of Theory of Lyric, by Jonathan Culler.
Verso Podcast, “Walter Benjamin: The Storyteller.”
Jose Cardoso, “The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer Is an Insightful Look at the Work of a Key Voice in Gaming,” review of The Game World of Jason Rohrer, by Patrick Jagoda and Michael Maizels.
Leora Fridman, “Unregulated Glamor,” review of The Pulp vs. the Throne, by Carrie Lorig.
Vinson Cunningham, “Budweiser and the Selling of America.”
Lester Spence, “The Other Game Seven.”
Dan O’Sullivan, “Breaking Cleveland’s Curse.”
Warren Ellis, Normal.
Charles Yu, “Fable.”
Nina Sabak, “Language Arts for the Gifted Child.”
Chuck Kinder, The Silver Ghost.
Jonathan Moody, “Against Blinders.”
And Ken Burns, “2016 Stanford Commencement Address.”
Humanities and Higher Education
Emma Vossen, “Publish or Perish: What If We Perished?”
Hamilton Nolan, “The Horrifying Reality of the Academic Job Market.”
Stephen Milder, “The Elephant in the Seminar Room: Should the PhD Be Saved?”
David Perlmutter, “Academic Job Hunts from Hell.”
Irina Popescu, “The Educational Power of Discomfort.”
Kim Brooks, “Death to High School English.”
Chris Lehmann, “Blame It on Higher Ed.”
Colleen Flaherty, “Refusing to Be Measured.”
Being Human, podcast of the University of Pittsburgh’s Year of the Humanities.
Carl Straumsheim, “Leave It in the Bag.”
Robin Lee Moser, “I Would Rather Do Anything Else than Grade Your Papers.”
And Existential Comics, “Epictetus Was a Hardass Professor.”
Pittsburgh and Tucson
And Bartholomew Q. Kryzinski, “Pittsburgh, In Theory: The Transportation Imaginary.”