In addition to the release of The Rocking Chair by Blue Sketch Press on 1 August 2015, and “Poetics of Control,” my recent review of Alexander R. Galloway’s The Interface Effect (2012), I’ve completed a number of exciting projects over the last three months, so be on the lookout for a couple essays, another review, an interview, and more poems in 2015 and 2016. For now, however, some links have been piling up over this historic month.
Adam Liptak, “Supreme Court Ruling Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Right Nationwide.”
David M. Perry, “A New Right Grounded in the Long History of Marriage.”
Transcript: Obama delivers eulogy for Charleston pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.
Claudia Rankine, “‘The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning.'”
Emma Green, “Black Churches Are Burning Again in America.”
The Editorial Board of The New York Times, “Take Down the Confederate Flag, Symbol of Hatred.”
Goldie Taylor, “Bree Newsome Speaks for the First Time after Courageous Act of Civil Disobedience.”
Inae Oh, “Watch the Exact Moment South Carolina Finally Lowered the Confederate Flag.”
“Episode 613: President Barack Obama,” WTF with Mark Maron.
Aisha Harris, “Obama Gets Real.”
Matthew Pulver, “Bernie Sanders and Cornel West: The Radical Alliance That Could Change Everything.”
Adam Hilton, “Bernie Sanders and the Search for a New Politics.”
Inae Oh, “John Oliver Explains How Trolls Make the Internet a Living Hell for Women.”
Dave Johnson, “Now We Know Why Huge TPP Trade Deal Is Kept Secret From the Public.”
International and Economic
Thomas Piketty , Jeffrey Sachs , Heiner Flassbeck , Dani Rodrik, and Simon Wren-Lewis, “Austerity Has Failed: An Open Letter from Thomas Piketty to Angela Merkel.”
Bruce Robbins, “A Laboratory Sitting on a Graveyard: Greece and the Neoliberal Debt Crisis,” review of What Does Europe Want? The Union and Its Discontents, by Srećko Horvat and Slavoj Žižek.
Philip Oltermann, “Merkel ‘Gambling Away’ Germany’s Reputation over Greece, says Habermas.”
The Left Platform of Syriza, “The Alternative to Austerity.”
Cédric Durand, “The End of Europe.”
John Patrick Leary, Keywords for the Age of Austerity.
Jim Yardley and Binyamin Appelbaum, “In Fiery Speeches, Francis Excoriates Global Capitalism.”
Sergio Peçanha and Tim Wallace, “The Flight of Refugees Around the Globe.”
Matt Schiavenza, “China’s Unsettling Stock Market Collapse.”
Nuclear and Environment
Alan Taylor, “70 Years Since Trinity: The Day the Nuclear Age Began.”
“Dossier: Crisis of the Everyday/Everyday Crisis: Across Time in Japan,” boundary 2.
Robin Wright, “The Nuclear Deal’s Adversaries Back Home.”
Rosie Scammell, “Pope Francis Recruits Naomi Klein in Climate Change Battle.”
Suzanne Goldenberg, “Revealed: Exxon Knew of Climate Change in 1981– But It Funded Deniers for 27 More Years.”
Cosimo Bizzari, “This Dutch Kid Is About to Launch a System to Let the Oceans Clean Themselves.”
Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin, eds., Art in the Anthropocene.
NASA, “Fire in the Sky.”
Cory Doctorow, “Disneyworld after Humanity’s Demise.”
MessyNessy, “The 1970s Cold War Era Home built 26 Feet Underground.”
Cory Doctorow, “The Next Librarian of Congress: A Librarian of Progress?”
J. Nathan Matias, “Were All Those Rainbow Profile Photos Another Facebook Study?”
Robert W. Gehl, “Socializing the Dark Web.”
Dustin Volz, “Court Revives Defunct NSA Mass Surveillance Program.”
Morgan Marquis-Boire, Glenn Greenwald, Micah Lee, “XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications.”
“The NSA of Fonts Censors You in Real-Time.”
Lily Hay Newman, “Obama to Expand Internet Access for the Poor, Because the Web Is a Necessity.”
Jake Biddle, “Paper Chasing.”
Literature and Culture
Fredric Jameson, “A Global Neuromancer.”
William Gibson reads Neuromancer.
Tatyana Tolstoya, “The Square.”
China Miéville, “The Dusty Hat.”
The first chapter of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (2015).
Michiko Kakutani, “Review: Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman Gives Atticus Finch a Dark Side.”
Diane Lederman, “Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet James Tate (1943-2015) Has Died.”
Tom Streithorst, “The Economics of Mad Max and Star Trek.”
Sherryl Vint, “Excavating a Future,” review of The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi.
Gerry Canavan, “The Warm Equations,” review of Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson and Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson.
A. J. Nocek, “On Aesthetics and Mentality in Speculative Philosophy Today,” review of The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism, by Steven Shaviro.
Eric Howell, “To Set Something on Fire,” review of War of the Foxes, by Richard Siken.
Mallory Ortberg, “How to Talk to Babies about Postmodernism.”
Douglas Lain, “Foucault’s Madman and His Reply to Derrida.”
Santiago Zabala, “What to Make of Heidegger in 2015?”
Miranda Campbell, “Culture Isn’t Free.”
Andrea Aguilar and Johanne Fronth-Nygren, “Lydia Davis, Art of Fiction no. 227.”
Conrad Knickerbocker, “William S. Burroughs, Art of Fiction no. 36.”
Robert Wallace, “Golden Ages Past,” review of Muse, by Jonathan Galassi.
Matt Bucher, “A Few Trends in DFW Studies” and “The Fogle Novella.”
Allard den Dulk, Existentialist Engagement in Wallace, Eggers and Foer: A Philosophical Analysis of Contemporary American Literature (New York: Bloomsbury, 2015).
Kevin Griffith, “Against Technology Monoculture: Infinite Jest in LEGOs.”
Anna Merlen, John Oliver and online harassment.
Christopher Clarey, “Wimbledon 2015: Serena Williams Defeats Garbiñe Muguruza and Closes In on Grand Slam.”
Emma Hope Allwood, “Gucci’s New Era.”
Bram E. Gieben, “The Wachowskis’ Sense8 Is the Philip K. Dick Adaptation We Always Wanted.”
Anya Creightney, “‘Why Pretend That We Speak a False Language?’ An Interview with Dawn Lundy Martin.”
Rege Behe, “Pitt Professor’s ‘Dead Boys’ Addresses Impact of Violence.”
Sarah Bagley, “Proust among the Politicians.”
Jason Stevens, “Hubris and Heteronomy,” review of Lessons in Secular Criticism, by Stathis Gourgouris.
Zachary Loeb, “Towards a Bright Mountain: Laudato Si’ as Critique of Technology.”
Karen Gregory, “Good Wives: Algorithmic Architectures as Metabolization.”
Mark Sussman, “‘We’ the People: Can a Public Intellectual Speak for Us All in an Era of Fragmented Culture?”
Patrick Jagoda, “Hexacago Health Academy: Introduction to a Game-Based Learning Program.”
Kirsten Strayer, “Disposable Men in Gentleman Prefer Blondes.”
Salvatore Pane, “Limitations of Little Sisters: The Tyranny of Fun.”
Bill O’Driscoll, “Robert Yune Discusses His Debut Novel.”
Ryan Kauffman, “Excerpts.”
Joshua Zelesnick, “Five Poems.”
David James Keaton, “Ha’penny Dreadfuller.”
Jennifer Larson and Henry Veggian reading from their respective books, Understanding Suzan-Lori Parks (2012) and Understanding Don DeLillo.
The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts has a new book series: AnthropoScene.
The Society for Novel Studies will have their annual 2016 conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The theme: The Novel in or against World Literature. The call for papers.
And my good old friend has a new band with the catchiest jam of the summer: Invincible Summer’s “Island Rhythms.” (From a Lydia Davis short story: “All those years I thought I had a PhD but I do not have a PhD.”)
Humanities and Higher Education
Doug Israel, “Arts Education Poised for Comeback in Nation’s Largest School Districts.”
Ryan Rafaty, “Who Will Educate the Educators? An Interview with Gayatri Spivak.”
Scott Jaschik, “Threat to Faculty Unions.”
Sara Ahmed, “Against Students.”
David Gooblar, “On the Market One Last Time.”
Colleen Flaherty, “Adjunct Retirement Insecurity.”
Arturo Romo-Santillano, “How Is the Artist or Writer to Function (and Survive and Produce) in the Community, Outside of Institutions?”
Hunter Rawlings, “College Is Not a Commodity. Stop Treating It Like One.”
Elias Muhanna, “Hacking the Humanities.”
Morenike Adebayo, “University of Cambridge is Recruiting for a Professor of LEGO.”
Charles Lussier, “LSU Professor Fired for Using Salty Language in Classroom Claims She’s ‘Witch Hunt’ Victim, Plans Suit.”
Josh Marshall, “Thanks, Twitter.”
On the one hand, Nate Berg, “How Community-led Renovation Is Helping a Rundown Pittsburgh Neighbourhood Fight Crime.”
On the other hand, Diana Nelson Jones, “Owner Mum on Plans as It Empties East Liberty Apartment Complex.”
Brendan Spiegel, “36 Hours in Pittsburgh.”