These links are coming a day late, but as anticipated, it has been a very busy semester.
Nuclear and Environmental
Lizzie Wade, “Earth in 10,000 Years.”
John Metcalfe, “Imagining the Most Catastrophic Climate Future Ever.”
Steven Vogel, “Environmental Ethics in a Postnatural World.”
Chris Mooney, “Why Some Scientists Are Worried About a Surprisingly Cold ‘Blob’ in the North Atlantic Ocean.”
Laurence Topham , Alok Jha and Will Franklin, “Building the Bomb.”
Ross Andersen, “Watching Nuclear War From Across the Galaxy.”
And a letter from Governor Jerry Brown.
US and National Security State
The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire.
Sy Hersh, “Evil but Stupid.”
Adrienne LaFrance, “Water Is Flowing on Mars.”
Caitlin Dewey, “Everyone You Know Will Be Able to Rate You on the Terrifying ‘Yelp for People’–Whether You Want Them To or Not.”
Rose Eveleth, “Introducing the Archive Corps.”
Alister Doyle, “Syrian War Spurs First Withdrawal from Doomsday Arctic Seed Vault.”
Kalev Leetaru, “History As Big Data: 500 Years Of Book Images And Mapping Millions Of Books.”
Colin Coopman, “The Algorithm and the Watchtower.”
Zachary Loeb, “The Social Construction of Acceleration,” review of Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism, by Judy Wajcman.
Miya Tokumitsu, “The Politics of the Curation Craze.”
Nikhil Sonnad, “This Free Online encyclopedia Has Achieved What Wikipedia Can Only Dream of.” On The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Margarita Noriega, “The Map of Literature.”
Ben Quinn, “Isis Destruction of Palmyra’s Temple of Bel Revealed in Satellite Images.”
Mimi Zeiger, “Yayoi Kusama’s Infinitely Immersive Installation Opens with The Broad in Los Angeles.”
And an old one: Grant Brunner, “Programmer Creates 800,000 Books Algorithmically, Starts Selling Them on Amazon.”
Literature and Culture
Carolyn Kellogg, “Ta-Nehisi Coates and Other Authors Who Landed MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants: What Made Them Stand Out.”
Ben Lerner, MacArthur Fellow.
N. Katherine Hayles, “Searching for Purpose,” review of Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson, and Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson.
Fredric Jameson, “In Hyperspace,” review of Time Travel: The Popular Philosophy of Narrative, by David Wittenberg.
Ian Bogost, “In the Habit,” review of Gamelife, by Michael W. Clune.
McKenzie Wark, “Blog-Post for Cyborgs” and “Benjamedia.”
Alexander R. Galloway, “Assessing the Legacy of That Thing That Happened After Poststructuralism” and “From Data to Information.”
Bruce Robbins, “Working on TV.”
Anjali Vaidya, “The Final Installment of the Ibis Trilogy,” review of Flood of Fire, by Amitav Ghosh.
Laila Lalami, review of Flood of Fire, by Amitav Ghosh.
Mark Goble, “Good Literary Criticism: On the Crisis of Man,” review of The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America 1933-1972, by Mark Greif.
John Higgs, “Was Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain Actually Created by a Long-forgotten Pioneering Feminist?”
Sarah Kaplan, “A White Guy Named Michael Couldn’t Get His Poem Published. Then He Became Yi-Fen Chou.”
Sherman Alexie Speaks Out on The Best American Poetry 2015.
Yi-Fen Chou, “The Bees, the Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve.”
Brian Spears, “Yellowface in Poetry.”
Jenny Zhang, “They Pretend To Be Us While Pretending We Don’t Exist.”
Aaron Bady, “Best American Poetry Pseudonyms.”
Teju Cole, “Migrants Welcome.”
Art Winslow, “The Fiction Atop the Fiction: Did Pynchon Publish a Novel Under the Pseudonym Adrian Jones Pearson?”
John Beck, “Beneath the Soviets the Beach,” review of Molecular Red, by McKenzie Wark.
Carolyn Kellogg, “Salman Rushdie’s New Novel Two Years Lets the Jinn Out of the Bottle.”
Radio Hour: Salman Rushdie, Jill Essbaum, and Jerry Stahl.
Janet Maslin, “The Art of Memoir, by Mary Karr, Is a Veteran’s Guide.”
Amanda Fortini, “Interview: Mary Karr, The Art of Memoir, no. 1.”
Morten Høi Jensen, “Me, Myself, and Hitler,” review of My Struggle, Book Five, by Karl Ove Knausgaard.
Rhys Williams, “Wake Up and Smell the Weird,” review of Three Moments of an Explosion, by China Miéville.
Eleanor Goodman, “Letter from Shanghai.”
Andrew Broaks, “Do You Miss the Future? Mark Fisher Interviewed.
Nick Levey, “A Temporal Humanism: A Review of Joseph Frank’s Responses to Modernity.”
Nell Zink, “Early Thoughts on Purity by Jonathan Franzen.”
Urmila Seshagiri, “Biology, Destiny, Purity.”
David Haglund, “Mr. Robot and the Angry Young Man.”
“Don DeLillo to Receive National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement.”
Don DeLillo, Zero K (forthcoming).
Jason Horsley, “The Invitation of the Mirror: Jonathan Lethem and Me, from the Margin to the Mainstream.”
David Orr, “The Most Misread Poem in America.”
Laura Miller, “David Foster Wallace and the Perils of ‘Litchat.'”
John Semley, “The End of the Tour Flattens David Foster Wallace into the Grinding Machinery of Fame He so Often Detested.”
Phillip Maciak, “Original Programming: On Mr. Robot.”
De Witt Douglas Kilgore, “Envisioning Astroculture in the American Hemisphere,” review of Past Futures : Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas, by Sarah J. Montross.
Martin Woessner, “Fail Slow, Fail Hard,” review of Freedom to Fail: Heidegger’s Anarchy, by Peter Trawny.
George Gene Gustines, “Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Black Panther Comic for Marvel.”
Dan Piepenbring, “The Solar Anus.”
Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham, “Spygate to Deflategate: Inside What Split the NFL and Patriots Apart.”
Heidi Kemps, “Nintendo’s Forgotten Console.”
“Dismaland: Inside Banksy’s Dystopian Playground.”
Grace Ambrose, “Reissue of the Week: Conflict.”
Nicola Masciandaro, “Wings Flock to My Crypt, I Fly to My Throne: On Inquisition’s Esoteric Floating Tomb.”
Patrick Jagoda, Network Aesthetics (pre-order).
Andrea K. Scott, “Triple Threat” (on Triple Canopy).
Plinth, no. 4.
Julia Yu, “Goodnight Dune.”
Andy McDonald, “And Now, A Fat Guy On A Toilet Talks To You About Fat Shaming.”
And Jared Smith, “Taylor Swift: A Socratic Dialogue.”
Humanities and Higher Education
Megan Garber, “The Rise of ‘Quit Lit.'”
Colleen Flaherty, “Public Good-byes.”
Oliver Lee, “I Have One of the Best Jobs in Academia. Here’s Why I’m Walking Away.”
Ian Bogost, “No One Cares that You Quit Your Job.”
“How America Reacted to ‘The Coddling of the American Mind.'”
Ryan Holiday, “The Real Reason We Need to Stop Trying to Protect Everyone’s Feelings.”
David L. Ulin, “Read before You Speak.”
Adrienne LaFrance, “Millennials Are Outreading Older Generations.”
Henry Veggian, “Adjunct Professors and the Myth of Prestige.”
Simon During, “Stop Hyping Academic Freedom.”
And the 2015-2016 academic year is “The Year of the Humanities” at the University of Pittsburgh.