“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.
Geologies of Finitude: The Deep Time of Twenty-First-Century Catastrophe in Don DeLillo’s Point Omega and Reza Negarestani’s CyclonopediaJuly 15, 2016
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. (It is also behind a paywall, but I’d be happy to send it along to anyone who is interested.)
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.”
In the fourth issue of the new journal, C21: Journal of 21st-Century Writings, Mark West has written a nicely positive review of David Foster Wallace and “The Long Thing”: New Essays on the Novels (2014), edited by Marshall Boswell, in which I have an essay, “‘Then Out of the Rubble’: David Foster Wallace’s Early Fiction.” West also reviews Gesturing Towards Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy (2014), edited by Robert K. Bolger and Scott Korb (somewhat less positively).
I just published “An Interview with Jonathan Arac” in the most recent issue of boundary 2. I am honored to have had the chance to interview Arac, who has been such a important mentor to me in so many ways. An even further honor is having the interview appear in an issue with work by Tom Eyers, David Golumbia, McKenzie Wark, and others, along with Bruce Robbins’s interview of Orhan Pamuk and Jeffrey J. Williams’s interview of Wai Chee Dimock. What a fantastic issue.