September 2015 Links

October 1, 2015

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.

Emoji Dick.

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.

Beginning of the Semester Links

August 27, 2015

Now that the semester is starting, I will have less time to read things on the internet. So here’s one last link dump for the summer.


Nuclear and Environment

Maria Temming, “Geoengineering Won’t Save Us: Why It Can’t Halt the Effects of Climage Change by Itself.”

Claire L. Evans, “Climate Change Is so Dire We Need a New Kind of Science Fiction to Change It.”

Alan Taylor, “A World without People.”

Bill McKibben, “The Pope and the Planet.”

Mark Soderstrom, “Unequal Universes.”

And Kenneth Chang, “World Will not End Next Month, NASA Says.”

Brandon Shimoda, ed., The Volta, no. 56, and April Naoko Heck, “Dispatch from Hiroshima.”

Sam Stein, “July Was The Hottest Month Ever; Cable News Barely Noticed.”


National Security State

Julia Angwin, Charlie Savage, Jeff Larson, Henrik Moltke, Laura Poitras, and James Risen, “AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale.”

Adam Clark Estes, “The Ashley Madison Hackers Just Released a Ton of Stolen Data.”

Cory Doctorow, “Ashley Madison Commits Copyfraud in Desperate Bid to Suppress News of Its Titanic Leak.”

Robinson Meyer, “There Are No Rules in Love and Taxes.”

Alex Sobel Fitts, “Ashley Madison Is The Latest Proof That The Internet Does Not Keep Secrets.”

Patrick Iber, “Literary Magazines for Socialists Funded by the CIA, Ranked.”

Richard Norton-Taylor, “MI5 Spied on Doris Lessing for 20 years, Declassified Documents Reveal.”

Esther Allen, “Cuba: We Never Left.”

Peter Maas, “The Philosopher of Surveillance: What Happens When a Failed Writer Becomes a Loyal Spy?”

Rob Horning, “Do the Robot.”

Zach Musgrave and Bryan W. Roberts, “Humans, Not Robots, Are the Real Reason Artificial Intelligence Is Scary.”


US Politics (which are fascinating me right now)

Matt Taibbi, “Inside the GOP Clown Car” and “Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny.”

Ben Domenech, “Are Republicans For Freedom Or White Identity Politics?”

Molly Ball, “Can the Republican Party Survive Trump?”

Ann Applebaum, “Donald Trump, Voice of the Bottom-Feeders.”

Marina Flang, “Donald Trump Has No Idea How to Fix Immigration, so He’ll Hire ‘Great People’ Who Know How.”

Christoffer O. Hernæs, “Artificial Intelligence, Legal Responsibility And Civil Rights.”

“OKComrade: The Radical Left’s Amazing Answer to OKCupid.”

And Trump Speculative Fiction: Jon Lovett, “Looking Backward on the Presidency of Donald Trump.”



Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld, “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace.”

Christopher Jacobson, “Welcome to Dismaland: A First Look at Banksy’s New Art Exhibition Housed Inside a Dystopian Theme Park.”

Lisa Larson-Walker and Laura Bradley, “Banksy Designed a Dystopian Theme Park Called Dismaland. It’s Terrifying.”

Banksy's Dismaland

Patrick Hogan, “We Took a Tour of the Abandoned College Campuses of Second Life.”

Doug Armato, Noctambulate Books.

Shaun Walker, “Russia Bans Wikipedia Over Page Relating to Drug Use.”

“Leo Tolstoy Creates a List of the 50+ Books That Influenced Him Most (1891).”

Kathleen Caulderwood, “The Archaeologist Who Studies World of Warcraft.”

Simon Parkin, “In Search of the Keys to the Virtual City.”

And Franck Bohbot, “House Of Books: The Most Majestically Beautiful Libraries Around The World Photographed.”


Literature and Culture

Claudia Rankine, “The Meaning of Serena Williams.”

Corey Robin, “No More Fire, the Water Next Time: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Global Warming and White Supremacy.”

Emma Brockes, “Jonathan Franzen Interview: ‘There Is No Way t0 Make Myself Not Male.”

Anna Silman, “Jennifer Weiner Slams Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Female Trouble’ in Epic Twitter Rebuttal to his Guardian Interview.”

Laura Bennett, “Of Course Jonathan Franzen Wanted to Adopt an Iraqi Orphan to Better Understand Millennials.”

David L. Ulin, “Why Read Jonathan Franzen’s Controversial New Purity? The Fierce Writing.”

Eugene Thacker, “Horror of Philosophy.”

Bret Easton Ellis on The End of the Tour.

Gerald Howard, “I Know Why Bret Easton Ellis Hates David Foster Wallace.”

Fred Moten, “Whatnot to the Music.”

Christopher K. Coffman, “Manifold Destiny,” review of The Dying Grass, by William T. Vollmann.

Ben Parker, “The Past Is Useless.”

“Margaret Atwood’s Colum Criticizing Stephn Harper Vanishes, then Returns to National Post Website.”

Wanda Coleman, “Ruminations on Riots.”

Mike Miley, “When the Levees Broke.”

James Dahl, “My Wallace, Your Wallace.”

Molly Fischer, “Why Literary Chauvinists Love David Foster Wallace.”

Christian Lorentzen, “The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace.”

Scott Timberg, “David Foster Wallace Was Not a Bro.”

Rebecca Mead, “How The End of the Tour Nails an Entire Profession.”

Dan Piepenbring, “Design a Cover for the Twentieth Anniversary Edition of Infinite Jest.”

Jacqui Shine, “Culture War? What Is It Good For?” review of A War for the Soul of America : A History of the Culture Wars, by  Andrew Hartman.

Mark Bould, “If Colonialism Was The Apocalypse, What Comes Next?” review of Terra Incognita: New Short Speculative Stories from Africa, by Nerine Dora, and A Killing in the Sun, by Dilman Dila.

Juan Vidal, “The Blazing World Of Clarice Lispector, In Complete Stories.”

Adam Kirsch, “Joshua Cohen Is the Great American Novelist.”

“Joshua Marie Wilkinson on The Courier’s Archive & Hymnal.”

Laura Kochman, review of The Volta Book of Poets, edited by Joshua Marie Wilkinson.

Andrew Gallix, “The Writer Postponed: Barthes at the BnF.”

Douglas Lain, “Descartes’s Horror.”

Erik Rangno, “The Paradox of Time Capsules.”

Adam Begley, “Don DeLillo, The Art of Fiction No. 135.”

Michael Wood, “Paul Auster, The Art of Fiction No. 178.”

Elizabeth Spires, “Elizabeth Bishop, The Art of Poetry no. 27.”

Joshua David Stein, “Hell is Other Producers: The Painful Reality of UnREAL.”

Ruth Margalit, “Writing About Not Writing.”

Annalisa Merelli, “Two Kinds of People.”

Anna Zett, “The Paradox of Progress.”

Tracy K. Smith selects the fifty best new poets of 2015.

Carolyn Kellogg, “Criticism of Diversity Issues at AWP Inflamed by Kate Gale Piece,” “John Scalzi Conquers the Publishing Universe” and “The Best Part of the New Joan Didion Bio The Last Love Song? Joan Didion.”

Jason W. Stevens, ed., This Life, This World: New Essays on Marilynne Robinson’s “Housekeeping,” “Gilead,” and “Home.

And Bruce Hardt, “King of the Monsters 20th Anniversary Fest – Day Two.”

King of the Monsters Fest II


Humanities and Higher Education

William Deresiewicz, “The Neoliberal Arts.”

Barry Schwartz, “What Higher Education Should Be For.”

Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, “The Coddling of the American Mind.”

Laura Moser, “A Court Ordered Washington State to Fix the Unfair Way It Pays Teachers—by Fining It $100,000 a Day.”

Claire Ballentine, “Freshman Skipping Fun Home for Moral Reasons.”

Aaron Bady, “Against Students Stories.”

Fredrick deBoer, “The Campus Politics Conversation Seems Pretty Much Broken.”

Douglas Belkin and Melissa Korn, “Colleges’ Use of Adjuncts Comes Under Pressure.”

Jeffrey R. Young, “As Coursera Evolves, Colleges Stay On and Investors Buy In.”

Barbara Fister, “My Take on the Amazon Workplace Exposé.”

Vimal Patel, “At the University of Missouri, Grad Students Rally for Better Conditions, and Faculty Come to Their Aid.”

And Lisa Nikolidakis, “First Faculty Meeting of the Year Bingo.”

The Seventieth Anniversary of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Other Links

August 13, 2015

Nuclear and Environmental

Thomas Powers, “Was It Right?”

Jonah Walters, “A Guide to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Attacks.”

Colin Wilson, “The Slaughter of Hiroshima.”

The New York Times, “Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Revives Debate Over the Atomic Bomb.”

Christian Appy, “The Indefensible Hiroshima Revisionism that Haunts America to This Day.”

Rebecca J. Rosen, “Rare Photo of the Mushroom Cloud Over Hiroshima Discovered in a Former Japanese Elementary School.”

Paul Ham, “The Bureaucrats Who Singled Out Hiroshima for Destruction.”

Alex Wellesrstein, “Nagasaki: The Last Bomb.”

Ward Wilson, “The Bomb Didn’t Beat Japan. . . Stalin Did.”

Jonathan Soble, “Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivors Pass Their Stories to a New Generation.”

“Nuclear ‘Command And Control’: A History Of False Alarms And Near Catastrophes,” an interview with Eric Schlosser.

Per Espen Stoknes, “The Great Grief: How To Cope with Losing Our World.”

Adrienne LaFrance, “Is Anywhere on Earth Safe from Climate Change?”

Eric Holthaus, “The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here.”

Joanna Demers, Drone and Apocalypse: An Exhibit Catalog for the End of the World.


Politics and International

Robin Wright, “Obama on War and Peace.”

Elizabeth Warren:

And Andy Borowitz, “Nation Worried That the Rest of the World Might See Debate.”



Patrick Jagoda, “Network Ambivalence.”

David Golumbia, “The Amazonization of Everything.”


Jenny Zhang, “New Mirrored Infinity Room Immerses Viewers in Mesmerizing World of Endless Reflections.”

“Feasts Under the Bridge.”

Mark Freuenfelder, “British Library Releases Over a Million Public Domain Images.”

World’s Largest Natural Sound Archive Now Fully Digital and Fully Online.

Jeff Garzick, “StorJ and Bitcoin Autonomous Agents.”

Mark Sullivan, “Facebook Patents Technology to Help Lenders Discriminate Against Borrowers Based on Social Connections.”

All ten of August Wilson’s Plays until 26 August 2015.


Literature and Culture

Ian Bogost, “Don’t Hate the Phone Call, Hate the Phone.”

Clarice Lispector, “Love (‘Amor’)” (trans. Katrina Dodson).

Adam Fitzgerald, “An Interview with Fred Moten, Part 1.”

Anna Kornbluh, “Road to Nowhere,” review Cartographies of the Absolute, by Alberto Toscano and Jeff Kinkle.

Richard Lea, “Science Fiction: The Realism of the 21st Century.”

Peter Bebergal, “Samuel Delany and the Past and Future of Science Fiction.”

Lucas Thompson, “David Foster Wallace and ‘Blurbspeak.'”

Scott Meslow, “When Does a Tribute Become a Betrayal? Grappling with the David Foster Wallace Movie The End of the Tour.”

Chauncey DeVega, “America Is a Neoliberal Horror Movie: Why They Live Is the Perfect Film for our Depraved Times.”

Sam Tanenhaus, “Sex, Lies, and the Internet: Jonathan Franzen’s Reckoning with His Literary Inheritance.”

Elliot Murphy, “Always a Lighthouse: Video Games and Radical Politics.”

McKenzie Wark, “The Nothingness that Speaks French.”

Salvage, no. 1 .

Francis Thackeray, “Was William Shakespeare High When He Penned His Plays?”

Jonathan Alexander, “The Literacy Games: Summer Lessons About Media from YA Fiction.”

Helaine Olen, “Jon Stewart’s Book Club.”

John Koblin, “Jon Stewart, Sarcastic Critic of Politics and Media, Is Signing Off.”

Ennuigi: Nintendo for Pretentious Existentialists.

My students are interning with the National Book Foundation and doing interesting interviews:

Interview With Kwame Dawes, Founding Director Of The African Poetry Book Fund, 2015.

“Interview With Mark Hecker, Founder Of Reach Incorporated, Winner Of Innovations In Reading Prize, 2015.”

“Interview With Logan Smalley, Co-Founder Of Call Me Ishmael, 2015.”

Butterbirds, “Ragged Bag.”

And Jeremy Dyer has a great picture of Groundwork at King of the Monsters Fest 2015:

Groundwork, 2015.

Groundwork practicing, 2015.


Humanities and Higher Education

Samuel Hazo, “Universities That Rely on Adjunct Professors Pursue Profit Over Academic Integrity.”

Daniel Ellington, “Management, “Leadership,” and Academic Work.”

Caitlin Flanagan, “That’s Not Funny!”

Keith M. Parsons, “Message to My Freshman Students.”



Robert Yune, “22 Indisputable Reasons Pittsburgh Is The Perfect City For Writers.”

Mifits: Time-Based Media and the Museum, Symposium, Carnegie Mellon Museum, Pittsburgh, PA 22-24 October 2015.

July 2015 Links

July 17, 2015

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.


US Politics

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 booksUnderstanding 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 LiteratureThe 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.”

More June 2015 Links

June 19, 2015

Environmental, Nuclear, and Disaster

Stephanie Kirchgaessner and John Hooper, “Pope Francis Warns of Destruction of Earth’s Ecosystem in Leaked Encyclical.”

Andrew Hoberek, “The Post-Apocalyptic Present.”

Matt Langione, “Will Art Save Our Descendants from Nuclear Waste?”

Tim McDonnell, “Here’s Why Obama Is Cracking Down on Airplane Pollution.”

“Atomic Explosion Tourism.”

Eric Markowitz, “Poison Prison: Is Toxic Dust Sickening Inmates Locked Up in Coal Country?”

Christopher Daley, “On Nuclear Criticism.”

Margaret DeMarco, “Details of Malmstrom Missile Officer’s Court-Martial.”



Stephen Morgan, “Scientists Show Future Events Decide What Happens in the Past.”

Fiona MacDonald, “Reality Doesn’t Exist Until We Measure It, Quantum Experiment Confirms.”

Speculative fiction: go!

Adrienne LaFrance, “‘Hello Earth! Can You Hear Me?'”


National Security State

Erick Wemple, “Sunday Times Reporter on Snowden Story: We Don’t Have a Clue!”

Cory Doctorow, “‘Reporter’ Who Wrote Ridiculous Story about Snowden Leaks in China Admits He Was Just Acting as a Government Stenographer.”

Aisha Harris, “John Oliver Had Helen Mirren Read the CIA Torture Report So We’d All Stop Ignoring It.”

Alicia A. Caldwell, “Nearly 400,000 Homeland Security Employees May Have Had Private Data Compromised.”

Adam Chandler, “The Hacking of Federal Data Is Much Worse Than It First Seemed.”

Julia Fleischaker, “Melville House Sending Copies of the Torture Report to Presidential Candidates.”


Politics and Economics

David Remnick, “Charleston and the Age of Obama.”

Eric Zuesse, “My Prediction: Bernie Sanders Will Win the White House.”

Jeffrey M. Jones, “On Social Ideology, the Left Catches Up to the Right.”

Adam Stoneman, “The New Conspicuous Consumption.”

Rob Kuznia, “Rich Californians Balk at Limits: ‘We’re not all equal when it comes to water.’”

Ben Jacobs, “Hillary Clinton’s Unpaid Intern Limbo: A Grassroots Campaign of ‘Free Help.'”

Die Hard and Jeb Bush.

Lauren Dillon, “7 Ways Jeb Bush and Gob Bluth Are the Same Person.”




Jennifer Schuessler, “Moving Wikipedia From Computer to Many, Many Shelves.”

Franco Moretti et al., Micromégas: The Very Small, the Very Large, and the Object of Digital Humanities.

Mike Tierney, “Nature Helps Squeeze Out a Little More Mileage.”


Literature and Culture

Ben Lerner, “Diary.”

Ceridwen Dovey, “Can Reading Make Me Happier?”

Aaron Bady, “When Game of Thrones Stopped Being Necessary.”

Laura Miller, “Jonathan Franzen: First Words on Purity.”

Kim Stanley Robinson, Claire Colebrook, and many others, “Speculations Archive: There Will Have Been Humans.”

“Forever Publishing Agendas: Stephen Deusner Interviews Jessica Hopper.”

CELL: Consortium on Electronic Literature.

Leonardo Flores, “What Is E-Poetry?”

“Jay Sanders and Charles Bernstein Interview Each Other on Close Listening.”

Ian Crouch, “Serena Williams Is America’s Greatest Athlete.”

Shea Serrano, “Sorry, Steph: LeBron Is Bruce Willis and the Warriors Are the Asteroid.”

Barry Petchesky, “MVP Award Be Damned, These Were the LeBron Finals.”

“To Keep Going During The Finals, LeBron James Can’t Take A Day Off.”

Nicole M. Aschoff, “A People’s Facebook.”

Ian McGuire, Richard Ford and the Ends of Realism.

Simon Parkin, “How Video Games Make You Work.”

Sadie Stein, “Copious Free Time” and “Sylvia Plath’s Sketches.”

Nick Tabor, “No Slouch,” on allusions to W. B. Yeats’s “The Second Coming.”

Alan Taylor, “The American West, 150 Years Ago.” (Just stunning photographs.)

Amy Wilder, “Sam Cohen.”

A. Will Brown interviews Rafaël Rozendaal.

Alexander Provan, Joshua Cohen, Jon Kessler, “Annual Report 2014: GlblVlgIdiot.”

Guy Trebay, “In Tucson, an Unsung Architectural Oasis.”

And great news! My good friend (and soon-to-be publisher) just won a major prize: “Adriana E. Ramírez takes first annual $10,000 PEN/Fusion Prize for ‘Dead Boys.'”


Humanities and Higher Education

Jaleesa Jones, “University of North Carolina Placed on Probation by Accreditation Agency.”

Lee Siegel, “Why I Defaulted on My Student Loans.”

Jordan Weissmann, “The New York Times Should Apologize for the Awful Op-Ed It Just Ran on Student Loans” and “Elizabeth Warren Wants Colleges to Pay a Price When Students Can’t Pay Their Loans. Great Idea.”

Jennifer Schaffer, “What Would Happen If We ALL Stopped Paying Our Student Loans, Together?”

“One of the Kipnis Complainants Speaks Out.”

Charles Green, “Fear? Not Really.”

Koritha Mitchell, “I’m a Professor. My colleagues Who Let Their Students Dictate What They Teach Are Cowards.”

Sarah Brown, “In Heated State-Budget Fights, Students Strive to Be Heard.”

Kelly Field, “Plan to Forgive Corinthian Students’ Loans Offers Hope to Other Borrowers.”

Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist, “Midcareer Melancholy.”

John Waters, “Go Out in the World and Fuck It Up Beautifully.”

Stacey Patton, “Rachel Dolezal Case Leaves a Campus Bewildered and Some Scholars Disgusted.”

And Karen Kelsky, “How to Tailor Your Online Image [for the Academic Job Market].” Oops.



“Pittsburgh Labor Board Finds in Favor of Duquesne Adjuncts.”

June 2015 Links

June 6, 2015

National Security State

Edward J. Snowden, “The World Says No to Surveillance.”

The Guardian, “View on Surveillance after Snowden: An Outlaw Rewrites the Law.”

David Cole, “Reining in the NSA.”

Dan Froomkin, “USA Freedom Act: Small Step for Post-Snowden Reform, Giant Leap for Congress.”

Don Franzen interviews Erwin Chemerinsky, “The Legal Legacy of Citizen Four.”

Anne Richardson, “That Fine Line Between Hero and Traitor: What Can We Learn from the Snowden Disclosures?” review of After Snowden: Privacy, Secrecy and Security in the Information Age, edited by Ronald Goldfarb.

Glenn Greenwald, “Did Max Boot and Commentary Magazine Lie About Edward Snowden? You Decide.”

David Dayen, “The Scariest Trade Deal Nobody’s Talking About Just Suffered a Big Leak.”

Bryan Magers, “The War in Africa the US Military Won’t Admit It’s Fighting.”


Evironment and Disaster

Jon Cogburn, “#DECELERATE MANIFESTO for a Decelerationist Anti-Politics.”

Doris Apel, “The Ruins of Capitalism.”

Arthur Neslen and Karl Mathiesen, “Paris Climate Pledges ‘Will Only Delay Dangerous Warming by Two Years.'”

Martha Baskin, “In the Face of Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans, Seattle Activists Speak Out.”

Fallout 4 has been announced:



Ursula K. Le Guin, “Up the Amazon with the BS Machine, or Why I Keep Asking You Not to Buy Books from Amazon.”

David Auerbach, “The Code We Can’t Control,” review of The Black Box Society, by Frank Pasquale.

Lawrence Joseph and Frank Pasquale, “Interview on The Black Box Society.

Michael Massing, “Digital Journalism: How Good Is It?” and “Digital Journalism: The Next Generation.”



Kenneth Chang, “LightSail, a Private Spacecraft, Goes Unexpectedly Quiet.”


Literature and Culture

Zadie Smith, “Escape from New York.”

Steven Shaviro, introduction to Discognition: Fictions and Fabulations of Science (draft of book in progress).

McKenzie Wark, “Žižek and Me.”

Arti Shahani, “Getting ‘Physical’ and Emotional in Virtual Reality.”

The 33 1/3 series is accepting book proposals. (If I had time, which I don’t, I would try to write one on Orchid’s Chaos Is Me.)


And Clickhole, “We Asked Eight Famous Authors for the Most Important Advice They’d Give to Young Writers.”


Humanities and Higher Education

Laura Kipnis, “My Title IX Inquisition” (for those without access to the Chronicle of Higher Education, read here).

Natasha Vargas-Cooper, “Feminist Students Protest Feminist Prof for Writing about Feminism.”

Rei Terada, “Recrimination and Ruined Hope.”

Judith Shulevitz, “In College and Hiding from Scary Ideas.”

Edward Schlosser, “I’m a Liberal Professor, and My Liberal Students Terrify Me.”

Malcolm Harris, “Western Canon, Meet Trigger Warning.”

Noam Chomsky, “The Death of the American University.”

Shawn Johnson, “Budget Committee Passes $250M Cut to UW System.”

Valerie Strauss, “Is Governor Scott Walker Putting the University of Wisconsin System in Jeopardy?”


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