Summer 2017 Links

Nuclear and Environmental

Nearing midnight: “Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”

Mehdi Hasan, “The Madman with Nuclear Weapons Is Donald Trump, Not Kim Jong-un.”

David Wallace-Wells, “The Uninhabitable Earth.”

NUKEMAP by Alex Wellerstein, and “Global Hiroshima: Notes from a Bullet Train.”

Elizabeth Kolbert, “Au Revoir: Trump Exits the Paris Climate Agreement.”

Fiona Harvey, “World Has Three Years Left to Stop Dangerous Climate Change, Warn Experts.”

Damian Carrington, “Arctic Stronghold of World’s Seeds Floods after Permafrost Melts.”

Benjamin Powers, “An Abandoned US Nuclear Base in Greenland Could Start Leaking Toxic Waste Because of Global Warming.”

Marc Ambinder, “The American Government’s Secret Plan for Surviving the End of the World.”

Mike Wehner, “Nature Throws Humanity a Softball, Provides Bugs That Digest Plastic.”

Stephanie Wakefield, “Field Notes from the Anthropocene:  Living in the Back Loop.”

Ed Simon, “Apocalypse Is the Mother of Beauty.”

Michael Marder, “Can Democracy Save the Planet?”

Peter Brannen, “Earth Is Not in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction.”

Democracy Now, “Noam Chomsky in Conversation with Amy Goodman on Climate Change, Nukes, Syria, WikiLeaks, and More.”

Matt Mountain and Nathaniel Kahn, “The Tiny Edit That Changed NASA’s Future.”

Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise.

Hardcore History, episode 59, “The Destroyer of Worlds.”

Emmalie Dropkin, “We Need Stories of Dystopia without Apocalypse.”

And a recent ad by the University of Edinburgh for a Lecturer in Disasters.

 

Trump, Politics, and the National Security State

Sheri Fink and James Risen, “Psychologists Open a Window on Brutal CIA Interrogations.”

Perry Anderson, “The Centre Can Hold.”

Jacques Rancière, “Attacks on ‘Populism’ Seek to Enshrine the Idea That There Is No Alternative.”

Masha Gessen, “The Autocrat’s Language” and “Waking Up to the Trumpian World.”

McKenzie Wark, “The Spectacle of Disintegration.”

Christopher Lydon, “Noam Chomsky: Neoliberalism Is Destroying Our Democracy.”

Michiko Kakutani, “Human Costs of the Forever Wars, Enough to Fill a Bookshelf.”

Daniel Bessner, “A Very High Degree of Certainty in Future Military Operations.”

Ariel Dorfman, “What Herman Melville Can Teach Us About the Trump Era.”

Rebecca Solnit, “The Loneliness of Donald Trump.”

Emmet Rensin, “The Blathering Superego at the End of History.”

Sara Lipton, “Trump the Merovingian.”

Jeet Heer, “America’s First Postmodern President.”

Naomi Klein, No Is Not Enough.

Caleb Hannan, “The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise.”

Lawrence Wright, “The Future Is Texas.”

And Vinson Cunningham, “Donald and Melania’s Last Judgment.”

 

Hyperarchival

Joe Fassler, “Keeping Track of Every Book You’ve Ever Read.”

Emily Manning, “Iconic Punk Label Dischord Just Uploaded Its Entire Archive to Bandcamp.”

Joshua Barone, “Brooklyn Academy of Music Puts 70,000 Archive Materials Online.”

Emily Drabinksi, “A Space for Pleasures of All Kinds: On Crusing the Library.”

James McWilliams, “Before a Million Universes: The Pros and Cons of the Digitized Whitman and His ‘Lost’ Novels.”

And “Dick Whitman on Walt Whitman: Jon Hamm Reads the Audiobook of a Long Lost Walt Whitman Novel.”

Jeff Charis-Carlson, “Iowa Writers’ Workshop Archive Costly to Search, UI Scholar Finds.”

Reports from the Gutenberg Galaxy.

Spencer Kornhaber, “Katy Perry’s Panopticon of Fun and Tears.”

And Michael E. Ruane, “Unsealed 75 Years after the Battle of Midway: New Details of an Alarming WWII Press Leak.”

 

Criticism and Theory

Racheal Fest, “What Will Modernism Be?”

Joe Pompeo, “Michiko Kakutani, the Legendary Book Critic and the Most Feared Woman in Publishing, Is Steeping Down from The New York Times.”

Introduction to “John Berger: A Retrospective,” special issue, Politics/Letters.

Mariam Rahmani, “Facing the Feminist in the Mirror: On Sara Ahmed’s Living a Feminist Life.”

Jaskiran Dhillon, “Feminism Must Be Lived: An Interview with Sara Ahmed.”

Cassie Thornton, “Feminist Economics and the People’s Apocalypse.”

Bruce Robbins, “Discipline and Parse: The Politics of Close Reading.”

David Golumbia, “The Destructiveness of the Digital Humanities (‘Traditional’ Part II).”

Sofia Cutler, “Cottage Industry,” and Arne de Boever, “Realist Horror,” reviews of Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First-Century Culture, by Annie McClanahan.

Justin Slaughter, “C. L. R. James in the Age of Climate Change.”

Alexander R. Galloway, “The Swervers” and “Brometheanism.”

Bea Malski, “Pleasure Won: A Conversation with Lauren Berlant.”

Craig Hubert, “Live Theory: An Interview with Tom McCarthy.”

Mark Sussman, review of Typerwriters, Bombs, Jellyfish, by Tom McCarthy.

“Can We Criticize Foucault? An Interview with Daniel Zamora.”

Richard Marshall, “The Fall and Rise of Louis Althusser: An Interview with William Lewis.”

Francesco Giusti, “The Lyric in Theory: A Conversation with Jonathan Culler.”

Rhys Tranter, “Is Critical Theory Dead? Does It Have an Afterlife? An Interview with Jeffrey R. Di Leo.”

Sarah Burke, “This New Museum Imagines a World Where Capitalism Is Dead.”

McKenzie Wark, “Our Aesthetics.”

Eugene Thacker, “The Weird, Eerie, and Monstrous,” review of The Weird and the Eerie, by Mark Fisher.

Quinn DuPont, review of The Politics of Bitcoin: Software as Right-Wing Extremism, by David Golumbia.

David Sessions, “The Rise of the Thought Leader.”

Alex Blasdel, “‘A Reckoning for Our Species’: The Philosopher Prophet of the  Anthropocene.”

“The Universes of Speculative Realism,” review of The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism, by Steven Shaviro.

Terrence Blake, “Fallible Divergences: Literary Theory after Speculative Realism,” review of The World of Failing Machines, Grant Hamilton.

Andy Beckett, “Accelerationsim: How a Fringe Philosophy Predicted the Future We Live In.”

Sophie Lewis, “Cthulu Plays No Role for Me.”

James Duesterberg, “Final Fantasy: Neoreactionary Politics and the Liberal Imagination.”

Catherine Liu, “Dialectic of Dark Enlightenments: The Alt-Right’s Place in the Culture Industry.”

Carl Freedman, “Russia 1917: You Are There.”

Alci Rengifo, “Red Dawn: On China Miéville’s Urgent Retelling of the Russian Revolution.”

Benjamin Parker, “What Is a Theory of the Novel Good For?”

And Sadie Stein, “In Flight.”

 

Science

Lisa Zyga, “Physicists Provide Support for Retrocausal Quantum Theory, in Which the Future Influences the Past.”

Dave Mosher, “NASA Has a Job Opening for Someone to Defend Earth from Aliens.”

 

Literature and Culture

Judy Woodruff, “For Newly Named US Poet Laureate [Tracy K. Smith], the Power of Poetry Is Opening Ourselves to Others.”

Literary Hub, “90 Lines for John Ashbery’s 90th Birthday.”

Charles Bernstein and Tracie Morris, “Poetry Needs a Revolution That Goes Beyond Style.”

Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer, “The Rise of Science Fiction from Pulp Mags to Cyberpunk.”

Seat 14C (great collection of contemporary SF).

Lee Konstantinou, “The Girl Who Almost Became a Zombie.”

“17776: What Football Will Look Like in the Future.”

Hilton Als, “Ghosts in the House: How Toni Morrison Fostered a Generation of Black Writers.”

Ian Bogost, “The Fidget Spinner Explains the World.”

Fredric Jameson, “No Magic, No Metaphor.”

Adam Kelly, “David Foster Wallace and New Sincerity Aesthetics: A Reply to Edward Jackson and Joel Nicholson-Roberts.”

Steve Paulson, “Getting Out of Our Normal Crap: George Saunders on Writing and Transcendence.”

David L. Ulin, “Denis Johnson Had Ruthless Honesty and Transcendent Power.”

Tobias Wolff reads Denis Johnson’s “Emergency.”

Laurie Penny, “In Science Fiction, the Future Is Feminist.”

Jane Hu and Aaron Bady, The Handmaid’s Tale, ‘Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum.'”

Johanna Drucker, “Embittered Spinster,” review of A Quite Passion.

Wai Chee Dimock, “There’s No Escape from Contamination above the Toxic Sea,” review of Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer, and “5,000 Years of Climate Fiction.”

Andreas Halskov, “No Place Like Home: Returning to Twin Peaks.”

Sarah Nicole Prickett, “Eternal Return.”

Noel Murray, Twin Peaks Season 3, Episode 8: White Light, White Heat.”

Jedediah Purdy, “Fiery Heaven, Bastard Earth: The Cosmology of Game of Thrones.”

Aaron Bady and Sarah Mesle, Game of Thrones, ‘Dragonstone.'”

Jia Tolentino, “The Personal Essay Boom Is Over.”

Harris Feinsod, “Sub-Sub-Underground-Anti-Connoisseurship: Adrift with Allan Sekula.”

Sean Austin Grattan, Hope Isn’t Stupid: Utopian Affects in Contemporary American Literature.

Lindsay Meaning, “Dimensions of Identity,” review of Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture, by Adrienne Shaw.

Robert Florence, “8-Bit Philosophizing in The Forbidden Forest.”

Patrick Klepek, “The Power of Video Games in the Age of Trump.”

Matt Margini, “Something is Rotten in the State of Lucis: On Final Fantasy XV.”

William Bradley, “With Reflection, without Fear.”

Haruki Murakami, “Reality A and Reality B.”

Jennifer Lunden and DeAnna Satre, “Evidence, in Track Changes.”

Citron Kelly, three poems.

Future Radio, “Song Books, featuring Andrew Hook.”

Andrew Hook, ed., Elasticity: The Best of Elastic Press.

Mike Good, “Absence Tangibly Felt,” review of Post-, by Wayne Miller.

Kimberly Ann Southwick, “Three Chapbooks: Reinventing Prose Poetry for a New Century.”

Lauren Russell, “I Keep Thinking I Want to Get Married When What I Mean Is Safety.”

Eric Van Allen, “The FIFA Goal That Just Wouldn’t Go In.”

And Clayton Purton, “This Woman Has Been Slowly Eating Infinite Jest for a Year.”

 

Creative Writing

Kate Southwood, “‘Write What You Know’ Is Not Good Writing Advice.”

Stephen Hunter, “If You Want to Write a Book, Write Every Day or Quit Now.”

 

Humanities and Higher Education

Amy Hungerford, “Why the Yale Hunger Strike Is Misguided.”

Sarah Brouillette, Annie McClanahan, and Snehal Shingavi, “Risk Reason/ The Wrong Side of History: On the Yale University Unionization Efforts.”

Alyssa Battistoni, “Why I’m Fasting with Other Graduate Students at Yale.”

Eric Hayot, “The Profession Does Not Need the Monograph Dissertation.”

Chad Wellmon and Andrew Piper, “Publication, Power, and Patronage: On Inequality and Academic Publishing.”

Michael Meranze, “Remaking the University: The Idea of the English University,” review of Speaking of Universities, by Stefan Collini.

Oliver Bateman, “The Young Academic’s Twitter Conundrum.”

Jerry Coyne, “A New Academic Hoax: A Bogus Paper on ‘the Conceptual Penis’ Gets Published in a ‘High Quality Peer-Reviewed’ Social Science Journal.”

Francine Prose, “Humanities Teach Students to Think. Where Would We Be without Them?”

Ico Maly, “The End of Academia.edu: How Business Takes Over, Again.”

Sarah Bond, “Dear Scholars, Delete Your Account At Academia.Edu.”

Jeffrey J. Cohen, “Drinking and Conferencing.”

Deborah K. Fitzgerald, “Our Hallways Are Too Quiet.”

Sari Lesk, “UWSP Student Asks Court to Force Poetry Professor to Give Her an A.”

Jackson McHenry, “Maria Bamford Spent Her Commencement Address Discussing Exactly How She Negotiated Her Fee.”

And Susan Harlan, “Facebook Genres for English Professors.”

 

Pittsburgh

Cecilia Kang, “Pittsburgh Welcomed Uber’s Driverless Car Experiment. Not Anymore.”

And Jason Peck and Mike Good, “Local Spotlight: Pittsburgh’s Long-Running Poetry Reading Series Turns 42.”

 

And For the First Time . . . Oneonta, New York

Lisa W. Foderaro, “For Oneonta’s Aging Downtown, a $10 Million Face-Lift.”

End of the Semester Links, Spring 2017

It’s been a long year, long for many reasons, but here’s a backlog of some links. (Some very good news is imminent. . . .)

 

Nuclear and Environmental

New York Times Editorial Board, “The Finger on the Nuclear Button.”

Rebecca Savranksy, “US May Launch Strike if North Korea Moves to Test Nuclear Weapon.”

Kaveh Waddell, “What Happens if a Nuclear Bomb Goes Off in Manhattan.”

Radiolab, “Nukes.”

Laurel Wamsley, “Digitization Unearths New Data From Cold War-Era Nuclear Test Films.”

Michael Biesecker and John Flesher, “President Trump Institutes Media Blackout at EPA.”

Brian Kahn, “The EPA Has Started to Remove Obama-Era Information.”

Zoë Schlanger, “Hackers Downloaded US Government Climate Data and Stored It on European Servers as Trump Was Being Inaugurated.”

Cass R. Sunstein, “Making Sense of Trump’s Order on Climate Change.”

Laurie Penny, “The Slow Confiscation of Everything.”

Jonathan O’Callaghan, “What’s Going on at Fukushima.”

Bill McKibben, “A Bad Day for the Environment, with Many More to Come.”

Andrew Bast, “Unpredictable.”

Youssef El-Gingihy, “World War 3 Is Coming. . . .”

Taylor Link, “Democrats Propose Legislation to Prevent Donald Trump from Launching a Nuclear First Strike.”

Peter Maass, “Trump Official Obsessed Over Nuclear Apocalypse. . . .”

Christopher Schaberg, “Trump in the Anthropocene.”

David Farrier, “How the Concept of Deep Time Is Changing.”

Frank Heath, “A Prime Condition.”

J. Daniel Elam, “The Temporal Order of Modernity Has Changed: J. Daniel Elam in Conversation with Amitav Ghosh on the Anthropocene, Climate Change, and World Literature.”

Dan Levin, “A Chunk of the Arctic Stops By for a Photo Shoot.”

And Pieter Lemmens and Yuk Hui, “Apocalypse, Now! Peter Sloterdijk and Bernard Stiegler on the Anthropocene.”

 

Science

Fiona MacDonald, “Scientists Have Confirmed a Brand New Phase of Matter: Time Crystals.”

Lingo Andrewust, “Parallel Universes Are Real and Will Soon Be Testable, Researchers Say.”

 

Trump and the National Security State

Naomi Klein, “Get Ready for the First Shocks of Trump’s Disaster Capitalism.”

Masha Gessen, “The Styrofoam Presidency” and “The Real Madman.”

Alberto Toscano, “Notes on Late Fascism.”

W. J. T. Mitchell, “American Psychosis: Trumpism and the Nightmare of History.”

Francine Prose, “Forget Protest: Trump’s Actions Warrant a General National Strike.”

Perry Anderson, “Passing the Baton.”

Rick Perlstein, “I Thought I Understood the American Right. Trump Proved Me Wrong.”

Colin Dayan, “White Dogs on Track in Trump’s America.”

Richard Beck, “The Syria Catastrophe.”

Elizabeth Drew, “Terrifying Trump.”

Roger Berkowitz, “Why Arendt Matters: Revisiting The Origins of Totalitarianism.”

New York Times Editorial Board, “President Bannon?”

Gregg LaGambina, “The Revolutionary Force of Stupidity: A Conversation with Matt Taibbi.”

Robert Zaretsky, “Achtung Maybe: Reverence in the Age of Trump.”

Dan Sinykin, “We Wish You Great Harm.”

Judith Levine, “The Bartleby Strategy.”

Paul Holdengraber, “Paul Auster on Activism, James Baldwin, and the Horrors of Trump.”

“An Open Letter to Trump from the US Press Corps.”

Intercepted Podcast, “We Are All in Trump’s Hunger Games Now” and “Could Trump Start World War III?”

And Conor Friedersdorf, “The Significance of Millions in the Streets.”

 

Economics

boundary 2‘s conference: Neoliberalism, Its Ontology and Genealogy: The Work and Context of Philip Mirowski.

Gerry Mullany, “World’s 8 Richest Men Have as Much Wealth as the Bottom Half, Oxfam Says.”

George Monbiot, “Dark Arts.”

Robert Seguin, “Farmers and Foodies of the Future.”

And “David Harvey’s Course on Marx’s Capital: Volumes 1 and 2 Now Available Free Online.”

 

Social Justice

Kwame Anthony Appiah, “There Is No Such Thing as Western Civilization.”

Justin Campbell, “A Voice in the Wilderness: An Interview with Micah White.”

William C. Anderson, “New World Anxiety.”

Peggy Kamuf, “Who Has the Right to Move?: On ‘It Is Obvious from the Map’.”

 

Criticism and Theory

Danny Postel, “Moving Targets: An Interview with Tzvetan Todorov.”

Françoise Meltzer, “Tzvetan Todorov (1939-2017).”

Robert Zaretsky, “A Philosopher of Otherness Dies When He’s Needed Most.”

Alexander R. Galloway, “An Interview with McKenzie Wark.”

Gabriel Rockhill, “The CIA Reads French Theory: On the Intellectual Labor of Dismantling the Cultural Left.”

Samuel Freeman, “The Headquarters of Neo-Marxism.”

Mark B. N. Hansen, “Bernard Stiegler, Philosopher of Desire?”

Simon Reynolds, “Mark Fisher’s k-punk Blogs Were Required Reading for a Generation.”

Tom Syverson, “Capitalism Is Despair and It’s Time to Start Taking It Personally.”

Roger Luckhurst, “Making Sense of The Weird and the Eerie.”

Dan Hassler-Forest, Ellie Mae O’Hagan, Mark Bould, Roger Luckhurst, Carl Freedman,  and Jeremy Gilbert, “Mark Fisher: In Memoriam.”

Zero Books, “Capitalist Realism and Mr. Robot.”

Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen and Devika Sharma, “Critique’s Persistence: An Interview with Sianne Ngai.”

Paul A. Bové, “Rita Felski and Alt-Critique.”

Salmon, “Derrida vs. the Rationalists.”

Robert T. Tally, Jr., review of The Birth of Theory, by Andrew Cole.

Tom Eyers, Speculative Formalism: Literature, Theory, and the Critical Present.

Jesper Juul, “The Darkening of Play.”

Adam Kotsko, “Žižek and ‘the Left'” and “On the Coming Apocalypse.”

Len Gutkin, review of The Limits of Critique, by Rita Felski, and Cool Characters, by Lee Konstantinou.

“V21 Forum on Strategic Presentism,” in Victorian Studies.

Jayda Coons, “Unveiling Desire, Affirming Pleasure,” review of V21 special issue of b2o: An Online Journal.

Shut Down LD50 Gallery.

The Freedom after Neoliberalism Project.

And “Reviews of Peer-Reviewed Journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences.”

 

Hyperarchival

Sheila Liming, “In Praise of Not Not Reading.”

Alex Good, “The Rising Tide of Academic Aliteracy.”

Henry Martin Lloyd, “In Praise of Slowness.”

The Office Hour, “Refusing to Read.”

Scott Selisker, “Culture Machines: On Ed Finn’s What Algorithms Want.”

James Somers, “Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria.”

Mark McGurl, “Feeling Like the Internet.”

David Golumbia, “The Destructiveness of the Digital.”

Patrick Jagoda, “Networks in Literature and Media.”

Peter Dockrill, “NASA Just Made All the Scientific Research It Funds Available for Free.”

John Seabrook, “The Invisible Library.”

Anotonio A. Casilli, “Never Mind the Algorithms: The Role of Click Farms and Exploited Labor in Trump’s Election.”

And “Announcing The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition.”

 

Literature and Culture

Cormac McCarthy, “The Kekulé Problem: Where Did Language Come From?”

Jennifer Schuessler, “In a Walt Whitman Novel, Lost for 165 Years, Clues to Leaves of Grass and “Confronting Academia’s Ties to Slavery.”

Zachary Turpin, ed., “Walt Whitman’s Newly Discovered ‘Jack Engle,'” special issue, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review.

Eve L. Ewing, “Why Authoritarians Attack the Arts.”

Amitav Ghosh, “Writing the Unimaginable.”

Edward Jackson , Xavier Marcó del Pont, and Tony Venezia, eds., “David Foster Wallace,” special issue, Orbit.

Deidre Coyle, “Men Recommend David Foster Wallace to Me.”

Daniel Cohen, “Interview with Mark Greif.”

Anne Anlin Cheng, “The Ghost in the Ghost.”

Gerry Canavan, “Utopia in the Time of Trump.”

Sean Austin Grattan, Hope Isn’t Stupid: Utopian Affects in Contemporary American Literature.

Rebecca Evans, “What It Feels Like When Your World Ends.”

Ian Bogost, “Video Games Are Better without Stories.”

Nick LaLone, “More Than Affordances: Limitations and the Systems They Create,” review of Play Anything, by Ian Bogost.

Austin Walker, “Stories in Games Aren’t Problems, They’re Solutions.”

Graham Oliver, “The Field of Dreams Approach: On Writing About Video Games:
Tony Tulathimutte on the Future of Video Game Criticism.”

Salvatore Pane, “You Guys Are the Best: Friendship and Grieving in Final Fantasy XV, Night in the Woods is the Working Class Fiction I’ve Been Waiting For,” and Kristaps Saves Madison Square Garden.

Brian Whitener, “Cruel Pessimism,” review of Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First-Century Culture, by Annie McLanahan.

Alexandra Alter, “Sci-Fi Writer William Gibson Reimagines the World after the 2016 Election.”

W. Oliver Baker, “Words are Things”: The Settler Colonial Politics of Post Humanist Materialism In Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.”

Evan Calder Williams, “Evening Will Come.”

Victoria Newton Ford, Get Out, Claudia Rankine, and the Horror of Black Hypervisibility.”

Dan Hassler-Forest, “Politicizing Star Wars: Anti-Fascism vs. Nostalgia in Rogue One.”

Lee Konstantinou, “The Yurt of Fiction” and “Comics Studies Comes of Age.”

Ajay Singh Chaudhary, “DOOMguy Knows How You Feel.”

Darryl Pinckney, “Under the Spell of James Baldwin.”

Charles Bernstein, “Lyric Shame.”

Megan Garber, “Are We Having Too Much Fun?”

Johnny Cook, “Playwrights Local to Premiere New Play with Music about Poet Wallace Stevens.”

PLINTH, no. 7.

Matthew Rohrer, “Mars Is a Stupid Planet.”

Jeanne Marie Laskas, “To Obama with Love, Hate, and Desperation.”

Michael Dowdy, “Poetry from a Year of Precarity.”

Frank Guan, “Why Ever Stop Playing Videogames.”

Robin Pogrebin, “In Walden Video Game, the Challenge Is Stillness.”

Ryan Pierson, “Too Close, Not Blue: Yellow Submarine.”

David Horvitz with Alexander Provan, “Ask the Stone to Say.”

Rachel Nagelberg, an excerpt from The Fifth Wall.

Gigantic Sequins 8, no. 1.

Review of Giantic Sequins 8, no. 1.

Mike Good, review of Better Luck Next Year, by Ally Malinenko.

Rachel Mennies, “Echo and Narcissus, Pittsburgh.”

After Happy Hour Review, no. 7.

Nick Greer, “Transmigration/Thule.”

And Owen Vince, Everything, Desire.

 

Humanities and Higher Education

Miya Tokumitsu, “In Defense of the Lecture.”

Thomas P. Campbell, “The Folly of Abolishing the NEA.”

Lee Gardner, “Why It Matters That Trump Wants to Kill the NEA and the NEH.”

“Some Colleges Have More Students From the Top 1 Percent Than the Bottom 60.”

Josh Roiland, “A Shot in the Arm.”

Kevin Birmingham, “The Great Shame of Our Profession.”

Blaine Greteman, “Don’t Blame Tenured Academics for the Adjunct Crisis.”

Lee Hall, “I Am an Adjunct Professor Who Teaches Five Classes: I Earn Less than a Pet-Sitter.”

Nell Gluckman, “Universities Take Steps to Improve Working Conditions for Adjuncts.”

Alana Cattapan, “Time-Sucking Academic Job Applications Don’t Know Enormity of What They Ask.”

Joshua Eyler, “Against Student Shaming.”

Scott Jaschik, “New York Adopts Free Tuition.”

Yasmin Nair, “The Dangerous Academic Is an Extinct Species.”

And Marika Seigel, “Action Items on Your Radical Professor’s Liberal Agenda.”

 

Pittsburgh

Anya Litvak and Chris Potter, “Local Firm Envisions a Nuclear-Waste Moat for Trump’s Border Wall.”

And Lucas Peterson, “Built on Steel, Pittsburgh Now Thrives on Culture.”

Beginning of the Semester Links, Spring 2017

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.

Joe Romm, “Priebus Confirms That Climate Denial Will Be the Official Policy of Trump’s Administration.”

Natasha Geiling, “Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Deletes Accurate Climate Science from Agency Webpage.”

Madeline Conway, “Trump Threatens to Upend US Nuclear Weapons Policy.”

Sam Stein, “Trump Releases Letter From Putin Amid Talk Of Nuclear Arms Race.”

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.”

 

Obama

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.”

 

Trump

Zadie Smith, “On Optimism and Despair.”

Literary Hub, “A 90-Year-Old John Berger Is Not Surprised by President Trump.”

The Editorial Board of The New York Times, “No Experience, No Problem.”

Masha Gessen, “Russia, Trump, and Flawed Intelligence.”

Democracy Now! “Cornel West on Donald Trump: This is What Neo-Fascism Looks Like.”

“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.”

Alex Ross, “The Frankfurt School Knew Trump Was Coming.”

Lorraine Berry, “Umberto Eco on Donald Trump: 14 Ways of Looking at a Fascist.”

Jedediah Purdy, “What I Had Lost Was a Country.”

Mark Sussman, “Trump’s False Choice” and À la recherche du Trump perdu: Political Grief and Looking to the Past.”

Paul Krugman, “Seduced and Betrayed by Donald Trump.”

Dan Sinykin, “Hannukkah and the Apocalypse.”

Yves Smith, “Trumpism Has Dealt a Mortal Blow to Orthodox Economics and ‘Social Science.'”

Robert Zaretsky, “Lost in Trumpslation: An Interview with Bérengère Viennot.”

Michael Grunwald, “The Victory of ‘No.'”

Anonymous on Trump.

Ilana Novick, “Intelligence Analyst Eviscerates Trump, Russian Influence in His Election and the Media in Epic Tweetstorm.”

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.”

 

Economics

Henry Wismayer, “The Crisis of Liberalism, Part I” and “The Crisis of Liberalism, Part II: All Policy, No Power.”

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%.”

 

Social Justice

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Now Is the Time to Talk about What We Are Actually Talking About.”

Matt Lees, “What Gamergate Should Have Taught Us about the ‘Alt-Right.'”

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.)

And Sam Levin, “Arizona Republicans Move to Ban Social Justice Courses and Events at Schools.

 

Hyperarchival

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.

Anne Boyer, “Clickbait Thanatos: On the Poetics of Post-Privacy.”

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.”

Josh Chin, “China’s New Tool for Social Control: A Credit Rating for Everything.”

Thomas Rid and Ben Buchanan, “Attributing Cyber Attacks.”

Timelapse Satellite Photos.

“Google Unveils Neural Network with ‘Superhuman’ Ability to Determine the Location of Almost Any Image.”

And Mike Wehner, “CNN Uses Screenshot from Fallout 4 to Show How Russians Hack Things.”

 

Criticism and Theory

Mark Fisher, “On Kubrick, Tarkovsky, and Nolan: An Extract From The Weird And The Eerie” and “Good for Nothing.”

John Doran, Capitalist Realism Author Mark Fisher Dies.”

Fredric Jameson, “Badiou and the French Tradition.”

Jennifer Ruark, “Bait and Switch: How the Physicist Alan Sokal Hoodwinked a Group of Humanists and Why, 20 Years Later, It Still Matters.”

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.”

Colson Whitehead on David Bowie, and many others on those who passed in 2016.

Osvaldo Oyola, “Between the World and Wakanda: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze’s Black Panther.”

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.”

A. O. Scott, Rogue One Leaves Star Wars Fans Wanting More and Less.”

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.”

And “Professor Drops Lame Ass Class.”

 

Pittsburgh

Jessica Glenza, “Pittsburgh Water: Expensive, Rust-Colored, Corrosive, and High in Lead.”

Brentin Mock, “An Exit Interview with the Woman Who Drove Pittsburgh into the Innovation Age.”

Geologies of Finitude: The Deep Time of Twenty-First-Century Catastrophe in Don DeLillo’s Point Omega and Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia

Geologies of Finitude: The Deep Time of Twenty-First-Century Catastrophe in Don DeLillo’s Point Omega and Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia

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.

 

Mid-Summer Links 2016

Nuclear and Environment

Naomi Klein, “Let Them Drown: The Violence of Othering in a Warming World.”

Aamna Mohdin, “Fearing a Nuclear Terror Attack, Belgium Is Giving Iodine Pills to Its Entire Population.”

Annabell Shark, “MoMA, The Bomb and the Abstract Expressionists.”

Alex Wellerstein, “The Demon Core and the Strange Death of Louis Slotin.”

Lake Chad disappearing over the past fifty years.

Continent 5.2.

And RDS-37 Soviet hydrogen bomb test (1955).

 

US and International Politics

Glenn Greenwald, “Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions.

Slavoj Žižek, “Could Brexit Breathe New Life into Left-Wing Politics?”

John Oliver on Brexit.

Dan Sinykin, “Trump and the End Times.”

The editors of Salvage, “Lèse-Evilism: On the US Election Season.”

Peter E. Gordon, “The Authoritarian Personality Revisited: Reading Adorno in the Age of Trump.”

8-Bit Philosophy, “Is Trump Really a Fascist?”

Thoughts and Prayers: The Game.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, “The Cynical Sit-In.”

Lyman Stone, “Could eNationalism Be a Thing.”

Lynn Vavreck, “American Anger: It’s Not Politics. It’s the Other Party.”

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.”

Cory Doctorow, Second Life‘s Trump Army Lays Siege to Bernie Sanders’s Virtual HQ with Swastika Cannons.”

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.”

Larry Wilmore’s Remarks at the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

President Barack Obama’s Remarks at the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

The Dandy Goat, New York Times Sure This the Biting Editorial to Sink Trump for Good.”

And ?.

 

National Security State

Jenna McLaughlin, “Spy Chief Complains That Edward Snowden Sped Up Spread of Encryption by 7 Years.”

Sadie Levy Gayle, “CIA ‘Mistakenly’ Destroys Copy of 6,700-page US Torture Report.”

CIA Undercover, “This Former CIA Officer’s Secret Life Taught Her One Lesson: Listen to Your Enemy.”

 

Hyperarchival

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.”

All of Pynchon Notes has been archived and is available online.

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.”

Alan Liu, drafts for Against the Cultural Singularity.

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.

Annalee Newitz, “Movie Written by Algorithm Turns Out to Be Hilarious and Intense.”

Aja Romano, “A Guy Trained a Machine to ‘Watch’ Blade Runner.”

Jeff Guo, “I Have Found a New Way to Watch TV, and It Changes Everything.”

Parody of TED Talks.

And watch an artificial intelligence learn how to play Super Mario World live.

 

Literature and Culture

Alain Badiou, “Fifteen Theses on Contemporary Art.”

Carrie Battan, “Beyoncé’s Lemonade Is a Revelation of Spirit.”

Kitty Empire, “Beyoncé: Lemonade Review – Furious Glory of a Woman Scorned.”

Molly Fischer, “Think Gender Is a Performance? You Have Judith Butler to Thank for That.”

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.”

Carolyn Kellogg, “A Rare Interview with Don DeLillo, One of the Titans of American Fiction” and “Don DeLillo’s Deep Freeze: Zero K Takes on Death, Futurists and Cryonics.”

Crystal Alberts, ed., “Don DeLillo,” special issueOrbit.

Nick Ripatrazone, “On Don DeLillo’s Deep Italian-American Roots.”

Reza Negarestani, “What Is Philosophy? Part One: Axioms and Programs” and “What Is Philosophy? Part Two: Programs and Realizabilities.”

Eileen Joy, “The Boy Who Couldn’t Change the World: An Open Letter to Verso Books and The New Press.”

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.

Emily Harnett, “How the Best Commencement Speech of All Time Was Bad for Literature.”

Sam Levine, “David Foster Wallace’s Famous Commencement Speech Almost Didn’t Happen.”

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.

Ning Ken, “Modern China Is So Crazy It Needs a New Literary Genre.”

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!”

“John Ashbery with Jarrett Earnest.”

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.

Tom Eyers, Speculative Formalism: Literature, Theory, and the Critical Present.

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.

G. D. Dess, “What Happened to Purity?: Jonathan Franzen and the Aspirations and Disappointments of a Contract Writer.”

Boris Kachka, “‘I Just Don’t Find American Literature Interesting’: Lit-Blog Pioneer Jessa Crispin Closes Bookslut, Does Not Bite Tongue.”

Leora Fridman, “Unregulated Glamor,” review of The Pulp vs. the Throne, by Carrie Lorig.

Theodore Gioia, “Changing the Game: Game of Thrones Rewrites the Rules of Modern TV.”

Rowan Keiser, “In Conclusion, Game of Thrones Is a Franchise of Contrasts.”

Vinson Cunningham, “Budweiser and the Selling of America.”

Lester Spence, “The Other Game Seven.”

Dan O’Sullivan, “Breaking Cleveland’s Curse.”

Schuyler Chapman, “Will This Kill That?: Henry James, the Representational Arts, and New Media (Part 1).”

Amanda Reed, “Black Art Matters: Pitt Founds Center on Black Poetry.”

Alexander Provan, “Getting Closer to the Source” and “A Note on Standard Evaluation Materials.”

Matthew Kelly, “I Can’t Take This: Dark Souls, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Networks.”

MLYNXQUALEY, “It’s Pub Day: 5 Reasons to Read Basma Abdel Aziz’s Terrifying, Hopeful, Dystopic Fantasy The Queue.”

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

Alan Burdziak, “University of Missouri Expected to No Longer Allow Protest on Campus.”

Barbara J. King, “Resisting The Corporate University: What It Means To Be A ‘Slow Professor.'”

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.”

Chad Wellmon, “Permanent Crisis: The Humanities in an Age of Disenchantment.”

Irina Popescu, “The Educational Power of Discomfort.”

Kim Brooks, “Death to High School English.”

Meghan Duffy, “You Do Not Need to Work 80 Hours a Week to Succeed in Academia.”

Curt Rice, “Why Women Leave Academia and Why Universities Should Be Worried.”

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.”

John Minichillo, “What Your Professor’s Remarks on Your College English Paper Really Mean.”

And Existential Comics, “Epictetus Was a Hardass Professor.”

 

Pittsburgh and Tucson

Ed Simon, “Hell with the Lid Taken Off: A Pittsburgh Reading List.”

Tucson named only US World City of Gastronomy.

And Bartholomew Q. Kryzinski, “Pittsburgh, In Theory: The Transportation Imaginary.”

End of the Semester Links, Spring 2016

Nuclear and Environmental

Justin Gillis, “Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries.”

Ross Andersen, “We’re Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction.”

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, “On Extinction and Capitalism.”

Robert Macfarlane, “Generation Anthropocene.”

Will Worley, “Radioactive Wild Boar Rampaging around Fukushima Nuclear Site.”

Rebecca Evans, “Weather Permitting.”

 

Hyperarchival

Jacob Brogan, “The Supreme Court Won’t Stop Google From Scanning Every Book in Existence.”

Panama Papers.

Fredric Jameson, “In Hyperspace.”

Michelle Moravec, “The Never-ending Night of Wikipedia’s Notable Woman Problem.”

Colleen Flaherty, “Streamlining Citations.”

Selim Bullut, “Vivienne Westwood’s Son is Burning His £5m Punk Collection.”

Chloe Olewitz, “A Japanese AI Program Just Wrote a Short Novel, and It Almost Won a Literary Prize.”

Jethro Mullen, “Computer Scores Big Win against Humans in Ancient Game of Go.”

Lise Hosein, “How Christian Bök Made a Bacterium Write Poetry to Him.”

Paul Resnikoff, “In 2015, Vinyl Earned More Than YouTube Music, VEVO, SoundCloud, and Free Spotify Combined.”

“This . . . Robot Says She Wants to Destroy Humans.”

Hyperallergic, “Anish Kapoor Coats ‘Cloud Gate’ in the Darkest Black Known to Humanity.”

Robinson Meyer, “How to Write a History of Videogame Warfare.”

Jed Whitaker, “New NES Emulator Displays Classic Games in 3D.”

Joe Blevins, “Koyaanisqatsi Recreated with Just Watermarked Stock Footage.”

Ed Young, “Most of the Tree of Life Is a Complete Mystery.”

The Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature.

And Lincoln Michael, “David Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books.”

 

Trump

Trump

As part of an attempt to answer the question How is Trump Possible? (which someone should steal as the title of their book), I’ve gathered together a wide variety of explanations and related ephemera.

Simone Chun, “Noam Chomsky: ‘I Have Never Seen Such Lunatics in the Political System.'”

Thomas Frank, “Millions of Ordinary Americans Support Donald Trump. Here’s Why.”

Lauren Berlant, “The Trumping of Politics.”

Glenn Greenwald, “The Rise of Trump Shows the Danger and Sham of Compelled Journalistic ‘Neutrality’ and “Donald Trump’s Policies Are Not Anathema to US Mainstream, but an Uncomfortable Reflection of It.”

Charles Simic, “Sticking to Our Guns.”

Robin James, “Hello from the Same Side.”

Chris Hedges, “The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism.”

Amanda Taub, “The Rise of American Authoritarianism.”

Emma Lindsay, “Trump Supporters Aren’t Stupid.”

Patricia Lockwood, “Lost in Trumplandia.”

George Souvlis Maria-Christina Vogkli, “A New Electorate: Mike Davis on Clinton, Trump, and Sanders.”

Matt Walsh, “Dear Trump Fan, So You Want Someone To ‘Tell It Like It Is’? OK, Here You Go.”

Gavin Speiller, “Why I’m Supporting the Demonic Creature That Emerged from the Depths of Hell in This Year’s Presidential Election.”

And Tom O’Donnell, “Here’s Why I Am a Proud Godzilla Supporter.”

 

Economic and International

George Monbiot, “Neoliberalism: The Ideology at the Root of All of Our Problems.”

Thomas Piketty, “America’s Frightening Oligarchy.”

“Lèse humanité.”

 

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Literature and Culture

Jon Pareles, “Prince, an Artist Who Defied Genre, Is Dead at 57.”

Peter Coviello, “Is There God after Prince?”

Charles Curtis, “Just How Good Was Prince at Basketball?”

Ervin Dyer, “A New Center for African American Poetry, Poetics.”

Poetry and Race in America, University of Pittsburgh Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.

Claudia Rankine, “Sound and Fury.”

Boris Kachka, “Claudia Rankine Challenges White Teachers, Pities White Racists in AWP Keynote.”

Geoffrey Bennington, “Embarrassing Ourselves,” review of Of Grammatology, by Jacques Derrida, translated by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, introduction by Judith Butler.

Eli Thorkelson, review of Why There Is No Poststructuralism in France, by Johannes Angermuller.

Matthew Mullins, “Are We Postcritical?” review of The Limits of Critque, by Rita Felski.

David Golumbia, “Code Is Not Speech.”

Lee Konstantinou, “We Had to Get Beyond Irony: How David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers, and a New Generation of Believers Changed Fiction.”

The Great Concavity, a David Foster Wallace podcast.

Mark Sussman, “David Foster Wallace as Burkean Conservative: More D. T. Max on Every Love Story is a Ghost Story.”

John Jeremiah Sullivan, “David Foster Wallace’s Perfect Game.”

Mark Soderstrom, “Unequal Universes.”

Ian Bogost, “The Art—and Absurdity—of Extreme Career Hopping.”

Bruce Robbins, “Working on TV.”

Angie Cruz and Oindrila Mukherjee, editors, Atravesando: An Aster(ix) Anthology.

Ashley Hutson, “Lit Mag Committed to Social Change is Intense, Provocative, and Simply Good Reading.”

Ben Woodard, “A Blood More Red, a Red So Deep.”

Reynaldo Anderson, “Afrofuturism 2.0 and the Black Speculative Art Movement: Notes on a Manifesto.”

Jay Rachel Edidin, “One of the Original X-Men Is Gay.”

Ashaki M. Jackson, Surveillance.

George Sterling, “A Wine of Wizardry.”

Simon Parkin, “Hideo Kojima’s Mission Unlocked.”

Robert L. Kehoe III, “‘The Sharp Edge That Finds Us: Edward Mendelson’s Moral Agents and the Question ‘What Is Man?'”

Marta Bausells, “Why We Read: Authors and Readers on the Power of Literature.”

Black Ocean Press, “Designing the Tomaž Šalamun Series.”

Alia Al-Sabi, “Fan Mail: Taylor Baldwin.”

Butterbirds, Rugged Bug.

A profile of one of my amazing students: “Sarah Lane: The Gamechanger.”

Stephanie Roman, “Shadow of the Colossus: Ecology of Boss Fights.”

And in headlines you cannot make up, Helena Horton, “Microsoft Deletes ‘Teen Girl’ AI after It Became a Hitler-Loving Sex Robot within Twenty-Four Hours.”

 

Humanities and Higher Education

Andrew Hoberek, “Melissa Click and American Anger.”

Frank Pasquale, “Automating the Profession: Utopian Pipe Dream or Dystopian Nightmare?”

Colleen Flaherty, “The Power of Grad Teaching,” “Academics Get Real,” and “End of the Line in Wisconsin.”

Matthew Johnson, “State College of Florida Officially Scraps Tenure in Testy Meeting.”

Andrew Simmons, “Literature’s Emotional Lessons.”

James Doubek, “Attention Students: Put Your Laptops Away.”

Laura McKenna, “The Ever Tightening Job Market for PhDs.”

And Cards against the Humanities.

 

Pittsburgh

Deborah Fallows, “Language as Art in Pittsburgh.”

Kate Giammarise, “Pittsburgh Residents Voice Affordable Housing Concerns.”