It has been a very busy past few months, and my links have suffered. But spring break has provided some lovely, unencumbered time, so here are many, many links (futilely) attempting to catch up with what’s been happening in the world. (In the interest of space, I’ve also passed over some of the more visible recent stories.)
Nuclear and Environmental
Paul Krugman, “Republicans’ Climate Change Denial Denial.”
Democracy Now, “Naomi Klein on Paris Summit: Leaders’ Inaction on Climate Crisis Is ‘Violence” Against the Planet.”
Adrienne LaFrance, “The Chilling Regularity of Mass Extinctions.”
Isabelle Stengers, In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism.
Sebastian Anthony, “Scientists Discover an Ocean 400 Miles Beneath Our Feet that Could Fill Our Oceans Three Times Over.”
Kylie Mohr, “Apocalypse Chow: We Tried Televangelist Jim Bakker’s ‘Survival Food.'”
Alex Trembath, “Are You and Upwinger or a Downwinger?”
Eric Bradner, “Newly Released Documents Reveal US Cold War Nuclear Target List.”
The Electronic Literature Collection, vol. 3.
The Library of Jacques Derrida.
Metacanon: American Fiction 1900-1999.
McKenzie Wark, “Creators of the World Unite,” review of Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, by Cory Doctorow.
“Libricide: Literature on the Destruction of Books and Libraries.”
The Vault of the Atomic Space Age.
Kia Makarechi, “Iran Set to Unveil Collection of Western Art Largely Unseen Since 1979 Revolution.”
Robinson Meyer, “The Decay of Twitter.”
Dennis Perkins, “I Worked in a Video Store for 25 Years. Here’s What I Learned as My Industry Died.”
Miles Bowe, “Download 30GB of Lost Cassettes from the 80s Underground.”
Nicole Dewandre, “The Human Condition and the Black Box Society,” review of The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information, by Frank Pasquale.
Will Partin, “When a Videogame World Ends.”
Samantha Hunt, “A Brief History of Books That Do Not Exist.”
Alexander Provan, “The Last Platform.”
Bradford Bailey, “Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise (1963-67).”
naxxu, “Here’s a giant 800-track alt/indie-focused 90’s playlist in chronological order.”
James Fallows, “On the Impossibility of Fighting ISIL.”
Paul Mason, “The End of Capitalism Has Begun.”
Slavoj Žižek, “In the Wake of Paris Attacks the Left Must Embrace Its Radical Western Roots.”
Sam Kriss, “Building Norway: A Critique of Slavoj Žižek.” and “Why Slavoj Žižek Is Wrong About the Syrian Refugee Crisis—And Psychoanalysis.”
Graeme Wood, “What ISIS Really Wants.”
Etienne Balibar, “In War.”
Jeffrey Fleishman, “‘Poetry is a witness’ to Suffering Wrought by Syria’s Civil War.”
Neel Ahuja, “Still Ahead Somehow,” review of The Security Archipelago: Human-Security States, Sexuality Politics, and the End of Neoliberalism, by Paul Amar.
Literature and Culture
Charles Simic, “Age of Ignorance.”
David L. Ulin, “In Numero Zero, Umberto Eco Has his Mind on Conspiracy–Again.”
Ann E. Bromley, “In Memoriam: Ralph Cohen, Professor Who Transformed Literary Criticism.”
Adam Fitzgerald, “On the Black Avant-garde, Trigger Warnings, and Life in East Hampton: In Conversation with Poet Dawn Lundy Martin.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates’s National Book Award Acceptance Speech.
David Simpson, “Terror Talk and Political Management.”
Matthew Mullins, “Are We Postcritical?” review of The Limits of Critique, by Rita Felski.
Fred Moten, “On Marjorie Perloff.”
Tameka Cage Connely, “Try Me: Beneath the Art of Terrance Hayes.”
Joshua Mostafa, “The View from Nowhere,” review of Forget English! Orientalisms and World Literatures, by Aamir R. Mufti, and Born Translated, by Rebecca L. Walkowitz .
David Palumbo-Liu interviews Amitav Ghosh, “The Opium Wars, Neoliberalism, and the Anthropocene.”
October no. 155, “A Questionnaire on Materialisms.”
John Freeman, “Ben Lerner Is Apprehensive.”
Sadie Stein, “Ben Lerner on The Lichtenberg Figures.”
Reynaldo Anderson, “Afrofuturism 2.0 and the Black Speculative Art Movement: Notes on a Manifesto.”
Kate Kellaway, “Claudia Rankine.”
Edward Mendelson, “Obama as Literary Critic.”
Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young, “The Program Era and the Mainly White Room.”
Alison Flood, “Lost Shelley Poem Execrating ‘Rank Corruption’ of Ruling Class Made Public.”
Colin Dayan, “Throw Away Your Mind.”
Sam Kriss, “Abandon the Future.”
Zachary Loeb, “The Ground Beneath the Screens,” review of A Geology of Media and The Anthrobscene, by Jussi Parikka.
Duncan Thomas, “The Politics of Art: An Interview with Jacques Rancière.”
Virginia Jackson, “The Function of Criticism at the Present Time.”
Adrian Parr, “What Is Becoming of Delezue?”
Dinah Lenney and Arne De Boever Interview Christopher Schaberg and Ian Bogost, “Here Comes Everything.”
Nicola Masciandaro, “Wings Flock to My Crypt, I Fly to My Throne.”
Zak Bronson, “Living in the Wreckage,” review of Salvage: Amid This Stony Rubbish, no. 1.
Heather Scott Partington, “Life-in-progress,” review of Submission, by Michel Houellebecq.
Spencer Kornhaber, “The Rapper of Refugees: What’s M.I.A.’s ‘Borders’ Video Really About.”
Adam Fleming Petty, “The Spatial Poetics of Nintendo: Architecture, Dennis Cooper, and Video Games.”
Michah McCrary, “Many Layers, Many Guises: An Interview with Sven Birkerts.”
Aaron Shulman, interview with Robert Coover.
Tom Bissel, “Everything About Everything: David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest at 20.”
John Baskin, “Death Is Not the End.”
D. T. Max, “Beyond Infinite Jest.”
Arthur Chu, “How Jessica Jones Absorbed the Anxieties of Gamergate.”
Tammy Oler, “Oh, the Humanity,” review of Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy.
Paul Kincaid, “The Destruction of Genre,” review of Slade House, by David Mitchell.
Elizabeth G. Dunn, “The Myth of ‘Easy’ Cooking.”
Ester Bloom, “How ‘Treat Yourself’ Became a Capitalist Command.”
Fandor Keyframe, “What Is ‘Lynchian’?”
Rachel Will, “Robert Pruitt’s New Works Juxtapose African Culture and Space Objects.”
Richard Jean So and Andrew Piper, “How Has the MFA Changed the Contemporary Novel?”
Cathy Day, “My Critique of a Critique of MFA Programs.”
Moran Sanderovich, sculptor.
Robin James, “Hello from the Same Side.”
Aaron Bady, “Our Star Wars Holiday Special.”
Sam Kriss, “Smash the Force.”
Steve Paulson, “No Warp Drives, No Transporters: Science Fiction Authors Get Real.”
Julia Johanne Tolo, “Margaret Atwood Is Writing a Superhero Comic Book.”
Donald Trump’s “The Art of the Deal”: The Movie.
David Sims, “Why Would People Watch Shia LaBeouf Watch Himself?” and “Fallout 4: Have Dog, Will Travel.”
M. H. Miller, “Jason Rohrer Will Be the First Video Game Designer to Have a Solo Museum Show.”
Michael Maizels and Patrick Jagoda, The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer.
Nathan Reese, “An Exhibition That Proves Videogames Can Be Art.”
Mike Sterry, “The Totalitarian Buddhist Who Beat Sim City.”
William Hughes, “Undertale Dares to Players to Make a Mistake They Can Never Take Back.”
A. Will Brown, “Matthew Barney: River of Fundament.”
Meghan Tifft, “An Introverted Writer’s Lament.”
Emily Carlson, Symphony No. 2.
Tracy K. Smith, “Don’t You Wonder, Sometimes?”
Mark Sussman, “David Bowie, the Language of the Tribe, Weirdness, and so on.”
After Happy Hour Review issue #4.
Ashley Hutson, “Lit Mag Committed to Social Change is Intense, Provocative, and Simply Good Reading,” review of Asterix (Fall 2015).
Rose Eveleth, “Imagination Battles: What Will the Future Look Like?” review of Speculations (The Future Is ___), edited by Sarah Resnick.
Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy is coming to TV!
And Kobe Bryant, “Dear Basketball.”
Humanities and Higher Education
Andrew Hoberek, “Why I Continue to Support Melissa Click.”
Laura McKenna, “Should Professors Be Fired for Damaging a College’s Reputation?”
Goldie Blumenstyk, “As Big-Data Companies Come to Teaching, a Pioneer Issues a Warning.”
Colleen Flaherty, “Academics Get Real,” on #realacademicbios.
Sol Gittleman, “Tenure Is Disappearing. But It’s What Made American Universities the Best in the World.”
Rani Neutill, “My Trigger Warning Disaster.”
John Warner, “Students Aren’t Coddled. They’re Defeated” and “Kill the 5-Paragraph Essay.”
Bill Schacknerh, “Campaign Underway to Unionize Pitt Faculty” and more here and here.
Susan Harlan, “Rubric for the Rubric Concerning Students’ Core Educational Competency in Reading Things in Books and Writing about Them.”
And Claire Vaye Watkins, Derek Palacio, and Anni McGreevy, “Academic-Job Listings for My Exes.”
Adam Smeltz, “Study Finds Black Men Left Out of Pittsburgh’s Rebirth.”
Raymar Hampshire, “Why I Left: Pittsburgh Has an Expiration Date.”
Nick Coles, “Black Homes Matter: The Fate of Affordable Housing in Pittsburgh.”
Robin Clarke wins the University of Pittsburgh’s 2015 Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement.