The Shape of Things

The Shape of Things, my second book of poetry, is now available and shipping from Salò Press. Order it here if you’re in the UK and here if you are anywhere else. I am very proud of this book.

Bradley J. Fest’s second volume of poetry, The Shape of Things, continues his project of poetic assemblage. Written in an age of ubiquitous algorithmic surveillance and increasingly catastrophic climate change, these poems both describe the shape of things in the overdeveloped world and endeavor to challenge the widespread feeling that the imagination has been foreclosed in the twenty-first century. An ambivalent hyperarchive, the collection draws influence from a number of seemingly incompatible lyric registers, including the language of contemporary theory. The Shape of Things culminates in an eponymous long poem that asks if a poiesis of “network being” is possible and suggests that there might be some other way to dance to the sounds of our present.

 

If Whitman and Adorno had a knife fight on the ruins of the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, The Shape of Things would be the perfect voice over. Which is to say, though it’s not a pretty scene, there’s pleasure and beauty to be found in the action and music of the syntax and in following the wild movements of this poet’s mind. Truly original, dazzlingly smart and game for anything, Fest writes of lives and desires torn apart by the neoliberal security state. Jolting between paranoiac rage and orgasmic bliss, between all- out negation and Wordsworthian swoon, these poems describe the awful implications of a contemporary moment in which “we have made ourselves a gallows of a house.”

–Sten Carlson, author of Fur & After

To call The Shape of Things “post-apocalyptic” would be a mistake: its poignant present tense anxiety unfolds in the apocalypse now. Ataris and hunter-gatherers lean together over the edge of time, commingling in harrowing yet pleasurable ways. But this is no book of “detached mirth.” Hear in Fest’s singing the quiet pathos of humans and machines out of time. While Fest’s human creatures have lulled themselves into submission—”There may be something (virtually) / on fire. More likely our expectations are being met . . .”—his work nudges middle class late capitalist culture awake into the disturbing awareness that “a prolonged adolescence is the shape of things.”

–Robin Clark, author of Lines the Quarry

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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.”

Fall Semester 2017

I am looking forward to my first fall semester at Hartwick College. I’ll be teaching three classes: Introduction to Creative Writing (ENGL 213); Reading Modern Poetry (ENGL 250); and Creative Writing: Poetry (ENGL 312). This semester is especially exciting because I will be returning to the creative writing classroom, and, I mean, look at all this poetry:

I’ll post syllabi when they’re complete. No class blogs this semester, but probably soon, especially if I do something new this spring.

“Toward a Theory of the Megatext” Forthcoming in Scale in Literature and Culture

“Toward a Theory of the Megatext: Speculative Criticism and Richard Grossman’s ‘Breeze Avenue Working Paper,'” the first essay from a new project on what I have been calling megatexts, will appear in Scale in Literature and Culture, edited by Michael Tavel Clarke and David Wittenberg. The collection of essays will be published by Palgrave Macmillan and will hopefully come out later this year. More information to come.

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.”