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.”

 

Hyperarchival

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.”


Fall Semester 2015

August 27, 2015

I’m eager to begin a new semester at the University of Pittsburgh. This fall I am teaching a number of classes: Narrative and Technology (ENGLIT 0399), Introduction to Critical Reading (ENGLIT 0500), and Postmodern Literature (ENGLIT 1350). I have taught all three courses before and enjoy each one. The syllabus for Introduction to Critical Reading can be found on my Academia.edu page and I’d be happy to send along the others to interested parties, which tweak previous versions. I have decided not to do any blogs for any of my classes this semester, partially as an experiment, but also because I am trying to limit how much time I spend in front of a screen. For the blogs of previous classes, see the category “Teaching” to the right.


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.”

 

Hyperarchvial

Patrick Jagoda, “Network Ambivalence.”

David Golumbia, “The Amazonization of Everything.”

TimesMachine.

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.”

 

Pittsburgh

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.



Response from Alexander R. Galloway

August 3, 2015

Alexander R. Galloway has quite generously and critically responded to a recent review I wrote about his book, The Interface Effect (2012), in “Allegories of Control.”


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.”

life_after_disney__main_st__2_by_eledoremassis02-d3fx9141

MessyNessy, “The 1970s Cold War Era Home built 26 Feet Underground.”

spencerst5

 

Hyperarchival

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.”

 

Pittsburgh

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.”


Poetics of Control

July 15, 2015

I just wrote a review of Alexander R. Galloway’s The Interface Effect (Malden, MA: Polity, 2012) for The b2 Review. Check it out.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,421 other followers