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.”

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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.”

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.”

Spring Break Links 2016

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.”

 

Hyperarchival

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.”

 

International

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.”

 

Pittsburgh

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.

September 2015 Links

These links are coming a day late, but as anticipated, it has been a very busy semester.

 

Nuclear and Environmental

Lizzie Wade, “Earth in 10,000 Years.”

John Metcalfe, “Imagining the Most Catastrophic Climate Future Ever.”

Steven Vogel, “Environmental Ethics in a Postnatural World.”

Chris Mooney, “Why Some Scientists Are Worried About a Surprisingly Cold ‘Blob’ in the North Atlantic Ocean.”

Laurence Topham , Alok Jha and Will Franklin, “Building the Bomb.”

Ross Andersen, “Watching Nuclear War From Across the Galaxy.”

And a letter from Governor Jerry Brown.

 

US and National Security State

The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire.

Sy Hersh, “Evil but Stupid.”

 

Science

Adrienne LaFrance, “Water Is Flowing on Mars.”

 

Hyperarchival

Caitlin Dewey, “Everyone You Know Will Be Able to Rate You on the Terrifying ‘Yelp for People’–Whether You Want Them To or Not.” 

Rose Eveleth, “Introducing the Archive Corps.”

Alister Doyle, “Syrian War Spurs First Withdrawal from Doomsday Arctic Seed Vault.”

Kalev Leetaru, “History As Big Data: 500 Years Of Book Images And Mapping Millions Of Books.”

Colin Coopman, “The Algorithm and the Watchtower.”

Zachary Loeb, “The Social Construction of Acceleration,” review of Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism, by Judy Wajcman.

Miya Tokumitsu, “The Politics of the Curation Craze.”

Nikhil Sonnad, “This Free Online encyclopedia Has Achieved What Wikipedia Can Only Dream of.” On The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Margarita Noriega, “The Map of Literature.”

Ben Quinn, “Isis Destruction of Palmyra’s Temple of Bel Revealed in Satellite Images.”

Mimi Zeiger, “Yayoi Kusama’s Infinitely Immersive Installation Opens with The Broad in Los Angeles.”

And an old one: Grant Brunner, “Programmer Creates 800,000 Books Algorithmically, Starts Selling Them on Amazon.”

 

Literature and Culture

Carolyn Kellogg, “Ta-Nehisi Coates and Other Authors Who Landed MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants: What Made Them Stand Out.”

Ben Lerner, MacArthur Fellow.

N. Katherine Hayles, “Searching for Purpose,” review of Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson, and Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson.

Fredric Jameson, “In Hyperspace,” review of Time Travel: The Popular Philosophy of Narrative, by David Wittenberg.

Ian Bogost, “In the Habit,” review of Gamelife, by Michael W. Clune.

McKenzie Wark, “Blog-Post for Cyborgs” and “Benjamedia.”

Alexander R. Galloway, “Assessing the Legacy of That Thing That Happened After Poststructuralism” and “From Data to Information.”

Bruce Robbins, “Working on TV.”

Anjali Vaidya, “The Final Installment of the Ibis Trilogy,” review of Flood of Fire, by Amitav Ghosh.

Laila Lalami, review of Flood of Fire, by Amitav Ghosh.

Mark Goble, “Good Literary Criticism: On the Crisis of Man,” review of The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America 1933-1972, by Mark Greif.

John Higgs, “Was Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain Actually Created by a Long-forgotten Pioneering Feminist?”

Sarah Kaplan, “A White Guy Named Michael Couldn’t Get His Poem Published. Then He Became Yi-Fen Chou.”

Sherman Alexie Speaks Out on The Best American Poetry 2015.

Yi-Fen Chou, “The Bees, the Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve.”

Brian Spears, “Yellowface in Poetry.”

Jenny Zhang, “They Pretend To Be Us While Pretending We Don’t Exist.

Aaron Bady, “Best American Poetry Pseudonyms.”

Teju Cole, “Migrants Welcome.”

Art Winslow, “The Fiction Atop the Fiction: Did Pynchon Publish a Novel Under the Pseudonym Adrian Jones Pearson?”

John Beck, “Beneath the Soviets the Beach,” review of Molecular Red, by McKenzie Wark.

Carolyn Kellogg, “Salman Rushdie’s New Novel Two Years Lets the Jinn Out of the Bottle.”

Radio Hour: Salman Rushdie, Jill Essbaum, and Jerry Stahl.

Janet Maslin, The Art of Memoir, by Mary Karr, Is a Veteran’s Guide.”

Amanda Fortini, “Interview: Mary Karr, The Art of Memoir, no. 1.”

Morten Høi Jensen, “Me, Myself, and Hitler,” review of My Struggle, Book Five, by Karl Ove Knausgaard.

Rhys Williams, “Wake Up and Smell the Weird,” review of Three Moments of an Explosion, by China Miéville.

Eleanor Goodman, “Letter from Shanghai.”

Andrew Broaks, “Do You Miss the Future? Mark Fisher Interviewed.

Nick Levey, “A Temporal Humanism: A Review of Joseph Frank’s Responses to Modernity.”

Nell Zink, “Early Thoughts on Purity by Jonathan Franzen.”

Urmila Seshagiri, “Biology, Destiny, Purity.”

David Haglund, Mr. Robot and the Angry Young Man.”

“Don DeLillo to Receive National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement.”

Don DeLillo, Zero K (forthcoming).

Jason Horsley, “The Invitation of the Mirror: Jonathan Lethem and Me, from the Margin to the Mainstream.”

David Orr, “The Most Misread Poem in America.”

Laura Miller, “David Foster Wallace and the Perils of ‘Litchat.'”

John Semley, The End of the Tour Flattens David Foster Wallace into the Grinding Machinery of Fame He so Often Detested.”

Phillip Maciak, “Original Programming: On Mr. Robot.”

De Witt Douglas Kilgore, “Envisioning Astroculture in the American Hemisphere,” review of Past Futures : Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas, by Sarah J. Montross.

Martin Woessner, “Fail Slow, Fail Hard,” review of Freedom to Fail: Heidegger’s Anarchy, by Peter Trawny.

George Gene Gustines, “Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Black Panther Comic for Marvel.”

Dan Piepenbring, “The Solar Anus.”

Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham, “Spygate to Deflategate: Inside What Split the NFL and Patriots Apart.”

Heidi Kemps, “Nintendo’s Forgotten Console.”

“Dismaland: Inside Banksy’s Dystopian Playground.”

Grace Ambrose, “Reissue of the Week: Conflict.”

Nicola Masciandaro, “Wings Flock to My Crypt, I Fly to My Throne: On Inquisition’s Esoteric Floating Tomb.”

Patrick Jagoda, Network Aesthetics (pre-order).

Andrea K. Scott, “Triple Threat” (on Triple Canopy).

Plinth, no. 4.

Emoji Dick.

Julia Yu, “Goodnight Dune.”

Andy McDonald, “And Now, A Fat Guy On A Toilet Talks To You About Fat Shaming.”

And Jared Smith, “Taylor Swift: A Socratic Dialogue.”

 

Humanities and Higher Education

Megan Garber, “The Rise of ‘Quit Lit.'”

Colleen Flaherty, “Public Good-byes.”

Oliver Lee, “I Have One of the Best Jobs in Academia. Here’s Why I’m Walking Away.”

Ian Bogost, “No One Cares that You Quit Your Job.”

“How America Reacted to ‘The Coddling of the American Mind.'”

Ryan Holiday, “The Real Reason We Need to Stop Trying to Protect Everyone’s Feelings.”

David L. Ulin, “Read before You Speak.”

Adrienne LaFrance, “Millennials Are Outreading Older Generations.”

Henry Veggian, “Adjunct Professors and the Myth of Prestige.”

Simon During, “Stop Hyping Academic Freedom.”

And the 2015-2016 academic year is “The Year of the Humanities” at the University of Pittsburgh.

Beginning of the Semester Links

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.”

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

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.