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.”


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.



June 2015 Links

June 6, 2015

National Security State

Edward J. Snowden, “The World Says No to Surveillance.”

The Guardian, “View on Surveillance after Snowden: An Outlaw Rewrites the Law.”

David Cole, “Reining in the NSA.”

Dan Froomkin, “USA Freedom Act: Small Step for Post-Snowden Reform, Giant Leap for Congress.”

Don Franzen interviews Erwin Chemerinsky, “The Legal Legacy of Citizen Four.”

Anne Richardson, “That Fine Line Between Hero and Traitor: What Can We Learn from the Snowden Disclosures?” review of After Snowden: Privacy, Secrecy and Security in the Information Age, edited by Ronald Goldfarb.

Glenn Greenwald, “Did Max Boot and Commentary Magazine Lie About Edward Snowden? You Decide.”

David Dayen, “The Scariest Trade Deal Nobody’s Talking About Just Suffered a Big Leak.”

Bryan Magers, “The War in Africa the US Military Won’t Admit It’s Fighting.”

 

Evironment and Disaster

Jon Cogburn, “#DECELERATE MANIFESTO for a Decelerationist Anti-Politics.”

Doris Apel, “The Ruins of Capitalism.”

Arthur Neslen and Karl Mathiesen, “Paris Climate Pledges ‘Will Only Delay Dangerous Warming by Two Years.'”

Martha Baskin, “In the Face of Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans, Seattle Activists Speak Out.”

Fallout 4 has been announced:

 

Hyperarchival

Ursula K. Le Guin, “Up the Amazon with the BS Machine, or Why I Keep Asking You Not to Buy Books from Amazon.”

David Auerbach, “The Code We Can’t Control,” review of The Black Box Society, by Frank Pasquale.

Lawrence Joseph and Frank Pasquale, “Interview on The Black Box Society.

Michael Massing, “Digital Journalism: How Good Is It?” and “Digital Journalism: The Next Generation.”

 

Science

Kenneth Chang, “LightSail, a Private Spacecraft, Goes Unexpectedly Quiet.”

 

Literature and Culture

Zadie Smith, “Escape from New York.”

Steven Shaviro, introduction to Discognition: Fictions and Fabulations of Science (draft of book in progress).

McKenzie Wark, “Žižek and Me.”

Arti Shahani, “Getting ‘Physical’ and Emotional in Virtual Reality.”

The 33 1/3 series is accepting book proposals. (If I had time, which I don’t, I would try to write one on Orchid’s Chaos Is Me.)

Sunset:

And Clickhole, “We Asked Eight Famous Authors for the Most Important Advice They’d Give to Young Writers.”

 

Humanities and Higher Education

Laura Kipnis, “My Title IX Inquisition” (for those without access to the Chronicle of Higher Education, read here).

Natasha Vargas-Cooper, “Feminist Students Protest Feminist Prof for Writing about Feminism.”

Rei Terada, “Recrimination and Ruined Hope.”

Judith Shulevitz, “In College and Hiding from Scary Ideas.”

Edward Schlosser, “I’m a Liberal Professor, and My Liberal Students Terrify Me.”

Malcolm Harris, “Western Canon, Meet Trigger Warning.”

Noam Chomsky, “The Death of the American University.”

Shawn Johnson, “Budget Committee Passes $250M Cut to UW System.”

Valerie Strauss, “Is Governor Scott Walker Putting the University of Wisconsin System in Jeopardy?”


Robin Mackay’s “A Brief History of Geotrauma”

February 14, 2015

I have been working on Reza Negarestani‘s Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials (2008) and I ran across this fascinating introduction to Negarestani by Robin Mackay that I cannot help but share. The work below is tilted “A Brief History of Geotrauma, or: The Invention of Negarestani.”


Milemarker Circa 199?

October 12, 2014

I’ve been looking for a video from this period of Milemarker’s oeuvre for years. When they were touring in all black and having Roby Newton screaming/playing the lights, when I saw them for the first time, it was something else.


Beginning of the Semester Links, Fall 2014

August 24, 2014

Tomorrow I return to the classroom at the University of Pittsburgh for another semester. As I imagine that this will also mean I’m about to be considerably busier, and that this will mean a bit less posting on the ole blog (links or otherwise), some links to mark the occasion.

 

Disaster and Environmental 

Daniel Politi, “Napa Valley Earthquake Is the Strongest to Hit the Bay Area Since 1989.”

 

Ferguson

Douglas Williams, “Love Me, Ferguson, I’m a Liberal.”

Alexandra Schwartz, “On Being Seen: An Interview with Claudia Rankine from Ferguson.”

Matt Apuzo and Michael S. Schmidt, “In Washington, Second Thoughts on Arming the Police.”

 

Politics

Cornel West on Barack Obama.

Erick Eckholm, “US Court to Hear Case on Voting Restrictions as Arizona Prepares for Polls.”

 

Science and Technology

Rose Eveleth, “So What Exactly Is a ‘Killer Robot’?”

 

Literature and Culture

A review of Ben Lerner‘s new book, 10:04: Parul Sehgal, “Drawing Words from the Well of Art: Ben Lerner Imagines ‘Different Futures’ in his Novel, 10:04.”

Anthony Grafton reviews William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep in “The Enclosure of the American Mind.”

A review of David Mitchell’s new novel, The Bone Clocks: Alexandra Alter, “A Master of Many Universes.”

And I was waiting for this story to break (and it took longer than I thought). One of my favorite bands, Isis, who has been around since 1997, is finally getting some flack about the coincidence of their name’s similarity to ISIS, the group controlling many portions of Iraq right now.

 

Humanities and Higher Education

And for all my students this semester majoring in the humanities, show your parents this.


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