On today of all days, I have a short essay, “Mobile Games, SimCity BuildIt, and Neoliberalism,” up at First Person Scholar.
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.”
Adrienne LaFrance, “The Chilling Regularity of Mass Extinctions.”
Isabelle Stengers, In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism.
Alex Trembath, “Are You and Upwinger or a Downwinger?”
McKenzie Wark, “Creators of the World Unite,” review of Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, by Cory Doctorow.
Robinson Meyer, “The Decay of Twitter.”
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).”
James Fallows, “On the Impossibility of Fighting ISIL.”
Paul Mason, “The End of Capitalism Has Begun.”
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 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.”
Kate Kellaway, “Claudia Rankine.”
Edward Mendelson, “Obama as Literary Critic.”
Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young, “The Program Era and the Mainly White Room.”
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.
John Baskin, “Death Is Not the End.”
D. T. Max, “Beyond Infinite Jest.”
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’?”
Richard Jean So and Andrew Piper, “How Has the MFA Changed the Contemporary Novel?”
Cathy Day, “My Critique of a Critique of MFA Programs.”
Robin James, “Hello from the Same Side.”
Aaron Bady, “Our Star Wars Holiday Special.”
Sam Kriss, “Smash the Force.”
Julia Johanne Tolo, “Margaret Atwood Is Writing a Superhero Comic Book.”
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.”
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?”
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.
And Kobe Bryant, “Dear Basketball.”
Humanities and Higher Education
Andrew Hoberek, “Why I Continue to Support Melissa Click.”
Goldie Blumenstyk, “As Big-Data Companies Come to Teaching, a Pioneer Issues a Warning.”
Colleen Flaherty, “Academics Get Real,” on #realacademicbios.
Rani Neutill, “My Trigger Warning Disaster.”
And Claire Vaye Watkins, Derek Palacio, and Anni McGreevy, “Academic-Job Listings for My Exes.”
Raymar Hampshire, “Why I Left: Pittsburgh Has an Expiration Date.”
Nuclear and Environment
Saeed Kamali Dehghan, “Iranian Parliament Passes Bill Approving Nuclear Deal.”
McKenzie Wark, “The Capitalocene.”
Daniel Schlozman, “The Sanders Phenomenon.”
Nicola Twilley, “Meet the Martians.”
Tom Chmielewski, “After Intelligent Life Is Discovered.”
Ross Andersen, “The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy” (need I say “alien megastructures”?).
National Security State
Arjun Sethi, “Obama Misled the Public on Drones.”
And an old one: Mike Lofgren, “Anatomy of the Deep State.”
Alexander R. Galloway, “From Data to Information.”
Jacob Brogan, “The Shame of Finding Your Younger Self Online.”
Adrienne LaFrance, “Raiders of the Lost Web.”
Alison Gopnik, “No, Your Children Aren’t Becoming Digital Zombies.”
Literature and Culture
Dawn Lundy Martin, ed., “Dossier: On Race and Innovation,” a special issue of boundary 2.
Charles Stross, “21st Century: A Complaint.”
Park MacDougald, “The Darkness before the Right.”
Adam Kelly, “E. L. Doctorow’s Postmodernist Style.”
Barrett Brown, “Stop Sending Me Jonathan Franzen Novels.”
Ira Wells, “Mr. Difficult Rejects His Title,” review of Purity, by Jonathan Franzen.
Wesley Morris, “The Year We Obsessed Over Identity.”
Richard Brody, “Postscript: Chantal Akerman.”
Dan Brooks, “Banksy and the Problem of Sarcastic Art.”
Alec Wilkinson, “Something Borrowed,” on Kenneth Goldsmith.
Alberto Comparini, “The Questionable Orthodoxy of Genres,” review of The Novel Essay, 1884-1947, by Stefano Ercolino.
Bill Capossere, “Purposeful Motion,” review of Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age, by Sven Birkerts.
Davey Wreden’s The Beginner’s Guide.
Mathieu Piccarreta, “French City Introduces ‘Short Story Dispensers’ In Public Areas.”
The Great Concavity, a new podcast on David Foster Wallace.
And Ian Bogost, “Egg McNothin’.”
Humanities and Higher Education
Audrey Watters, “The Functions of Education-Technology Criticism.”
Mary Ellen McIntire, “How One College Hopes to Reshape General Education.”
Jenna Lay, “Job-Market Advice–for Faculty.”
And I am Pseudonymous, “Dear Cornell University. . . .”
Marylynne Pitz, “Warhol Curator Quits after Five Months.”
I just wrote a review of Alexander R. Galloway’s The Interface Effect (Malden, MA: Polity, 2012) for The b2 Review. Check it out.
Another semester is coming to a close, and I finally have a chance to sit down and sort through the backlog of links that have been piling up over the past few months. So, with no further ado, links.
Nuclear, Environment, Ruins
Thomas Erdbrink, “Iran’s Leaders Fall Into Line Behind Nuclear Accord.”
William J. Broad, “Hydrogen Bomb Physicist’s Book Runs Afoul of Energy Department.”
John R. Bolton, “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.” Um, no.
Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith, “South African Nuclear Cache Unnerves US.”
Charlie Jane Anders, “Nanotech Could Make Nuclear Bombs Much, Much Tinier.”
Andreas Malm, “The Anthropocene Myth.”
99% Invisible, “Ten Thousand Years.”
Jonathan Waldman, “The Rustiest Place in America.”
Jonathan Franzen, “Carbon Capture.”
Michael Schaub, “Jonathan Franzen ‘Miserably Conflicted’ About Climate Change.'”
Book trailer for Liam Sprod‘s Nuclear Futurism; The Work of Art in the Age of Remainderless Destruction (Winchester, UK: Zero, 2012).
National Security State and US Politics
Andrea Germanos, “Noam Chomsky: Edward Snowden a True Patriot Who Should be Honored.”
Amy Chozick and Maggie Haberman, “Hillary Clinton to Announce 2016 Run for President on Saturday.”
Vitalik Buterin with Sam Frank, “Decentralized Autonomous Society.”
Christina Pazzanese, “Explaining Capital.”
Literature and Culture
Mark Sussman, “Smarter.”
Adam Kotsko, “On the Perfunctoriness of House of Cards.”
Alexander R. Galloway, “Something About the Digital.”
Jonathan Gatehouse, “America Dumbs Down.”
Charlie Jane Anders, “First Gorgeous Look at Mark Z. Danielewski’s New Series, The Familiar!”
Richard Hill, “The Internet vs. Democracy,” review of Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy, by Robert W. McChesney.
Peter McDonald and Patrick Jagoda, “The Portal | The Sandbox.“
Sam Kriss, “Game of Thrones and Marxist Theory.”
Leigh Gallagher, “The Suburbs Are Dead–And That’s Not a Good Thing.”
Mark Bittman, “Why Not Utopia?”
Javier O’Neil-Ortiz, “Inferiority Complex: On Black Mirror.”
Lawrence Berger, “Being There: Heidegger on Why Presence Matters.”
Ian Bogost, “Videogames Are Better Without Characters.”
Chay Close, “All Videogames Are a Joke.”
Spencer Robbins, “Wittgenstein, Schoolteacher.”
Jessica Saia and Sierra Hartman, “What Our Office Learned Working Naked for One Month.”
Kevin M. Kruse, “A Christian Nation? Since When?”
David Itzkoff, “Trevor Noah to Succeed Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.”
Footnotes (podcast on comic book series).
Snap Judgment, “The NeverEnding Story.”
Michael Idov, “The Movie Set That Ate Itself.” (An oldie, but goodie on Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s ambitious failure of a filmic megatext.)
Jason Schreier, “You Can Play Pac-Man on Google Maps Right Now.”
And the cast of Twin Peaks begs David Lynch to come back:
Humanities and Higher Education
Janet Napolitano, “Higher Education Isn’t in Crisis.”
Terry Eagleton, “The Slow Death of the University.”
Colleen Flaherty and Kaitlin Mulhere, “Day of Protest.”
Carmen Maria Machado, “O Adjunct! My Adjunct!”
Fareed Zakaria, “Why America’s Obsession with STEM Education Is Dangerous.”
Stephanie Saul, “NYU Professor Is Barred by United Arab Emirates.”
Laura McKenna, “The Unfortunate Fate of Sweet Briar’s Professors.”
Leonard Cassuto, “The Problem of Professionalization.”
Plugs, Play, Pedagogy, “Teaching with the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives.”
Its been a couple weeks since I’ve posted any links, so there’s a bunch of stuff here.
Disaster, Nuclear, Environment, and Deep Futures
Willie Osterweil, “The End of the World as We Know It.” On the reactionary politics in ancient apocalypse films.
Josh Marshall, “Disaster Porn, For Once for Real.”
Radical eco-nihilism. Wen Stephenson, “‘I Withdraw’: A Talk with Climate Defeatist Paul Kingsnorth.”
Paul Kingsnorth, “Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist.”
Mark Strauss, “Space Junk Is Becoming a Serious Security Threat.”
Robert T. Gonzalez, “Bad News: Scientists Have Measured 16-Foot Waves in the Arctic Ocean.”
Sahil Kapur, “Top Obama Aide: Boehner Has ‘Opened the Door’ to Impeachment.”Alyssa
Eduardo Porter, “Why Voters Aren’t Angrier About Economic Inequality.”
Jeff Shesol, “The Impeachment Vogue.”
Hmm, probably should have seen this coming. Katie McDonough, “Satanists Want Hobby Lobby-Style Religious Exemption from Anti-Choice Counseling Laws.”
David Harvey, “The 17 Contradictions of Capitalism.”
Noura Erakat, “Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza Debunked.”
Ken Isaacs, “Why Are We Ignoring a New Ebola Outbreak?”
Ian Svevonius, “All Power to the Pack Rats.” In the sleek Apple future, our “outdated” possessions are turned into symbols of poverty.
The New Yorker has opened up its archives. Joshua Rothman and Erin Overbey, “A Summer in the Archive.” Matt Buchanan, “All The New Yorker Story Roundups You Should Read While the Stories Are Still Unlocked, As Well As All The New Yorker Stories They Link To.”
Two interesting hyperarchival podcasts. The first, Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, takes on the herculean task of trying to explain the hyperarchival, meganarrative that are the X-Men comic books.
This is also fantastic. “30 Essential Songs from the Golden Era of Emo.” The nostalgia here is about as thick as it can be.
And the television hyperarchive: Megan Garber, “Woohoo! Simpsons World Will Transform the Show into Delicious, Delicious Data.”
Literature and Culture
This is fantastic. Carolyn Silveira, “If You See This Woman and Think She Doesn’t Seem Punk, Wait Till You See Her in Her Underwear.”
Christopher Orr, “Lucy: The Dumbest Movie Ever Made About Brain Capacity. I utterly disagree with Orr’s review, however, as I loved Lucy (2014), thought it was great for many of the reasons Orr thought it poorly made, think it is what Steven Shaviro calls post-cinema (putting it in line with such films as Southland Tales (2006), Gamer (2009), Spring Breakers (2013), etc.), and just wish there were many more movies like this. Such as. . . .
Unemployed Negativity, “Hijacking a Train: Revolution and Its Limits in Snowpiercer.”
Michael M. Hughes, “How an Obscure 2nd Century Christian Heresy Influenced Snowpiercer.”
Finally, Grant Morrison’s Multiversity. Matthew Jackson, “Comics Legend Grant Morrison Unveils Massive DC Comics Event The Multiversity.”
Andrew Pilsch, “The Banality of Dystopia” and “Object-Oriented Food? Time, Poverty, and Cooking.”
One of my favorite activities: how to read in bars.
Courtesy of The New Yorker‘s archives opening up: Jennifer Egan, “Black Box.” A story told through tweets.
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar trailer.
Katharine Trendacosta, “Ascension: An Alternate History About a Planned Community in Space.”
Ugh, Ira Glass sounds like a teenager because he thinks Shakespeare isn’t “relatable.” Alyssa Rosenberg, “Ira Glass and What We Get Wrong When We Talk About Shakespeare.” And Rebecca Mead wonderfully responds in “The Scourge of ‘Relatability.'”
Humanities and the Higher Education
And yet, Lawrence S. Wittner, “Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?”
David Matthews, “Thomas Docherty to Face Insubordination Charge in Tribunal.”
David Masciotra, “Pulling the Plug on English Departments.”
Gamification is not the answer. Blaine Greteman, “Can World of Warcraft Save Higher Education?”
Rachel Applebaum, “The New Glass Ceiling in Academe.”