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
John Oliver on America’s Insecure Nuclear Arsenal.
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.”
Ross Andersen, “When We Peer Into the Fog of the Deep Future What Do We See–Human Extinction or a Future Among the Stars?”
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.”
Nadia Prupis, “‘There Will Be No Water’ by 2040? Researchers Urge Global Energy Paradigm Shift.”
Andy Borowitz, “Congress Blocks Obama’s Attempt to Order New Office Supplies.”
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.”
Graham Allison, “Just How Likely Is Another World War? Assessing the Similarities and Differences Between 1914 and 2014.”
Noura Erakat, “Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza Debunked.”
Ken Isaacs, “Why Are We Ignoring a New Ebola Outbreak?”
Susannah Locke, “Ebola Outbreak Worsens: Liberian Doctor Dies, Virus Spreads to Nigeria.”
Ebola reaches Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city.
Cory Arcangel’s Working on My Novel, the Book.
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 In the sleek Apple future, our “outdated” possessions are turned into symbols of poverty.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.
The second, Go Bayside, discusses every episode of Saved by the Bell (1989-93).
This is also fantastic. “30 Essential Songs from the Golden Era of Emo.” The nostalgia here is about as thick as it can be.
Unpublished photographs from the National Geographic archives.
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.”
Andrew O’Hehir, “Lucy: The Eurotrash, 2001 ScarJo Action Sequel You’ve Been Waiting For.”
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. . . .
Aaron Bady, “A Snowpiercer Thinkpiece, Not to Be Take Too Seriously, but for Very Serious Reasons.”
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.”
J. R. Hennessy, “The Tech Utopia Nobody Wants: Why the World Nerds Are Creating Will Be Awful.”
Patrick Jagoda and Melissa Gilliam, “On Science Fictions and Ludic Realities.” Jessica Kim Cohen, “Program Serves Local, Adventuresome Youth.”
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.
Ulysses virtual reality game. I can’t wait.
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar trailer.
Stephen Colbert on The Hobbit.
Jacob Kastrenakes, “Philip K. Dick’s Cult Novel Man in the High Castle Becoming an Amazon TV Pilot.”
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.'”
And my friend Adriana Ramirez has launched a new poetry press, Blue Sketch Press. Check out their two releases so far: Adriana E. Ramirez, The Swallows (2014) and Amy David, No Body Home (2014).
Humanities and the Higher Education
Ian Bogost, “The Opposite of Good Fortune Is Bad Fortune: Is ‘Adjunct Activism’ the Only Path to Labor Reform in Higher Ed?”
The financial crisis in higher education.
And yet, Lawrence S. Wittner, “Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?”
“Our Internal and Public Messaging About Administrative Bloat.”
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.”
And student loan forgiveness for adjuncts.