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.”
“South Africa Rebuffs US Attempts to Take Over Its Nuclear Material.”
Jon Greenberg, “The Odd Reality of Iran’s Centrifuges: Enough for a Bomb, Not Power.”
Charlie Jane Anders, “Nanotech Could Make Nuclear Bombs Much, Much Tinier.”
Andreas Malm, “The Anthropocene Myth.”
99% Invisible, “Ten Thousand Years.”
Emma Haslett, “Raycats and Earworms: How Scientists Are Using Colour-changing Cats and Nursery Rhymes to Warn Future Generations of Nuclear Danger.”
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.”
John Oliver on surveillance.
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.”
Julie Edgar, “A Rich Library of African-American Poetry Goes Digital.”
Literature and Culture
Mark Sussman, “Smarter.”
Adam Kotsko, “On the Perfunctoriness of House of Cards.”
Cory Doctorow, “How Heinlein Went From Socialist to Right-Wing Libertarian.”
Alexander R. Galloway, “Something About the Digital.”
Tom McCarthy, “The Death of Writing: If James Joyce Were Alive Today He’d Be Working for Google.”
Natalie Shapero, “Cold Comfort,” review of Lines the Quarry, by Robin Clarke, Vestigial, by Page Hill Starzinger, and Go Find Your Father / A Famous Blues, by Harmony Holiday.
Jonathan Gatehouse, “America Dumbs Down.”
Lauren Oyler, “The Weird, Sexy, Touching Emails of Writer Kathy Acker.”
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?”
Black Metal Theory.
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.)
The Brontosaurus is back.
Daniel Krupa, “The Emotional Storytelling of Everybody’s Gone to Rapture.”
“What if Wes Anderson Directed X-Men?”
Jason Schreier, “You Can Play Pac-Man on Google Maps Right Now.”
Jon Stewart knees a professional wrestler in the junk.
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.”