September 2015 Links

October 1, 2015

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.”



Adrienne LaFrance, “Water Is Flowing on Mars.”



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.

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.”



Patrick Jagoda, “Network Ambivalence.”

David Golumbia, “The Amazonization of Everything.”


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.”



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.

Poetics of Control

July 15, 2015

I just wrote a review of Alexander R. Galloway’s The Interface Effect (Malden, MA: Polity, 2012) for The b2 Review. Check it out.

More June 2015 Links

June 19, 2015

Environmental, Nuclear, and Disaster

Stephanie Kirchgaessner and John Hooper, “Pope Francis Warns of Destruction of Earth’s Ecosystem in Leaked Encyclical.”

Andrew Hoberek, “The Post-Apocalyptic Present.”

Matt Langione, “Will Art Save Our Descendants from Nuclear Waste?”

Tim McDonnell, “Here’s Why Obama Is Cracking Down on Airplane Pollution.”

“Atomic Explosion Tourism.”

Eric Markowitz, “Poison Prison: Is Toxic Dust Sickening Inmates Locked Up in Coal Country?”

Christopher Daley, “On Nuclear Criticism.”

Margaret DeMarco, “Details of Malmstrom Missile Officer’s Court-Martial.”



Stephen Morgan, “Scientists Show Future Events Decide What Happens in the Past.”

Fiona MacDonald, “Reality Doesn’t Exist Until We Measure It, Quantum Experiment Confirms.”

Speculative fiction: go!

Adrienne LaFrance, “‘Hello Earth! Can You Hear Me?'”


National Security State

Erick Wemple, “Sunday Times Reporter on Snowden Story: We Don’t Have a Clue!”

Cory Doctorow, “‘Reporter’ Who Wrote Ridiculous Story about Snowden Leaks in China Admits He Was Just Acting as a Government Stenographer.”

Aisha Harris, “John Oliver Had Helen Mirren Read the CIA Torture Report So We’d All Stop Ignoring It.”

Alicia A. Caldwell, “Nearly 400,000 Homeland Security Employees May Have Had Private Data Compromised.”

Adam Chandler, “The Hacking of Federal Data Is Much Worse Than It First Seemed.”

Julia Fleischaker, “Melville House Sending Copies of the Torture Report to Presidential Candidates.”


Politics and Economics

David Remnick, “Charleston and the Age of Obama.”

Eric Zuesse, “My Prediction: Bernie Sanders Will Win the White House.”

Jeffrey M. Jones, “On Social Ideology, the Left Catches Up to the Right.”

Adam Stoneman, “The New Conspicuous Consumption.”

Rob Kuznia, “Rich Californians Balk at Limits: ‘We’re not all equal when it comes to water.’”

Ben Jacobs, “Hillary Clinton’s Unpaid Intern Limbo: A Grassroots Campaign of ‘Free Help.'”

Die Hard and Jeb Bush.

Lauren Dillon, “7 Ways Jeb Bush and Gob Bluth Are the Same Person.”




Jennifer Schuessler, “Moving Wikipedia From Computer to Many, Many Shelves.”

Franco Moretti et al., Micromégas: The Very Small, the Very Large, and the Object of Digital Humanities.

Mike Tierney, “Nature Helps Squeeze Out a Little More Mileage.”


Literature and Culture

Ben Lerner, “Diary.”

Ceridwen Dovey, “Can Reading Make Me Happier?”

Aaron Bady, “When Game of Thrones Stopped Being Necessary.”

Laura Miller, “Jonathan Franzen: First Words on Purity.”

Kim Stanley Robinson, Claire Colebrook, and many others, “Speculations Archive: There Will Have Been Humans.”

“Forever Publishing Agendas: Stephen Deusner Interviews Jessica Hopper.”

CELL: Consortium on Electronic Literature.

Leonardo Flores, “What Is E-Poetry?”

“Jay Sanders and Charles Bernstein Interview Each Other on Close Listening.”

Ian Crouch, “Serena Williams Is America’s Greatest Athlete.”

Shea Serrano, “Sorry, Steph: LeBron Is Bruce Willis and the Warriors Are the Asteroid.”

Barry Petchesky, “MVP Award Be Damned, These Were the LeBron Finals.”

“To Keep Going During The Finals, LeBron James Can’t Take A Day Off.”

Nicole M. Aschoff, “A People’s Facebook.”

Ian McGuire, Richard Ford and the Ends of Realism.

Simon Parkin, “How Video Games Make You Work.”

Sadie Stein, “Copious Free Time” and “Sylvia Plath’s Sketches.”

Nick Tabor, “No Slouch,” on allusions to W. B. Yeats’s “The Second Coming.”

Alan Taylor, “The American West, 150 Years Ago.” (Just stunning photographs.)

Amy Wilder, “Sam Cohen.”

A. Will Brown interviews Rafaël Rozendaal.

Alexander Provan, Joshua Cohen, Jon Kessler, “Annual Report 2014: GlblVlgIdiot.”

Guy Trebay, “In Tucson, an Unsung Architectural Oasis.”

And great news! My good friend (and soon-to-be publisher) just won a major prize: “Adriana E. Ramírez takes first annual $10,000 PEN/Fusion Prize for ‘Dead Boys.'”


Humanities and Higher Education

Jaleesa Jones, “University of North Carolina Placed on Probation by Accreditation Agency.”

Lee Siegel, “Why I Defaulted on My Student Loans.”

Jordan Weissmann, “The New York Times Should Apologize for the Awful Op-Ed It Just Ran on Student Loans” and “Elizabeth Warren Wants Colleges to Pay a Price When Students Can’t Pay Their Loans. Great Idea.”

Jennifer Schaffer, “What Would Happen If We ALL Stopped Paying Our Student Loans, Together?”

“One of the Kipnis Complainants Speaks Out.”

Charles Green, “Fear? Not Really.”

Koritha Mitchell, “I’m a Professor. My colleagues Who Let Their Students Dictate What They Teach Are Cowards.”

Sarah Brown, “In Heated State-Budget Fights, Students Strive to Be Heard.”

Kelly Field, “Plan to Forgive Corinthian Students’ Loans Offers Hope to Other Borrowers.”

Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist, “Midcareer Melancholy.”

John Waters, “Go Out in the World and Fuck It Up Beautifully.”

Stacey Patton, “Rachel Dolezal Case Leaves a Campus Bewildered and Some Scholars Disgusted.”

And Karen Kelsky, “How to Tailor Your Online Image [for the Academic Job Market].” Oops.



“Pittsburgh Labor Board Finds in Favor of Duquesne Adjuncts.”

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:



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.”



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.)


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?”

May Links

May 22, 2015

It’s been a busy month, and a there’s a bunch of stuff to catch up on, so links:


Disaster and Environment

David Roberts, “The Awful Truth about Climate Change No One Wants to Admit.”

Sarah Resnick, “A Note on the Long Tomorrow.”

Phil Plait, “Jovian Armageddon +20.”

Jamie Lauren Keiles, “Millennial Revenge Fantasy.”

“Texas Governor Signs Law to Prohibit Local Fracking Bans.”

Maureen McHugh, David Rieff, Benjamin Kunkel, Joseph McElroy, Srikanth Reddy, and Ted Nelson: “Speculations Archive: Overextending Ourselves.”



“Media Blackout over Massive Police Brutality Protests in Baltimore.”

“10,000 Strong Peacefully Protest in Downtown Baltimore, Media Only Report the Violence and Arrests of Dozens.”

Jon Swaine, Paul Lewis, and Oliver Laughland, “Troops Roll into Baltimore as Obama Urges US to Start ‘Soul Searching.'”

Alexis C. Madrigal, “These Are the Most Striking Pictures of the Freddie Gray Protests in Baltimore.”

Radical Faggot, “In Support of Baltimore: or; Why Smashing Police Cars Is a Logical Political Strategy.”

David Simon, “Baltimore.”

Pablo Iglesias, “The Left Can Win.”

President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner:


National Security State

Seymour M. Hersh, “The Killing of Osama bin Laden.”

Elias Isquith, “The Vindication of Edward Snowden: How a New Court Decision Cements the Whistle-Blower’s Legacy.”

Seth Stevenson, “Grim Carnival: The Baffling Reasoning of the Jury That Just Sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Death.”

Zach Blas, Face Cages (2013-15).



Ashleigh Kane, “Cybernetics and the Post-Surveillance Age.”

Daniel Peterson, “One Hundred Thousand Landscapes.”

The Stan Brakhage Collection.

Joe Fassler, “Writing Should Be a Continued Exploration,” an interview with Mark Z. Danielewski about, among other things, his twenty-seven volume novel, The Familiar (2015-    ).


Literature and Culture

William Pierce, “Reality Hunger: The Six Books of Karl Ove Knausgaard, Part III.”

Seth Colter Walls, “What Philip Glass Learned from Samuel Beckett.”

Matthew Schniper, Fight Club 2: The Return of Tyler Durden.”

Kimberly Joki, “Jane Austen’s Fight Club: No Corsets. No Hat Pins. And No Crying”:

Veronica Fitzpatrick, “Meditations in an Emergency: The Final Episodes of Mad Men.”

Emily Nussbaum, “The Original, Resonant, Existentially Brilliant Mad Men Finale.”

Lili Loufbourow and Phillip Maciak, Mad Men: Season 7: ‘Time and Life.'”

Mad Men and the Coke Jingle Theory.”

Matt Zoller Seitz, Mad Men Finale: I’m Okay, You’re Okay.”

Jon Teti, Mad Men: ‘Person to Person.'”

Marc Campbell, “The Mind-Meltingly Brilliant Mad Max: Fury Road Gives Cinema a Shock to the System.”

Sean Nelson, Mad Max: Fury Road Is the Greatest Film of Its Kind Ever Made.”

David Perry, Mad Max: Fury Road Is the Feminist Action Flick You’ve Been Waiting For.”

Armond White, “All Sound and Fury Road, Signifying Nothing.” (Perhaps the only negative review of Mad Max: Fury Road, and is it any surprise it’s coming from the conservative National Review?)

Sadie Doyle, “Age of Robots: How Marvel Is Killing the Popcorn Movie.”

Raffi Khatchadourian, “World without End: Creating a Full-Size Digital Cosmos,” on No Man’s Sky (forthcoming).

Melissa Locker, “David Lynch Is Headed to Twin Peaks (Again).”

“Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Is a Columbia Student and Teacher.”

K. Silem Mohammad with Jeff Dolven, “Psychoanalytic Night at Hooters.”

Christopher Bollen, “A Very British Crime Scene: At Home with Agatha Christie.”

Thomas Frick, “An [Old] Interview with J. G. Ballard.”

Alexandra Levit, “Make Way for Generation Z.”

Chris Miller, “Why the Kremlin Reads Žižek.” 

Slavoj Žižek on West Side Story.

Jack Hamilton, “How Bill Simmons Changed Sports Writing.”

Albert Burneko, “Bill Simmons Is a Shitty Writer.”

Steven Craig Hickman, Dark Ecologies: The Carnival Edge of Post-Humanism.

The first page of Jonathan Franzen’s forthcoming Purity.

Paul Blest, “How Bernie Sanders Shaped the Northeast Punk Scene.”

Martin Woessner, “Brave NewWorlds,” review of Film Worlds: A Philosophical Aesthetics of Cinema, by Daniel Yacavone.

Eli Blasko, “Taylor Baldwin, Eutopia.”

Kevin Frances and Taylor Baldwin, “A Conversation between Kevin Frances and Taylor Baldwin.”

Rachel Wetzler, “The Reality TV Novel: Goldin and Senneby’s Headless also Lacks a Soul, but That’s Probably the Point.”

Reagan Arthur, Bonnie Nadell, Ethan Nosowsky, and Carolyn Kellogg, “Panel Discussion on Publishing.”

Nina Sabak, “A Lively, Hospitable Place for Poetry,” review of Rattle, no. 47 (Spring 2015).

Lee Konstantinou, “A Theory of Here.”

“National Poetry Month and Robin Clarke.”

And I directed an incredible independent study this spring: Sarah Lane‘s Chick Fight: The Battle Against Oppression and Inequality (2015), a feminist board game. Check it out. Support it. Buy it here. Play it. It’s amazing.


Geoffrey Glover and Bradley J. Fest playing Sarah Lane’s Chick Fight (18 April 2015).



Humanities and Higher Education

Todd Gitlin, “You Are Here to Be Disturbed: A Plague of Hypersensitivity“: “The unwritten contract of university education: I am here to be disturbed.”


Matt Stromberg, “Entire First-Year MFA Class Drops Out in Protest at the University of Southern California.”

Mark Bauerlein, “What’s the Point of a Professor?”

Scott Eric Kaufman, “‘Academia Is the Titanic’: Mark Bauerlein on Teaching in the Morally-bankrupt Grind of the New American University.”

The Tattooed Professor, “I Will Not Be Lectured To. I’m Too Busy Teaching.”

2015-2016 has been declared the “Year of the Humanities” at the University of Pittsburgh.

Andrew Hartman, “How Austerity Killed the Humanities.”

Jedediah Purdy, “Ayn Rand Comes to University of North Carolina.”

Deborah M. Todd, “Carnegie Mellon University Summit Encourages Creativity for the Common Good.”

Christy Wampole, “The Conference Manifesto.”

Vimal Patel, “The PhD Pay Gap.”

David Wescott, “Survival of the Fittest in the English Department.”

David J. McCowin, “An Adjunct’s Farewell.”

Hamilton Nolan, “Professor Failed the Whole Class.”

Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen, The Elements of F*cking Style: A Helpful Parody.

“Professor Deeply Hurt by Student’s Evaluation.”



Nicole Davis, “Could the Next Brooklyn Be Pittsburgh?”

Jon Schmitz, “Better Fiscal Health Leads Port Authority to Add Service.”


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