I’ll be giving two readings in Oneonta this fall. The first is later today at the City of the Hills Arts and Music Festival Big Read-In. The event is sponsored by the Community Arts Network of Oneonta, and I’ll be reading at Capresso Coffee Bar and Cuisine on August 4 at 1:00 pm. The event goes from 12:00 – 3:30 pm, with Carol Ohmart Behan, Racheal Fest, April Ford, Betty Fraley, and Andrew Reinbach also reading, followed by an open mic.
Nuclear and Environmental
Joshua Miller, “Ed Markey’s Career-Long Fight against Nuclear Weapons.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, “Empty Half the Earth of Its Humans. It’s the Only Way to Save the Planet.”
Ursula K. Heise, “Climate Stories” and Kate Marshall, “The Readers of the Future Have Become Shitty Literary Critics,” reviews of The Great Derangement, by Amitav Ghosh.
Kate Aronoff, “Denial by a Different Name.”
Nathalie Baptiste, “This Is What a West without Water Will Look Like.”
Mariko Nagai, Irradiated Cities.
And Jeffrey Moro, “Weird Ways of Seeing: Patrick Nagatani’s Nuclear Vision.”
Politics and Economics
Sinan Antoon, “Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country.”
E. J. Montini, “The Feds Lost–Yes, Lost–1,475 Migrant Children.”
Stephen Marche, “The Distortion.”
Caleb Crain, “Is Capitalism a Threat to Democracy?”
Adam Serwer, “There Is Only One Trump Scandal.”
Bryce Covert, “A New Deal for Day Care.” (Please and soon.)
#MeToo | Time’s Up
Maggie Doherty, Sharon Marcus, Whitney N. Laster Pirtle, Alice Dreger, Ellen Weinstein, Patricia McGuire, Nada Marie Anid, Anne McClintock, Carmen Twillie Ambar, Sandra Dionisi, Wai Chee Dimock, Mary Beth Norton, Keisha N. Blain, Holly Case, Joyce Hesselberth, Martha S. Jones, Claire Bond Potter, Billie Dziech, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Martha Rich, Nannerl O. Keohane, Shahidha Bari, Alyson Brickey, Clayton Spencer, Sharmila Sen and Shahzia Sikander, Ru Freeman, Larissa M. Mercado-López, Mariko Silver, Yuko Shimizu, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, and Jessica Burstein, The Awakening: Women and Power in the Academy.
Nora Caplan-Bricker, “Leaving Herland.”
Bonnie Honig, “‘Entirely Consensual’? Stormy Daniels’s #MeToo Moment.”
And Abby Wambach, commencement speech at Barnard College.
Frank Pasquale, “Tech Platforms and the Knowledge Problem.”
David Golumbia and Chris Gilliard, “There Are No Guardrails on Our Privacy Dystopia.”
David Golumbia, “Zealots of the Blockchain.”
Sarah Miller and Matt Stoller, “Facebook Can’t Be Fixed, It Needs to Be Broken Up.”
Campbell Robertson, “A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.”
Robert Foyle Hunwick, “How Do You Control 1.4 Billion People?”
Trapped by Desert (an archive of Tucson’s music scene).
And Max Darrow, “Casa Video Continues to Stand the Test of Time.”
U. I. Uggerhøj, R. E. Mikkelsen, and J. Faye, “The Young Center of the Earth.”
David Graeber and David Wengrow, “How to Change the Course of Human History.”
S. G. Belknap, “The Tragic Diet.”
Edward J. Steele, et al., “Cause of Cambrian Explosion: Terrestrial or Cosmic?”
And Mary Halton, “Recycling Hope for Plastic-Hungry Enzyme.”
Theory and Criticism
Amy J. Elias, “The Voices of Hayden White.”
James Livingston, “Narrating Hayden White.”
Ethan Kleinberg, Joan Wallach Scott, and Gary Wilder, “Theses on Theory and History.”
Lucy Ives, “After the Afterlife of Theory.”
Róbert Nárai, “The Destruction of History.”
Alexander Bove, Nathan K. Hensley, and Racheal Fest, “Collations: Book Forum on Bruce Robbins’s The Beneficiary.”
Donald E. Pease, “The Uncanny as a Way of Being in Toni Morrison’s Home.”
Maria Dimitrova, “A Jar, a Blouse, a Letter.”
Audrey Watters, “Invisible Labor and Digital Utopias.”
Judith Butler, “The Criminalization of Knowledge.”
Corbin Hiday, “Formalization and its Futures,” review of Speculative Formalism: Literature, Theory, and the Critical Present, by Tom Eyers.
Anna Kornbluh, Julia Ng, Jaleh Mansoor, Tom Eyers, Audrey Wasser, and Brian McGrath, symposium on Speculative Formalism, by Tom Eyers.
Daniel Villegas Vélez, review of Sound, an Acoulogical Treatise, by Michel Chion.
Alexander R. Galloway, “21 Paragraphs on Badiou.”
Will Luers, “Getting Lost in Narrative Virtuality.”
Jonathon Sturgeon, “Literature Shrugged.”
Literature and Culture
Racheal Fest, “Westworld‘s New Romantics.”
Noah Yoo, “Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize.”
Jeffrey J. Williams, “Terrance Hayes on Shakespeare, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and What Makes a Good MFA.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, “I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye.”
Corey Townsend, “All Hail #Beychella: Beyoncé Makes History at Coachella.”
Aaron Bady, “Post-Shawarma: On Avengers: Infinity War.”
Ralph Clare, “Why Kathy Acker Now?”
Adrienne Brown, “New Formation: Janelle Monáe’s Radical Emotion Pictures.”
David Naimon, “Ursula K. Le Guin, Editing to the End.”
Sandra Simonds, “Running into Capitalism: John Ashbery’s Girls on the Run.”
Eric Bennett, “How Iowa Flattened Literature.”
Evan Kindley, “The Insanity Defense.”
Stephanie Burt, “The Iceman Cometh Out.”
Bradley Babendir and Tobias Carroll, “Does Any Book Really Need to Be 1600 Pages Long?”
Owen Hulatt, “Against Popular Culture.”
Clare Hayes-Brady, “Belatedness: Reading David Foster Wallace in 2018.”
Marshall Boswell, “The Wallace Effect.”
Sam Lipsyte, “Philip Roth’s ‘Toxic Masculinity.'”
Michael Ian Black, “The Boys Are Not All Right.”
Spencer Ackerman, “How a Podcast Came to Lead the Mutant Resistance.”
Daniel Oberhaus, “Do NOT Print This PDF Under Any Circumstances.”
Andrew Wells, “Waiting for Goals / [To Be Chanted].”
Stephen Markley, “LeBron James and the Infinite Melancholy.”
Geoff Peck, “Your Father Devouring His Short Stack.”
Salvatore Pane, Make a Connection with Me, Please.
David James Keaton, “No Escape from Planet Alcatraz.”
Alexander Provan, Measuring Device with Organs.
Humanities and Higher Education
Eric Hayot, “The Sky Is Falling.”
Lee Vinsel, “Design Thinking Is a Boondoggle.”
Ron Srigley, “Whose University Is It Anyway?”
Sheila Liming, “How Textbook Rentals Undercut Students.”
Frank Bruni, “Aristotle’s Wrongful Death.”
Kristina Mitchell, “Student Evaluations Can’t Be Used to Assess Professors.”
John W. Lawrence, “Student Evaluations of Teaching are Not Valid.”
Samuel Cohen, “Scholarly Publishing’s Last Stand.”
Lisi Schoenbach, “Enough with the Crisis Talk!”
Dan DiMaggio and Jonah Furman, “Get Ready for the Coming Wave of Teacher Strikes.”
Sarah Jaffe, “A True Labor of Love.”
Peter J. Kalliney, “We Reversed Our Declining English Enrollments. Here’s How.”
Mark Bauerlein, “Is This the Hardest Course in the Humanities?”
Dan Nemser and Brian Whitener, “The Tuition Limit and the Coming Crisis of Higher Education.”
Lenora Hanson and David Palumbo-Liu, “Why We Resigned from the MLA Executive Council Statement of Resignation.”
Katie Fitzpatrick, “Not Here to Make Friends.”
And Sheila Liming, “Oh, the Shit You’ll Do after You’re Tenured!”
Michael Randazzo, “Broken Trust: Hartwick College Eliminates Women’s Water Polo.”
Last night I was the featured writer at the monthly Writers’ Salon at the Center for the Arts Network of Oneonta in Oneonta, New York. Among other poems, I read “Symphony of the Great Transnational,” a long poem from my first book, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015). Here is a link to the recording; a slightly different version of the poem was originally published in Spork in 2007.
My essay, “Reading Now and Again: Hyperarchivalism and Democracy in Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller’s Thinking Literature across Continents,” has been published in CounterText: A Journal for the Study of the Post-Literary in the the second of two special issues devoted to Ghosh and Miller’s book. The first issue is available here, and the second has an interview with Miller available from behind the paywall. I’ve included an abstract of my essay below, along with a table of contents.
Abstract: This review essay approaches Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller’s Thinking Literature across Continents (Duke UP, 2016) from a set of questions about what it means to read in the age of hyperarchival accumulation. Written against the background of events in the United States and elsewhere during the fall of 2017, the essay tracks and assesses Ghosh and Miller’s differing methods for approaching literary study in the twenty-first century: undiscriminating catholicity and rhetorical reading, respectively. Through emblematic readings of David Foster Wallace’s novel The Pale King (2011), the videogame Katamari Damacy (2004), and Amy Hungerford’s Making Literature Now (2016), this essay argues that Thinking Literature across Continents self-reflexively models and performs the interested, situated reading practices necessary for continuing the never-ending project of encountering, sharing, accounting for, learning from, and contending with others and their divergent readings, practices that, though many may have lost sight of them today, are fundamental to the project of democracy itself.
“Thinking Literature Across . . . II,” special issue, CounterText, table of contents:
Shortly following the completion of my dissertation, in the summer of 2013 I had the great honor and privilege to interview one of the preeminent literary critics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, J. Hillis Miller. That interview was published as “Isn’t It a Beautiful Day? An Interview with J. Hillis Miller” in the fall 2014 issue of boundary 2.
The interview has been reprinted in Reading Inside Out: Interviews and Conversations, a collection of interviews with Miller spanning the latter part of his career, edited by David Jonathan Y. Bayot and recently published by Sussex Academic Press. (The book is also available at a fairly reasonable price on Amazon.com.) In the table of contents below, I’ve provided links to where the other interviews in the volume were originally published (to the best of my ability).
Reading Inside Out: Interviews and Conversations, by J. Hillis Miller
Table of Contents
David Jonathan Y. Bayot, “Preface.”
J. Hillis Miller, “Introduction.”
Anfeng Sheng, “Literary Studies in Contexts” (2006).
Éamonn Dunne, Michael O’Rourke, Martin McQuillan, Graham Allen, Dragan Kujundžić, and Nicholas Royle, “You See You Ask an Innocent Question and You’ve Got a Long Answer” (2014).
Bradley J. Fest, “Isn’t It a Beautiful Day?” (2014).
Christopher D. Morris, “A Critical Story So Far” (2015).
I will be a featured writer at the monthly Writer’s Salon held by the Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO) on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 7:30 – 9:00 pm. CANO is in the Wilber Mansion at 11 Ford Ave. in Oneonta, NY. There will be an open mic, followed by a roughly forty-five minute reading of my work and a Q & A.
I will be reading selections from my first two books, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015) and The Shape of Things (Salò, 2017), along with poems from my sequence, 2013-2016: Sonnets, and new poems from an untitled project.