Atomurbia and Other Links


Bill McKibben, “Climate: Will We Lose the Endgame?”

Paul Krugman, “The Big Green Test: Conservatives and Climate Change.”



What I’ve been speculating about for years now: physicists are saying consciousness is a state of matter.

The Hubble has seen a star eat another star.



Benjamin Kunkel’s long review of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.


National Security State

David Cole, “The Drone Memo: Secrecy Made It Worse.”

Adam Liptak, “Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones.”



Dylan Matthews, “The Surreal Infographics ISIS is Producing, Translated.”

Peter Beinart, “Obama’s Disastrous Iraq Policy: An Autopsy.”

Choe Sang-Hun, “North Korea Warns US Over Film Mocking Its Leader.” (Oh no. James Franco and Seth Rogen cannot be responsible for WW III. . . .)


US Culture and Literature

Ryan Bubalo, “Danger Close: The Iraq War in American Fiction.”

Annalee Newitz and Emily Stamm, “10 Failed Utopian Cities That Influenced the Future.” Atomurbia, the Nuke-Proof National Land Use Plan is particularly interesting.



Humanities and Higher Education

Student debt is perhaps slightly different than we thought.

And a quite funny “Adjunct Survival Syllabus” by Miranda Merklein.

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