On the Death of Robin Williams and Other Links

Nuclear and Environment

Sarah Stillman, “Hiroshima and the Inheritance of Trauma.”

McKenzie Wark, “Critical Theory After the Anthropocene.”



Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley, “Ebola and the Fiction of Quarantine.”

Leigh Phillips, “The Political Economy of Ebola.” “Ebola won’t be solved, because it isn’t profitable to do so.”


Mat Honan, “I Like Everything on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me.”

Six films by Andrei Tarkovsky are now available for free online.

More in The New Yorker making its archive available. “Television in The New Yorker.”


Literature and Culture

Tom Gallagher reviews The Last Magazine by Michael Hastings.

Maureen Corrigan reviews Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher.

George R. R. Martin says that people have already predicted the ending of A Song of Fire and Ice. So why bother?

Its been a sad week in entertainment that saw the loss of both Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. Williams suicide in particular has resonated with a great number of people. So. Some links. On Williams. Alana Horowitz, “Robin Williams Dead: Beloved Actor Dies in Apparent Suicide.” Jeremy Egner, “Remembering Robin Williams.” A. O. Scott, “Robin Williams, an Improvisational Genius, Forever Present in the Moment.” James Hamblin, “Robin Williams Lived Intensely.” Megan Garber, “The Robin Williams Way of Stardom.” David Weigel, “Calling All Sad Clowns.” And on Bacall. Dana Stevens, “The Designing Woman.” Isabel Wilkinson, “Lauren Bacall Could Teach You a Thing or Two About Style.” Sophie Gilbert, “Lauren Bacall: Never Outshone.”

And Olga Khazan, “Why Names Are So Easy to Forget.” I am so guilty of this.


Higher Education

Brad Wolverton, “How the O’Bannon Ruling Could Change College Sports.”

Charles P. Pierce, “The NCAA Is a Wreck Now.”

Dennis Hayes, “Let’s Stop Trying To Teach Critical Thinking.” Hayes could benefit from a bit of critical thinking himself (along with taking a freshman writing class . . .), as unsupported and unjustified overgeneralizations abound.

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