As predicted, I have been quite busy indeed and have not had a chance to post anything over the past couple of weeks. A bunch of fascinating stuff has been happening, a bunch of interesting books are coming out, etc., so I’m sad that I’ve been remiss in my duties. Hopefully this large batch of links will make up for that.
Apocalypse and After
George Dvorsky, “Have Humans Already Conquered the Threat of Extinction?”
Or not. Graham Turner and Cathy Alexander, “Limits to Growth Was Right: New Research Shows We’re Nearing Collapse.”
Jessica Corbett and Ethan Corey, “5 Crucial Lessons for the Left from Naomi Klein’s New Book.”
Eric Holthaus, “New Study Links Polar Vortex to Climate Change.”
And who knows where to put this one: Alison Flood, “Margaret Atwood’s New Work Will Remain Unseen for a Century.”
Matt Frassica, “The Revolution Has Been Digitized.” The digitization of the modernist “little magazine.”
Randy Kennedy, “Digitizing Warhol’s Film Trove to Save It.”
Glen Fleishman, “An Algorithm to Figure Out Your Gender.”
Patricia Hernandez, “Meet the Guy Who Spent Seven Months Killing Everyone in Fallout 3.”
Tatiana Danger, “Drone Discovers Abandoned Renaissance Faire Deep in Virginia Woods.” (I’d been wondering where I misplaced my Renaissance faire.)
Nicholas Carr, “The Manipulators: Facebook’s Social Engineering Project.”
History and Economics
Tim Cassidey, “Historians Who Look Too Much.”
Masha Gessen, “The Dying Russians.”
Slavoj Žižek, “ISIS Is a Disgrace to True Fundamentalism.”
Michael Muhammad Knight, “I Understand Why Westerners Are Joining Jihadi Movements Like ISIS. I Was Almost One of Them.”
The Atlantic has a bunch of striking pictures in “Afghanistan: The Long Withdrawal.”
Literature and Culture
Jonathan Arac, “The American Jeremiad after Thirty-Five Years.”
Andrew Culp, “From the Decision to the Digital,” a review of Alexander R. Galloway’s new book, Laruelle: Against the Digital.
James Wood, “Soul Cycle,” a review of David Mitchell’s Bone Clocks.
Dwight Garner reviews 10:04 in “With Storms Outside, Inner Conflicts Swirl.”
Another 10:04 review: Christian Lornetzen, “Back to the Present.”
And another. Joe Fassler, “Envision the Novel Like a Museum.”
On the scourge of “creativity”: Joshua Rothman, “Creativity Creep.”
Chris Rodley, “Post-structuralism Explained with Hipster Beards.”
Matt Uford, “People vs. the NFL.”
Adam Atkinson and my colleague at Pitt, Dawn Lundy Martin, both have poems in issue 45 of Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics in its “NSFW” special issue, edited by the incomparable Lara Glenum.
My friend David Letzler has a new essay in Hypermedia Joyce Studies: “Redundancy, Modernism, and Readers’ Expectations: An Experiment in Joyce Prediction.”
The Gaming Controversy
Ian Williams, “Death to the Gamer.”
David Auerbach, “Gaming Journalism Is Over.”
Patrick Miller, “Why I’m not a ‘Gamer.'”
Daniel Carlson, “The Insidious Rise of the Blockbuster Videogame.”
Peter Frase, “Gamer’s Revanche.”
(Digital) Humanities and Higher Education
Brian Lennon, “The Eversion of the Digital Humanities.” A review of The Emergence of Digital Humanities by Steven E. Jones.
Lee Skallerup Bessette, “This Is Not an Essay.”
Malcolm Harris, “Not for Teacher,” a review of Dana Goldstein’s The Teacher Wars.
Debra Leigh Scott, “How Higher Education in the US Was Destroyed in Five Basic Steps.”
Christy Thornton, “Students at the Barricades.”
Amanda Ann Klein, “Understanding Your Academic Friend: Job Market Edition, Part II.”
And Mallory Ortberg, “Every Type of Email College Students Send to Their Professors.”