October Links

Hyperarchivalism and Big Data

Evgeny Morozov, “The Planning Machine: Cybersyn and the Origins of the Big Data Nation.”

Frank Pasquale reviews Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century: “Capital’s Offense: Law’s Entrenchment of Inequality.”

Nathan Jurgenson, “View From Nowhere: On the Cultural Ideology of Big Data.”

Cathy O’Neil, “Who Big Data Thinks We Are (When It Thinks We’re Not Looking),” a review of Christian Rudder’s Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking).

Julia Prescott, “We Saw the World’s First Throne Made Out of Jerry Macguire VHS Tapes.”

And Torie Rose DeGhett, “The War Photo No One Would Publish.”

Literature and Culture

Carolyn Kellog on Patrick Modiano Winning the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature.

A short story from Haruki Murakami, “Scheherazade.”

Tracy K. Smith, “Sci-Fi.”

Michael Nordine, “Muted Golden Sunshine: David Lynch’s Los Angeles.”

Alison Flood, “Creative Writing Courses Are Killing Western Literature, Claims Nobel Judge.” (Someone needs to read Mark McGurl’s The Program Era [2009].)

Forrest Wickman, “The Honest Trailer for Transformers 4 Is a Masterpiece.”

Alexandra Alter, “Literary Biography of Jonathan Franzen to Appear Next Year.”

Manhattan Projects no. 24 has one of the more bizarre takes on the JFK assassination I’ve ever seen.

And Lauren Williamson, “The Alternate-Reality Games That Teach Kids the Cause and Effect of Their Circumstances.”


Humanities and Higher Education

Lynn O’Shaughnessay, “Where to Get a Free College Degree.”

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