End of Semester Links, Spring 2015

I’m looking forward to a lot of exciting projects this summer, including some reviews, an interview, essays, and finishing the book. Like years past, I’ll be spending most of my days in front of the computer, I imagine, so you can expect many more links in the months to come. To start off:



Who knew there was such a thing?: The National Atomic Testing Museum.



“How the KGB Archives Will Be Opened and Information Declassified.”

Economics and Politics

Kevin Young and Dianna C. Sierra Becerra, “Hillary Clinton’s Empowerment.”

David A. Graham, “Too Late to Be President.”

Noam Chomsky, “The Crimes of Others.”

Connor Kilpatrick, “Let Them Eat Privilege.”

Nicole Aschoff, “The Free-Market Fantasy.”

Elias Isquith, “‘I Found Myself Turning into an Idiot’: David Graeber Explains the Life-Sapping Reality of Bureaucratic Life.”

Keith A. Spencer, “Fear of a Capitalist Planet.”


Literature and Culture

M. H. Abrams (1912-2015): “One of the Greatest Professors in Cornell History Has Died.”

Günter Grass (1927-2015), “How I Spent the War.”

Adam Withnall, “Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Real and God Is Not ‘a Magician with a Magic Wand.'”

Adam Thirlwell, “It’s Still a Scandal!” review of The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s “Ulysses”, by Kevin Birmingham.

Audrey Watters, “Men (Still) Explain Technology to Me: Gender and Education Technology.”

Hamilton Nolan, “Why [Gawker has] Decided to Organize.”

Cecilia Capuzzi Simon, “Why Writers Love to Hate the MFA.”

Zachary Loeb, “A Dark, Warped Reflection,” review of Black Mirror.

Jacob Krell, “The Trouble with Clint” (Eastwood).

David L. Ulin, “California and the Literature of Water.”

Quinn Lester, “St. Cthulu in the Anthroposcene [sic].”

Rosie Clarke, “The Parody of Sovereignty,” review of Headless, by K. D. (Triple Canopy, Sternberg Press and Tensta Konsthall, 2015). (I guess my friend Alexander Provan is perhaps “more” than the book’s mere publisher.)

Cheryl Eddy, Nymphomaniac Director Lars Von Trier Is Making a Serial Killer TV Show.”

Forthcoming: Fredric Jameson, Raymond Chandler: The Detections of Totality (New York: Verso, November 2015).

Um, Fuller House?

Jonathan Moody, “Aubade (The Son Rising).”

Ryan Pierson, “Don Hertzfeldt, Digital Kitsch, the Apocalypse.”

And one of my graduating seniors just published a story: Monique Briones, “Kids These Days.”


Humanities and Higher Education

Scott McLemee, “Eco’s Echoes,” review of How to Write a Thesis, by Umberto Eco.

Chuck Ryback, “UW Struggle: Real People Edition.”

Nick Anderson, “Going for the Hard Sell as Interest in English Major Declines” and “Skipping Shakespeare? Yes, English Majors Can Often Bypass the Bard.”

Brandon Busteed, “College Is Worth It If You Have These Six Experiences.”

Charlie Post, “We’re All Precarious Now.”

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