It’s been a busy month, and a there’s a bunch of stuff to catch up on, so links:
Disaster and Environment
Sarah Resnick, “A Note on the Long Tomorrow.”
Phil Plait, “Jovian Armageddon +20.”
Jamie Lauren Keiles, “Millennial Revenge Fantasy.”
Maureen McHugh, David Rieff, Benjamin Kunkel, Joseph McElroy, Srikanth Reddy, and Ted Nelson: “Speculations Archive: Overextending Ourselves.”
Jon Swaine, Paul Lewis, and Oliver Laughland, “Troops Roll into Baltimore as Obama Urges US to Start ‘Soul Searching.'”
David Simon, “Baltimore.”
Pablo Iglesias, “The Left Can Win.”
President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner:
National Security State
Seymour M. Hersh, “The Killing of Osama bin Laden.”
Zach Blas, Face Cages (2013-15).
Ashleigh Kane, “Cybernetics and the Post-Surveillance Age.”
Daniel Peterson, “One Hundred Thousand Landscapes.”
Joe Fassler, “Writing Should Be a Continued Exploration,” an interview with Mark Z. Danielewski about, among other things, his twenty-seven volume novel, The Familiar (2015- ).
Literature and Culture
Seth Colter Walls, “What Philip Glass Learned from Samuel Beckett.”
Matthew Schniper, “Fight Club 2: The Return of Tyler Durden.”
Kimberly Joki, “Jane Austen’s Fight Club: No Corsets. No Hat Pins. And No Crying”:
Veronica Fitzpatrick, “Meditations in an Emergency: The Final Episodes of Mad Men.”
Lili Loufbourow and Phillip Maciak, “Mad Men: Season 7: ‘Time and Life.'”
Matt Zoller Seitz, “Mad Men Finale: I’m Okay, You’re Okay.”
Jon Teti, “Mad Men: ‘Person to Person.'”
Armond White, “All Sound and Fury Road, Signifying Nothing.” (Perhaps the only negative review of Mad Max: Fury Road, and is it any surprise it’s coming from the conservative National Review?)
Raffi Khatchadourian, “World without End: Creating a Full-Size Digital Cosmos,” on No Man’s Sky (forthcoming).
Melissa Locker, “David Lynch Is Headed to Twin Peaks (Again).”
K. Silem Mohammad with Jeff Dolven, “Psychoanalytic Night at Hooters.”
Christopher Bollen, “A Very British Crime Scene: At Home with Agatha Christie.”
Thomas Frick, “An [Old] Interview with J. G. Ballard.”
Alexandra Levit, “Make Way for Generation Z.”
Chris Miller, “Why the Kremlin Reads Žižek.”
Jack Hamilton, “How Bill Simmons Changed Sports Writing.”
Albert Burneko, “Bill Simmons Is a Shitty Writer.”
Steven Craig Hickman, Dark Ecologies: The Carnival Edge of Post-Humanism.
Eli Blasko, “Taylor Baldwin, Eutopia.”
Kevin Frances and Taylor Baldwin, “A Conversation between Kevin Frances and Taylor Baldwin.”
Reagan Arthur, Bonnie Nadell, Ethan Nosowsky, and Carolyn Kellogg, “Panel Discussion on Publishing.”
Nina Sabak, “A Lively, Hospitable Place for Poetry,” review of Rattle, no. 47 (Spring 2015).
Lee Konstantinou, “A Theory of Here.”
And I directed an incredible independent study this spring: Sarah Lane‘s Chick Fight: The Battle Against Oppression and Inequality (2015), a feminist board game. Check it out. Support it. Buy it here. Play it. It’s amazing.
Humanities and Higher Education
Todd Gitlin, “You Are Here to Be Disturbed: A Plague of Hypersensitivity“: “The unwritten contract of university education: I am here to be disturbed.”
Mark Bauerlein, “What’s the Point of a Professor?”
The Tattooed Professor, “I Will Not Be Lectured To. I’m Too Busy Teaching.”
Andrew Hartman, “How Austerity Killed the Humanities.”
Jedediah Purdy, “Ayn Rand Comes to University of North Carolina.”
Christy Wampole, “The Conference Manifesto.”
Vimal Patel, “The PhD Pay Gap.”
David Wescott, “Survival of the Fittest in the English Department.”
David J. McCowin, “An Adjunct’s Farewell.”
Hamilton Nolan, “Professor Failed the Whole Class.”
Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen, The Elements of F*cking Style: A Helpful Parody.
Nicole Davis, “Could the Next Brooklyn Be Pittsburgh?”