Nuclear and Environment
Saeed Kamali Dehghan, “Iranian Parliament Passes Bill Approving Nuclear Deal.”
McKenzie Wark, “The Capitalocene.”
Trevor Paglen, Trinity Cube.
Daniel Schlozman, “The Sanders Phenomenon.”
Nicola Twilley, “Meet the Martians.”
Tom Chmielewski, “After Intelligent Life Is Discovered.”
Ross Andersen, “The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy” (need I say “alien megastructures”?).
National Security State
The Intercept, The Drone Papers.
A visual glossary of The Drone Papers.
Culture Machine, Drone Culture.
Arjun Sethi, “Obama Misled the Public on Drones.”
“Where Spies Go When They Don’t Know.”
And an old one: Mike Lofgren, “Anatomy of the Deep State.”
Alexander R. Galloway, “From Data to Information.”
Jacob Brogan, “The Shame of Finding Your Younger Self Online.”
Curt Hopkins, “In the Age of Digital Music the Tape Is Making an Unlikely Comeback.”
Adrienne LaFrance, “Raiders of the Lost Web.”
Alison Gopnik, “No, Your Children Aren’t Becoming Digital Zombies.”
Literature and Culture
Dawn Lundy Martin, ed., “Dossier: On Race and Innovation,” a special issue of boundary 2.
Charles Stross, “21st Century: A Complaint.”
Alexandra Alter, “Svetlana Alexievich, Belarussian Voice of Survivors, Wins Nobel Prize in Literature.”
Joshua Cohen is writing a novel and allowing people to see him write it (it’s titled PCKWCK).
Terry Eagleton, “Utopias, Past and Present: Why Thomas More Remains Astonishingly Radical.”
Park MacDougald, “The Darkness before the Right.”
“An Interview with Robert Coover.”
Adam Kelly, “E. L. Doctorow’s Postmodernist Style.”
Barrett Brown, “Stop Sending Me Jonathan Franzen Novels.”
Ira Wells, “Mr. Difficult Rejects His Title,” review of Purity, by Jonathan Franzen.
Wesley Morris, “The Year We Obsessed Over Identity.”
Richard Brody, “Postscript: Chantal Akerman.”
Holly Andres, “Who Won Science Fiction’s Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters.”
Dan Brooks, “Banksy and the Problem of Sarcastic Art.”
Alec Wilkinson, “Something Borrowed,” on Kenneth Goldsmith.
Cathy Park Hong, “There’s a New Movement in American Poetry and It’s Not Kenneth Goldsmith.”
Alberto Comparini, “The Questionable Orthodoxy of Genres,” review of The Novel Essay, 1884-1947, by Stefano Ercolino.
Bill Capossere, “Purposeful Motion,” review of Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age, by Sven Birkerts.
Davey Wreden’s The Beginner’s Guide.
Laura Hudson, “The Beginner’s Guide Is a Game That Doesn’t Want to Be Written About.”
Naomi Alderman, “The First Great Works of Digital Literature Are Already Being Written.”
Mathieu Piccarreta, “French City Introduces ‘Short Story Dispensers’ In Public Areas.”
Caitlin White, “Children’s Picture Book What Is Punk? Introduces Toddlers to Way Better Music Than Raffi.”
The Great Concavity, a new podcast on David Foster Wallace.
Jonathan Moody, Olympic Butter Gold.
And Ian Bogost, “Egg McNothin’.”
Humanities and Higher Education
Audrey Watters, “The Functions of Education-Technology Criticism.”
Mary Ellen McIntire, “How One College Hopes to Reshape General Education.”
Jenna Lay, “Job-Market Advice–for Faculty.”
And I am Pseudonymous, “Dear Cornell University. . . .”
Marylynne Pitz, “Warhol Curator Quits after Five Months.”
And the 2015 Society for Utopian Studies Conference Program.