Nuclear and Environmental
Justin Gillis, “Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries.”
Ross Andersen, “We’re Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction.”
Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, “On Extinction and Capitalism.”
Robert Macfarlane, “Generation Anthropocene.”
Will Worley, “Radioactive Wild Boar Rampaging around Fukushima Nuclear Site.”
Rebecca Evans, “Weather Permitting.”
Jacob Brogan, “The Supreme Court Won’t Stop Google From Scanning Every Book in Existence.”
Fredric Jameson, “In Hyperspace.”
Michelle Moravec, “The Never-ending Night of Wikipedia’s Notable Woman Problem.”
Colleen Flaherty, “Streamlining Citations.”
Selim Bullut, “Vivienne Westwood’s Son is Burning His £5m Punk Collection.”
Chloe Olewitz, “A Japanese AI Program Just Wrote a Short Novel, and It Almost Won a Literary Prize.”
Jethro Mullen, “Computer Scores Big Win against Humans in Ancient Game of Go.”
Lise Hosein, “How Christian Bök Made a Bacterium Write Poetry to Him.”
Paul Resnikoff, “In 2015, Vinyl Earned More Than YouTube Music, VEVO, SoundCloud, and Free Spotify Combined.”
“This . . . Robot Says She Wants to Destroy Humans.”
Hyperallergic, “Anish Kapoor Coats ‘Cloud Gate’ in the Darkest Black Known to Humanity.”
Robinson Meyer, “How to Write a History of Videogame Warfare.”
Jed Whitaker, “New NES Emulator Displays Classic Games in 3D.”
Joe Blevins, “Koyaanisqatsi Recreated with Just Watermarked Stock Footage.”
Ed Young, “Most of the Tree of Life Is a Complete Mystery.”
The Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature.
And Lincoln Michael, “David Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books.”
As part of an attempt to answer the question How is Trump Possible? (which someone should steal as the title of their book), I’ve gathered together a wide variety of explanations and related ephemera.
Simone Chun, “Noam Chomsky: ‘I Have Never Seen Such Lunatics in the Political System.'”
Thomas Frank, “Millions of Ordinary Americans Support Donald Trump. Here’s Why.”
Lauren Berlant, “The Trumping of Politics.”
Glenn Greenwald, “The Rise of Trump Shows the Danger and Sham of Compelled Journalistic ‘Neutrality’ and “Donald Trump’s Policies Are Not Anathema to US Mainstream, but an Uncomfortable Reflection of It.”
Charles Simic, “Sticking to Our Guns.”
Robin James, “Hello from the Same Side.”
Chris Hedges, “The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism.”
Amanda Taub, “The Rise of American Authoritarianism.”
Emma Lindsay, “Trump Supporters Aren’t Stupid.”
Patricia Lockwood, “Lost in Trumplandia.”
George Souvlis Maria-Christina Vogkli, “A New Electorate: Mike Davis on Clinton, Trump, and Sanders.”
Matt Walsh, “Dear Trump Fan, So You Want Someone To ‘Tell It Like It Is’? OK, Here You Go.”
Gavin Speiller, “Why I’m Supporting the Demonic Creature That Emerged from the Depths of Hell in This Year’s Presidential Election.”
And Tom O’Donnell, “Here’s Why I Am a Proud Godzilla Supporter.”
Economic and International
George Monbiot, “Neoliberalism: The Ideology at the Root of All of Our Problems.”
Thomas Piketty, “America’s Frightening Oligarchy.”
Literature and Culture
Jon Pareles, “Prince, an Artist Who Defied Genre, Is Dead at 57.”
Peter Coviello, “Is There God after Prince?”
Charles Curtis, “Just How Good Was Prince at Basketball?”
Ervin Dyer, “A New Center for African American Poetry, Poetics.”
Poetry and Race in America, University of Pittsburgh Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.
Claudia Rankine, “Sound and Fury.”
Boris Kachka, “Claudia Rankine Challenges White Teachers, Pities White Racists in AWP Keynote.”
Geoffrey Bennington, “Embarrassing Ourselves,” review of Of Grammatology, by Jacques Derrida, translated by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, introduction by Judith Butler.
Eli Thorkelson, review of Why There Is No Poststructuralism in France, by Johannes Angermuller.
Matthew Mullins, “Are We Postcritical?” review of The Limits of Critque, by Rita Felski.
David Golumbia, “Code Is Not Speech.”
Lee Konstantinou, “We Had to Get Beyond Irony: How David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers, and a New Generation of Believers Changed Fiction.”
The Great Concavity, a David Foster Wallace podcast.
Mark Sussman, “David Foster Wallace as Burkean Conservative: More D. T. Max on Every Love Story is a Ghost Story.”
John Jeremiah Sullivan, “David Foster Wallace’s Perfect Game.”
Mark Soderstrom, “Unequal Universes.”
Ian Bogost, “The Art—and Absurdity—of Extreme Career Hopping.”
Bruce Robbins, “Working on TV.”
Angie Cruz and Oindrila Mukherjee, editors, Atravesando: An Aster(ix) Anthology.
Ashley Hutson, “Lit Mag Committed to Social Change is Intense, Provocative, and Simply Good Reading.”
Ben Woodard, “A Blood More Red, a Red So Deep.”
Reynaldo Anderson, “Afrofuturism 2.0 and the Black Speculative Art Movement: Notes on a Manifesto.”
Jay Rachel Edidin, “One of the Original X-Men Is Gay.”
Ashaki M. Jackson, Surveillance.
George Sterling, “A Wine of Wizardry.”
Simon Parkin, “Hideo Kojima’s Mission Unlocked.”
Robert L. Kehoe III, “‘The Sharp Edge That Finds Us: Edward Mendelson’s Moral Agents and the Question ‘What Is Man?'”
Marta Bausells, “Why We Read: Authors and Readers on the Power of Literature.”
Black Ocean Press, “Designing the Tomaž Šalamun Series.”
Alia Al-Sabi, “Fan Mail: Taylor Baldwin.”
Butterbirds, Rugged Bug.
A profile of one of my amazing students: “Sarah Lane: The Gamechanger.”
Stephanie Roman, “Shadow of the Colossus: Ecology of Boss Fights.”
And in headlines you cannot make up, Helena Horton, “Microsoft Deletes ‘Teen Girl’ AI after It Became a Hitler-Loving Sex Robot within Twenty-Four Hours.”
Humanities and Higher Education
Andrew Hoberek, “Melissa Click and American Anger.”
Frank Pasquale, “Automating the Profession: Utopian Pipe Dream or Dystopian Nightmare?”
Colleen Flaherty, “The Power of Grad Teaching,” “Academics Get Real,” and “End of the Line in Wisconsin.”
Matthew Johnson, “State College of Florida Officially Scraps Tenure in Testy Meeting.”
Andrew Simmons, “Literature’s Emotional Lessons.”
James Doubek, “Attention Students: Put Your Laptops Away.”
Laura McKenna, “The Ever Tightening Job Market for PhDs.”
And Cards against the Humanities.
Deborah Fallows, “Language as Art in Pittsburgh.”
Kate Giammarise, “Pittsburgh Residents Voice Affordable Housing Concerns.”
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