Nuclear and Environmental
Nearing midnight: “Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”
Mehdi Hasan, “The Madman with Nuclear Weapons Is Donald Trump, Not Kim Jong-un.”
David Wallace-Wells, “The Uninhabitable Earth.”
NUKEMAP by Alex Wellerstein, and “Global Hiroshima: Notes from a Bullet Train.”
Elizabeth Kolbert, “Au Revoir: Trump Exits the Paris Climate Agreement.”
Fiona Harvey, “World Has Three Years Left to Stop Dangerous Climate Change, Warn Experts.”
Damian Carrington, “Arctic Stronghold of World’s Seeds Floods after Permafrost Melts.”
Benjamin Powers, “An Abandoned US Nuclear Base in Greenland Could Start Leaking Toxic Waste Because of Global Warming.”
Marc Ambinder, “The American Government’s Secret Plan for Surviving the End of the World.”
Mike Wehner, “Nature Throws Humanity a Softball, Provides Bugs That Digest Plastic.”
Stephanie Wakefield, “Field Notes from the Anthropocene: Living in the Back Loop.”
Ed Simon, “Apocalypse Is the Mother of Beauty.”
Michael Marder, “Can Democracy Save the Planet?”
Peter Brannen, “Earth Is Not in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction.”
Democracy Now, “Noam Chomsky in Conversation with Amy Goodman on Climate Change, Nukes, Syria, WikiLeaks, and More.”
Matt Mountain and Nathaniel Kahn, “The Tiny Edit That Changed NASA’s Future.”
Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise.
Hardcore History, episode 59, “The Destroyer of Worlds.”
Emmalie Dropkin, “We Need Stories of Dystopia without Apocalypse.”
And a recent ad by the University of Edinburgh for a Lecturer in Disasters.
Trump, Politics, and the National Security State
Sheri Fink and James Risen, “Psychologists Open a Window on Brutal CIA Interrogations.”
Perry Anderson, “The Centre Can Hold.”
Jacques Rancière, “Attacks on ‘Populism’ Seek to Enshrine the Idea That There Is No Alternative.”
Masha Gessen, “The Autocrat’s Language” and “Waking Up to the Trumpian World.”
McKenzie Wark, “The Spectacle of Disintegration.”
Christopher Lydon, “Noam Chomsky: Neoliberalism Is Destroying Our Democracy.”
Michiko Kakutani, “Human Costs of the Forever Wars, Enough to Fill a Bookshelf.”
Daniel Bessner, “A Very High Degree of Certainty in Future Military Operations.”
Ariel Dorfman, “What Herman Melville Can Teach Us About the Trump Era.”
Rebecca Solnit, “The Loneliness of Donald Trump.”
Emmet Rensin, “The Blathering Superego at the End of History.”
Sara Lipton, “Trump the Merovingian.”
Jeet Heer, “America’s First Postmodern President.”
Naomi Klein, No Is Not Enough.
Caleb Hannan, “The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise.”
Lawrence Wright, “The Future Is Texas.”
And Vinson Cunningham, “Donald and Melania’s Last Judgment.”
Joe Fassler, “Keeping Track of Every Book You’ve Ever Read.”
Emily Manning, “Iconic Punk Label Dischord Just Uploaded Its Entire Archive to Bandcamp.”
Joshua Barone, “Brooklyn Academy of Music Puts 70,000 Archive Materials Online.”
Emily Drabinksi, “A Space for Pleasures of All Kinds: On Crusing the Library.”
James McWilliams, “Before a Million Universes: The Pros and Cons of the Digitized Whitman and His ‘Lost’ Novels.”
And “Dick Whitman on Walt Whitman: Jon Hamm Reads the Audiobook of a Long Lost Walt Whitman Novel.”
Jeff Charis-Carlson, “Iowa Writers’ Workshop Archive Costly to Search, UI Scholar Finds.”
Reports from the Gutenberg Galaxy.
Spencer Kornhaber, “Katy Perry’s Panopticon of Fun and Tears.”
And Michael E. Ruane, “Unsealed 75 Years after the Battle of Midway: New Details of an Alarming WWII Press Leak.”
Criticism and Theory
Racheal Fest, “What Will Modernism Be?”
Joe Pompeo, “Michiko Kakutani, the Legendary Book Critic and the Most Feared Woman in Publishing, Is Steeping Down from The New York Times.”
Introduction to “John Berger: A Retrospective,” special issue, Politics/Letters.
Mariam Rahmani, “Facing the Feminist in the Mirror: On Sara Ahmed’s Living a Feminist Life.”
Jaskiran Dhillon, “Feminism Must Be Lived: An Interview with Sara Ahmed.”
Cassie Thornton, “Feminist Economics and the People’s Apocalypse.”
Bruce Robbins, “Discipline and Parse: The Politics of Close Reading.”
David Golumbia, “The Destructiveness of the Digital Humanities (‘Traditional’ Part II).”
Sofia Cutler, “Cottage Industry,” and Arne de Boever, “Realist Horror,” reviews of Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First-Century Culture, by Annie McClanahan.
Justin Slaughter, “C. L. R. James in the Age of Climate Change.”
Alexander R. Galloway, “The Swervers” and “Brometheanism.”
Bea Malski, “Pleasure Won: A Conversation with Lauren Berlant.”
Craig Hubert, “Live Theory: An Interview with Tom McCarthy.”
Mark Sussman, review of Typerwriters, Bombs, Jellyfish, by Tom McCarthy.
“Can We Criticize Foucault? An Interview with Daniel Zamora.”
Richard Marshall, “The Fall and Rise of Louis Althusser: An Interview with William Lewis.”
Francesco Giusti, “The Lyric in Theory: A Conversation with Jonathan Culler.”
Rhys Tranter, “Is Critical Theory Dead? Does It Have an Afterlife? An Interview with Jeffrey R. Di Leo.”
Sarah Burke, “This New Museum Imagines a World Where Capitalism Is Dead.”
McKenzie Wark, “Our Aesthetics.”
Eugene Thacker, “The Weird, Eerie, and Monstrous,” review of The Weird and the Eerie, by Mark Fisher.
Quinn DuPont, review of The Politics of Bitcoin: Software as Right-Wing Extremism, by David Golumbia.
David Sessions, “The Rise of the Thought Leader.”
Alex Blasdel, “‘A Reckoning for Our Species’: The Philosopher Prophet of the Anthropocene.”
“The Universes of Speculative Realism,” review of The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism, by Steven Shaviro.
Terrence Blake, “Fallible Divergences: Literary Theory after Speculative Realism,” review of The World of Failing Machines, Grant Hamilton.
Andy Beckett, “Accelerationsim: How a Fringe Philosophy Predicted the Future We Live In.”
Sophie Lewis, “Cthulu Plays No Role for Me.”
James Duesterberg, “Final Fantasy: Neoreactionary Politics and the Liberal Imagination.”
Catherine Liu, “Dialectic of Dark Enlightenments: The Alt-Right’s Place in the Culture Industry.”
Carl Freedman, “Russia 1917: You Are There.”
Alci Rengifo, “Red Dawn: On China Miéville’s Urgent Retelling of the Russian Revolution.”
Benjamin Parker, “What Is a Theory of the Novel Good For?”
And Sadie Stein, “In Flight.”
Lisa Zyga, “Physicists Provide Support for Retrocausal Quantum Theory, in Which the Future Influences the Past.”
Dave Mosher, “NASA Has a Job Opening for Someone to Defend Earth from Aliens.”
Literature and Culture
Judy Woodruff, “For Newly Named US Poet Laureate [Tracy K. Smith], the Power of Poetry Is Opening Ourselves to Others.”
Literary Hub, “90 Lines for John Ashbery’s 90th Birthday.”
Charles Bernstein and Tracie Morris, “Poetry Needs a Revolution That Goes Beyond Style.”
Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer, “The Rise of Science Fiction from Pulp Mags to Cyberpunk.”
Seat 14C (great collection of contemporary SF).
Lee Konstantinou, “The Girl Who Almost Became a Zombie.”
“17776: What Football Will Look Like in the Future.”
Hilton Als, “Ghosts in the House: How Toni Morrison Fostered a Generation of Black Writers.”
Ian Bogost, “The Fidget Spinner Explains the World.”
Fredric Jameson, “No Magic, No Metaphor.”
Adam Kelly, “David Foster Wallace and New Sincerity Aesthetics: A Reply to Edward Jackson and Joel Nicholson-Roberts.”
Steve Paulson, “Getting Out of Our Normal Crap: George Saunders on Writing and Transcendence.”
David L. Ulin, “Denis Johnson Had Ruthless Honesty and Transcendent Power.”
Tobias Wolff reads Denis Johnson’s “Emergency.”
Laurie Penny, “In Science Fiction, the Future Is Feminist.”
Jane Hu and Aaron Bady, “The Handmaid’s Tale, ‘Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum.'”
Johanna Drucker, “Embittered Spinster,” review of A Quite Passion.
Wai Chee Dimock, “There’s No Escape from Contamination above the Toxic Sea,” review of Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer, and “5,000 Years of Climate Fiction.”
Andreas Halskov, “No Place Like Home: Returning to Twin Peaks.”
Sarah Nicole Prickett, “Eternal Return.”
Noel Murray, “Twin Peaks Season 3, Episode 8: White Light, White Heat.”
Jedediah Purdy, “Fiery Heaven, Bastard Earth: The Cosmology of Game of Thrones.”
Aaron Bady and Sarah Mesle, “Game of Thrones, ‘Dragonstone.'”
Jia Tolentino, “The Personal Essay Boom Is Over.”
Harris Feinsod, “Sub-Sub-Underground-Anti-Connoisseurship: Adrift with Allan Sekula.”
Sean Austin Grattan, Hope Isn’t Stupid: Utopian Affects in Contemporary American Literature.
Lindsay Meaning, “Dimensions of Identity,” review of Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture, by Adrienne Shaw.
Robert Florence, “8-Bit Philosophizing in The Forbidden Forest.”
Patrick Klepek, “The Power of Video Games in the Age of Trump.”
Matt Margini, “Something is Rotten in the State of Lucis: On Final Fantasy XV.”
William Bradley, “With Reflection, without Fear.”
Haruki Murakami, “Reality A and Reality B.”
Jennifer Lunden and DeAnna Satre, “Evidence, in Track Changes.”
Citron Kelly, three poems.
Future Radio, “Song Books, featuring Andrew Hook.”
Andrew Hook, ed., Elasticity: The Best of Elastic Press.
Mike Good, “Absence Tangibly Felt,” review of Post-, by Wayne Miller.
Kimberly Ann Southwick, “Three Chapbooks: Reinventing Prose Poetry for a New Century.”
Lauren Russell, “I Keep Thinking I Want to Get Married When What I Mean Is Safety.”
Eric Van Allen, “The FIFA Goal That Just Wouldn’t Go In.”
And Clayton Purton, “This Woman Has Been Slowly Eating Infinite Jest for a Year.”
Kate Southwood, “‘Write What You Know’ Is Not Good Writing Advice.”
Stephen Hunter, “If You Want to Write a Book, Write Every Day or Quit Now.”
Humanities and Higher Education
Amy Hungerford, “Why the Yale Hunger Strike Is Misguided.”
Sarah Brouillette, Annie McClanahan, and Snehal Shingavi, “Risk Reason/ The Wrong Side of History: On the Yale University Unionization Efforts.”
Alyssa Battistoni, “Why I’m Fasting with Other Graduate Students at Yale.”
Eric Hayot, “The Profession Does Not Need the Monograph Dissertation.”
Chad Wellmon and Andrew Piper, “Publication, Power, and Patronage: On Inequality and Academic Publishing.”
Michael Meranze, “Remaking the University: The Idea of the English University,” review of Speaking of Universities, by Stefan Collini.
Oliver Bateman, “The Young Academic’s Twitter Conundrum.”
Jerry Coyne, “A New Academic Hoax: A Bogus Paper on ‘the Conceptual Penis’ Gets Published in a ‘High Quality Peer-Reviewed’ Social Science Journal.”
Francine Prose, “Humanities Teach Students to Think. Where Would We Be without Them?”
Ico Maly, “The End of Academia.edu: How Business Takes Over, Again.”
Sarah Bond, “Dear Scholars, Delete Your Account At Academia.Edu.”
Jeffrey J. Cohen, “Drinking and Conferencing.”
Deborah K. Fitzgerald, “Our Hallways Are Too Quiet.”
Sari Lesk, “UWSP Student Asks Court to Force Poetry Professor to Give Her an A.”
Jackson McHenry, “Maria Bamford Spent Her Commencement Address Discussing Exactly How She Negotiated Her Fee.”
And Susan Harlan, “Facebook Genres for English Professors.”
Cecilia Kang, “Pittsburgh Welcomed Uber’s Driverless Car Experiment. Not Anymore.”
And Jason Peck and Mike Good, “Local Spotlight: Pittsburgh’s Long-Running Poetry Reading Series Turns 42.”
And For the First Time . . . Oneonta, New York
Lisa W. Foderaro, “For Oneonta’s Aging Downtown, a $10 Million Face-Lift.”