I had the privilege of meeting Richard Siken when I was quite young–an undergraduate at the University of Arizona–and he gave me lots of good advice on the poetry world (and life), conversations I still cherish. Please help him out.
Nuclear and Environmental
Alenka Zupančič, “The Apocalypse Is (Still) Disappointing.”
James Livingston, “Time, Dread, Apocalypse Now.
Ted Nordhaus, “The Empty Radicalism of the Climate Apocalypse.”
Jessica Hurley and Dan Sinykin, eds., Apocalypse, special issue of ASAP/Journal.
Damian Carrington, “Why The Guardian Is Changing the Language It Uses about the Environment.”
Erin McCormick, Charlotte Simmonds, Jessica Glenza, and Katharine Gammon, “Americans’ Plastic Recycling Is Dumped in Landfills, Investigation Shows.”
Damian Carrington, “Tree Planting ‘Has Mind-Blowing Potential’ to Tackle Climate Crisis.”
Fiona Harvey and Jillian Ambrose, “Pope Francis Declares ‘Climate Emergency’ and Urges Action.”
Jonathan Amos, “America Colonization ‘Cooled Earth’s Climate.'”
Rory Nevins, “Innovation, Explosion, and Reckoning on Ellis Avenue.” (Jessica Hurley on the University of Chicago’s involvement in nuclear technology and the ongoing crisis of thermonuclear monarchy.)
Diletta De Cristofaro, “Critical Temporalities: Station Elevn and the Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel.”
Eric Holthaus, “Climate Change Caused the ‘Great Dying.’ aka the Planet’s Worst Extinction,” “Welcome to the Eocene, Where Ice Sheets Turn into Swamps,” and “A Groundbreaking Study Outlines What You Can Do about Climate Change.”
Green New Deal
Jasper Bernes, “Between the Devil and the Green New Deal.”
Robinson Meyer, “The Democractic Party Wants to Make Climate Policy Exciting.”
Stephanie Kelton, Andres Bernal, and Greg Carlock, “We Can Pay for a Green New Deal.”
Politics and Economics
Bernard E. Harcourt, “How Trump Fuels the Fascist Right.”
Christopher R. Browning, “The Suffocation of Democracy.”
Adam Tooze, “Is This the End of the American Century?”
Ed Burmila, “This Is Going to Get Worse.”
Patrick Granfield, “Trump’s Grand Display of Isolation.”
Patrick Iber, “Off the Map: How the United States Reinvented Empire.”
Welcome to Hell World, “I Hate What They’ve Done to Almost Everyone in My Family.”
Jipson John and Jitheesh P. M., “‘The Neoliberal Project Is Alive but Has Lost Its Legitimacy’: David Harvey.”
Alfred McCoy, “The End of Our World Is Imminent.”
Annie McClanahan, “Introduction: The Spirit of Capital in an Age of Deindustrialization.”
Srećko Horvat, “On Europe’s Turmoil: An Interview with Pamela Anderson.”
Erin Griffith, “Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work?”
Derek Thompson, “Workism Is Making Americans Miserable.”
Michael Harris, “Why Pay Attention to the So-Called Science Wars?”
Ferris Jabr, “The Truth about Dentistry.”
Ephrat Livni, “Physics Explains Why Time Passes Faster as You Age.”
Stuart Thompson, “Why Plants Don’t Die from Cancer.”
Michael Havis and Kelly-Ann Mills, “The Real Moby Dick?”
Katie Fitzpatrick, “Always Watching” and “None of Your Business: The Rise of Surveillance Capitalism.”
David Golumbia, “The Great White Robot God: Artificial General Intelligence and White Supremacy” and Parallax View w/ J. G. Michael, “Ep. 79: David Golumbia on the Silicon Valley Ideology, Racism, and AI.”
Jathan Sadowski, “When Data Is Capital: Datafication, Accumulation, and Extraction.”
Alexandra Alter, “New Life for Old Classics, as Their Copyrights Run Out.”
Robert Epstein, “The Empty Brain” (the brain is not a computer).
Oscar Schwartz, “Unpopular Content: Outsmarting the YouTube Algorithm.”
Alexandra Juhasz, Learning From YouTube.
Sandi Harding, “I Manage the Last Blockbuster in the World.”
Dave Haeselin, “Be Kind, Rewind.”
Matt Brennan and Kyle Devine, “Music Streaming Has a Far Worse Carbon Footprint Than the Heyday of Records and CDs.”
Roderic Crooks, “What We Mean When We Say #AbolishBigData2019.”
Yancey Strickler, “The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet.”
Kristen V. Brown, “Facebook Literally Wants to Read Your Thoughts.”
Casey Newton, “Bodies in Seats.”
Julia Carrie Wong, “Facebook to Be Fined $5bn for Cambridge Analytica Privacy Violations.”
Hannah Jane Parkinson, “New AI Fake Text Generator May Be Too Dangerous to Release, Say Creators.”
James Gallagher, “‘Exhilarating’ Implant Turns Thoughts to Speech.”
Jason Barker, “Artificial Stupidity,” review of Fully Automated Luxury Communism: A Manifesto, by Aaron Bastani.
Scott Malcomson, “Winternet Is Coming.”
Sarah Dowling, Rebecca Colesworthy, Helen Rydstrand, and Alix Beeston, “Opening the Book, Part II.”
Kathryn Schulz, “My Father’s Stack of Books.”
Frank Cifaldi, “Recovering Nintendo’s Lost SimCity for the NES.”
Kat Rosenfield, “The Millions Will Live On, but the Indie Book Blog Is Dead.”
Justin E. H. Smith, “It’s All Over.”
Ronald Purser, “The Mindfulness Conspiracy.”
Theory and Criticism
Damon R. Young, “Ironies of Web 2.0.”
Rachel Greenwald Smith, “Fuck the Avant-Garde.”
Emma Stam, “Turn On, Tune In, Rise Up” (on Mark Fisher).
James Wood, “If God Is Dead Is Dead, Your Time Is Everything,” review of This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom, by Martin Hägglund.
Conall Cash, “Socialism for Our Time: Freedom, Value, Transition,” review of This Life.
Amanda Anderson, “Criticism and Theory: 22 Theses.”
Annie McClanahan, “Serious Crises: Rethinking the Neoliberal Subject.”
Jeffrey J. Williams, “How the Critical Interview Became a Major Academic Genre.”
Jules Gleeson, “Judith Butler: The Early Years.”
Jessica Marie Johnson, “Markup Bodies: Black [Life] Studies and Slavery [Death] Studies at the Digital Crossroads.”
Paul A. Bové, “The Task of the Critic in the Era of Austerity.”
Christopher Schaberg, “Teaching Critical Theory Today.”
Jared Marcel Pollen, “The Death of ‘the Death Of.'”
Michael Krause Frantzen, “No Utopia, Not Now?,” review of Utopia from Thomas More to Walter Benjamin, by Miguel Abensour.
Stefano Ercolino, “GN-z11, Homesickness for Ice, and Literary Theory.”
Jeffrey J. Williams interviews Bruce Robbins, “Actually Existing Cosmopolitanism.”
Aaron Benanav and John Clegg, “Crisis and Immiseration: Critical Theory Today.”
David Golumbia, “The Deconstruction of Philology.”
Reza Negarestani, “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin,” review of Applied Ballardianism, by Simon Sellars.
Sarah Chihaya, Joshua Kotin, and Kinohi Nishikawa, eds., How to Be Now.
David M. Higgins and Hugh C. O’Connell, eds., Speculative Finance/Speculative Fiction.
Margaret Ronda and Lindsay Turner, eds., “Poetry’s Social Forms.”
Cynthia L. Haven, “Farewell Richard Macksey, Legendary Polymath and ‘the Jewel in Hopkins Crown’ (1931-2019)” and “Remember Polymath Scholar Dick Macksey: ‘There Was No One Like Him, and No One Will Follow in his Tracks.”
Literature and Culture
Arundhati Roy, “Literature Provides Shelter. That’s Why We Need It.”
Samanth Subramanian, “The Prescient Anger of Arundhati Roy.”
Caity Weaver, “What Is Glitter?”
Sarah Wasserman and Kinohi Nishikawa, “The Return of the Return of the Repressed.”
Sheri-Marie Harrison, “Us and Them.”
Natalie Diaz, “From an Iconoclast and an Icon, Poems of Personal and Public Transformation,” review of Evolution, by Eileen Myles.
Laura B. McGrath, “Comping White.”
Celeste-Marie Bernier and Bevan Sewell, eds., “Fictions of Speculation,” special issue of the Journal of American Studies.
Viet Thanh Nguyen, “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Is a Daring Tale of Queer Love and Pain.”
Min Hyoung Song, “The Beauty of Men: Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.”
J. D. Connor, “+” (on Avengers: Endgame).
Joel Burges and Jason Middleton, eds., “Stranger Things” and Nostalgia Now.
Ben Streeter, review of Some Trick, by Helen DeWitt.
Jack Halberstam, “My Struggle: Confessions of a Tall, Aryan White Man–Volume 7.”
Eliot Peper, “Kim Stanley Robinson’s Lunar Revolution,” a review of Red Moon.
Gayle Rogers, “Oliver Girondo’s ‘Superwords,'” review of Decals, byGirondo, translated by Rachel Galvin and Harris Feinsod, and “Learning from Weirdos,” review of Outsider Theory: Intellectual Histories of Unorthodox Ideas, by Jonathan P. Eburne.
Lindsay Turner, “Impossible Epic: On Sandra Simonds’s Orlando.”
Dan Chiasson, “The Last Poems of James Tate.”
Olivia Rutigliano, review of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Davis Smith-Brecheisen, “The Pleasure of Difficulty” (on Christine Brook-Rose).
Rachel Handler, “Behind the New, Gloriously Queer Emily Dickinson Movie.”
Isaac Chotiner, “Bret Easton Ellis Thinks You’re Overreacting to Donald Trump.”
The Great Concavity, “Discussing David Foster Wallace with Marshall Boswell.”
Taffy Brodesser-Akner, “Jonathan Franzen Is Fine with All of It.”
Peter Coviello, “Killing Joke,” review of Hark, by Sam Lipsyte.
Tim Groenland, “The Fantasy Editor.”
Sheila O’Malley, “Present Tense: Infinite Brando.”
Rachel Mennies, “Shifty I’s, ‘Ariel,’ and Fandom.”
Brian Glavey, “TMI: Confession and Performance,” review of The Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV, by Christopher Grobe.
Gill Partington, “Thinking inside the Box.”
Nina Sabak, “Introducing 2019 Debutante Jake Wolff.”
Joe Bielecki, “Eating Nadia’s Pig: An Interview with John Trefry.”
Katherine Beaman, “Apparitions of the Living by John Trefry: Mystery Murders.”
Dennis Cooper, “Mine for Yours: My Favorite Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Film, Art, and Internet from 2018” (indie stuff).
Owen Williams, “Fortnite Isn’t a Game, It’s a Place.”
Ian Bogost, “Video Games Are Better without Characters.”
Game of Thrones
Zeynep Tufekci, “The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones.”
Kristen Warner, “Fans with Feels: Game of Thrones as Soap Opera.”
Alyssa Bereznak, “The Last Popular TV Show.”
And Invincible Summer, “Heart of Glass.”
Fiction, Poetry, CNF, and Art
Chloe Watlington, “Who Owns Tomorrow?”
Kaveh Akbar, “The Palace.”
Jill Lepore, “The Lingering of Loss.”
Sarah Osment and Robert Cashin Ryan, eds., Hyped on Melancholy.
Lee Konstantinou, “Hall of Presidents.”
Jame Knight, “Poetry Is Hell.”
Nicolas Hausdorf, “Gillette–A Hallucination.”
Mary Lawlor, “The President’s Ghost.”
Brian Oliu, I/O.
Grant Maierhofer, “walker.”
Andrew Hook, The Girl with the Horizontal Walk.
Mike Good, “C.W.P.”
Tyler Parker, “Russ Is Gone: A Sad Farewell to an Oklahoma Icon.”
And fourthree.boilerroom.tv, “Simone Vezzani particle rendering a portrait from the Bode-Museum using Redshift.”
David Anthony, The Shape of Punk, including (but not limited to): At the Drive-In’s In/Casino/Out; AVAIL’s Over the James; Cave In’s Until Your Heart Stops; Jets to Brazil’s Orange Rhyming Dictionary; The Locust S/T; Refused’s The Shape of Punk to Come; Saetia’s S/T.
Joseph Darda, “The Philosophy of Creative Writing.”
Humanities and Higher Education
Devin M. Garofalo, Anna Hinton, Kari Nixon, and Jessie Reeder, “The Humanities Without Nostalgia.”
Troy Vettese, “Sexism in the Academy.”
Anastasia Berg, “Fanning the Flames while the Humanities Burn.”
Peter J. Kalliney, “We Reversed Our Declining English Enrollments. Here’s How.”
Jacquelyn Ardam, “Real Toads at the International Cryptozoology Museum” and Twitter thread on articles why someone would leave academia. . ., and “Things I Have Suffered while a Visiting Assistant Professor in Central Maine.”
Nick Hanauer, “Better Schools Won’t Fix America.”
Leonard Cassuto, “Outcomes-Based Graduate School: The Humanities Edition.”
Christiana Figueres and Bill McKibben, “We Won’t Speak at Your Commencement–and Hope No One Else Will Either.”
Carolyn Betensky, Seth Kahn, Maria Maisto, and Talia Schaffer, “Common Good, Not Common Despair.”
Jonathan Kramnick, “What We Hire in Now: English by the Grim Numbers.”
Herb Childress, “This Is How You Kill A Profession.”
Gordon Fraser, “The Twitterization of the Academic Mind.”
Chris Fleming, “The Tyranny of Trendy Ideas.”
Grace Lavery, “Grad School as Conversion Therapy.”
Christopher Castiglia and Christopher Reed, “Conversion Therapy v. Re-education Camp: An Open Letter to Grace Lavery.”
Joseph G. Ramsey, “The Invisible Faculty.”
Caitlin Kelly, “Fashioning Professionalism as Contingent Faculty.”
Jane S. Gabin, “College Counselors and College Labor.”
Sam Fallon, “The Rise of the Pedantic Professor.”
Molly Worthen, “The Anti-College Is on the Rise.”
Connor Goodwin, “Sneaker Money,” review of University of Nike: How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education, by Joshua Hunt.
John Warner, “WTF IS Going On at Wright State?”
Kera Bolonik, “The Most Gullible Man in Cambridge.”
Cal Newport, “Is Email Making Professors Stupid?”
Ross Bullen, “How to Format Your Essay Using Any Style Guide.”
And Jonathan Marks, “News, Bad and Good, from the Dean of Arts and Sciences.”
Leslie Jamison, “Reading while Nursing.”
Katie Gutierrez, “Writing During Naptime, a Parent’s Practice.”
Madeline Lane-McKinley, “Unthinking the Family in ‘Full Surrogacy Now,'” review of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism against Family, by Sophie Lewis.
And Ross Murray, “Waiting for Godot with 4-Year-Olds.”
Tyler Bickford, “How Well Does the University of Pittsburgh Pay Non-Tenure-Track Faculty?” and University of Pittsburgh, “Financial Report: Fiscal Year 2018.”