A lot of stuff was going on for me this year, both personally and professionally, so I haven’t really had a chance to post links since . . . last summer (!), nine months before the global pandemic was declared. So, to catch up: here’s links from late summer 2019–March 11, 2020 that are, by the very nature of posting them now, rather outdated/anachronistic, a window onto a world that is gone yet still all too present (and excessive), a world that most certainly wasn’t going in the direction of human flourishing and that any nostalgia for may be misplaced. . . . I hope to have “Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 1” up sometime soon(er than nine months from now . . .).
Donald G. McNeil Jr., “Wuhan Coronavirus Looks Increasingly Like a Pandemic, Experts Say” (February 20, 2020).
Nuclear and Environmental
David E. Sanger and Andrew E. Kramer, “US Officials Suspect New Nuclear Missile in Explosion That Killed Seven Russians.”
Kristin George Bagdanov, “Addressing the Atomic Specter: Ginsberg’S ‘Plutonian Ode’ and America’s Nuclear Unconscious.”
Alyssa Battistoni, “Why Naomi Klein Has Been Right.”
Matthew Taylor and Jonathan Watt, “Revealed: The Twenty Firms behind a Third of All Carbon Emissions.”
Christopher Flavelle, “Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns.”
Denise Lu and Christopher Flavelle, “Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows.”
Patrick Greenfield and Jonathan Watts, “JP Morgan Economists Warn Climate Crisis Is Threat to Human Race.”
Chris Newman, “Small Family Farms Aren’t the Answer.”
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, “Nearly Three Billion Birds Gone since 1970.”
Ari M. Brostoff, “Meditations in an Emergency.”
And Daniel Swain: lightning at the North Pole.
Politics and Economics
Gus Wezerek and Kristen R. Ghodsee, “Women’s Unpaid Labor is Worth $10,900,000,000,000.”
Reid J. Epstein, Sydney Ember, Trip Gabriel and Mike Baker, “How the Iowa Caucuses Became an Epic Fiasco for Democrats.”
Russell Berman, “The Night Socialism Went Mainstream.”
Usha Iyer, “A Time for Radical Hope.”
Ben Ehrenreich, “Welcome to the Global Rebellion against Neoliberalism.”
Simon Reid-Henry, discussion of The Empire of Democracy.
The Editorial Staff of the New York Times, “The Billionaires Are Getting Nervous.”
Joshua Clover, “Image of the Year.”
Nikil Pal Singh, “The Pervasive Power of the Settler Mindset.”
Jonathan Franklin, “Hundreds Shot and Beaten as Chile Takes to the Streets.”
Tim Golden and Sebastian Rotella, “The Saudi Connection: Inside the 9/11 Case That Divided the FBI.”
Kayla Wazana Tompkins, “Are you okay Tobe White?”
Katrina Forrester, “What Counts as Work?”
Mathias Nilges, introduction to Right-Wing Culture in Contemporary Capitalism.
Sean Illing and Jason Stanley, “How Fascism Works.”
Sanam Yar and Jonah Engel Bromwich, “Tales From the Teenage Cancel Culture.”
Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff, “A Soccer Game Becomes an Anti-Fascist Demonstration in Portland.”
Jennifer Scuro, “The Loss of Meaningful Work.”
Robyn Koslowitz, “The Burnout We Can’t Talk About: Parent Burnout.”
“Lyman T. Sargent Interview.”
And Existential Comics, “Karl Marx Job Interview.”
Susan B. Glasser, “‘He’s No Mr. Nice Guy’: Impeachment Comes for Donald Trump.”
Mark Greif, “On the Mueller Report, Vol. 1.”
Bob Bauer, “Trump Is the Founder’s Worst Nightmare.”
Graeme Wood, “Trump’s El Paso Photo Is Obscene.”
Michael Gerhardt, “The Impeachment Inquiry Is Fully Legitimate.”
Peter Baker, Ronen Bergman, David D. Kirkpatrick, Julian E. Barnes and Alissa J. Rubin, “Seven Days in January: How Trump Pushed US and Iran to the Brink of War.”
Science and Technology
George Dvorsky, “Humans Will Never Contact Mars.”
George Monbiot, “Lab-Grown Food Will Soon Destroy Farming and Save the Planet.”
Sean Carroll, “Even Physicists Don’t Understand Quantum Mechanics.”
Alison P. Galvani, “Improving the Prognosis of Health Care in the USA.”
News10 ABC Web Staff, “Rapid Lyme Disease Test Could Be Available by Late 2020.”
The Raymond Williams Society, “The Raymond Williams Recordings.”
Gideon Lewis-Kraus, “Does Who You Are at Seven Determine Who You Are at Sixty-Three?” (On the Seven Up! series.)
Lisa Nakamura, “The Internet Is a Trash Fire: Here’s How to Fix It.”
David Golumbia, “Blockchain: The White Man’s Burden.”
Nick Ripatrazone, “InterLibrary Loan Will Change Your Life.”
Nicole Starosielski, “The Elements of Media Studies.”
Kevin Lozano, “Box of Wonders: Jenny Odell and the Quest to Log Off.”
John Detrixhe and Jeremy B. Merrill, “The Fight against Financial Advertisers Using Facebook for Digital Redlining.”
Gregory Barber, “Google Is Slurping Up Health Data—and It Looks Totally Legal.”
Gary Larson, The Far Side.
Ian Bogost, “Every Place Is the Same Now.”
George Eliot, “Quarry for Middlemarch : Manuscript, Undated. MS Lowell 13″ and Middlemarch in the JSTOR Understanding Series.
And @schweben_weben, “The map in question. . . .”
Theory and Criticism
Samantha Rose Hill, “Walter Benjamin’s Last Work.”
Masha Gessen, “Judith Butler Wants Us to Reshape Our Rage.”
Kay Gabriel, “The Limits of the Bit,” review of Females, by Andrea Long Chu.
Andrew Marzoni, “Foucault in the Valley of Death.”
Simeon Wade and Heather Dundas, “Michel Foucault in Death Valley: A Boom interview with Simeon Wade.”
Douglas Dowland, “Flirting with Foucault.”
Sindre Bangstad and Torbjørn Tumyr Nilsen, “Thoughts on the Planetary: An Interview with Achille Mbembe.”
Alexis Soloski, “Fragments Review: Guest Lectures from a Famed Professor.”
Agnes Callard, “Who Wants to Play the Status Game?”
Mike Watson, “Millennial Adorno.”
Lambert Zuidervaart, “Theodor W. Adorno: Exposing Capitalism’s Blind Domination.”
Bécquer Seguín, “Why Write for the Public.”
Jess Shollenberger, “The Scholar’s Blush: Shame as Method in Lyric Shame.”
Chris Findeisen, “Unmaking World Literature,” review of UNESCO and the Fate of the Literary, by Sarah Brouillette.
James Shapiro, “Occupying Shakespeare,” review of Shakespeare and the 99%: Literary Studies, the Profession, and the Production of Inequity, by Sharon O’Dair.
Justin Sider, “Dipping Our Knives into Harold Bloom’s Body.”
Antonio Weiss, “Harold Bloom, The Art of Criticism No. 1.”
Jan Mieszkowski, “Here Come the Prose Police.”
Brian Glavey, “Beside Reparative Reading,” review of Queer Experimental Literature: The Affective Politics of Bad Reading, by Tyler Bradway.
McClintock S. , Whitmarsh P. , Pitozzi A. , Alberts C. , Macura S. , Thornton Z. , Rohland M. & Maragos G., “Book Reviews” at Orbit.
John Kannenberg, Giants of Thought™.
Literature and Culture
Fran Lebowitz, Danez Smith, and Pam Houston, “Remembering Toni.”
Eleanor Countermanche, “Internet Dystopias after Trump.”
Greg Barnhisel, “Undercover Lovers, or How The CIA Became Style.”
Nigel Warburton, “Against Popular Culture.”
Alex Pappademas, “The Decade Comic Book Nerds Became Our Cultural Overlords.”
Olivia B. Waxman, “The First Native American US Poet Laureate on How Poetry Can Counter Hate,” an interview with Joy Harjo.
Alex Marshall and Alexandra Alter, “Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke Awarded Nobel Prizes in Literature.”
Jennifer Szalai, “The Undying: An Extraordinary and Furious New Memoir About Cancer.”
Ramsey McGlazer, “Confessions of a Cake Boy.”
Peter Wollen, “The Two Avant-Gardes” (1975).
Nola Pfau, “The Performative Horniness of Dawn of X.”
Chris Yogerst, “Why We Shouldn’t Fear Joker.”
Karthick Manoharan, “‘We Are All Clowns’: A Defense of Joker.”
Michael Rietmulder, “Reunited Riot Grrrl Heroes Bikini Kill Returning to Olympia for Benefit Show.”
Kristina Quynn, “The Disgusting New Campus Novel.”
Jeffrey J. Williams, “Unlucky Jim: The Rise of the Adjunct Novel.”
Charles Peters, “The Surfs of Academe.”
David Mason, “The Durable Art of Elizabeth Bishop,” review of The Love Unknown: The Life and World of Elizabeth Bishop, by Thomas Travisano.
Library of America, “Love Unknown: Thomas Travisano on the Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop.”
Thomas Travisano, “First Love.”
John McWhorter, “English Is Not Normal.”
Isobel Palmer, “Paper, Scissors, Stone.”
George Hunka, “William Gaddis in the Age of Trump.”
Kyle Paoletta, “For All Fankind.”
Emily Temple, “The Twenty Best Campus Novels.”
Timothy Yu, “The Case of the ‘Disappearing’ Poet.”
Jeanne Marie Laskas, “The Mr. Rogers No One Saw.”
Walt Hunter, “Contemporary Poetry and Capitalism.”
Susan Jones, “Filling in the Gaps in History through Art and Text,” on Lauren Russell’s Descent.
Karen Kevorkian, review of Fossils in the Making, Kristin George Bagdanov.
Dina Strasser, “Mouthful of Flesh,” review of Fossils in the Making, by Kristin George Bagdanov.
Philip Sorenson, review of The Blood Barn, by Carrie Lorig.
Daniel Torday, “Let’s Get Rid of Generations, OK Boomer?”
Amy Strauss Friedman, “Shame Will Not Have the Last Word,” review of The Desperate Measure of Undoing, by Jessica Fischoff.
Mary K. Holland, “Contemporary Literature.”
Videogames and Games
Patrick Jagoda and Ashlyn Sparrow, “Critical Video Game Studies.”
Benjamin Recchie, “The Game Changers.”
Ronny Ford, “Gendered Spaces and Cultures in Video Games.”
Luke Plunkett, “Almost Nobody Played a Bad Guy in Mass Effect.”
The Curse of Issyos (2015).
Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction
Lorelei Lee, “Cash/Consent.”
Susanna Kaysen, “Bright Leaf.”
Dan Sinykin, “White Voice.”
Aubrey Hirsch, “The Weather.”
Christopher Schaberg, “Strange Flights.”
Theresa J. Beckhusen, “We Are Not Cat Island.”
Roger Hecht, Witness Report.
Daša Drndić, “Artur and Isabella.”
Ian Maxton, “Tunnel(s).”
Humanities and Higher Education
Troy Vettese, “Sexism in the Academy.”
Sheila Liming, “My University Is Dying.”
Max Larson, “All Scholarship Is Quit Lit.”
Michael Clune, “The Humanties’ Fear of Judgment.”
Robert Cashin Ryan, “Academy Fight Song: My University in Ruins.”
Lisi Schoenbach, “Enough with the Crisis Talk!”
Robert Zemsky, Susan Shaman, and Susan Campbell Baldridge, “Will Your College Close?”
Maximillian Alvarez and Len Gutkin, “Hanging Out—and Hanging On—at the MLA.”
Jeffrey J. Williams, “The New Humanities.”
Nick Mitchell, “Summertime Selves (On Professionalization).”
Leigh Clare La Berge, “From Low Wage to No Wage.”
Kevin Carey, “The Bleak Job Landscape of Adjunctopia for PhDs.”
William Davies, “How the Humanities Became the New Enemy Within.”
Erica L. Green and Stacy Cowley, “Broken Promises and Debt Pile Up as Loan Forgiveness Goes Astray.”
Vimal Patel, “Look Who’s Talking about Canceling Debt.”
Warren Hoffman, “Can You Have a Rewarding Intellectual Life Outside Academe?”
Douglas Dowland, “The Problem of Self-Care in Higher Education.”
Virginia Heffernan, “How We Learned to Love the Pedagogical Vapor of STEM.”
Steve Salaita, “Off-the-Record Advice for Graduate Students.”
Jonathan Wolff, “Why Do Academics Dress so Badly? (Answer: They Are Too Happy).”
Dan Kubis, “How the Humanities Sound.”
Mary Zaborskis, “What Kind of Academic Jobs Wiki Updater Are You?”
And Rebecca Christopher, “I Cannot Recommend My Former Coworker Bartleby for Your Scrivening Position.”
Mark Oppenheimer, “In Pittsburgh, a Bookstore Where ‘Freewheeling Curiosity’ Reigns.”
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4, “10th Street to Remain Closed for about Eight Weeks Due to Large Sinkhole in Downtown Pittsburgh.”