Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 1: March 11–April 15, 2020

I originally intended in late May 2020, when the spring semester was finally over and I had some time to finish “Spring 2020 Links (Pre-COVID-19),” to post one big link dump for coronavirus-related things. But the hyperarchival barrage of news over the past three months, including everything that has happened in the United States the past three weeks (combined with how little time I still have . . .), has made it clear that it would be better to divide posts into smaller, more manageable bits. So here is everything I came across from March 11-April 15, 2020. More to come soon.

Sheri Fink and Mike Baker, “‘It’s Just Everywhere Already’: How Delays in Testing Set Back the US Coronavirus Response.”

The New York Times, “Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Global Outbreak,” “Coronavirus in the US: Latest Map and Case Count” and “Coronavirus Tips, Advice and Answers to Your New Questions.”

IHME, “COVID-19 Projections.”

Katie Zezima, Joel Achenbach, Tim Craig, and Lena H. Sun, “Coronavirus Is Shutting Down American Life as States Try to Battle Outbreak.”


Coronavirus Think Pieces (General)

Laurie Penny, “This Is Not the Apocalypse You Were Looking For.”

Naomi Klein, “Coronavirus Capitalism–and How to Beat It.”

Frank Pasquale, “Two Timelines of COVID Crisis.”

Ian Bogost, “Now Is the Time to Overreact.”

Arundhati Roy, “The Pandemic Is a Portal.”

Anne Applebaum, “The Coronavirus Called America’s Bluff.”

Dan Kois, “America Is a Sham.”

Peter C. Baker, “‘We Can’t Go Back to Normal’: How Will Coronavirus Change the World?”

Meghan O’Rourke, “The Shift Americans Must Make to Fight the Coronavirus.”

Andrew Liu, “‘Chinese Virus,’ World Markets.”

“Social Contagion: Microbiological Class War in China.”

James K. Galbraith, “The Mobilization That Must Start Now.”

Andrea Flynn, “The ‘All-Consuming’ Emotional Labor Caused by Coronavirus—and Shouldered by Women.”

Mark Sample, “Fuck You, Silicon Valley.”

Annie Lowrey, “Millennials Don’t Stand a Chance.”

Marina Koren, “We’re All Living in the ‘From Now On,’ Now.”

Henry Kissinger, “The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Forever Alter the World Order.”

And David Haeselin, “Give Us Today.”



Kimberly A. Prather, Chia C. Wang, and Robert T. Schooley, “Reducing Transmission of SARS-CoV-2.”

“Restarting America Means People Will Die. So When Do We Do It?”

Asaf Bitton, “Social Distancing: This Is Not a Snow Day.”

Tomas Pueyo, “Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance.”

The Editorial Board of the New York Times, “Stop Saying That Everything Is Under Control. It Isn’t.”

Sarah Zhang, “The Best Hopes for a Coronavirus Drug.”

“NIH Clinical Trial of Investigational Vaccine for COVID-19 Begins.”

Mike Konczal, “A Forward-Thinking Policy Response to the Coronavirus Recession.”

James Glanz, Lauren Leatherby, Matthew Bloch, Mitch Smith, Larry Buchanan, Jin Wu and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, “Coronavirus Could Overwhelm US without Urgent Action, Estimates Say.”

Matt Novak, “Teen Who Died of Covid-19 Was Denied Treatment Because He Didn’t Have Health Insurance.”

Jim Dwyer, “What Doctors on the Front Lines Wish They’d Known a Month Ago.”

Donald Schaffner, “Do You Really Have to Disinfect All Groceries Now? An Expert Explains.”

And Tracy Ma and Natalie Shutler, “How to Sew a Fabric Face Mask.”

John M. Barry, “The Single Most Important Lesson from the 1918 Influenza.”


Politics and Economics

Joshua Clover, “The Year in Struggles.”

Shelter & Solidarity.

Lauren Gambion, “Bernie Sanders, Who Reshaped US politics, Ends 2020 Presidential Run.”

Elizabeth Bruenig, “Bernie Sanders Was Right.”

Megan Day, “Bernie Asked Us Which Side We’re On.”

Astra Taylor, “Bernie Sanders’s Exit Is an Indictment of Our Broken System—Not His Campaign.”

Democracy Now, “‘Coronavirus Capitalism’: Naomi Klein’s Case for Transformative Change Amid Coronavirus Pandemic.”

Marie Solis, “Coronavirus Is the Perfect Disaster for ‘Disaster Capitalism.'”

Jana Bacevic, “No Such Thing as Society? Liberal Paternalism, Politics of Expertise, and the Corona Crisis.”

Sandro Mezzadra, “Politics of Struggles in the Time of Pandemic.”

Adam Tooze, “Coronavirus Has Shattered the Myth That the Economy Must Come First.”

Paul Engler, “Coronavirus Is a Historic Trigger Event and It Needs a Movement to Respond.”

Rob Wallace, Alex Liebman, Luis Fernando Chaves, and Rodrick Wallace, “COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital.”

James K. Galbraith, “The Mobilization That Must Start Now.”

Anna Merlan, “‘I Have to Admit, I’m Scared’: Barbara Ehrenreich Looks Towards the Future.”

Radhika Desai, “The Unexpected Reckoning: Coronavirus and Capitalism.”

Jeet Heer, “The Coronavirus Class War Has Already Started.”

Francis Wilkinson, “Gavin Newsom Declares California a ‘Nation-State.’”

Jeremy Scahill, “The Moral and Strategic Calculus of Voting for Joe Biden to Defeat Trump–or Not.”

Nathan J. Robinson, “Where Is Joe?”

Nick Timiraos and Julia-Ambra Verlaine, “Fed to Inject $1.5 Trillion in Bid to Prevent ‘Unusual Disruptions’ in Markets.”

Emily Cochrane and Nicholas Fandos, “Senate Approves $2 Trillion Stimulus after Bipartisan Deal.”

John Nichols, “A ‘Jubilee’ Cancellation of Debt Is Vital to Fighting the Coronavirus.”

Nicole Goodkind, “USPS Warns It Might Have to Shutter by June as $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package Provides No Funding.”

Eric Lipton and Kenneth P. Vogel, “Fine Print of Stimulus Bill Contains Special Deals for Industries.”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Ana Swanson, “Wartime Production Law Has Been Used Routinely, but Not with Coronavirus.”

Greyson Van Arsdale, “Rent Strike 2020 Is Calling for a Rent Freeze Because of the Coronavirus.”

Torquil Campbell, “A Catastrophe for the Night Economy.”

Jason Antrosio, “When Will the United States Collapse?”

Noam Scheiber, Nelson D. Schwartz and Tiffany Hsu, “‘White-Collar Quarantine’ over Virus Spotlights Class Divide.”

Stuart Stevens, “Republicans Like Me Built This Moment. Then We Looked the Other Way.”

Jill Filipovic, “OK Boomer, Let’s Talk.”

Peter Wade, “Secret Recording Exposes Intelligence Chairman Warning Donors about Coronavirus Three Weeks Ago.”


Nuclear and Environmental

Lisa Friedman, “EPA, Citing Coronavirus, Drastically Relaxes Rules for Polluters.”

Patrick Sharkey, “The US Has a Collective Action Problem That’s Larger than the Coronavirus Crisis.”

Patrick Greenfield and Jonathan Watts, “JP Morgan Economists Warn Climate Crisis Is Threat to Human Race.”



Peter Wehner, “The Trump Presidency Is Over.”

Martin Jay, “Trump, Scorsese, and the Frankfurt School’s Theory of Racket Society.”

Elizabeth Goitein and Andrew Boyle, “Trump Has Emergency Powers We Aren’t Allowed to Know About.”

“Trump Insists He Has ‘Total’ Authority to Supersede Governors.”



Jon Cartwright, “We May Have Spotted a Parallel Universe Going Backwards in Time.”



Alex Lauer, “Thanks to Bookshop, There Is No Reason to Buy Books on Amazon Anymore.”

Tony D. Sampson and Jussi Parikka, “The New Logics of Viral Media.”

McKenzie Wark’s books.

Brandon Shimoda, “R.I.P. (Rest in PDFs), Part I” and “Part II.”

Humanities Coronavirus Syllabus.

Johns Hopkins University Press, “JHUP Announces Free Access to Its Journals and Books on Project Muse during COVID-19 Crisis.”

Salvador I. Ayala Camarillo and Jess Engebretson, “Public Books Database.”

Jack Morse, “Zoom Is a Work-from-Home Privacy Disaster Waiting to Happen.”

The Wings of the Dove: A Collective Close Read in Isolation.”

Élika Ortega, “The Many Books of the Future: Print-digital Literatures.”

Matthew Kirschenbaum, “Bibliologistics: The Nature of Books Now, or A Memorable Fancy.”

Evergreen Review, no. 1.

Dashiel Carrera, “Against the Grain: John O’Brien on the Possible Dalkey Archive/Open Letter Merger.”

Mary Meisenzahl, “Activists Created a 12.5-Million Block Digital Library in Minecraft to Bypass Censorship Laws.”

Jennifer Ouellette, “500-Year-Old Manuscript Contains One of Earliest Known Uses of the ‘F-Word.'”

Naomi O’Leary, “Van Gogh Painting Stolen from Dutch Museum Closed by Coronavirus.”

And Joseph Cox, “Zoom Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Sharing Data with Facebook.”


Theory and Criticism

Mimi Howard, “Ontology’s Exhaust,” review of Consent Not to Be a Single Being, by Fred Moten.

Judith Butler, “Capitalism Has Its Limits.”

Critical Inquiry, “Pandemic 2020.”

McKenzie Wark, “Theory in a Pandemic” and “Paper Princess.”

Catharine Malabou, “To Quarantine from Quarantine: Rousseau, Robinson Crusoe, and ‘I’.”

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, “Net-munity, or The Space between Us … Will Open the Future.”

W. J. T. Mitchell, “Groundhog Day and the Epoché.”

Achille Mbembe, “The Universal Right to Breathe,” trans. Carolyn Shread.

Joshua Clover, “The Rise and Fall of Biopolitics: A Response to Bruno Latour.”

Alain Badiou, “On the Epidemic Situation.”

Slavoj Žižek, “Monitor and Punish? Yes, Please!” and “Is Barbarism with a Human Face Our Fate?”

Francesco Boldizzoni, Foretelling the End of Capitalism.

Giorgio Agamben, “Clarifications.”

Anastasia Berg, “Giorgio Agamben’s Coronavirus Cluelessness.”


Literature and Culture

Andrew Whalen, Ministry for the Future Cover Reveal: New Kim Stanley Robinson Set in ‘Blackest Utopia’—Our Next 30 Years.”

“Erica Hunt and Charles Bernstein on Brooklyn Rail Webcast.”

Amy Davidson Sorkin, “The Fever Room: Epidemics and Social Distancing in Bleak House and Jane Eyre.”

Evan Kindley, “Why Anxious Readers Under Quarantine Turn to Mrs. Dalloway.”

David Wallace, “Alice Notley and the Art of Not Giving a Damn.”

Richard Johnston, “Open Letter From Comic Shops to Readers–’Please Be Patient With Us’.”

Bart Beaty, “Comics vs. Coronavirus: Comics Industry Shut Down for the First Time in Almost a Century.”

Graeme McMillan, “DC Details How Comic Book Retailers Will Be Supported amid Coronavirus Outbreak.”

Decameron Web.



Ian Bogost, “The Quiet Revolution of Animal Crossing.”

Jhaan Elker, World of Warcraft Experienced a Pandemic in 2005. That Experience May Help Coronavirus Researchers.”

Joanna Zylinska, Perception at the End of the World, or How Not to Play Video Games.

Andrew Liszewski, “Lego’s First Nintendo Set Lets You Build Playable Super Mario Levels.”


Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

“43 Poems by 43 Authors in Response to COVID-19, Pt. 1” and “Pt. 2.”

Maria Kuznetzova, “On the Dangers of Autobiographical Writing.”

Andrej Tomažin, “Dedications.”

Rachel Mennies, “Married to Medicine.”

David Zweig, “They Were the Last Couple in Paradise. Now They’re Stranded.”

Kevin Boniface, “The Postman’s Diary.”

Christine Smallwood, Mark Sussman, and Chris Santa Maria, ScarJo.

Rebecca Curtis, “Fish Rot.”

Merve Emre, “Into Wonderland.”

The Point, Quarantine Journal.

Jessica Salfia, “First Lines of Emails I’ve Received while Quarantining.”

James Duesterberg, “Killing Time” and “In Bloom.”

Jessica Lustig, “What I Learned When My Husband Got Sick with Coronavirus.”

Justin Phillip Reed, “You Must Contend.”

“The Cloud Sailor Diary: Shanghai Life in the Time of Coronavirus.”

Owen Gleiberman, “Why I Miss Movie Theaters, and Why Nothing Can Replace Them.”

Dispatches from the Poetry Wars, “Dispatch #51: Seven Propositions for the Poetry Foundation.”

Nina Sabak, “The Apocalypse Will Not Be Televised.”


Humanities and Higher Education

Anna Kornbluh, “Academe’s Coronavirus Shock Doctrine.”

Karin Fischer, “When Coronavirus Closes Colleges, Some Students Lose Hot Meals, Health Care, and a Place to Sleep.”

Jacques Berlinerblau, “After Coronavirus, the Deluge.”

Rebecca Colesworthy, “She Works Too Hard for the Money.”

Agnes Callar, “What Do the Humanities Do in a Crisis.”

“How Will the Pandemic Change Higher Education?”

Aarthi Swaminathan, “Coronavirus Stimulus Package Includes $1.1B Going to For-profit Colleges.”

Allison Stanger, “Make All Courses Pass/Fail Now.”

David M. Perry, “Why a Pass/Fail Option Is a Good Move for Everyone.”

Adam Rosenblatt, “Committing to Ungrading, in an Emergency and After.”

Astra Taylor, “Perhaps It’s Time to Consider Unschooling.”

Jenny Davidson, “Forget Distance Learning. Just Give Every College Student an Automatic A.”

Megan Zahneis, “The Covid-19 Crisis Is Widening the Gap Between Secure and Insecure Instructors.”

Lauren Kaori Gurley, “The Move to Online College Is Hitting Adjunct Professors the Hardest.”

Dan Chiasson, “The Coronavirus and the Ruptured Narrative of Campus Life.”

Ariel Sophia Bardi, “Graduate School Prepared Me to Self-Quarantine.”

Rebecca Barrett-Fox, “Please Do a Bad Job of Putting Your Courses Online.”

Brandon Bayne, “Adjusted Syllabus.”

Deborah J. Cohan, “Teaching in the New Normal.”

Brianna McGurran, “What to Do about Your Student Loans during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis.”

Sarah Viren, “The Accusations Were Lies. But Could We Prove It?”

Ryan Weber, “Welcome to Your Hastily Prepared Online College Course.”

Tracking Administrative Response to COVID-19.

Open Campus, “What’s Happening with State Budgets and Higher Ed.”


Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning

Modern Language Association, “Bringing Your Course Online.”

Michelle D. Miller, “Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start.”

Lisa A. Brundage, Lisa Marie Rhody, and Katina Rogers, Graduate Center, “Tips for Students Distance Learning in the Time of COVID-19.”

DLF Digital Library Pedagogy Working Group.


Pandemic Parenting

Chloe I. Cooney, “The Parents Are Not All Right.”

Rachel Fairbank, “Toddler Tantrums: A Pandemic Survival Guide.”

Amy Sussna Klein, “Crisis Hits and You’re Working at Home with Toddlers: Take a Walk.”


Oneonta and New York State

The Daily Star, “Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak News.”

New York State, “Regional UnPause Dashboard.”

Shweta Karikehalli, “Local College Students Cope with COVID Contingencies” and “Otsego County Confirms First Coronavirus Case.”

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