Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 2: April 15–May 15, 2020

Coronavirus Think Pieces

Kim Stanley Robinson, “The Coronavirus Is Rewriting Our Imaginations.”

Jodi Dean, “Neofeudalism: The End of Capitalism?”

Ibram X. Kendi, “We’re Still Living and Dying in the Slaveholders’ Republic.”

David Harvey, “We Need a Collective Response to the Collective Dilemma of Coronavirus.”

Richard Grusin, “Radical Mediation, COVID Masks, Revolutionary Collectivity.”

Charles Stross, “It’ll All Be Over by Christmas.”

Laurie Penny, “Productivity Is Not Working.”

Corey Robin, “Comrades.”

Masha Gessen on the present.

France 24, “World Will Be Same but Worse after ‘Banal’ Virus, Says Houellebecq.”

Donald G. McNeil Jr., “The Coronavirus in America: The Year Ahead.”

Malcolm Harris, “Take Care.”

Z. M. L., “A Failure of the Imagination – COVID-19 and Catastrophe.”

Librarian Shipwreck, “The End of the World?”

George Packer, “We Are Living in a Failed State.”

Anders Engberg-Pedersen, “Covid-19 and War as Metaphor.”

Dominic Pettman, “Netflix and Chills: On Digital Distraction During the Global Quarantine.”

Paul Krugman, “The Right Sends in the Quacks.”

Chauncey Devega, “Pulitzer Winner Chris Hedges: These “Are the Good Times — Compared to What’s Coming Next.”

Kate Murphy, “Why Zoom Is Terrible.”

And Sabrina Orah Mark, “Fuck the Bread. The Bread Is Over.”



Sanjee Perera, “Pandemic and Pestilence: When We Almost Notice That Black Lives Matter Less.”

Jianyun Lu et al., “COVID-19 Outbreak Associated with Air Conditioning in Restaurant, Guangzhou, China, 2020.”

Will Horton, “How Coronavirus Spread In One Restaurant Shows Why Air Travel Is Safer than You Think.”

The Nation, “Over 70 Percent of Tested Inmates in Federal Prisons Have COVID-19.”

Jeffery Martin, “60 Percent of ICE Detainees Tested Have Coronavirus.”

Lee Moran, “Epidemiologist Slams U.S. Coronavirus Response: ‘Close To Genocide By Default.'”

Charles Duhigg, “Seattle’s Leaders Let Scientists Take the Lead. New York’s Did Not.”

Tara Parker-Pope, Rachel Abrams, Eden Weingart, and Tony Cenicola, “Coronavirus: Which Mask Should You Wear?”


Nuclear and Environmental

The Guardian Letters, “After Coronavirus, Focus on the Climate Emergency.”

Benjamin Storrow, “Coronavirus Is Reducing CO2. Why That’s Worrisome.”

Stanley Reed and Clifford Krauss, “Too Much Oil: How a Barrel Came to Be Worth Less than Nothing.”

Heather Houser, Infowhelm: Environmental Art and Literature in an Age of Data.


Politcs and Economics

The Editorial Board of the New York Times, “McConnell’s Rush to Protect Businesses Endangers Everyone Else.”

Bernie Sanders, “The Foundations of American Society Are Failing Us.”

John Nichols, “Adjourn Trump—and the Imperial Presidency.”

Ezra Klein, “We Don’t Have a President, or a Plan.”

Federico Finchelstein and Jason Stanley, “The Fascist Politics of the Pandemic.”

Quinn Slobodian, “Colossus Wears Tweed” and “The Vulture Capitalists Are Counting on Us to Do Nothing.”

Neil Irwin, “It’s the End of the World Economy as We Know It.”

Nouriel Roubini, “Ten Reasons Why a ‘Greater Depression’ for the 2020s Is Inevitable.”

Paul Apostolidis and Albena Azmanova, “In a Pandemic, We’re More Precarious than Ever.”

Patricia Cohen, “Straggling in a Good Economy, and Now Struggling in a Crisis.”

Robinson Meyer, “There’s One Big Reason the US Economy Can’t Reopen.”

Andrew Marantz, “Studying Fascist Propaganda by Day, Watching Trump’s Coronavirus Updates by Night.”

Jeet Heer, “If This Pandemic Is a War, Trump Is a War Criminal.”

Arjun Appadurai, “We Are Witnessing the Revolt of the Elites.”

Democracy Now, “NY Cancels Primary after Removing Bernie Sanders from the Ballot.”

Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman, “White House Races to Contain Virus in Its Ranks: ‘It Is Scary to Go to Work.'”

Kevin Rudd, “The Murdoch Media’s China Coronavirus Conspiracy Has One Aim: Get Trump Re-elected.”

Karen McVeigh, “Cargo Ship Sailors Press-ganged into Keeping the World’s Trade Afloat.”

David Graeber, “Against Economics.”



Dischord Records.

ON Contemporary Practice PDF Archive.”

Christopher Frizzelle, “Indie Bookstores Are Poised to Take Market Share from Amazon.”

Joshua Gans, “How I Wrote and Published a Book about the Economics of Coronavirus in a Month.”

And Penguin Classics Cover Generator.



Alan Yuhas, “The Pentagon Released UFO Videos. Don’t Hold Your Breath for a Breakthrough.”


Theory and Criticism

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

Fred Moten, “Of Human Flesh: An Interview with R. A. Judy” (Part I) and Part II.

Critical Inquiry, “Posts from the Pandemic.”

N. Katherine Hayles, “Novel Corona: Posthuman Virus.”

Robert Pippin, “Capitalism at Dusk.”

Merve Emre, “Critical Love Studies.”

Fredric Jameson, “Time and the Sea.”

Zachary Samalin, ed., “A Map the Size of Empire.”

Joan Wallach Scott, “The Job of Critical Thinking Now: Protest Offers a Vision of the Future That Refuses Mere Recovery.”

Emmanuel Alloa, “Coronavirus: A Contingency that Eliminates Contingency.”

Dan Sinykin, American Literature and the Long Downturn: Neoliberal Apocalypse.


Literature and Culture

Dan Hassler-Forest, “Bong Joon-ho: Love in the Time of Capitalism.”

Orhan Pamuk, “What the Great Pandemic Novels Teach Us.”

Laura Marris, “Camus’s Inoculation against Hate.”

Jacqueline Rose, “Pointing the Finger: On The Plague.”

Kyle Buchanan, Mad Max: Fury Road: The Oral History of a Modern Classic.”

Ali Chetwynd on William Gaddis.

“Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time | Official Trailer.”

“LEGO Studios: The Major Impact of a Minor LEGO Theme – The History of Brickfilms (LEGO Animations).”

And Philip Kitcher, “A Hitherto Unknown Draft of ‘The Waste Land.'”


Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction

Sonya Aragon, “W****s at the End of the World.”

Robin Clarke, “Three Poems.”

Rutger Bregman, “The Real Lord of the Flies: What Happened When Six Boys Were Shipwrecked for 15 Months.”



Converge, “Endless Arrow.”

Hyped on Melancholy, “Songs for Political Grief.”



Wesley Morris, “In The Last Dance, Michael Jordan and the Bulls Still Dominate.”

Danny Chau, “The Mythos of Michael Jordan Continues.”

Bécquer Seguín, “Distant Sports.”


Humanities and Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Here’s a List of Colleges’ Plans for Reopening in the Fall.”

Olivia Wood, “CUNY Administration Lays Off Hundreds of Faculty.”

Jeanne Theoharis, Alan Aja, and Joseph Entin, “Spare CUNY, and Save the Education Our Heroes Deserve.”

Carter Williams, “President, Other SUU Leaders to Forgo Salaries in Effort to Save University Jobs.”

Shawn Hubler, “Fearing a Second Wave, Cal State Will Keep Classes Online in the Fall” and “Campus Life in the Fall? A Test with No Clear Answer.”

Corey Robin, “The Pandemic Is the Time to Resurrect the Public University.”

Masha Gessen, “How the Coronavirus Pandemic Has Shattered the Myth of College in America.”

Jeffrey Aaron Snyder, “Higher Education in the Age of Coronavirus.”

R. H. Lossin and Andy Battle, “Resisting Distance Learning.”

Adam Kotsko, “Not Persuasion, But Power: Against ‘Making the Case.’”

Alessandra Minello, “The Pandemic and the Female Academic.”

Musa al-Gharbi, “Universities Run on Disposable Scholars.”

Matt Schifrin and Carter Coudriet, “Dawn Of The Dead: For Hundreds of the Nation’s Private Colleges, It’s Merge or Perish” (November 2019) and “Forbes’ 2019 College Financial Health Grades: How Fit Is Your School?”

Bryan Alexander, “Early Signs of Fall 2020: Three Paths, Three Scenarios for Higher Education.”

Bianca Quilantan and Juan Perez Jr., “College Choice: Reopen and Risk Virus Spread or Face Financial Ruin.”

Aden Hayes, “Coronavirus, Cash and Countdown.”

Karen Strassler, “What We Lose When We Go from the Classroom to Zoom.”

Jeffrey Moro, “Against Rigor.”

James D. Walsh, “The Coming Disruption.”

Kyla Wazana Tompkins, “We Aren’t Here to Learn What We Already Know.”

Wesley Whistle, “Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Announces Free College for Frontline Coronavirus Workers.”

Doug Lederman, “Evaluating Teaching During the Pandemic” and “The HyFlex Option for Instruction if Campuses Open This Fall.”

Christina Paxson, “College Campuses Must Reopen in the Fall. Here’s How We Do It.”

“COVID-19: A Statement of Academic Solidarity.”

Cathy Davidson, “The Single Most Essential Requirement in Designing a Fall Online Course.”

And Ron Fein, “‘Who’s Laughing Now Assholes?’ A Letter from Henry Day Thoreau to Literature Faculties at Cushy Liberal Arts Schools.”



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Joe Mahoney, “NY Shutdown Drains County Treasuries.”

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