Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 5: July 16–August 15, 2020

Black Lives Matter

Ishmael Reed, “America’s Criminal Justice System and Me.”

Anthony Bogues, “Black Lives Matter and the Moment of the Now.”

Colin Dayan, “Police Power and Can’t Breathe.”

Dwight Garner, “Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste Is an ‘Instant American Classic’ about Our Abiding Sin.”

Jane Hu, “The Second Act of Social-Media Activism.”

Jonathan Levinson and Conrad Wilson, “Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles to Grab Protesters off Portland Streets.”

Shane Harris, “DHS Compiled ‘Intelligence Reports’ on Journalists Who Published Leaked Documents.”

Ken Klippenstein, “The Border Patrol Was Responsible for an Arrest in Portland.”

Katie Shepherd and Mark Berman, “‘It Was Like Being Preyed upon’: Portland Protesters Say Federal Officers in Unmarked Vans Are Detaining Them.”

Charlie Warzel, “50 Nights of Unrest in Portland.”

Conrad Wilson, Dirk Vanderhart, and Suzanne Nuyen, “Oregon Sues Federal Agencies for Grabbing up Protesters off the Streets.”

Gillian Flaccus, “Judge Blocks US Agents from Arresting Observers in Portland.”

Richard Read, “Out of Portland Tear Gas, an Apparition Emerges, Capturing the Imagination of Protesters.”

Chantal Da Silva, “ICE Flooded with Thousands of Fake Applications for ‘Citizens Academy.'”

Reinventing Police Conference at the University of Chicago, July 30–July 31, 2020.

Laurie Penny, “The Free Speech Delusion.”

Sarah Ruiz-Grossman, “The Anti-Racism Protests Haven’t Stopped.”



Ed Yong, “How the Pandemic Defeated America” and “Immunology Is Where Intuition Goes to Die.”

Julie Turkewitz and Manuela Andreoni, “The Amazon, Giver of Life, Unleashes the Pandemic.”

Derek Thompson, “Hygiene Theater Is a Huge Waste of Time” and “The Workforce Is about to Change Dramatically.”

Lisa Shumaker, “US Shatters Single-Day Coronavirus Record with more Than 77,000 New Infections.”

Lee Moran, “Epidemiologist Slams US Coronavirus Response: ‘Close to Genocide by Default.'”

Kiera Butler, “Tom Frieden: The Former Head of the CDC Has an Audacious Idea for Handling the Pandemic.”

Mikkel Krause Frantzen, “Has Capitalism Become Psychologically Unsustainable? Six Tentative Theses on COVID-19 and Mental Health.”

Mark Sussman, “Clinging to Quarantine Time.”

Jeet Heer, “Cannibalism Is No Cure for Covid-19.” (Um.)

And You Don’t Need a Mask because. . . .



Helen Branswell, “Winter Is Coming: Why America’s Window of Opportunity to Beat Back Covid-19 Is Closing.”

Apoorva Mandavilli, “‘A Smoking Gun’: Infectious Coronavirus Retrieved from Hospital Air.”

Daniel B Larremore et al., “Test Sensitivity Is Secondary to Frequency and Turnaround Time for COVID-19 Surveillance.”

Katherine J. Wu, “‘It’s Kitchen Sink Time’: Fast, Less-Accurate Coronavirus Tests May Be Good Enough.”

Emma P. Fischer et al., “Low-Cost Measurement of Facemask Efficacy for Filtering Expelled Droplets during Speech.”

Robert D. Kirkcaldy, “COVID-19 and Postinfection Immunity Limited Evidence, Many Remaining Questions.”

Pirous Fateh-Moghadam et al., “Contact Tracing during Phase I of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Province of Trento, Italy: Key Findings and Recommendations.”

Anna Zhang, “A Vaccine Reality Check.”

Anna DeForest, “The New Stability.”

Jessica Castillo, “How to Talk to People Who Won’t Wear Face Masks.”

Noah Weiland, Denise Grady, and David E. Sanger, “Pfizer Gets $1.95 Billion to Produce Coronavirus Vaccine by Year’s End.”

Sarah Kliff, “The US Commits to Buying Millions of Vaccine Doses. Why That’s Unusual.”

Haisten Willis, Chelsea Janes, and Ariana Eunjung Cha, “Growing Evidence Suggests Younger Children May Be Affected Differently than Older Ones.”

Elizabeth Bernstein, “Why It Seems Like Bullies Are Everywhere—and How to Stop Them.”


Nuclear and Environmental

Eric Roston, “Top Scientists Just Ruled Out Best-Case Global Warming Scenarios.”

Gareth Evans and Moon Chung-in, “Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

Ben Dooley and Hisako Ueno, “Hiroshima 75th Anniversary: Preserving Survivors’ Message of Peace.”

Yoko Ogawa, “How We Retain the Memory of Japan’s Atomic Bombings: Books.”

Bill McKibben, “130 Degrees,” review of Our Final Warning: Six Degrees of Climate Emergency, Mark Lynas.

Eureka Sound on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic is seen in a NASA Operation IceBridge survey picture taken March 25, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/MICHAEL STUDINGER/HANDOUT/FILE PHOTO

Moira Warburton, “Canada’s Last Fully Intact Arctic Ice Shelf Collapses.”

Nate Scott, “A ‘Fire Tornado’ Fits California in Latest Apocalyptic Moment in 2020.”

“In Pictures: Oil Spill Threatens Ecological Disaster in Mauritius.”

Naomi Klein, “A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”

J. D. Schnepf, “Flood from Above: Disaster Mediation and Drone Humanitarianism.”

Varshini Prakash and John Podesta, “Donald Trump Wants a Fight on the Green New Deal. So Do We.”

Eric Holthaus, “You Are Alive at Just the Right Moment to Change Everything.”

Ian Bogost, “A Bomb in the Desert.”



Emily Cochrane and Hailey Fuchs, “Trump Makes Clear His Opposition to More Money to Support Mail Voting.”

Frances Fox Piven and Deepak Bhargava, “What If Trump Won’t Leave?”

Michelle Goldberg, “Trump’s Occupation of American Cities Has Begun.”

Laurence H. Tribe, Jennifer Taub, and Joshua A. Geltzer, “Trump Has Launched a Three-Pronged Attack on the Election.”

Timothy Snyder, “Trump’s ‘Delay the Election’ Tweet Checks All 8 Rules for Fascist Propaganda.”

Anita Kumar, “Trump Aides Exploring Executive Actions to Curb Voting by Mail.”

Marshall Cohen, “Financial Disclosures Reveal Postmaster General’s Business Entanglements and Likely Conflicts of Interest, Experts Say.”

Stuart Schrader, “Trump Has Brought America’s Dirty Wars Home.”

Democracy Now, “Noam Chomsky: Trump Is Using Pandemic to Enrich Billionaires as Millions Lose Work and Face Eviction.”

Roger Cohen, “American Catastrophe through German Eyes.”

Michael D. Shear, Noah Weiland, Eric Lipton, Maggie Haberman, and David E. Sanger, “Inside Trump’s Failure: The Rush to Abandon Leadership Role on the Virus.”

Paul Krugman, “What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt Trump.”

Jamelle Bouie, “There Is a ‘Great Silent Majority.’ But It Stands against Trump.”

Chad Kautzer, “Trump, Public Health, and Epistemic Authoritarianism.”

Queenie Wong and Carrie Mihalcik, “Trump Plans to Ban TikTok in the US.”

Georgia Wells, Katy Stech Ferek, and Cara Lombardo, “Microsoft Is in Talks to Acquire TikTok, as US Considers Banning the App.”

Adam Gabbatt, “‘They Need Voters’: QAnon Is Finding a Home in the Republican Party.”

And “The Next One Will Be Smarter.”


Politics and Economics

Cornel West and Tricia Rose, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Not Understood for Who She Really Is.”

Barack Obama, “My Statement on the Passing of Rep. John Lewis.”

Jamelle Bouie, “Black Like Kamala.”

Manisha Sinha, “Why Kamala Harris Matters to Me.”

Katherine Viner, “Naomi Klein: ‘We Must Not Return to the Pre-covid Status Quo, Only Worse.'”

David Klion, “Will the Left Get a Say in the Biden Doctrine?”

Peter Beinart, “Biden Goes Big without Sounding Like It.”

John Nichols, “We Can No Longer Afford the Military-Industrial Complex.”

John Bowden, “Ocasio-Cortez Calls for End to Federal Funding for Military Recruitment in Schools.”

Eric Levitz, “David Shor’s Unified Theory of American Politics.”

Jesse McKinley and Luis Ferré-Sadurní, “3 Weeks after Primary, NY Officials Still Can’t Say Who Won Key Races.”

Hannah Black, “Tenant Unions for the Future.”

Sanam Yar and Ian Prasad Philbrick, “The Rise of QAnon.”

Ioana Elena Marinescu, Daphné Skandalis, and Daniel Zhao, “Job Search, Job Posting, and Unemployment Insurance During the COVID-19 Crisis.”

Katrin Bennhold, “Body Bags and Enemy Lists: How Far-Right Police Officers and Ex-Soldiers Planned for ‘Day X.'”

Corey Robin, “Comrades.”

Rachel M. Cohen, “USPS Workers Concerned New Policies Will Pave the Way to Privatization.”



Nate Byrne, “Buried Deep in the Ice Is the GitHub Code Vault — Humanity’s Safeguard against Devastation.”

Min Hyoung Song, “Making Meaning in an Age of Data: A Conversation with Heather Houser.”

Robert W. Lake, “Big Data, Urban Governance, and the Ontological Politics of Hyperindividualism.”

Carole Cadwalladr, “If You’re Not Terrified about Facebook, You Haven’t Been Paying Attention.”

Ian Bogost, “So Much for the Decentralized Internet.”

David Dayen, “America’s Monopoly Problem Goes Way beyond the Tech Giants.”

Sarah Jeong, “The US Declared War on TikTok because It Can’t Handle the Truth.”

John Naughton, “GPT-3: An AI Game-changer or an Environmental Disaster?” and “At Last, the Tech Titans’ Nerd Immunity Shows Signs of Fading.”

Jordan Roup, “Disney Ceases 4K UHD Production on Catalog Titles, Including Fox Library.”

LSA – Film, Television, and Media, “Audiovisual Lexicon for Media Analysis.”

“Street View of 1940s New York.”

Tiger Webb, “‘Out of Control’: Australia Has a New Style Manual, but Not Everyone Is Happy.”

GitHub, “Smithsonian / Open Access.”

John Cage, 4’33” App.

And William Hughes, “Susan Orlean’s Twitter Timeline Is a Choice Read Right Now.”


Theory and Criticism

Jonathan Arac, “Aesthetics in the Discipline of Literary Study Today.”

Yuk Hui, “The Wind Rises: In Memory of Bernard [Stiegler].”

“Bernard Stiegler, la philosophie et la vie.”

Parrhesia Editorial Board, “In Memoriam Bernard Stiegler.”

Damian Winczewski, review of Marxist Film Theory and “Fight Club”, by Anna Kornbluh.

Stephen Wright, “Devising the Post-Capitalist Imaginary/A Device for the Post-Capitalist Imaginary.”

Mark Trecka, “Do More than No Harm: On Judith Butler’s The Force of Nonviolence.”

Andrew Marzoni, “To Fascinate and Unnerve: The Philosophical Leftovers of Gilles Deleuze.”

Hettie Judah, “If Your Blood Is Boiling, Dip in–It Is Magnificently Cathartic,” review of Burn It Down! Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution, ed. Breanne Fahs.

Mark Fisher, Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures (forthcoming September 2020).

Asad Haider, “Critical Confusion.”

Tim Bruno, “Killing Time.”

James Crane, “We Live in a Society.”

Agnes Callard, “Should We Cancel Aristotle?”

And “Deleuze with Twin Peaks music.”


Literature and Culture

Nejc Saje and Jeffrey Young, Pumpkin on the Hot Roof of the World: Poetry and the Eternal Life of Tomaž Šalamun.

Merve Emre, “Elena Ferrante’s Master Class on Deceit.”

Jesse McCarthy, “On Afropessimism.”

Our Opinions Are Correct, “Episode 63: What Is Indigenous Futurism?”

Jane Hu, “what u need to know about folklore.”

Gerry Canavan, “Some Notes on the Nonexistence of Wakanda.”

John Domini, “Undeniably Contemporary: On Blake Butler’s Alice Knott.”

Lauren Wilkinson, “Bring Your Flamethrower. In This Novel, Art Feels the Burn,” review of Alice Knott, by Blake Butler.

Elle Nash, “On Writing the Thing No One Else Can Write.”

Brian Merchant, “The Man Whose Science Fiction Keeps Turning into Our Shitty Cyberpunk Reality.”

Rebecca Evans, “Embodying New York: On N. K. Jemisin’s The City We Became.”

Jessica Sequeira, “‘One Thinks through Fictions’: A Conversation with Carlos Fonseca.”

Alex Greenberger, “Incarcerated Artists Are Making Some of Today’s Most Important Art. A Powerful New Book Explains Why,” conversation about Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, by Nicole R. Fleetwood.

Dan Chiasson, “Joyelle McSweeney’s Poetry of Catastrophe.”

Sophie Haigney, “An Elegy for the Landline in Literature.”

Adam Nayman and Sean Fennessey, “Feeling Lucky at 90: The Clint Eastwood Passion Project.”

James Tadd Adcox, “On Sprawl.”

And Martin Paul Eve, ed., “Call for Contributions: Special issue on Mark Z. Danielewski’s The Familiar.”



Kevin Young, “Radical Imagination: Marilyn Nelson, Tracy K. Smith, and Terrance Hayes on Poetry in Our Times.”


Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Manu Chander, “The Karma of Brown Folk at 22.”

Scott Rettberg and Talan Memmott, “Quarantine Quatrains.”

Vanessa Barbara, “Our President Got the Virus. I Barely Noticed.”

Aaron Robertson, “A New Emergency Fund Will Help Literary Organizations Hit Hard by the Pandemic.”

Lisa Roney and Jake Wolff, “New Editor at The Florida Review.”

John Trefry, “An Exceedingly Brief Exile.”

Tyler McAndrew, “The Storyteller.”



Sam Zucchi, Echo and the Problem of Chess Problems.”

Stephen Totilo, “12 Hidden Gems to Play on the Nintendo Switch.”



Gerry Canavan, “Submitted for Your Approval: Syllabus for ENGLISH 4717/5717: Watchmen!”



Brian Phillips, “The NBA’s Carefully Constructed Alternate Universe.”

Robert O’Connell, “Baseball in Empty Stadiums Is Weird. How Will It Affect Outcomes?”

Dan Wetzel, “A Disaster in Progress, MLB’s 2020 Season Might Depend on the Next Twist.”

Nathan Kalman-Lamb, Johanna Mellis, and Derek Silva, “Canceling the College-Football Season Isn’t Enough.”


Humanities and Higher Education

“Here’s Our New List of Colleges’ Reopening Plans.”

Eric Stoller, “Keep Campus Closed – What Higher Ed is Too Afraid to Say.”

Matthew Kirschenbaum, “Don’ Blame Colleges for the Coming Fall Debacle.”

Sarah Brown and Katherine Mangan, “Students Are Spreading Covid-19 Off Campus. Here’s How Colleges Can Stop It.”

Anemona Hartocollis and Shawn Hubler, “Covid Tests and Quarantines: Colleges Brace for an Uncertain Fall.”

Micahel Greenwood, “Students Need to Be Tested Every 2-3 Days for Colleges to Safely Reopen.”

Scott Jaschik, “Nervous Freshmen, Nervous Colleges.”

Anna McLoon and Sarah K. Berke, “A Dry Run at a Socially Distanced Classroom.”

Joe Killian, “UNC-Chapel Hill Launches COVID-19 Dashboard, Shows 173 Infections as Students Return to Dorms This Week.”

“Smith College’s COVID-19 Response Plan.”

Jonathan Kramnick, “The Humanities after COVID-19.”

Elissa Nadworny, “Colleges Spent Months Planning for Fall, but a COVID-19 Surge Is Changing Everything.”

Danielle Douglas-Gabriel and  Lauren Lumpkin, “Discount, Freeze, or Increase? How Universities Are Handling Tuition This Fall.”

Daniel McGraw, Shawn Hubler, and Dan Levin, “As the Virus Deepens Financial Trouble, Colleges Turn to Layoffs.”

Kevin R. McClure, “College Leaders Must Explain Why—Not Just How—to Return to Campus.”

John McNay, “COVID-19 Should Encourage Creative Reform in Higher Education.”

Julia Marcus, “Colleges Are Getting Ready to Blame Their Students.”

Patrick Jagoda, Heidi Coleman, Marc Downie, Ashlyn Sparrow, and Kristen Schilt, A Labyrinth: Designing and Playing a Collaborative Game During COVID-19.”

Matt Reed, “How Do You Know a Good English Department When You See One?”

Colleen Flaherty, “RI School of Design Deal with Faculty Avoids Layoffs” and “Budget ‘Bloodbath’ at University of Akron.”

Stephanie Horan, “College Towns That Are Most Economically Vulnerable during COVID-19–2020 Study.”

Alison Berg, “For First-Generation Students, a Disappearing ‘College Experience’ Could Have Grave Consequences.”

Jeffrey Selingo, “Colleges Are Deeply Unequal Workplaces.”

Manya Whitaker, “How to Be a Trauma-Informed Department Chair amid Covid-19.”

Heidi Li Feldman, on waiver.

Lindsay McKenzie, “Arizona-Ashford Backlash Begins.”

Vivian S. Lee, Vindell Washington, and Robert M. Califf, “The Bad Science of Reopening.”

“UNC Reports Coronavirus Clusters in Student Housing at Ehringhaus Community and Granville Towers.”

Elinor Aspegren, “Campus Workers Sue UNC University System, Cite Unsafe Conditions Due to Pandemic.”

Namandjé Bumpus, “Too Many Senior White Academics Still Resist Recognizing Racism.”

Rebecca Kolins Givan, “Acquiescent No More.”

Silke-Maria Weineck, “The Biggest Cuts Need to Come from the Top.”

Astra Taylor and Todd Wolfson, “Beyond the Neoliberal University.”

Maximillian Alvarez, “On a Knife’s Edge.”

Jean Ferguson Carr, “Mentoring Midcareer Colleagues.”

Remixing the Humanities, “Twitter and Academic Discourse with Manu Chander and Gena Zuroski.”

Katherine L. Bryant, “How to Save Your University from Bankruptcy during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

And Carlos Greaves, “Jurassic Park Is Last, which Means We’re First.”


Parenting and Teaching

Ashley Fetters, “There Are Other Options besides Reopening Schools.”

Aaron Wiener, “I’m a New Dad Scared about Pandemic-Era Day Care Safety. There’s Only One Expert I Wanted to Call.”

Dana Stevens, “Held Back: As Parents Realize How Badly the US Botched the Next School Year, We’re Furious.”

Dave Grohl, “In Defense of Our Teachers.”

Shardha Jogee, “How to Reopen the Economy without Killing Teachers and Parents.”

The Center for Disease Control, “The Importance of Reopening America’s Schools This Fall.”

Emily Oster, “What Will Schools Do When a Teacher Gets Covid-19?”

Sian Cain, “Why a Generation Is Choosing to Be Child-free.”

Larrison Campbell, “Mississippi Is What a School Reopening Shitshow Looks Like.”

And Topher Payne, The Tree Who Set Healthy Boundaries: An Alternate Ending for Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree.”



It’s been five years since the Groundwork reunion:



Hannah Lynn, “Bloomfield Bar Brillobox Announces Closure.”



Thomas Brindley, “[Oneonta City School District’s] Fall 2020 Reopening Plan.”

Sarah Eames, “BLM Rally Met with Counterprotest in Bainbridge.”

“Remembering C. W. ‘Sandy’ Huntington: A Beloved Wisdom Author.”

Sara Eames, “Living Memorial to Black Lives Installed in Downtown Oneonta.”

Joe Mahoney, “N.Y. Travel Isolation List Grows to 31 States.”

Marty Van Lenten Becker, “Colleges Opening Puts Younger Students at Risk.”

And Gary Herzig, “Letter to Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta Students.”

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