Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 7: September 16–October 15, 2020


Georgina Hayes, “Face Masks Could Be Giving People Covid-19 Immunity, Researchers Suggest.”

Devon Price, “Do You Have ‘Zoom Fatigue’ or Is It Existentially Crushing to Pretend Life Is Normal as the World Burns?”

Eva Hagberg, “The Pandemic Has Remade Friendship.”

And “Cruise Ships Dismantled for Scrap after Pandemic Sinks Industry.”


David Smith, “Trump’s Positive Covid Test Was a Surprise That Many Saw Coming.”

Sasha Abramsky, “Trump in the Debate: None Dare Call It Treason” and

New York Times, updates on Trump.

Protean Magazine Collective, “Dear Mr. President: I Hope This Letter Finds You Ill.”

Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig, and Mike McIntire, “The President’s Taxes: Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses and Years of Tax Avoidance.”

Russ Buettner, Gabriel J.X. Dance, Keith Collins, Mike McIntire, and Susanne Craig, “The President’s Taxes: Charting an Empire: A Timeline of Trump’s Finances.”

David Leonhardt, “Eighteen Revelations From a Trove of Trump Tax Records.”

Dean Baquet, “An Editor’s Note on the Trump Tax Investigation.”

Barton Gellman, “The Election That Could Break America.”

Peter Nicholas, “What I Saw at the White House.”

Abigail Weinberg, “Dr. Fauci Confirms It: The White House Celebration of Amy Coney Barrett Was a ‘Superspreader Event.'”


Nuclear and Environmental

Jessica Hurley, Infrastructures of the Apocalypse: American Literature and the Nuclear Complex.

Annie Lowrey, “The US Is on the Path to Destruction.”

Clive Thompson, “Trees Are Time Machines.”


Politics and Economics

Irin Carmon, “The Glorious RBG.”

David Corn, “To Honor Ginsburg, Democrats Have One Choice: Go Nuclear.”

Lili Loofbourow, “It’s Not Hypocrisy.”

Neil Irwin, “The Pandemic Depression Is Over. The Pandemic Recession Has Just Begun.”

“FBI Uncovers Plan to Kidnap Governor Whitmer as Hostage, Overthrow Michigan Government, Feds Say.”



Jamelle Bouie, “Facebook Has Been a Disaster for the World.”

Zachary Loeb, “Does Facebook Have Politics?,” review of The Whale and the Reactor,  2nd ed., by Langdon Winner

And My Year of Mixtapes (2014).


Theory and Criticism

Special issue of American Literature on COVID-19.

Megan Quigley, ed., “#MeToo and Modernism.”

Rachael Scarborough King, “The Frontiers of Form.”

Nan Z. Da, “Other People’s Books.”

Alona Ferber, “Judith Butler on the Culture Wars, JK Rowling, and Living in ‘Anti-Intellectual Times.’”

Gustavus Stadler, “A Communism of Feelings.”

Phillip E. Wegner, Invoking Hope: Theory and Utopia in Dark Times.


Literature and Culture

Alexandra Alter and Alex Marshall, “Louise Glück Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature.”

Jesi Buell, “Identity as a Hall of Mirrors: Descent by Lauren Russell.”

Marcus J. Moore, “Kendrick Lamar’s Poetic Awakening.”

Rebecca Onion, “Why So Many Readers Are Turning to Octavia Butler’s Apocalypse Fiction Right Now.”

Merve Emre, “The Meticulous One.”

Abraham Riesman, “The Boys Is the End of the Superhero as We Know It.”

Peter Bradshaw, Nomadland Review: Frances McDormand Delivers the Performance of Her Career.”

Mike Corrao, “Pre-Articulation: On John Trefry’s Unfinished Massive | Part 1.”

Ryan Pierson, “Soft Edges,” from Ryan Figure and Force in Animation Aesthetics (2019).

And Tressie McMillan Cottom, “The Three People You Meet When You Don’t Like Schitt’s Creek.”


Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction

Tessa Yang, “A Lesbian’s Guide to Loving Major League Baseball.”

And Colin Nissan, “It’s Decorative Gourd Season. . . “ (2009).


Games and Video Games

Emily R. Ehret, “New Game to Help UChicago Community Connect during Autumn Quarter.”

The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe.



Kevin Armstrong, “At NYU, Explaining an Unraveling World through Basketball.”

Rob Mahoney, “The Legend of LeBron Keeps Growing.”



Lisa Brown, “Back to School.”


Humanities and Higher Education

Shawn Hubler, “Colleges Learn How to Suppress Coronavirus: Extensive Testing.”

William R. Doyle, “Higher Education’s Nightmare Scenario.”

Eric Kelderman, “‘We Haven’t Begun to Feel the Real Economic Damage.'”

Ross Clare, “How Working-Class Academics Are Set Up to Fail.”

Lee Skallerup Bessette, “Staff Get Little to No Say in Campus Governance. That Must Change.”

Lindsay Ellis, Jack Stripling, and Dan Bauman, “The New Order.”

Eric Bennett, “How America Taught the World to Write Small.”

Alyshia Korba, “Ithaca College to Cut 130 Faculty Positions Due to Low Enrollment.”



League of Women Voters of the Oneonta Area.

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