Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 8: October 16–November 15, 2020

The University of Pittsburgh is in the background.

Politics, Economics, and Trump

Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, “Biden Wins Presidency, Ending Four Tumultuous Years Under Trump.”

Daniel Strauss and Lauren Gambino, “Kamala Harris Makes History as First Woman of Color Elected US Vice President.”

Bill McKibben, “This Election Isn’t about the Next Four Years. It’s about the Next Four Millennia.”

Naomi Klein, “We Were Told Joe Biden Was the ‘Safe Choice.’ But It Was Risky to Offer so Little.”

Jelani Cobb, “The Election Is a Morality Play in Which Biden Must Defeat Not Only Trump but Trumpism.”

Astead W. Herndon, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Biden’s Win, House Losses, and What’s Next for the Left.”

Tom McCarthy, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ends Truce by Warning ‘Incompetent’ Democratic Party.”

Tressie McMillan Cottom, “The Danger in White Moderates Setting Biden’s Agenda.”

Peter Maass, “As Trump Is Defeated, the Murdochs Try to Dodge Backlash for Fox News.”

Ernesto Semán, “The Etymology of Despair in the Americas.”

Steve Lyons and Jason Jones for Not An Alternative, “The Language in Common.”

Graeme Wearden, “Global Stock Markets Hit Record Highs on Covid-19 Vaccine Hopes – as It Happened.”

The Dig, “Ruins of Neoliberalism with Wendy Brown.”

Nikole Hannah-Jones, “Our Democracy’s Founding Ideals Were False When They Were Written. Black Americans Have Fought to Make Them True.”

Derrick O’Keefe, “Imagining the End of Capitalism with Kim Stanley Robinson.”

Judith Butler, “Is the Show Finally Over for Donald Trump?”

Ben Burgis, “No Honeymoon for Joe Biden.”

Corey Brettschneider, “Don’t Underestimate the Threat to American Democracy at This Moment.”

The Editors of The Atlantic, “The Case against Donald Trump.”

Mark Follman, “Trump’s Wild Lies Down the Election Homestretch Are Not Crazy.”

Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, “As America Awaits a Winner, Trump Falsely Claims He Prevailed.”

Nick Corasaniti, Reid J. Epstein, and Jim Rutenberg, “The Times Called Officials in Every State: No Evidence of Voter Fraud.”

Shawn Boburg and Jacob Bogage, “Postal Worker Recanted Allegations of Ballot Tampering, Officials Say.”

Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman, “Win or Lose, Trump Will Remain a Powerful and Disruptive Force.”

Tim Murphy, “Trump Was Golfing When He Lost the Presidency.”

Ezra Klein, “Trump Is Attempting a Coup in Plain Sight.”

Dahlia Lithwick, “The Real Threat of Trump’s Ridiculous Coup Attempt.”

The Daily, “A Non-Transfer of Power.”

Chris Kahn, “Nearly 80% of Americans Say Biden Won White House, Ignoring Trump’s Refusal to Concede: Reuters/Ipsos Poll.”

Jacob Bogage and Christopher Ingraham, “USPS Data Shows Thousands of Mailed Ballots Missed Election Day Deadlines.”

Steve Holland, “Trump Endorses McDaniel to Remain RNC Chair, Ponders 2024 Run.”

Dan Alexander and Richard Behar, “Trump’s Business Partners Allegedly Involved in Human Trafficking, Mafia Matters, Probable Money Laundering.”

Slavoj Žižek, “The Limits of Liberal Democracy.”

Hamilton Nolan, “There Is No Plan (For You).”

And Wallace Shawn, “Developments since My Birth.”



James Gallagher, “Covid Vaccine: First ‘Milestone’ Vaccine Offers 90% Protection.”

Ed Yong, “‘No One Is Listening to Us.'”

Anya Kamenetz, “Lessons from Europe, Where Cases Are Rising but Schools Are Open.”

Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio, Simon Romero, and Mike Baker, “Hospitals Are Reeling Under a 46 Percent Spike in Covid-19 Patients.”

Keren Landman, “Behind Georgia’s Covid-19 Dashboard Disaster.”

John M. Barry, “What Fans of ‘Herd Immunity’ Don’t Tell You.”

Colette Shade, “Self-Help Hacks at the End of the World.”

Ceylan Yeginsu, “Where Cruise Ships Are Sent to Die.”


Nuclear and Environmental

Jonathan Watts, “‘Sleeping Giant’ Arctic Methane Deposits Starting to Release, Scientists Find.”

Jessica Hurley, “Apocalypse from Below: Nuclear Infrastructures and Radical Futurelessness.”

Mack Lamoureux, “Thousands of Dead Birds Are Dropping Out of the Sky and Nobody’s Sure Why.”



Kenneth Chang, “There’s Water and Ice on the Moon, and in More Places Than NASA Thought.”

Andrew Griffin, “Mysterious Radio Signal Is Coming from Inside Our Galaxy, Scientists Announce.”

Calla Wahlquist, “The Sole Function of the Clitoris Is Female Orgasm. Is That Why It’s Ignored by Medical Science?”

Ferris Jabr, “Why Walking Helps Us Think.”



Max Read, “Going Postal: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Social Media and the Death Drive.”

Jenny Gross, “Archaeologists Discover Viking Age Ship Burial in Norway.”


Theory and Criticism

Mathias Nilges, ed., “A Symposium on Nicholas Brown’s Autonomy,” special issue, CLCWeb: Comparative Cultural Studies.

Fredric Jameson, “Aesthetics Today.”

Christian Thorne, “Immanuel Kant’s Manifesto for Dad Rock.”

Nicholas Brown, “Late Postmodernism.”

Merve Emre, “Our Love-Hate Relationship with Gimmicks,” review of Theory of the Gimmick, Sianne Ngai.

Sianne Ngai, “A Book That Changed My Mind,” The Center for Theoretical Inquiry in the Humanities, via Zoom on December 9, 2020.

Modern Language Association Convention 2021.

Arts and Idea, “Post-truth and Derrida.”

Jason E. Smith with Tony Smith, “The Upstarts and the Mandarins: Reflections on the Illusions of a Class.”

Len Gutkin, “‘Changing How We Write Is Not Going to Solve the Hiring Crisis’: Rita Felski on Enjoyment, Criticism, Attachment, and the Future Literary Studies.”

Naomi Waltham-Smit, “À,” review L’Existence Prépositionelle, by Irving Goh.


Literature and Culture

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, review of Promised Land, by Barack Obama.

Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young, “On Poets and Prizes.”

Michael Gorra, “The Sense of an Ending: On Don DeLillo’s Late Style.”

Rachel Cooke, “Don DeLillo: ‘I Wondered What Would Happen If Power Failed Everywhere.'”

Sarah Brouillette, “Aspirational Literary Labor in I May Destroy You.”

Jane Hu, “New Story Collections Reconsider History and Upend Tradition.”

Maria Kuznetsova, “Anna Bruno: Can Women Win in Literature?”

John H. Trefry, “Tunneling The Tunnel.”

Maria Popova, “Need a House, Call Ms. Mouse: Progressive Vintage Children’s Book Starring a Female Architect.”


Poetry, Fiction, and Other

George Saunders, “Ghoul.”

Devyn Springer, “the apocalypse.”

Solmaz Sharif, “He, Too.”

Anab Jain and Alex Taylor, “Experiments in Feral Futuring.”

And make a new person.

Humanities and Higher Education

Anya Kamenetz and Elissa Nadworny, “What a Biden Presidency Could Mean for Education.”

Eric Kelderman, “The College Degree Is Dividing America.”

Beth McMurtrie, “The Pandemic Is Dragging On. Professors Are Burning Out.”

Shawn Hubler, “Colleges Slash Budgets in the Pandemic, with ‘Nothing Off-Limits.'”

Heather Steffen, “Reformers Want Faster PhDs. They’re Wrong.”

Jack Stripling, “Trump Picked a Fight with Higher Ed. It’s Still Learning to Punch Back.”

Jaskiran Dhillon, Cinzia Arruzza and AAUP-TNS Media Collective, “Corporate Consultants Set Their Targets on American Universities.”

Carlo Rotella, “The Meaning of a College Literature Class — During a Pandemic and Always.”

And James Cochran, “Lessons We Shouldn’t Need a Pandemic to Teach Us.”



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