Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 9: November 16–December 15, 2020


Sarah Zhang, “The End of the Pandemic Is Now in Sight.”

Katie Thomas, “New Pfizer Results: Coronavirus Vaccine Is Safe and 95% Effective.”

Meredith Wadman, “Fever, Aches from Pfizer, Moderna Jabs Aren’t Dangerous but May Be Intense for Some.”

Zeynep Tufekci, “The Pandemic Heroes Who Gave Us the Gift of Time and Gift of Information.”

Abby Goodnough, “Long-Term-Care Residents and Health Workers Should Get Vaccine First, C.D.C. Panel Says.”

Sharon LaFraniere, Katie Thomas, and Noah Weiland, “Trump Administration Officials Passed when Pfizer Offered Months Ago to Sell the US More Vaccine Doses.”

Thomas R. Frieden, “We Know How to Beat COVID-19. We Just Don’t Do It.”

Bruce Robbins, “Return of the Plague.”

Aaron E. Carrol, “Are We Seriously Talking about Closing Schools Again?”

Apoorva Mandavilli, “Immunity to the Coronavirus May Last Years, New Data Hint.”

Vanessa Roma, “FDA Approves First At-Home Coronavirus Test.”

Carol D. Leonnig and Josh Dawsey, “More than 130 Secret Service Officers Are Said to Be Infected with Coronavirus or Quarantining in Wake of Trump’s Campaign Travel.”

Margot Sanger-Katz, Claire Cain Miller, and Quoctrung Bui, “How 700 Epidemiologists Are Living Now, and What They Think Is Next.”

Tala Schlossberg, “An Ode to the Before Times.”

Kim Kierkegaardashian, “Ask Kim Kierkegaardashian: In Search of Lost Before-Times Selfies.”


Politics and Economics

Michael D. Shear, Maggie Haberman, Nick Corasaniti and Jim Rutenberg, “Trump Administration Approves Start of Formal Transition to Biden.”

David Roberts, “Joe Biden Should Do Everything at Once.”

Zeynep Tufekci, “‘This Must Be Your First.'”

Andrew Marantz, “How to Stop a Power Grab.”

Elie Mystal, “Donald Trump Is the Ultimate Super-Spreader.”

Jim Rutenberg and Nick Corasaniti, “‘An Indelible Stain’: How the GOP Tried to Topple a Pillar of Democracy.”

Anthony Bogues, “Chaos and the Trumpian Project.”

Daniel Denvir, “‘Bernie Was Crushed by Neoliberalism’: An Interview with Cornel West.”

Jamelle Bouie, “It Started with ‘Birtherism.'”

Margaret Ferguson, “Doing Some of the Work: Grief, Fear, Hope.”

Adam Liptak, “Supreme Court Skeptical of Trump’s Plan to Not Count Unauthorized Immigrants in Redistricting.”

Neil Vigdor, “Mitt Romney Admonishes Trump’s Attempts to Overturn His Election Defeat.”

Michael Balsamo, “Disputing Trump, Barr Says No Widespread Election Fraud.”

Kathleen Gray, Jim Rutenberg, and Nick Corasaniti, “Michigan Republicans Backtrack after Refusing to Certify Election Results.”

Kaelan Deese, “Charles Koch Regrets His Partisanship: ‘Boy, Did We Screw Up!'”

Katelyn Polantz, “Justice Department Investigating Potential Presidential Pardon Bribery Scheme, Court Records Reveal.”

AP, “Trump Threatens Defense Veto Over Social Media Protections.”

Hailey Fuchs, Pranshu Verma, and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, “Four Stabbed and One Shot as Trump Supporters and Opponents Clash.”

David A. Sanger, “Russian Hackers Broke into Federal Agencies, US Officials Suspect” and with Nicole Perlroth and Eric Schmitt, “Scope of Russian Hack Becomes Clear: Multiple US Agencies Were Hit.”

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

And Bess Levin, “The Obamas Are Producing a Comedy Series about Trump Being a Giant F–kup.”


Nuclear and Environmental

John Hay, ed., Apocalypse in American Literature and Culture.

Phil Taylor, “New Zealand Declares a Climate Change Emergency.”

Bill McKibben, “It’s Not Science Fiction.”

Henry Fountain, “Another Month on a Warming Planet: Record-Hot November.”

Kim Chipman, “California Water Futures Begin Trading amid Fear of Scarcity.”

Ezra Klein, “The Most Important Book I’ve Read This Year.”

Ferris Jabr, “The Social Life of Forests.”

Brian Kahn, “New York State Just Set a New Standard for Fossil Fuel Divestment.”

David E. Sanger, Eric Schmitt, Farnaz Fassihi, and Ronen Bergman, “Gunmen Assassinate Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist in Ambush, Provoking New Crisis.”

David Sirota, Julia Rock, and Andrew Perez, “Biden’s First Climate Appointment Is a Fossil Fuel Industry Ally.”

And Meghan Bartels, “The Arecibo Observatory Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico Has Collapsed.”



Andrew Roth, “Russia Discovers ‘Road of Bones’ on Frozen Highway in Siberia.”



Isabelle Rodd, “Astronomy: ‘Odd Radio Circles’ in the Sky a ‘’Genuine Mystery.'”

Chanel Vargas, “Jupiter and Saturn Will Align to Create the First ‘Christmas Star’ in Nearly 800 Years.”



Adrienne LaFrance, “Facebook Is a Doomsday Machine.”

Cade Metz, “Meet GPT-3. It Has Learned to Code (and Blog and Argue).”

Dwight Garner, “When Reading Had No End.”


Theory and Criticism

Sheila Liming, “Fighting Words,” review of Hooked: Art and Attachment, by Rita Felski.

Peter E. Gordon, “The Scars of Democracy: Theodor Adorno and the Crises of Liberalism.”

symplokē, vol. 28, nos. 1–2, 2020.

Ezekiel Dixon-Román, “Control Societies @ 30: Technopolitical Forces and Ontologies of Difference.”

The Triangle Collective, The Palgrave Handbook of Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature and Science.

Matthew Quest, “How C. L. R. James Created the Haitian Revolution That Created Him.”

Sarah Wasserman, “On Dan Sinykin’s American Literature and the Long Downturn.”

Dan Sinykin, “On Sarah Wasserman’s The Death of Things.”

Olúfémi O. Táíwò, “Being-in-the-Room Privilege: Elite Capture and Epistemic Deference.”

Alissa G. Karl, “Toward a Labor Theory of Generation X.”

Philip Hensher, “Harold Bloom Finally Betrays How Little He Really Understood Literature.”

Secret Feminist Agenda, “Episode 4.30: Thinking Intergenerationally toward a Future with Eugenia Zuroski.”

John A. Goldsmith, “With Charisma to Spare,” on Franz Brentano and his students.

Will Clark, “Reading with Sam See.”



Literature and Culture

Alan Yuhas, “A Weird Monolith Is Found in the Utah Desert.”

Bryan Pietsch, “That Mysterious Monolith in the Utah Desert? It’s Gone, Officials Say.”

Serge F. Kovaleski, Deborah Solomon, and Zoe Rosenberg, “How a Mysterious Monolith Vanished Overnight (It Wasn’t Aliens).”

Sarah Whitten, “ViacomCBS Sells Simon & Schuster to Penguin Random House for $2 Billion.”

Richard Jean So, “The Inertia of Whiteness in the World of Postwar Publishing.”

Salamishah Tillet, “When Culture Really Began to Reckon with White Privilege.”

Maggie Doherty, “The Long Awakening of Adrienne Rich.”

Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado, “Erudition, Emotion, and the Essay: On Jazmina Barrera’s On Lighthouses.”

Henry Veggian, “In Flight: Don DeLillo’s The Silence.”

Aaron Bady, “We Have Always Lived in the Castle: One Month of The Queen’s Gambit.

Alison Flood, “Jonathan Franzen Is Back! With the Grandest-Sounding Novel of 2021” and “Unseen J. R. R. Tolkien Essays on Middle-Earth Coming in 2021.”

Margaret Grayson, “In Office, Author Sheila Liming Examines Changes in Where and How We Work.”

Pieter Dom, “David Lynch to Start Shooting the Neflix Series (Working Title “Wisteria”) in 2021.”

Michelle Taylor, “The Secret History of T. S. Eliot’s Muse.”

Mitch R. Murray and Mathias Nilges, eds., William Gibson and the Futures of Contemporary Culture.

Vincent Haddad, “The De-Colonization of Miles Morales.”

Robert Seguin, “Form, Voice, and Utopia in David Foster Wallace.”


Video and ARG Games

Gamers with Glasses, “Interview with Patrick Jagoda on Experimental Games.”

Dave Thier, “A Warning about Cyberpunk 2077 Reviews.”

Big Brains, “How Alternate Reality Games Are Changing the Real World with Patrick Jagoda and Kristen Schilt (Ep. 59).”



Jemele Hill, “Denial Isn’t Working Out for College Football.”

Kurt Street, “Do We Need Football in America This Badly?”


Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction

Natasha Trethewey, “American Portrait.”

Richard Siken, “Real Estate.”

Tessa Yang, “The Runaway Restaurant.”

Helen Rosner, “The Joylessness of Cooking.”

Kimberly Quiogue Andrews, “Pollarding” and “Animal Spirits.”


Humanities and Higher Education

Michael Vasquez, “After Biden Is Sworn In, Does Student-Debt Relief Come Next?”

Colleen Flaherty, “‘Never Waste a Good Pandemic.'”

Astra Taylor, “How the Biden Administration Can Free Americans from Student Debt.”

Francie Diep, “The 5 Biggest Lessons We’ve Learned about How Coronavirus Spreads on Campus.”

Steven Lubet and Andrew Koppelman, “That Op-Ed About Jill Biden Is Awful. Northwestern’s Response Might Be Worse.”

Vimal Patel, “How Do You Retain Community-College Students? Jill Biden Has a Dissertation for That” and here.

Dan Bauman, Tyler Davis, and Brian O’Leary, “Executive Compensation at Public and Private Colleges.”

Scott Carlson, “Colleges Grapple with Grim Financial Realities” and “Is It Time to Consider a Merger?”

Erik Loomis, “Shock Doctrine: Higher Education Version.”

Jack Stripling, “Trump’s Presidency May Be Over. ‘Trumpism’ Is Not.”

Chronicle Higher Education Staff, “The Long Tail of an Unprecedented Crisis.”

And Jacquelyn Ardam, “Potential Opening Lines for My Novel about the Academic Job Market.”



Matt Richtel, “Childhood without Other Children: A Generation Is Raised in Quarantine.”

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