Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 14: April 16–May 15, 2021

Politics and Economics

Declan Walsh, “Israel Ground Forces Shell Gaza as Fighting Intensifies.”

Committee to Protect Journalists, “Israeli Air Strikes Destroy Buildings Housing More than a Dozen Media Outlets in Gaza.”

Democracy Now!, “Gaza Journalist: Israel Is Deliberately Targeting the Media by Bombing AP and Al Jazeera Offices.”

Patrick Kingsley and Vivian Yee, “Conflict Spirals across Israel and the Palestinian Territories.”

Posted byMari Cohen, Joshua Leifer, and Alex Kane, “A Guide to the Current Crisis in Israel/Palestine.”

Samera Esmeir, “The Palestinians and the Struggle of the Dispossessed.”

Mariam Barghout, “Why Are Palestinians Protesting? Because We Want to Live.”

John Eligon, Tim Arango, Shaila Dewan, and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, “Derek Chauvin Verdict Brings a Rare Rebuke of Police Misconduct.”

Tobi Haslett, “Magic Actions.”

Lili Hu, “Race, Policing, and the Limits of Social Science.”

Audra D. S. Burch, Amy Harmon, Sabrina Tavernise, and Emily Badger, “The Death of George Floyd Reignited a Movement. What Happens Now?”

Nicholas Russell, “George Floyd Should Be Alive Today.”

Dan Rather, “Guilty on All Charges.”

Neil Vigdor and Bryan Pietsch, “Teenage Girl Is Fatally Shot by Police in Columbus, Officials Say.”

Abdi Latif Dahir, “France Enabled 1994 Rwanda Genocide, Report Says.”

Zack Stanton, “The GOP-Big Business Divorce Goes Deeper than You Think.”

Catie Edmondson, “Liz Cheney Delivers Defiant Speech on House Floor ahead of Vote to Oust Her from GOP Leadership.”

Zach Montague, “Over 100 Republicans, Including Former Officials, Threaten to Split from the GOP.”

Shane Goldmacher, “Dozen Megadonors Gave $3.4 Billion, One in Every 13 Dollars, Since 2009.”

Zoe Williams, “Burnt Out: Is the Exhausting Cult of Productivity Finally Over?”

Susan B. Glasser, “Biden’s Speech Offers an Alternative Vision for Democrats to Love.”

Jim Tankersley, “Biden Will Seek Tax Increase on Rich to Fund Child Care and Education.”

Jose Pagliery and Roger Sollenberger, “Bombshell Letter: Gaetz Paid for Sex with Minor, Wingman Says.”

William K. Rashbaum, Ben Protess, Maggie Haberman, and Kenneth P. Vogel, “FBI Searches Giuliani’s Home and Office, Seizing Phones and Computers.”

Julian E. Barnes, Edward Wong, and Eric Schmitt, “Mysterious Ailments Are Said to Be More Widespread among US Personnel.”

And Lisa Borders, “House Hunting in 2021 Bingo,” and homebuying in 2021. . . .


Arundhati Roy, “‘We Are Witnessing a Crime against Humanity’: On India’s COVID Catastrophe.”

Aman Sethi, “‘Death Is the Only Truth.’ Watching India’s Funeral Pyres Burn.”

“India’s Giant Second Wave Is a Disaster for It and the World.”

Apoorva Mandavilli, “Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the US, Experts Now Believe.”

Adam Grant, “There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing.”

Sarah Jaffe, “Who Cares?”

Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Annie Karni, “Nation Faces ‘Hand-to-Hand Combat’ to Get Reluctant Americans Vaccinated.”

Holly Yan, “More Young People Are Getting Hospitalized as a ‘Stickier,’ More Infectious Coronavirus Strain Becomes Dominant.”

Euan Marshall, Joe Wallen, Anne Gulland, and Jennifer Rigby, “Mystery Shrouds Growth in COVID Cases in Young People.”

Keith Collins, “The Flu Vanished during COVID. What Will Its Return Look Like?”

Apoorva Mandavilli, “Vaccines Are Effective against the New York Variant, Studies Find.”

Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Roni Caryn Rabin, “CDC Eases Outdoor Mask Guidance for Vaccinated Americans.”

And Alex Marshall, “Maskless and Sweaty: Clubbing Returns to Britain for a Weekend.”

Nuclear and Environmental

Delia Byrnes, review of Infrastructures of Apocalypse: American Literature and the Nuclear Complex, by Jessica Hurley.

Judith Butler, “Creating an Inhabitable World for Humans Means Dismantling Rigid Forms of Individuality.”

Rebecca Solnit, “Dare We Hope? Here’s My Cautious Case for Climate Optimism.”

And Margaret Roach, “Look Fast: It’s Spring Wildflower Season.”


Ferris Jabr, “How Long Can We Live?”

Thomas Nail, “Artificial Intelligence Research May Have Hit a Dead End.”


Post45 Data Collection.

Tess McNulty, “Content-Era Ethics.”

Dan Sinykin, “Data Is Not the Enemy of the Humanities.”

Criticism and Theory

Alessandra Raengo and Lauren McLeod Cramer, eds., Liquid Blackness 5, no. 1 (April 2021).

Marijeta Bradić, ed., “Weird Sciences and the Sciences of the Weird,” Pulse: The Journal of Science and Culture 7, no. 1 (2020).

Theodor Adorno, Friedrich Pollock, and Gretel Adorno, “Theory of Needs.”

Astra Taylor, “In Defense of Liberal Conspirators.”

Michael Clune, “Are Humanities Professors Moral Experts?”

Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers, eds., Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments.

Merve Emre, Evan Kindley, and Lee Konstantinou, eds., LARB’s Best: Humanities.

Literature and Culture

Maggie Doherty, “Adjunct Hell.”

Carmen Maria Machado, “Banning My Book Won’t Protect Your Child.”

Eve Crawford Peyton, “I Was Twelve When We Met.”

Joumana Khatib, “Writing in Italian, Jhumpa Lahiri Found a New Voice.”

Jeremy Sigler, “The Yid and Yang of Poet Charles Bernstein.”

Sandra Simonds, “Why Ruin Everyone’s Life for Dolls?”

McKenzie Wark, “The Cis Gaze and Its Others (for Shola).”

Casey Cep, “What We Can and Can’t Learn from a New Translation of the Gospels.”

Michael Seidlinger, “How Bookishness Affects the Book Biz.”

Clive Thompson, “The Untold Story of the NFT Boom.”

Anny Shaw, “Basquiat NFT Withdrawn from Auction after Artist’s Estate Intervenes.”

Dan Sinykin and Edwin Roland, “Against Conglomeration: Nonprofit Publishing and American Literature after 1980.”

Peter Coviello, “Anthony and Carmela Get Vaccinated.”

Laura Marsh, “Philip Roth’s Revenge Fantasy.”

Kevin Cho, “Dr. Ryan Pierson Revisits Figure and Force in Animation Aesthetics.”

Rob Bricken, “Kevin Smith’s He-Man Continuation Is Here, and It’s a Revelation.”

And Taylor Lorenz, “What Is ‘Cheugy’? You Know It When You See It.”


Jane Hu, “Why the Filet-O-Fish Is My Gold Standard for Fast Food.”


Brenna Ehrlich, “The Mars Volta’s La Realidad de los Sueños Is a Time Machine, a Treasure Chest, a Key.”

Iain Aitch, “‘Nobody Else Could Make This Music’: The Return of Underground Punks Rudimentary Peni.”

Dorian Lynskey, “Marianne Faithfull and Courtney Love Talk Romantic Poetry, Cheating Death and the Joys of Sober Sex.”

Video Games

Cass Marshall, Bloodborne Fans’ PSX Demake Is Peak Retro PlayStation Aesthetic.”


Tom Verducci, “The Wonder of Albert Pujols.”

Humanities and Higher Education

Lee Gardner, “Why Doomsday Hasn’t Happened.”

Dan Nemser and Brian Whitener, “Demographic Realism and the Crisis of Higher Education.”

John Kroger, “650,000 Colleagues Have Lost Their Jobs.”

Jordain Carney, “Sanders, Jayapal Introduce Bill to Make College Tuition-Free for Many Americans.”

Sara Weissman, “Legitimate Layoffs or Union Busting?”

David Palumbo-Liu, “Firing the Whistle-Blower.”

Jordain Carney, “Sanders, Jayapal Introduce Bill to Make College Tuition-Free for Many Americans.”

Melissa Reynolds, “It’s Not Just a Student Debt Crisis: America’s Higher-Ed System Is Breaking Professors Too.”

Nate Holdern, “Faculty Moral Distress about Pandemic Teaching.”

Alexander C. Kafka, “The Vaccination Dilemma.”

Dan Bauman, “Here’s Who Was Hit Hardest by Higher Ed’s Pandemic-Driven Job Losses.”

Tracey Tully, “Debate Erupts at NJ Law School After White Student Quotes Racial Slur.”

Adam Daniel and Chad Wellmon, “The University Run Amok!”


David Leonhardt, “What Do You Do When the Kids Are Still Unvaccinated?”

C. L. Mah, “My Two-Year-Old’s Guide to Potty Training Your Parents.”

And Matthew M. Reeve, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Frozen.”

And because you deserve it, the anthem of 2021, “Opus Number 1” (hold music):

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