Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 16: June 16–July 15, 2021

Heat Dome over Pacific Northwest, Summer 2021

Nuclear and Environmental

Kai Heron, “Extinction Isn’t the Worst That Can Happen.”

Christopher Flavelle and Kalen Goodluck, “Dispossessed, Again: Climate Change Hits Native Americans Especially Hard.”

Sarah Miller, “All the Right Words on Climate Have Already Been Said.”

Brad Plumer, Jack Healy, Winston Choi-Schagrin, and Henry Fountain, “Climate Change Batters the West before Summer Even Begins.”

Jeffrey Insko, “Line 5: Dismantling as World-Building” and “How to Dream beyond Oil.”

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

James Temple, “The Lurking Threat to Solar Power’s Growth.” Hmm.

Dan Egan, “The Climate Crisis Haunts Chicago’s Future: A Battle between a Great City and a Great Lake.”

Jacob Darwin Hamblin, The Wretched Atom: America’s Global Gamble with Peaceful Nuclear Technology.

Simon Lewis, “Canada Is a Warning: More and More of the World Will Soon Be Too Hot for Humans.”

Lauren Berlant

Lauren Berlant’s work in Critical Inquiry.

Sara Patterson, “Lauren Berlant, Preeminent Literary Scholar and Cultural Theorist, 1957–2021.”

Judith Butler, Maggie Doherty, Ajay Singh Chaudhary, and Gabriel Winant, “‘What Would It Mean to Think That Thought?’: The Era of Lauren Berlant.”

Gregg Bordowitz, Lauren Michel Jackson, Andrea Long-Chu, Anahid Neressian, Tavia Nyong’o, H. A. Sedgwick, Caleb Smith, and Jean-Thomas Tremblay, “On Lauren Berlant.”

W. J. T. Mitchell, “Remembering Lauren on 28 June 2021.”

Virginia Jackson, “Triptych for Lauren.”

Michael Hardt, “Love Is a Muscle.”

Elizabeth Freeman, “Without You, I’m Not Necessarily Nothing.”

Laura Sell for Duke University Press, “Farewell to Lauren Berlant.”

“How the Coronavirus Changed Us.”

Edgar Sandoval, “Many Parts of the US Needed Persuading to Get Vaccinated. Not South Texas.”

Catherine Pearson, “Five New Things We Learned about COVID-19 in June 2021.”

Politics and Economics

Peter Beaumont, Tom Phillips, and Julian Borger, “Haiti President Jovenel Moïse Assassinated by ‘Armed Commando Group.'”

Elsie Chen, “These Chinese Millennials Are ‘Chilling,’ and Beijing Isn’t Happy.”

George Shulman, “Interregnum Not Impasse.”

Astra Taylor, “Make Americans’ Crushing Debt Disappear.”

Nicole Hong, William K. Rashbaum, and Ben Protess, “Court Suspends Giuliani’s Law License, Citing Trump Election Lies.”

Lucy Diavolo, “Donald Rumsfeld, Former Defense Secretary and Accused War Criminal, Dead at 88.”

Nicole Santa Cruz, “What Covering Hundreds of Homicides Taught Me.”

Visual Investigations, “Day of Rage: An In-Depth Look at How a Mob Stormed the Capitol.”

Katie Benner and Charlie Savage, “Attempt to Seize Post Reporters’ Email Data Came Day before Barr Left Office.”


Ian Austen and Dan Bilefsky, “Hundreds More Unmarked Graves Found at Former Residential School in Canada.”

Timothy Snyder, “The War on History Is a War on Democracy.”


Reissues, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, 19972010 (ed. Mark Nowak).”

Harris Feinsod and John Alba Cutler, directors, Open Door Archive.

Hannah Kate, The Library at the End of Days.

“The Archive: Theory, Form, Practice.”

James S. Russell, “A Glowing Shrine to the Printed Word.”

John Herrman and Kellen Browning, “Are We in the Metaverse Yet?”

Theory and Criticism

Being Human Podcast, “Learning from Poetry: An Interview with Paul Bové.”

Emanuela Kucik, “The Literary Redline,” review of Redlining Culture: A Data History of Racial Inequality and Postwar Fiction, by Richard Jean So.

Patricia Stuelke, The Ruse of Repair: US Neoliberal Empire and the Turn from Critique.

Frances Ferguson, review of The Teaching Archive: A New History for Literary Study, by Rachel Sagner Buurma and Laura Heffernan.

James Cochran, “‘What Will You Do, Once Your Hands Are again Free?'” on Of Women Borne, by Cynthia R. Wallace.

Mitchum Huehls, review of American Literature and the Long Downturn: Neoliberal Apocalypse, by Dan Sinykin.

Literature and Culture

Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino, “Britney Spears’s Conservatorship Nightmare.”

Joshua Kotin, “A Friend, an Enemy,” revised June 21, 2021.

Danni Leivers, “Synthwave Is Dead: How Perturbator Embraced the Dark Side.”

J. Peter Moore, “Nathaniel Mackey’s Epic Poem.”

“Janet Malcolm, Remembered by Writers.”

Paul A. Bové, ed., “Charles Bernstein: The Poetry of Idiomatic Insistences,” special issue, boundary 2.

Alex Espinoza, “Write the Book You Want: A Conversation with Angie Cruz.”

Michael Szalay, “Streaming Enthusiasm and the Industrious Family Drama.”

Phillip Maciak, “Elizabeth Ito’s Neighborhood: City of Ghosts and the Rise of Netflix.”

Steven Kurutz, “This Is the Summer the Youth Own New York.”

Dwight Garner and Parul Sehgal, “Nineteen Lines That Turn Anguish into Art.”

Anna P. Kambhampaty, “Why Do People Want Jeff Bezos to Buy and Eat the Mona Lisa?”

Langdon Hammer, “Shadows Walking: With Wallace Stevens in New Haven.”

Ange Mlinko, “Waiting for the Poetry.”

Emily VanDerWerff, “How Twitter Can Ruin a Life.”

Yona Harvey, “On Lauren Russell’s Descent.”

And Sketches Inspired by “Infinite Jest.”


Sopan Deb and Marc Stein, “The NBA Champion May Be the Last Team Standing.”

Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction

Alexis Nowicki, “‘Cat Person’ and Me.”

Marcel Proust, “Young Girls.”

Ben Lerner, “The Lights.”

Jesse Lee Kercheval, “Falling.”

Emily Ogden, “How to Come Back to life: On Reaching Middle Age and Carrying On.”

Mike Corrao, “Text Spinality.”

Evan Isoline, “EVERTEEN.”

Daniel Beauregard, “The Courtyard and the Castle Keep.”

Mark Wolff, “Des Coups d’Un Coup de dés” and “The Roll of a Simulated Die will Never Be Random.”

Video Games

Sam Dibella, “Why Play at Orientalism?”

The Critical Inquiry Podcast, “Video Games: A Discussion with Patrick Jagoda, Soraya Murray, and Noah Wardrip-Fruin.”


Humanities and Higher (and Secondary) Education

Tito Chico, “Antiracism in the Contemporary University.”

MacArthur Fellows, “Two Iconic American Writers Join Howard University to Create the Center for Journalism and Democracy.”

Joseph Guzman, “Florida Governor Signs Law Requiring Students, Faculty Be Asked Their Political Beliefs.”

Mark S. LeClair, “For College Finances, There’s No ‘Return to Normal.’”

Sarah Brown, “Title IX Protects LGBTQ Students, Education Department Says.”

Rithika Ramamurthy and Dennis M. Hogan, “Higher Education for All? This Bill Could Make It Happen.”

Gayle Rogers, “A Response to Inside Higher Ed’s Uber Ratings for Colleges.”

Sarah Rose Cavanagh, “Your Most Important Resource Is Eyeing the Door.”

Kari Nixon, “The Agony of the Internal Candidate.”

Lelac Almagor, “I Taught Online School This Year. It Was a Disgrace.”

Joe Killian, “UNC Press Now in the Crosshairs of Board of Governors, Which Is Refusing to Re-Appoint Professor Who Criticized Handling of Silent Sam Monument.”

Eric Kelderman, “In Unanimous Ruling, Supreme Court Takes Aim at NCAA’s ‘Amateurism’ Model.”

Jefferson Pooley, “MIT and Harvard Have Sold Higher Education’s Future.”

And Eric Kelderman, “The Plan to Resume Federal Student-Loan Repayments in October Just Hit an Obstacle.”


Ryan Ruby, “Child’s Play: What Can Wittgenstein Teach Us about Raising Kids?”


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