Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 17: July 16–August 15, 2021

(A little late on this one, but August has been quite busy, both personally and professionally.)

Nuclear and Environmental

Brad Plumer and Henry Fountain, “A Hotter Future Is Certain, Climate Panel Warns. But How Hot Is Up to Us.”

Naomi Klein, “Stuck in the Smoke as Billionaires Blast Off.”

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “June 2021 Was the Hottest June on Record for the US.”

Oliver Milman, “US Set for Punishing Temperatures as Huge ‘Heat Dome’ to Settle over Country.”

Ezra Klein, “It Seems Odd That We Would Just Let the World Burn.”

Liza Featherstone, “How to Live in a Burning World without Losing Your Mind.”

Kat Aronoff, “Playing Nice With the Fossil Fuel Industry Is Climate Denial.”

Katy Lederer and Julian Brave Noisecat, “Infrastructure, Infrastructure! An Interview with Julia Brave NoiseCat.”

Deanna K. Kreisel, “A Deadly Fart That Will Kill Us All: On Climate Grief.”

Kim Stanley Robinson, “Remembering Climate Change . . . a Message from the Year 2071.”

Zach St. George, “He Wrote a Gardening Column. He Ended Up Documenting Climate Change.”

Jonathan Foley, “Seven Reasons Why Artificial Carbon Removal Is Overhyped.”

And Call for Applications: Fellowships at Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies (CAPAS) 2022-23.


Ed Yong, “How the Pandemic Now Ends.”

Susan Matthews, “The New COVID Panic.”

Lateshia Beachum, “Another Coronavirus Variant Has Reached Florida. Here’s What You Need to Know.”

Adam Hampshire, et al., “Cognitive Deficits in People Who Have Recovered from COVID-19.”

New York Times, “See the Data on Breakthrough Covid Hospitalizations and Deaths by State.”

Politics and Economics

“Taliban Spokesman Says ‘War Is Over in Afghanistan.'”

Prabhat Patnaik, “Why Neoliberalism Needs Neofascists.”

Laurel Elder, The Partisan Gap: Why Democratic Women Get Elected But Republican Women Don’t.


Carl Zimmer, “Scientists Finish the Human Genome at Last.”

Kenneth Chang, “NASA Says an Asteroid Will Have a Close Brush with Earth. But Not until the 2100s.”


Sheila Liming, “All Tomorrow’s Parties; or, How the Pandemic Ate My Books.”

Rachel Greenwald Smith, “In the Riot Grrrl Archive: Punk and the Limits of Individualism.”

“NYC Flood Hazard Mapper.”

Theory and Criticism

John Guillory, “‘Flipping’ the History of Literary Studies.”

Asad Haider, “Politics without Guarantees.”

Lake Micah, “Far-Flung Commiserators: Jubilee Gestures and Revolutionary Stirrings in Black Lives Matter.”

Alexander R. Galloway, “Derrida’s Macintosh.”

Mike Huguenor, “That One Time Felix Guattari Tried to Sell a Script in Hollywood.”

Alain Badiou, The Century and “Poetry and Communism.”

Rebecca Panovka, “Men in Dark Times: How Hannah Arendt’s Fans Misread the Post-Truth Presidency.”

Samuel Clowes Huneke, “‘Do Not Ask Me Who I Am’: Foucault and Neoliberalism.”

Caleb Smith, “The Berlant Opening.”

Tyler Bradway, “Sexual Disorientation: Queer Narratology and Affect Plots in New Narrative.”

And Robert T. Tally Jr., For a Ruthless Critique of All that Exists (forthcoming 2022).

Literature and Culture

Kristin Grogan and David B. Hobbs, eds., “Bernadette Mayer.”

Gerry Canavan, LokiBlack Widow, and Why We’re All Living in Disneyland.”

Ian Leslie, “How Marvel Conquered Culture.”

Christine Smallwood, “Tao Lin and the Grueling Art of Self-Healing,” review of Leave Society, by Tao Lin.

Cornelia Channing, “Authenticity and Apocalypse: An Interview with Alexandra Kleeman.”

Katie Kaude, “Suspended Hell: It Is Other People.”

Alexandra Manshel, Laura B. McGrath, and J. D. Potter, “The Rise of Must-Read TV.”

Christian P. Haines, “Roleplaying a Communist Cop in the Ruins of Revolution.”

Ligaya Mishan, “The March of Karens.”

Sarah E. Bond and Joe Christensen, “The Man Behind the Myth: Should We Question the Hero’s Journey?”

Charles Bernstein, “CETA Artists Projects v. The New York Times.”

Walker Caplan, “Emily St. John Mandel’s Moon Colony Novel, Written Entirely during COVID, Comes out in April.”

Victoria Petersen, “In Nicolas Cage’s Pig, How Much Is the Truffle Hog Worth Anyway?”

Jesse David Fox, “Dan Harmon Knows a Community Movie Could Be Bad, and Yet. . . .”

Margret Grebowicz, “Bezos Stole My Space Sex and I Want It Back.”

And Emma Brewer, “Letter of Recommendation for a Basic Male MFA Applicant.”

Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction

Mike Corrao, “Antisolar.”

Emma Holdaway, review of Rituals Performed in the Absence of Ganymede, by Mike Corrao.

Aaron Kent, “Ode to a Stroke.”

Charlene Elsby, “Agyny.”

James Tadd Adcox, Five Essays.


Aaron Freedman, “Simone Biles Doesn’t Owe Fans Anything.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: What the NBA Championship Means to Me.”

Marc Stein, “The Giannis Finals.”

Adam Duxter, “‘My Long Lost Son’: Milwaukee Woman Recalls Time She Gave Giannis Antetokounmpo a Ride to Arena during His Rooke Season.”

Video Games

“California Sues Activision Blizzard over Alleged Harassment.”

David Molloy, “The Perfect Storm Striking World of Warcraft.”

Humanities and Higher Education

Christopher Newfield, “Universities after Neoliberalism: A Tale of Four Futures.”

Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon, Permanent Crisis: The Humanities in a Disenchanted Age.

Megan Zahneis, “Cornel West’s Resignation Letter Cites ‘Decline and Decay’ at Harvard Divinity School.”

Jonathan Wilson, “The Typical US College Professor Makes $3,556 Per Course.”


Lauryn Nania, “Pitt Faculty Efforts to Unionize Continue with Upcoming Election to Join USW.”


Laura Latzko, “Meet Tucson Desert Music Duo Glacier.WAV.”

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