Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 21: November 16–December 15, 2021

Kentucky Tornado 2021

Nuclear and Environmental

The New York Times, “Postcards from a World on Fire.”

Keith Collins, Josh Williams, Denise Lu, “Before and after the Tornado: Devastation in a Historic Neighborhood.”

David E. Sanger and William J. Broad, “As China Speeds Up Nuclear Arms Race, the US Wants to Talk.”

Graham Readfearn, “Ocean Scientists Call for Global Tracking of Oxygen Loss That Causes Dead Zones.”

April Anson, “American Apocalyptic: A Conversation with Jessica Hurley.”

Douglas Dowland, review of Infrastructures of Apocalypse: Literature and the Nuclear Complex, by Jessica Hurley.

Matt Williams, “A Sun-Like Star Just Blasted Out a Flare That Would Be Devastating If It Happened Here.”

And Ben Smith, “A Comedy Nails the Media Apocalypse.”


Lynsey Chutel and Richard Pérez-Peña, “Prior Infection Is Little Defense against Virus Variant, Scientists Say.”

Nell Gluckman, “‘Tip of the Spear’: As New Variant Spreads, One Campus All But Shuts Down amid COVID Surge.”

Emily Anthes, “CDC Virus Tests Were Contaminated and Poorly Designed, Agency Says.”

Politics and Economics

Katie Benner, Catie Edmondson, Luke Broadwater, and Alan Feuer, “Meadows and the Band of Loyalists: How They Fought to Keep Trump in Power.”

Chris Smith, “‘The Place Where the Rule of Law Goes to Die’: Alex Gibney’s New Documentary Illuminates the Plight of Guantanamo’s Forever Prisoner.”

Reid J. Epstein and Nick Corasaniti, “Republicans Gain Heavy House Edge in 2022 as Gerrymandered Maps Emerge.”

Emma Goldberg, “The Worst of Both Worlds: Zooming from the Office.”

And Tom Gauld, “Tom Gauld on Supply Chain Problems Faced by the Magical Realism Industry – Cartoon.”


Peter Weber, “Banning, Criminalizing, Maybe Even Burning Books Is Back for Public Schools in Texas, Virginia, Elsewhere.”

William Deresiewicz, “Human History Gets a Rewrite.”

Eric Kelderman, “Another ‘Sokal’ Hoax? The Latest Imitation Calls an Academic Journal’s Integrity into Question.”

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And the Journal of Universal Rejection.

Theory and Criticism

Courtney Jacobs and James Zeigler, eds., “Big, Ambitious Novels by Twenty-First-Century Women, Part 2,” special issue, Genre.

W. J. T. Mitchel, “Sounding the Idols,” special issue, The Brooklyn Rail.

Leah Price, “Public Thinker: Merve Emre Throws a Party for Different Readers.”

Hannah Zeavin, “Glasses for the Voice,” review of Diminished Faculties: A Political Phenomenology of Impairment, by Jonathan Sterne.

Michael Dango, Crisis Style: The Aesthetics of Repair.

Benjamin Kunkel, “Sense and Sensibility,” review of Everything and Less: The Novel in the Age of Amazon, by Mark McGurl.

Christian P. Haines, review of Influx and Efflux: Writing Up with Walt Whitman, by Jane Bennett.

Literature and Culture

Clay Risen, “bell hooks, Pathbreaking Black Feminist, Dies at 69.”

Clyde McGrady, “Why bell hooks Didn’t Capitalize Her Name.”

Adrien Horton, “A Life in Quotes: bell hooks.”

Michael Schulman, “On Succession, Jeremy Strong Doesn’t Get the Joke.”

Devin William Daniels and Kimberly Quiogue Andrews, “Get in the Cage,” special issue on Nicolas Cage, Post45.

Lindsay Zoladz, “Let’s Look Back on 2021, When We Couldn’t Stop Looking Back.”

Jay Peters, Kid A Mnesia Exhibition Is an Unsettling and Beautiful Radiohead Art Exhibit.”

Kaitlyn Tiffany, “When Multilevel Marketing Met Gen Z.”

And Miriam Jayaratna, “Famous Male Writers Text ‘U Up?'”


Poetry and Nonfiction

“Renay Mandel Corren: Obituary” (and same here).

Humanities and Higher Education

Barry Eidlin, “A New Force in American Labor: Academe.”

Dan Bauman, “Just Rewards?”

Paul F. Campos, “Coaches and Presidents Are Robbing Us.”

Audrey Williams June, “Undergraduate Enrollment Has Continued Its Decline.”

Stefanie D. Niles, “Inside the Admissions Pressure Cooker.”



And, are we all just crazy for literally continuing with the conversations as if it’s not even happening?#momreels #parentingbelike #motherhoodreels

♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod & Kevin The Monkey

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