Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 22: December 16, 2021–January 15, 2022

January 15, 2022

Nuclear and Environmental

Elizabeth Weil, “California’s Forever Fire.”

Bill McKibben, “The Year in Climate.”

Jeff Goodell, “‘The Fuse Has Been Blown,’ and the Doomsday Glacier Is Coming for Us All.”

John Levi Barnard, Stephanie Foote, Jessica Hurley, and Jeffrey Insko, eds. “Infrastructures of Emergency,” special issue, part 2, Resilience 8, no. 3 (Fall 2021).

Rebecca Evans, “Is Geoengineering the Only Solution?: Exploring Climate Crisis in Neal Stephenson’s Termination Shock.”

Jack Healy and Mike Baker, “As Miners Chase Clean-Energy Minerals, Tribes Fear a Repeat of the Past.”


Gina Kolata, “How Pandemics End.”

Francie Diep, “Omicron Is Here, and Colleges Are Scrambling.”

Adeel Hassan, “South Africa Says That It Has Passed Its Fourth Wave of Cases, and Counts Few Added Deaths.”

Tara Parker-Pope, Christina Caron, and Mónica Cordero Sancho, “Why 1,320 Therapists Are Worried about Mental Health in America Right Now.”

Rhonda Olson, “ASU-Led Study Finds Use of Respirator Masks Could Have Prevented Spread of COVID-19.”

Emily Anthes and Christina Jewett, “Emerging Data Raise Questions about Antigen Tests and Nasal Swabs.”

Maggie Fox, “Travelers Infected One Another across Hallway in COVID-19 Quarantine Facility, New Zealand Research Shows.”

“COVID-19 Substantially Increases Diabetes Risk in Kids, CDC Says.”

Politics and Economics

Azmat Khan, Lila Hassan, Sarah Almukhtar, and Rachel Shorey, “The Civilian Casualty Files.”

Azmat Khan, “The Civilian Casualty Files: Hidden Pentagon Records Reveal Patterns of Failure in Deadly Airstrikes” and “The Human Toll of America’s Air Wars.”

Michael Levenson, “What to Know About the Civilian Casualty Files.”

“American Democracy: A Status Check,” The Argument.

Jonathan Stevenson and Steven Simon, “We Need to Think the Unthinkable about Our Country.”

Jane Mayer, “The Big Money behind the Big Lie.”

Maureen Dowd, “Trump’s Coup, Part Deux.”

Ezra Klein, “Steven Bannon Is On to Something.”

Carol Rosenberg, “Pentagon Building New Secret Courtroom at Guantánamo Bay.”

Luke Broadwater and Alan Feuer, “Jan. 6 Panel Subpoenas Retired Colonel Who Shared Plan to Overturn Election.”

Amy Walter, “What Role Will January 6 Play in the 2022 Midterms?”

Muyi Xiao and Paul Mozur, “A Digital Manhunt: How Chinese Police Track Critics on Twitter and Facebook.”

Jack Nicas, “Apple Becomes First Company to Hit $3 Trillion Market Value.”

Joe Hernandez, “Grocery Store Shortages Are Back. Here Are Some of the Reasons Why.”

And Jason M. Barr, “1,760 Acres. That’s How Much More of Manhattan We Need.”


Molly Young, “How Disgust Explains Everything.”

Philip E. Ross, “Schrödinger’s Tardigrade Claim Incites Pushback.”


Alexander R. Galloway, “Big Bro,” review of Discriminating Data Correlation, Neighborhoods, and the New Politics of Recognition, by Wendy Hui Kyun Chun

Chris Santa Maria, President Trump.

Matthew Kirschenbaum, “Paper Jamming.”

Joshua DiCaglio, Scale Theory: A Nondisciplinary Inquiry.

Justin Joque, Revolutionary Mathematics: Artificial Intelligence, Statistics, and the Logic of Capitalism.

Chloe Rabinowitz, “Applied Mechanics to Present Multi-Year, Multi-Modal Experience, Other Orbits.” (probably a repost)

Radiohead Public Library (def. a repost)

Theory and

Danica Savonick, “The Pedagogical Legacy of bell hooks.”

Kovie Biakolo, “It Was bell hooks Who Taught Me How to ‘Talk Back.'”

Raymond Williams, “When Was Modernism?”

Kate Harding, “Have We Forgotten How to Read Critically?”

Christian Thorne, “Deconstruction Is America; or Derrida’s Empire.”

Jennifer Fleissner, “What to Do about Freedom?”

Daphne A. Brooks, “The Vitality of Black Criticism.”

Naomi Kanakia, “The Myth of the Classically Educated Elite.”

Keith Moser, “Inoculation, Climate Change and a Post-Factual, Hyperreal World?”

Paul Benzon, Archival Fictions: Materiality, Form, and Media History in Contemporary Literature.

Sara Fredman, “‘I Feel Very Uncomfortable When People Call Me a Writer’: A Conversation with Merve Emre.”

Jacquelyn Ardam, review of Avidly Reads Poetry.


Literature and Culture

Parul Sehgal, “The Case against the Trauma Plot” and “Joan Didion Chronicled American Disorder with Her Own Unmistakable Style.”

Zadie Smith, “Joan Didion and the Opposite of Magical Thinking.”

Joan Didion, “Self-Respect.”

Taylor Antrim, Station Eleven Is, Hands Down, the Best New Show of the Year.”

Jorge Cotte, “Nonlinear Delivery Options: The Times of Station Eleven.

Merve Emre, “Modernism’s Forgotten Mystic.”

Megan Quigley, “What If?: New Insight into the Friendship of Virginia Woolf and T. S. Eliot.”

Jill Filipovic, “The Straights Are Not Ok.”

Timothy Snyder, “Is the Human Impulse to Tell Stories Dangerous?”

Sarah Wasserman, “Trapped Inside with Bo Burnham.”

Greg Barnhisel, “Rethinking Faulkner in the Black Lives Matter Era.”

Nell Zink, Avalon.

K. Austin Collins, The Matrix Resurrections Reclaims the Red Pill.”

Emily VanDerWerff, “Why The Matrix Never Stopped Being Relevant.”

Angelica Jade Bastién, The Matrix Resurrections Is a Messy, Imperfect Triumph.”

Matt Ellis, review of The Matrix Resurrections.

And John Moe, “What Your Favorite Sad Dad Band Says about You.”

Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction


“Episode 358 — Giant-Size Special #10” and “Bonus: Jay, Miles, and Jonathan Hickman Spoil the Hell Out of Inferno,” Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men.

Video Games

Patrick Jagoda, “2021 Games of the Year.”

John Vanderhoef, “The MULEniverse.”


Kellen Browning and Kevin Draper, “How John Madden Became the ‘Larger-Than-Life’ Face of a Gaming Empire.”

Humanities and Higher Education

Katie Lobosco, “Biden Extends Pause on Student Loan Payment.”

Louis Menand, “What’s So Great about Great-Books Courses?”

Brian Rosenberg, “This Is the Way the Humanities End.”

Matt Reed, “Thoughts on ‘The Great Upheaval.'”

Kevin Carey, “The Corruption at the Heart of College Sports.”

Stephanie Saul and Anemona Hartocollis, “Lawsuit Says Sixteen Elite Colleges Are Part of Price-Fixing Cartel.”

Maria Carrasco, “Fewer High School Graduates Go Straight to College.”

Dean O. Smith, “University Finances Face a Long Road to Recovery.

Rachel Toor, “How to Help Your Students Prepare for Life after College.”

And “Amy Lueck on A Shared History,” University of Louisville English Department.


Jessica Grose, “I See Signs of Despair From Parents of Kids under Five.”

Ben Casselman, “Child Tax Credit’s Extra Help Ends, Just as COVID Surges Anew.”

And Christy Lee Barnes, “Toddler Dissertations.”

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