Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 24: February 16–March 15, 2022

Ukraine (Ordered by Date of Appearance)

Alexander Gabuev, “On Why Vladimir Putin and His Entourage Want War.”

Edward Wong, Julian E. Barnes, and Anton Troianovski, “US Says Russia Has a List of Ukrainians to Kill or Detain after an Invasion.”

Anton Troianovski, “Moscow Orders Troops to Ukraine’s Separatist Regions after Putin Recognizes Their Independence.”

“Ukrainian Officials Report Missile Attacks in Kyiv.”

Mike McIntire and Michael Forsythe, “Putin Faces Sanctions, but His Assets Remain an Enigma.”

Peter Baker, “Biden and Putin, Children of the Cold War, Face Off in New Conflict.”

Emma Ashford, “It’s Official: The Post-Cold War Era Is Over.”

Manveen Rana, “Volodymyr Zelensky Survives Three Assassination Attempts in Days.”

Michael Schwirtz, Andrew E. Kramer and Michael Levenson, “Russian Forces Pound Civilians, as Putin Likens Sanctions to a ‘Declaration of War.'”

Michael D. Shear, “Biden Bans Oil Imports from Russia, Calling It a ‘Blow to Putin’s War Machine.'”

Nuclear and Environmental

James M. Acton, “The Most Immediate Nuclear Danger in Ukraine Isn’t Chernobyl.”

David E. Sanger and William J. Broad, “Putin Declares a Nuclear Alert, and Biden Seeks De-Escalation.”

David E. Sanger, “US Deflects Putin’s Nuclear Alert as Another Effort at Escalation.”

Maura Reynolds, “‘Yes, He Would’: Fiona Hill on Putin and Nukes.”

Tim Lister, Olya Voitovych, Simone McCarthy and Lianne Kolirin, “Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant Attack Condemned as Russian Troops ‘Occupy’ Facility.”

Joe Parkinson and Drew Hinshaw, “Inside Chernobyl, Two Hundred Exhausted Staff Toil Round the Clock at Russian Gunpoint.”


Adeel Hassan, “The Pndemic’s Official Global Toll Surpasses Six Million Known Virus Deaths.”

Ed Yong, “How Did This Many Deaths Become Normal?”

Maggie Jones, “See (the Worst People in) the World!”

Saima May Sidik, “Heart-Disease Risk Soars after COVID—Even with a Mild Case.”

Gwenaëlle Douaud et al., “SARS-CoV-2 Is Associated with Changes in Brain Structure in UK Biobank.”

Pam Belluck, “Covid Patients May Have Increased Risk of Developing Mental Health Problems” and “COVID May Cause Changes in the Brain, New Study Finds.”

Apoorva Mandavilli, “The CDC Isn’t Publishing Large Portions of the Covid Data It Collects.”

Shawn Hubler, “California Lays Out a Plan to Treat the Coronavirus as a Manageable Risk, not an Emergency.”

Amanda Morris and Maggie Astor, “Vulnerable to the Virus, High-Risk Americans Feel Pain as the US Moves On.”

Carl Zimmer and Benjamin Mueller, “New Research Points to Wuhan Market as Pandemic Origin.”

Politics and Economics

Dani Blum, “The Other Side of Languishing Is Flourishing. Here’s How to Get There.”

David D. Kirkpatrick, “Who Is Behind QAnon? Linguistic Detectives Find Fingerprints.”

Carol Rosenberg, “‘Twentieth Hijacker’ Is Returned to Saudi Arabia for Mental Health Care.”

Danny Hakim and Jo Becker, “The Long Crusade of Clarence and Ginni Thomas.”

Luke Broadwater and Alan Feuer, “January 6 Committee Lays Out Potential Criminal Charges against Trump.”

And Daisuke Wakabayashi, “Dreaming of Suitcases in Space.”


Pamela Paul, “The Invention of the Index.”

Sunyam Bagga and Andrew Piper, “HATHI 1M: Introducing a Million Page Historical Prose Dataset in English from the Hathi Trust.”

Marek Makowski, “Reading The Books of Jacob with—and against—the Riverhead Reader’s Guide: A Reader’s Guide.”

Harriet Sherwood, “Ernest Shackleton’s Ship Endurance Found off Coast of Antarctica.”

Henry Fountain, “At the Bottom of an Icy Sea, One of History’s Great Wrecks Is Found.”

Luke Broadwater and Amelia Nierenberg, “A Groggy Senate Approves Making Daylight Saving Time Permanent.”

Dalya Alberge, “Hoard of the Rings: ‘Lost’ Scripts for BBC Tolkien Drama Discovered.”

“What’s Your Epistemology.”

And Poeltl: NBA Player Guessing Game.

Theory and

Madoc Cairns, “C. L. R. James: A Life beyond the Boundaries Review–Making of a Marxist Icon.”

Justin Clemens, review of The Age of Poets, by Alain Badiou.

Peter E. Gordon, “Adorno’s Damaged Life.”

Alexzander Mazey, “Hyperstitional Peach Trees.”

Literature and Culture

“Open Letter form Translators and Interpreters of Ukrainian and/or Russian Poetry into English Condemning the Russian Invasion of Ukraine.”

Talia Lavin, “‘The War Never Left’: A Conversation with Ilya Kaminsky about Memory, Vital Poetry, and the Tragedy of Ukraine.”

Andrew Solomon, “Claudia Rankine Tries to Answer the Impossible.”

Clay Risen, “Leo Bersani, Literary Critic and Theorist on Gay Life, Dies at Ninety.”

Drew Daniel, “Remembering Leo Bersani.”

Grayson Haver Currin, “The Story of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Lost Debut.”

Bennett Parten, “Crossing the Blood Meridian: Cormac McCarthy and American History.”

Alexandra Alter, “Sixteen Years after The Road, Cormac McCarthy Is Publishing Two New Novels.”

Chas Walker, “Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Whale.”

Allison P. Davis, “A Vibe Shift Is Coming: Will Any of Us Survive It?”

Nora Shaalan, “The Ghosts of Patriarchy.”

Charlie Tyson, “How Charles Dickens Made the Novel New.”

Ryan Dombal, “Dan Bejar Breaks Down the Gloriously ‘Incoherent’ New Destroyer Album.”

Elizabeth A. Harris, “Fantasy Author Raises $15.4 Million in Twenty-Four Hours to Self-Publish.”

Chris Vognar, “Which Macbeth Is for You? Depends. How Sparse or How Bloody do You Want It?”

Tobias Ryan, “‘I Enjoy Language’s Obscuration, Disjointedness and Ambiguity’: An Interview with Richard Capener of Hem Press.”

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Mike Good, “Apple of Gold.”

Video Games

Will Bedingfield, “High-Difficulty Games Don’t Have to Be Toxic.”

Mitchell Saltzman, review of Elden Ring.


Heidi MacDonlad, “Grant Morrison Won the Internet Yesterday.”


Kevin Draper, “Tom Brady Says He Will Return to NFL and Buccaneers.”

Russell Goldenberg, “The NBA Redrafted 2.0.”

Humanities and Higher Education

Ani Kokobobo, “War Is the Enemy of Education.”

Cate Denial, Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh, and Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, “After the Great Pivot Should Come the Great Pause.”

Emma Camp, “I Came to College Eager to Debate. I Found Self-Censorship Instead.”

Oyin Adedoyin, “Do Students Self-Censor? Here’s What the Data Tell Us.”

Audrey Williams June, “College Endowments Saw Stellar Returns as the Market Soared.”

Dora Zhang, “Is There a Future for Literary Studies?”

Jeffrey Lawrence, “Who Owns Your Academic Community?”

Eric Kelderman, “The Athletics Money Monster.”

Irina Dumitrescu, “The Frenzied Folly of Professorial Groupthink.”

Megan Zahneis, “Why One Institution Is Bringing Back Tenure.”


Hartwick College rises in US News and World Report rankings.

“Hartwick College, NY–Moody’s Downgrades Hartwick College’s (NY) Issuer and Debt Ratings to B1; Outlook Negative.”

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