Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 25: March 16–April 15, 2022

Nuclear and Environmental

Max Fisher, “As Russia Digs In, What’s the Risk of Nuclear War? ‘It’s Not Zero.’”

William J. Broad, “How America Watches for a Nuclear Strike.”

Rod Buntzen, “This Is What It’s Like to Witness a Nuclear Explosion.”

Cara Buckley, “‘OK Doomer’ and the Climate Advocates Who Say It’s Not Too Late.”

Brad Plumer and Raymond Zhong, “Stopping Climate Change Is Doable, but Time Is Short, UN Panel Warns.”

John Vidal, “Energy Efficiency Guru Amory Lovins: ‘It’s the Largest, Cheapest, Safest, Cleanest Way to Address the Crisis.'”

Henry Fountain, “In a First, an Ice Shelf Collapses in East Antarctica.”


Jane Burbank, “The Grand Theory Driving Putin to War.”

Malachy Browne, David Botti, and Haley Willis, “Satellite Images Show Bodies Lay in Bucha for Weeks, Despite Russian Claims.”

“‘At Night I Dream of Mariupol’: Nine Accounts of Surviving a Russian Siege.”


Amy Chang Chien, “China, Grappling with a Major Surge, Reports Its First COVID Deaths in over a Year.”

Politics and Economics

Karen Weise and Noam Scheiber, “Amazon Workers on Staten Island Vote to Unionize in Landmark Win for Labor.”

David Marchese, “Thomas Piketty Thinks America Is Primed for Wealth Redistribution.”

Danny Hakim, Jo Becker, and Alan Feuer, “Texts Show Ginni Thomas’s Embrace of Conspiracy Theories.”

Luke Broadwater, Alan Feuer, and Maggie Haberman, “Federal Judge Finds Trump Most Likely Committed Crimes over 2020 Election.”

Science and Technology

Alex Wilkins, “Robot Made of Magnetic Slime Could Grab Objects inside Your Body.”


Ahmir Questlove Thompson, “Questlove: Collecting Is an Act of Devotion and Creation.”

Bryan A. Garner, “May I Quote?,” review of The New Yale Book of Quotations, by Fred R. Shapiro.

Mike Isaac and Kate Conger, “Twitter Grapples with an Elon Musk Problem.”

Rebecca Jones, “‘Stolen’ Charles Darwin Notebooks Left on Library Floor in Pink Gift Bag.”

“Mysterious Sarcophagus Found below Fire-Damaged Notre Dame Cathedral Will Soon Be Opened and Its Secrets Revealed.”

Jeff Wagner, “Film of Prince at Age Eleven Discovered in Archival Footage of 1970 Minneapolis Teachers Strike.”

Theory and Criticism

John Samuel Harpham, “‘Who’s Black and Why?'”

Patrick Jagoda and Jennifer Malkowski, “American Game Studies,” special issue, American Literature 94, no. 1 (March 2022).

Jude Stewart, “How to Choose Your Perfume: A Conversation with Sianne Ngai and Anna Kornbluh.”

Jennifer Wilson, “The Editor Who Moves Theory into the Mainstream.”

Merve Emre, “The Act of Persuasion.”

Jessica Swoboda and Emily Ogden, “See What I See: A Conversation with Emily Ogden.”

Timothy Aubry, “When Ignorance Is a Virtue.”

Colleen Lye and Christopher Nealon, eds., After Marx: Literature, Theory, and Value in the Twenty-First Century.

“Inaugural BASAS Book Prize: Winner Announced: Usha Iyer.”

Literature and Culture

Matt Stevens, “Will Smith Hits Chris Rock after Joke about His Wife, Jada.”

Nicole Sperling, Matt Stevens, and Julia Jacobs, “Will Smith Apologizes to Chris Rock after Academy Condemns His Slap.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, “Will Smith Did a Bad, Bad Thing.”

Grace Linden, “Joy Is Analog: On Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House.”

Donald Glover, “Donald Glover Interviews Donald Glover.”

Mark Z. Danielewski, “‘Questionable + Intelligence’: Inter + Legere.”

Sascha Pöhlmann, ed. “Mark Z. Danielewski’s The Familiar Special Issue,” Orbit: A Journal of American Literature 10, no. 2 (2022).

Molly Young, In the Margins Offers a Path into Elena Ferrante’s Mind.”

Esmé Hogeveen, “The First Draft of the World: On Sheila Heti’s Pure Color.”

Cassie Packard, “The Terrors of Whiteness in Wu Tsang’s Moby Dick.”

Michelle Dowd, “David Foster Wallace Said I Spoke to Him Like He Was a Dog.”

Poetry and Creative Writing

“Moped Rider,” Side Magazine, no. 3.

Joshua Zelesnick, “Twenty-Three Hours in Solitary.”

Tupelo Press, “Announcing the Results of Our 2022 Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Award: Emily Carlson.”


Matthew Walther, “Baseball Is Dying. The Government Should Take It Over.”

Humanities and Higher Education

Beth McMurtrie, “A ‘Stunning’ Level of Student Disconnection” and “‘It Feels Like I’m Pouring Energy into a Void.”

Rachel Aviv, “How an Ivy League School Turned against a Student.”

Simon Romero, “What if College Were Free? This State Is Trying to Find Out.”

Johann N. Neen, “The University in Ruins.”

Judith A. Wilde and James H. Finkelstein, “Is It Time to Cut the Presidents’ Pay?”

Dan Bauman, “The Money Pit.”

Scott Carlson, “The Oddsmakers of the College Deathwatch.”

Anemona Hartocollis, “Help Wanted: Adjunct Professor, Must Have Doctorate. Salary: $0.”

Megan Zahneis, “What That Ad for the Unpaid Job at UCLA May Have Been About.”

Jane S. Halonen and Dana S. Dunn, “The Path to Full Professor: When Your Bid for Promotion Fails.”


Silvana Toska, “Faculty Parents of Young Children Are Drowning.”

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