Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 27: May 16–June 15, 2022

Nuclear and Environmental

Mitt Romney, “We Must Prepare for Putin’s Worst Weapons.”

United Nations Environment Programme, “In South Asia, Record Heat Threatens Future of Farming.”

Margaret Renkl, “One Way to Do More for the Environment: Do Less With Your Yard.”

Christopher Flavelle, “As the Great Salt Lake Dries Up, Utah Faces an ‘Environmental Nuclear Bomb.’”

Jonathon Catlin, “Why We Love Disaster Films.”


Noah Weiland, “White House Outlines Coronavirus Vaccine Plan for Children under Five.”

Sharon LaFraniere and Noah Weiland, “FDA Panel Recommends Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines for Youngest Children.”


Anton Troianovski, “‘They Basically Got Everything Wrong’: A Russian Diplomat Speaks Out on the War.”

Politics and Economics

Roxane Gay, “Don’t Talk to Me about ‘Civility.’ On Tuesday Morning Those Children Were Alive.”

Graeme Wood, “Think Gun Laws Are Hard to Change? Try Gun Culture.”

Jonathan Weisman, “In the Senate, Chasing an Ever-Elusive Gun Law Deal.”

Emily Cochrane and Annie Karni, “Senators Reach Bipartisan Deal on Gun Safety.”

Reid J. Epstein and Jennifer Medina, “Should Biden Run in 2024? Democratic Whispers of ‘No’ Start to Rise.”

Ed Pilkington, “Supreme Court Guts Lifeline for Prisoners Who Claim Wrongful Convictions.”

David Yaffe-Bellany and Erin Griffith, “How a Trash-Talking Crypto Founder Caused a $40 Billion Crash.”

Jeanna Smialek, “The Potential Dark Side of a White-Hot Labor Market.”

And Sebastian Budgen, “Shrewd Tortoise.”

Science and Technology

Julian E. Barnes, “At House Hearing, Videos of Unexplained Aerial Sightings and a Push for Answers.”

Nitasha Tiku, “The Google Engineer Who Thinks the Company’s AI Has Come to Life.”

Nico Grant and Cade Metz, “Google Sidelines Engineer Who Claims Its AI Is Sentient.”

Laura Tripaldi, “Artificial Lives: On the Occult Origins of Chemistry and the Stuff of Life.”


Joshua Judd Porter, “The Internet Is a Crime against Humanity.”

DALL-E mini.

Mad Max with Muppets from DALL-E mini

Theory and Criticism

Tobit Haslett and Jessica Swoboda, “Violent Antagonisms: A Conversation with Tobi Haslett.”

Mordechai Levy-Eichel and Daniel Scheinerman, “Digital Humanists Need to Learn How to Count.”

Timothy Brennan, “What Was Deconstruction?,” review of Deconstruction: An American Institution, by Gregory Jones-Katz.

Vincent P. Pecora, “‘What Was Deconstruction?’ Was Also Asked 30 Years Ago.”

The Editors of n+1, “Critical Attrition: What’s the Matter with Book Reviews?”

Joseph M. Keegin, “The Hysterical Style in the American Humanities.”

Christian Lorentzen, “Authorial Fragility and the Enemies of Poptimism.”

Richard Joseph, “Everyone’s a Critic.”

Antonio J. Ferraro, “An Art of Variety: A Response to Richard Joseph.”

Literature and Culture

Fredric Jameson, “The Fog of History,” review of The Books of Jacob, by Olga Tokarczuk.

Luke Jarzyna, “Claudia Rankine and Michael Dowdy’s American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement.”

David Schurman Wallace, “Dead Poet Anxiety​: John Ashbery in the Age of Social Media.”

Laura Spinney, “The Big Idea: Could the Greatest Works of Literature Be Undiscovered?”

Madeline Lane-McKinley, “Hacking at Work.”

Elisabeth Vincentelli, Irma Vep Returns, More Meta than Ever.”

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

Andrew Dickson, “Combing the Beach, and the Archives, to Revive The Wreckers.”

Pamela Paul, “She Wrote a Dystopian Novel. What Happened Next Was Pretty Dystopian.”


Chase Peterson-Withorn, “LeBron James Is Officially a Billionaire.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Winning Time Isn’t Just Deliberately Dishonest, It’s Drearily Dull.”

Humanities and Higher (and Primary) Education

Lukas Moe, “Love’s Labor, Lost and Found: Academia, ‘Quit Lit,’ and the Great Resignation.”

Joshua Doležal, “The Big Quit.”

Avram Alpert, “Academic Hiring Is Broken. It’s Time for a Lottery.”

Paul Musgrave, “The Season of Our Professional Discontent.”

Gayle K. Brunelle, “Blame Administrative Bloat for Faculty Discontent.”

Eric Kelderman, “How Would Student-Loan Forgiveness Really Work?”

Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner, “Students Are Missing the Point of College.”

Richard Badenhausen, “Everything about How We Evaluate Teaching Needs a Makeover.”

Dana Goldstein, “In the Fight Over How to Teach Reading, This Guru Makes a Major Retreat.”

Megan Zahneis, “How One University Is Trying to Help Its Employees Protect Their Personal Time.”

And Laurel Bongiorno, “Opening the Doors for Student-Faculty Connection.”

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