Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 29: July 16–August 15, 2022

This is the last volume in my “Links in the Time of Coronavirus” series. This is for a few reasons. First and foremost, a new academic year is about to start, and I know I’m going to be busy (especially this coming semester), will again fall behind with posting regularly, and would like to return to putting up just four(ish) link posts per year (one each season: e.g., “Fall 2022 Links”). This will also allow me to be more selective and less encyclopedic in my links and to worry less about capturing the full “fabric” of events as I perceive them (from my obviously limited and privileged subject position). Second, as the CDC has just (quite controversially) considerably reduced COVID-19 guidelines—with the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Greta Massetti saying: “‘This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives,'” adding later that: ‘”We know that COVID 19 is here to stay,'”—it seems as good a point as ever, considering these links began on the occasion of an official body (the World Health Organization) declaring a global pandemic, to stop this series.

For no matter how much we may disagree with the CDC’s decision, Massetti’s latter point seems pretty clearly the case at this point, that COVID-19 is here to stay, and it is this point in particular that has made me to decide to cease grouping my links as part of the “time of coronavirus” series. It appears that there will never now not be a time of coronavirus; from here on out any links I post will always be “in the time of coronavirus.” (When I imagine keeping this series going until we might say it is “not” the time of coronavirus—such a prospect is dauntingly disheartening.) Let me be clear, however: my decision to discontinue this series has nothing to do with thinking that the pandemic is “over,” only that it appears to have made a shift to something that—woefully, unfortunately, perhaps criminally—is just part of the fabric of being human in the twenty-first century; it has become a fact of our lives no matter how much we wish it had all gone differently, wish that we lived in a world/country with a functioning healthcare system and a greater agreement about scientific facts, with a greater capacity to care for each other, to wear masks, to get vaccinated, etc. But we didn’t, we don’t. The current point the pandemic has reached, this point of ubiquity, of defeatism, of “normalization,” of the fact that COVID-19 rarely dominates headlines in this time of search warrants and climate bills, means that it is now time, at least for my practice of putting up links, to move them to another position, another standpoint. See you in “Fall 2022 Links.”

Nuclear and Environmental

Emily Cochrane, “Senate Passes Climate, Health and Tax Bill, with All Republicans Opposed.”

Jack Ewing and Ivan Penn, “Climate Bill ‘Transformative’ for Auto and Energy Industries.”

Kate Aronoff, “Congress Is about to Pass a Historic Climate Bill. So Why Are Oil Companies Pleased?”

Paul Krugman, “Did Democrats Just Save Civilization?”

Roman J. Dial, Colin T. Maher, Rebecca E. Hewitt, and Patrick F. Sullivan, “Sufficient Conditions for Rapid Range Expansion of a Boreal Conifer.”

Becky Ferreira, “Rainwater Everywhere Now Considered Too Toxic for Safe Consumption, Study Finds.”

Gregory Claeys, Utopianism for a Dying Planet: Life after Consumerism.

Phoebe Kowhai, “The Celebs Who Have Racked Up the Most CO2 Emissions This Year Using Their Private Jets.”

And Agnes Walton and Kirby Ferguson, “How to Fall Out of Love with Your Lawn.”

Coronavirus and Public Health

Emily Anthes, “CDC Eases COVID Guidelines, Noting Virus Is ‘Here to Stay’.”

Syliva Goodman, “Colleges’ Vaccine Mandates Significantly Decreased COVID Deaths, Study Finds.”

Scott Gottlieb, “Monkeypox Is About to Become the Next Public Health Failure.”

Politics and Economics

Farah Stockman, “Congress Is Shooting for the Moon, and Getting Close.”

Maggie Haberman, Ben Protess, and Adam Goldman, “FBI Searches Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Residence in Florida.”

(Background: Maggie Haberman and Michael S. Schmidt, “Prosecutors Pursue Inquiry into Trump’s Handling of Classified Material.”

Julian Borger and Chris Stein, “FBI Searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home for Classified Nuclear Weapons Documents – Report.”

“Read the Search Warrant for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home.”

Susan B. Glasser, “Trapped in Trump, Trump, Trump.”

Michelle Goldberg, “The Absurd Argument against Making Trump Obey the Law.”

Charles Homans, “How ‘Stop the Steal’ Captured the American Right.”

Jonathan Swan, “A Radical Plan for Trump’s Second Term.”

Michael S. Schmidt, “Five Takeaways from the Eighth Hearing of the January 6 Committee.”

Adam Gabbatt, “Best of Frenemies: Ron DeSantis Stalks Trump with Republican Primary Tour.”

Henry Giroux, “The Nazification of American Education.”

Neil Vigdor, “Republicans at CPAC Embrace a Defiant Viktor Orban amid Outrage over ‘Mixed-Race’ Remarks.”

Richard Fausset and Danny Hakim, “On the Docket: Atlanta v. Trumpworld.”

Myah Ward, “Dick Cheney Calls Trump a ‘Coward’ in Ad for Daughter’s Reelection.”

Jeremy W. Peters, “Fox News, Once Home to Trump, Now Often Ignores Him.”

Jamelle Bouie, “Joe Manchin Is a Symptom, but It’s the Senate That’s Sick.”

Ben Casselman, “Is Recession Staring Us Down? Already Upon Us? Here’s Why It’s Hard to Say” and “How This Economic Moment Rewrites the Rules.”

Michael Starr Hopkins, “AOC Is the Democrats’ Best Shot against Trump in 2024.”

The New York Times op-ed writers, “I Was Wrong.”

David Brooks, “I Was Wrong about Capitalism.”

Elizabeth Williamson, “Alex Jones Trial: Jurors Award Sandy Hook Parents $4 Million.”

Elizabeth Williamson, Tiffany Hsu, and Michael Levenson, “Jury Orders Alex Jones to Pay $45.2 Million in Sandy Hook Case.”

Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, “Federal Officials Charge Four Officers in Breonna Taylor Raid.”

Jodi Kantor and Arya Sundaram, “Jodi Kantor and Arya Sundaram.”

Science and Health

Apoorva Mandavilli, “WHO Declares Monkeypox Spread a Global Health Emergency.”

Zeeya Merali, “New Phase of Matter Opens Portal to Extra Time Dimension.”

Christine Chung, “There Are Holes on the Ocean Floor. Scientists Don’t Know Why.”

Dani Blum, “What Psychologists Want Today’s Young Adults to Know.”

And Andrew Moseman, “Earth Is Spinning Too Fast—The Consequences for Timekeeping May Be Unprecedented.”


Jared Marcel Pollen, “Into the Maelstrom.”

The Infinite Gallery.

MIT Press makes a lot of its catalog available for free.

differences 1, no. 1 (Summer 1990).

And Merriam-Webster, “Did We Change the Definition of ‘Literally’? Literally Every Modern Dictionary Includes This Definition”

Theory and Criticism

Post45 Contemporaries Editorial Team, ed., “Mike Davis Forever.”

Adam Kotsko, “The Political Theology of Milton Friedman.”

Alexander R. Galloway, “Deleuze on ‘The Greatness of Marx.'”

Christopher J. Arthur, The Spectre of Capital: Idea and Reality.

L. Benjmain Rolsky, “Religion of the Market: On Gary Gerstle’s The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order.”

Georg Lukács, The Specificity of the Aesthetic, volume 1.

Yoon Sun Lee, “The Text: Do Not Disturb.”

Ezra Klein, “I Didn’t Want It to Be True, but the Medium Really Is the Message.”

Literature and Culture

Jay Root, David Gelles, Elizabeth A. Harris, and Julia Jacobs, “Salman Rushdie on Ventilator Hours after Being Stabbed in Western New York.”

Merve Emre, “The Reclusive Giant of Australian Letters.”

Gerry Canavan, “Disney Won’t Save You.”

Richard Brody, Nope Is One of the Great Movies about Moviemaking.”

Dan Sinykin, “The Sublime Danielle Steel: For the Love of Supermarket Schlock.”

Tressie McMillan Cottom, “A Big TV Hit Is a Conservative Fantasy Liberals Should Watch.”

Richard Howorth, “American Literature Loses Out to Consolidation.”

Jon Baskin, “David Foster Wallace’s Final Attempt to Make Art Moral.”

Leah Greenblatt, “One Apartment Building, Many Lives,” review of The Rabbit Hutch, by Tess Gunty.

Kwame Opam, “Podcasts About Marvel’s X-Men Resonate With LGBTQ Fans.”

Dwight Garner, “In Robert Lowell’s ‘Memoirs,’ Mental Illness, Creative Friends and a Takedown of Dad,” review of Memoirs, by Robert Lowell.

Gina Cherelus, “Raving for Shrek, the Swamp Comes to Brooklyn.”

Maya Phillips, “The Antihero’s Last Gasp.”

Tom Lamont, “The Cult of Bluey: How a Kids’ Cartoon Became a Bible for Modern Parenting.”

Chris Lee and anonymous, “I’m a VFX Artist, and I’m Tired of Getting ‘Pixel-F–ked’ by Marvel.”

Dan Kubis, “Behold, the Malls of America!,” review of Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall, by Alexandra Lange.

Lee Konstantinou, The Last Samurai Reread in Publisher’s Weekly.

Tessa Yang, The Runaway Restaurant in Publisher’s Weekly.

And James Hibberd, “Quentin Tarantino Offers Rare Review of Top Gun: Maverick.”


Alissa J. Rubin, “Words of War: A Literary Lifeline for the Battlefield.”


Richard Goldstein, “Bill Russell, Who Transformed Pro Basketball, Dies at 88.”

Bill Simmons, “The Genius of Bill Russell.”

Jay King, “Celtics Legend Bill Russell Didn’t Want a Statue in Boston. But No One Was More Deserving.”

Ivan Nechepurenko, “Brittney Griner Is Sentenced to Nine Years in a Russian Penal Colony.”

Video Games

Mac Schwerin, “Why I Care More about Nonplayer Characters Than about Some Ex-Lovers.”

Joseph Yaden, “Six Years Later, the Biggest Sci-fi Game Ever Has Finally Reached Its Full Potential.”

Maksim Panasovskyi, Diablo Immortal Brought $100,000,000 to Developers in Less Than Two Months after Release.”

Humanities and Higher Education

James Rushing Daniel, “Higher Ed’s Cult of Growth.”

Karin Fisher, “The Shrinking of Higher Ed.”

John Warner, “The Professors Who Refuse to Do the ‘Free Work’ Their Older Colleagues Did for Years.”

Megan Zahneis, “Higher Ed Is Looking to Refill Jobs. But It’s Finding a ‘Shallow and Weak’ Candidate Pool.”

Karin Fischer, “Americans’ Confidence in Higher Ed Drops Sharply.”

Len Gutkin, “#ToxicMaleBooks and Academic Social Media.”

Edmund G. C. King, “Unpacking the ‘Red Flag’ Bookshelf: Negotiating Literary Value on Twitter.”

Adam Sitze, “The Strange, Secret History of Tenure.”

Dan Bauman, “Two Years After Promising a ‘Transformational’ Partnership, the Univerity of Arizona and Zovio Part Ways.”


Hartwick College, “Darren Reisberg—11th President of Hartwick College (Day One Message).”

And Allison Collins, “Brothers Combine Music and Barbecue in Oneonta.”

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