Mark Z. Danielewski on Facebook Live and “The Time of Megatexts”

Note: it appears that Danielewski had to postpone the Facebook Live event due to technical difficulties. I’ll be posting again when it has been rescheduled.

Mark Z. Danielewski will be appearing on Facebook Live to talk with the members of The Familiar (Volume 1-5) Book Club about his remarkable novel, The Familiar (2015-). He has distributed my recent conference paper, “The Time of Megatexts: Dark Accumulation and Mark Z. Danielewski’s The Familiar,” in advance. I invite you to read my essay and join in what should be an interesting conversation.

End of the Semester Links, Fall 2017

It’s been a fun, eventful, interesting, and, of course, busy first semester at Hartwick College. Everything else, however, is quite dark. Some links.

Nuclear and Environmental

US Global Change Research Program, “Climate Science Special Report.”

Tim Collins, “The Chance of ‘Catastrophic’ Climate Change Completely Wiping Out Humanity by 2100 Is Now 1-in-20.”

Damian Carrington, “Warning of ‘Ecological Armageddon’ after Dramatic Plunge in Insect Numbers.”

Ariel Norfman, “Nuclear Apocalypse Now?”

Elizabeth Kolbert, “Going Negative: Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?”

Mike Davis, “Nuclear Imperialism and Extended Deterrence.”

Neena Satija,  Kiah Collier, Al Shaw, and Jeff Larson, “Hell or High Water.”

Democracy Now, “As Catastrophic Flooding Hits Houston, Fears Grow of Pollution from Oil Refineries & Superfund Sites.”

Steve George, “A Third of Bangladesh under Water as Flood Devastation Widens.”

Naomi Klein, “Get Ready for the First Shocks of Trump’s Disaster Capitalism” and “Season of Smoke.”

Jeremy Adelman, “Why the Idea That the World Is in Terminal Decline Is So Dangerous.”

Brian Merchant, “Climate Change Denial Should Be a Crime.”


Trump, Politics, and History

The Editorial Board of The New York Times, “A Historic Tax Heist.”

Vice News Tonight, “Charlottesville: Race and Terror.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The First White President” and “We Should Have Seen Trump Coming.”

Michael Eric Dyson, “Charlottesville and the Bigotocracy.”

Bonnie Honig, “(Un)Reality TV: Trump, Kelly, and the Revolving Door of Whiteness.”

Mark Sussman, “Monsters of Adaptability.”

Stephen Metcalf, “Neoliberalism: The Idea that Swallowed the World.”

Jack Goldsmith, “Will Donald Trump Destroy the Presidency?”

Joseph S. O’Leary, “Steve Bannon’s Ghostly Triumph.”

David Singh Grewal and Jedediah Purdy, “Law and Neoliberalism.”

Laurie Penny, “The Global Jitters.”

Jonathan Franzen, “Is It Too Late to Save the World?”

David Zirin, “For the NFL, It Was ‘Choose-Your-Side Sunday’.”

Bill Simmons, “Donald Trump and the NFL’s Unsolvable Crisis.”

Joshua M. Patton, “The Most Deplorable Man in America.”

Susan Sontag, “Fascinating Fascism.”

Gabriel Winant, “Not Every Kid-Bond Matures.”



James Bridle, “Something Is Wrong on the Internet.”

Rebecca Lossin, “Against the Universal Library.”

Ian Bogost, “Network Neutrality Can’t Fix the Internet.”

Democracy Now, “DHS Planning to Collect Social Media Information on All Immigrants.”

JFK Files Released.

Rhizome, Net Art Anthology.

Brewster Kahle, “Books from 1923 to 1941 Now Liberated!”

Stuart Kells, “Blood, Bookworms, Bosoms, and Bottoms: The Secret Life of Libraries.”

Brigit Katz, “Lost Languages Discovered in One of the World’s Oldest Continuously Run Libraries.”

Visit a New Digital Archive of 2.2 Million Images from the First Hundred Years of Photography.

Gertrude Stein: The Complete Writings (2017).

Emily Temple, “10 Famous Book Hoarders.”

Postmodernism Generator.

Olivia Solon, “Deus Ex Machina: Former Google Engineer Is Developing an AI God.”

Literature Tree: The Academic Genealogy of Literature.

Rachel Botsman, “Big Data Meets Big Brother as China Moves to Rate Its Citizens.”

“The History of Punk Rock in 200 Tracks: An 11-Hour Playlist Takes You From 1965 to 2016.”

And Scott Huler, review of The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.


Criticism and Theory

Charlie Schlenker, “ISU’s Charlie Harris Passes Away.”

Jeff Downing, “Charlie Harris.”

Remembering Arif Dirlk: at boundary 2“The Rise of China and the End of the World As We Know It,” and “Crisis and Criticism: The Predicament of Global Modernity.”

David Golumbia, “The Militarization of Language: Cryptographic Politics and the War of All against All.”

Alexander R. Galloway, “Peak Deleuze and the ‘Red Bull Sublime.'”

Bruce Robbins, introduction to The Beneficiary and “The Other Foucault.”

Fred Moten, preface to Black and Blur.

Peter Gratton, “Foucault Now.”

Ivana Perić, “Remembering Edward W. Said.”

Robert T. Tally, Jr., “Fredric Jameson and the Controversy over ‘Third-World Literature in the Era of Multinational Capitalism.'”

Sarah Brouillette, “On Some Recent Worrying over World Literature’s Commodity Status.”

N. Katherine Hayles, review of Plain Text: The Poetics of Computation, by Dennis Tenen.

Anthony Galluzzo, “Utopia as Method, Social Science Fiction, and the Flight From Reality,” review of Four Futures: Life after Capitalism, by Peter Frase.

Tom Eyers, “The Matter of Poetry,” review of The Limits of Fabrication: Materials Science, Materialist Poetics, by Nathan Brown.

Nicola Masicandaro, “Everything Is Your Fault.”

Anastasia Ulanowicz and Manisha Basu, eds., The Aesthetics and Politics of Global Hunger.


John Ashbery (1927-2017)

David Orr and Dinitia Smith, “John Ashbery Is Dead at 90; a Poetic Voice Often Echoed, Never Matched.”

John Ashbery, “Ignorance of the Law Is No Excuse.”

John Ashbery reading in 1963.

John Ashbery on PennSound.

Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Ashbery on Film.

WNYC, “Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass and Milton Babbitt Set the Words of the Late Poet John Ashbery.”

Charles Bernstein, “In the Wild: Remembering John Ashbery.”

Eileen Myles, “On John Ashbery.”

Anselm Berrigan, “When Most Needed: Remembering John Ashbery.”

Christian Lorentzen, “Listening to John Ashbery.”

Matthew Zapruder, “John Ashbery, a Poet of the Ineffable who Mastered Many Modes.”

Kimberly Quiogue Andrews, “Learning to Read (with) John Ashbery.”


Literature and Culture

Racheal Fest, “Wicked Whitmans on TV.”

Claire Dederer, “What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?”

Ben Lerner, “Beyond ‘Lyric Shame.'”

David Streitfeld, “Writing Nameless Things: An Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin.”

McKenzie Wark, “On the Obsolescence of the Bourgeois Novel in the Anthropocene” and “My Collectible Ass.”

Sarah Brouillette, “Tragedy Mistaken for Management Theory: On Kazuo Ishiguro and the Nobel Prize in Literature.”

Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer, “The Rise of Science Fiction from Pulp Mags to Cyberpunk.”

Alex Sorondo, “Meta-Pleasure,” review of The Familiar, vol. 5, by Mark Z. Danielewski.

Aaron Bady and Sarah Mesle, Game of Thrones, ‘Beyond the Wall'” and “‘The Dragon and the Wolf.'”

Mary Pappalardo, “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

Chris Kraus, “Sex, Tattle and Soul: How Kathy Acker Shocked and Seduced the Literary World,” Kraus and Jarett Kobek, “Transgression Has Become So Banal,” and  Matias Viegener interviews Kraus, “The Life, Death, and Afterlife of Kathy Acker.”

Morgan Teicher, “Deep Dives Into How Poetry Works (and Why You Should Care),” review of A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry, by Robert Haas, and American Originality: Essays on Poetry, by Louise Glück.

Evan Kindley, “How Poets Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Academy.”

Matthew Zapruder, “What Poetry Can Teach Us about Power.”

Charles Bernstein, foreword to Maxwell Clark’s (((…))).

Francesca Pellas, “‘What I’m Trying to Leave Behind’: An Interview with Jhumpa Lahiri.”

Molly Fisher, “The Instagram Poet Outselling Homer Ten to One: Rupi Kuar.”

Martin Hägglund, “Knausgaard’s Secular Confession.”

Len Gutkin, Twin Peaks: The Return: Genre Mistuned.”

J. D. Connor, “Variety Show.”

David Auerbach, Twin Peaks Finale: A Theory of Cooper, Laura, Diane, and Judy.”

Jonathan Foltz, “David Lynch’s Late Style.”

Aaron Bady, “You’ll Never See the Northern Lights.”

Matthew Friedman, “Days of Future Past in Blade Runner 2049.”

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, “All Snowflakes Must Melt: Blade Runner 2049.”

Jordan Brower, “Hacking It: Blade Runner 2049.”

Wil Collins, “The Secret History of Dune.”

Harris Feinsod, The Poetry of the Americas: From Good Neighbors to Countercultures.

Evan Calder Williams, “Snake Plissken’s Letter to Sallie Mae Student Loan Services.”

Venkatesh Rao, “The Premium Mediocre Life of Maya Millennial.”

Rachel Stone, “The Trump-Era Boom in Erasure Poetry.”

Lauren Russell, What’s Hanging on the Hush.

Schuyler Chapman, “How Professional Wrestling Flung Itself Into the Arena of the Opinionated Class.”

Salvatore Pane, “The Existential Despair of Magikarp Jump.”

Mike Good, review of I Know Your Kind, by William Brewer.

Nick Greer, “IIIII. Rite of the Many Shells.”

PELT, “Temporalities,” vol. 4.

Taylor Baldwin.


Humanities and Higher Education

Wendy Brown, “The Grad Tax Is an Assault on the Public Good.”

Derek Thompson, “The Republican War on College.”

Marilynne Robinson, “What Are We Doing Here?”

Andrew Goldstone, “The Uncounted: Jobs and Graduates.”

Andrew Piper and Chad Wellmon, “How the Academic Elite Reproduces Itself.”

Electric Lit, “The Entire President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Just Resigned.”

Timothy Brennan, “The Digital-Humanities Bust.”

K. A. Amienne, “Abusers and Enablers in Faculty Culture.”

Eva Swidler, “The Pernicious Silencing of Adjunct Faculty.”

Alastair Gee, “Facing Poverty, Academics Turn to Sex Work and Sleeping in Cars.”

Jon Marcus, “The Looming Decline of the Public Research University.”

André Spicer, “Universities Are Broke: So Let’s Cut the Pointless Admin and Get Back to Teaching.”

Rebecca Schumann, “Rate My JIL 2018!”

Geoffrey, “Le Vostre GC” Chaucer, “Advyce For The Sesoun Of Returninge To Scole.”

John Rauschenberg, “Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell, Reimagined for Linguistic Transgressions.”

And Tiffany Ball, “Academic Job Market or Terminal Illness?”

The Time of Megatexts: Dark Accumulation and Mark Z. Danielewski’s The Familiar

Next week I will be presenting a paper on a panel titled “The Power of Digital Talk” at the 2017 Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, November 9-12. The abstract for the paper is below.


Thursday, November 9, Session 1 2:00-3:30pm: 1E “The Power of Digital Talk”

Chair: Julie Funk

“The Time of Megatexts: Dark Accumulation and Mark Z. Danielewski’s The Familiar,” Bradley J. Fest, Hartwick College.

“A Tech-Lover’s Discourse: Roland Barthes, Longing, Loss, and Separation Anxiety in Non-Use Discourse,” Julie Funk, University of Waterloo, Critical Media Lab.

“World Wide Walden: Toward a Thoreauvian Ethics of Screen Time,” John Tinnell, University of Colorado.


The Time of Megatexts: Dark Accumulation and Mark Z. Danielewski’s The Familiar

With the disastrous effects of rising atmospheric carbon becoming increasingly observable and the relentless pace of neoliberal capital pursuing ever-increasing profit, the twenty-first century appears to be a time of dark accumulation. Increasingly, the risks facing the overdeveloped world stem not from absence but from overwhelming presence: everywhere there is a problem of too much. And it appears that such horrifying accumulation goes for contemporary experiences of time as well. An author known, perhaps most famously, for exploring spatial and textual accumulation, Mark Z. Danielewski’s new project, The Familiar (2015–), a twenty-seven-volume serial novel in progress, turns his attention to the multiplying temporalities of the Anthropocene. From the deep time of its cosmic frame tale and the shifting temporalities of globalization experienced by its cosmopolitan characters, to its confrontation with planetarity and its bi-annual, serialized release schedule, The Familiar asks its readers to confront what it means to live in and at too many times. In this paper I will explore The Familiar as an example of what I call a megatext—an unreadably large yet concrete aesthetic and rhetorical transmedia object, produced and conceived as a singular work, and which depends upon digital technology and collaborative authorship for its production—and argue that Danielewski’s massive novel emerges from and responds to a world in which time is no longer out of joint, but overwhelmingly and catastrophically multiple.

For a previous paper on The Familiar, delivered at the 2016 Society for Novel Studies Conference, see my “The Megatext and Neoliberalism.” (This links to my page.)

Pre-order Scale in Literature and Culture and Reading Inside Out: Interviews and Conversations, by J. Hillis Miller

Two new books are available for pre-order in which I have contributions.

Scale in Literature and Culture Cover

Scale in Literature and Culture, edited by Michael Tavel Clarke and David Wittenberg, and including essays by Bruno Latour and Mark McGurl, can now be ordered from Palgrave Macmillan. My contribution is the first part of my new project on megatexts: “Toward a Theory of the Megatext: Speculative Criticism and Richard Grossman’s ‘Breeze Avenue Working Paper.'”

J Hillis Miller CoverJ. Hillis Miller’s Reading Inside Out: Interviews and Conversations, edited by David Jonathan Y. Bayot, is forthcoming from Sussex Academic Press and reprints my interview with Professor Miller from 2014, “Isn’t It a Beautiful Day?,” originally published in boundary 2.

Both books are also available on Amazon (here and here). (As both are also potentially prohibitively expensive, please do not hesitate to contact me requesting the essay or interview.)

The Shape of Things

The Shape of Things, my second book of poetry, is now available and shipping from Salò Press. Order it here if you’re in the UK and here if you are anywhere else. I am very proud of this book.

Bradley J. Fest’s second volume of poetry, The Shape of Things, continues his project of poetic assemblage. Written in an age of ubiquitous algorithmic surveillance and increasingly catastrophic climate change, these poems both describe the shape of things in the overdeveloped world and endeavor to challenge the widespread feeling that the imagination has been foreclosed in the twenty-first century. An ambivalent hyperarchive, the collection draws influence from a number of seemingly incompatible lyric registers, including the language of contemporary theory. The Shape of Things culminates in an eponymous long poem that asks if a poiesis of “network being” is possible and suggests that there might be some other way to dance to the sounds of our present.


If Whitman and Adorno had a knife fight on the ruins of the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, The Shape of Things would be the perfect voice over. Which is to say, though it’s not a pretty scene, there’s pleasure and beauty to be found in the action and music of the syntax and in following the wild movements of this poet’s mind. Truly original, dazzlingly smart and game for anything, Fest writes of lives and desires torn apart by the neoliberal security state. Jolting between paranoiac rage and orgasmic bliss, between all- out negation and Wordsworthian swoon, these poems describe the awful implications of a contemporary moment in which “we have made ourselves a gallows of a house.”

–Sten Carlson, author of Fur & After

To call The Shape of Things “post-apocalyptic” would be a mistake: its poignant present tense anxiety unfolds in the apocalypse now. Ataris and hunter-gatherers lean together over the edge of time, commingling in harrowing yet pleasurable ways. But this is no book of “detached mirth.” Hear in Fest’s singing the quiet pathos of humans and machines out of time. While Fest’s human creatures have lulled themselves into submission—”There may be something (virtually) / on fire. More likely our expectations are being met . . .”—his work nudges middle class late capitalist culture awake into the disturbing awareness that “a prolonged adolescence is the shape of things.”

–Robin Clark, author of Lines the Quarry

Summer 2017 Links

Nuclear and Environmental

Nearing midnight: “Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”

Mehdi Hasan, “The Madman with Nuclear Weapons Is Donald Trump, Not Kim Jong-un.”

David Wallace-Wells, “The Uninhabitable Earth.”

NUKEMAP by Alex Wellerstein, and “Global Hiroshima: Notes from a Bullet Train.”

Elizabeth Kolbert, “Au Revoir: Trump Exits the Paris Climate Agreement.”

Fiona Harvey, “World Has Three Years Left to Stop Dangerous Climate Change, Warn Experts.”

Damian Carrington, “Arctic Stronghold of World’s Seeds Floods after Permafrost Melts.”

Benjamin Powers, “An Abandoned US Nuclear Base in Greenland Could Start Leaking Toxic Waste Because of Global Warming.”

Marc Ambinder, “The American Government’s Secret Plan for Surviving the End of the World.”

Mike Wehner, “Nature Throws Humanity a Softball, Provides Bugs That Digest Plastic.”

Stephanie Wakefield, “Field Notes from the Anthropocene:  Living in the Back Loop.”

Ed Simon, “Apocalypse Is the Mother of Beauty.”

Michael Marder, “Can Democracy Save the Planet?”

Peter Brannen, “Earth Is Not in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction.”

Democracy Now, “Noam Chomsky in Conversation with Amy Goodman on Climate Change, Nukes, Syria, WikiLeaks, and More.”

Matt Mountain and Nathaniel Kahn, “The Tiny Edit That Changed NASA’s Future.”

Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise.

Hardcore History, episode 59, “The Destroyer of Worlds.”

Emmalie Dropkin, “We Need Stories of Dystopia without Apocalypse.”

And a recent ad by the University of Edinburgh for a Lecturer in Disasters.


Trump, Politics, and the National Security State

Sheri Fink and James Risen, “Psychologists Open a Window on Brutal CIA Interrogations.”

Perry Anderson, “The Centre Can Hold.”

Jacques Rancière, “Attacks on ‘Populism’ Seek to Enshrine the Idea That There Is No Alternative.”

Masha Gessen, “The Autocrat’s Language” and “Waking Up to the Trumpian World.”

McKenzie Wark, “The Spectacle of Disintegration.”

Christopher Lydon, “Noam Chomsky: Neoliberalism Is Destroying Our Democracy.”

Michiko Kakutani, “Human Costs of the Forever Wars, Enough to Fill a Bookshelf.”

Daniel Bessner, “A Very High Degree of Certainty in Future Military Operations.”

Ariel Dorfman, “What Herman Melville Can Teach Us About the Trump Era.”

Rebecca Solnit, “The Loneliness of Donald Trump.”

Emmet Rensin, “The Blathering Superego at the End of History.”

Sara Lipton, “Trump the Merovingian.”

Jeet Heer, “America’s First Postmodern President.”

Naomi Klein, No Is Not Enough.

Caleb Hannan, “The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise.”

Lawrence Wright, “The Future Is Texas.”

And Vinson Cunningham, “Donald and Melania’s Last Judgment.”



Joe Fassler, “Keeping Track of Every Book You’ve Ever Read.”

Emily Manning, “Iconic Punk Label Dischord Just Uploaded Its Entire Archive to Bandcamp.”

Joshua Barone, “Brooklyn Academy of Music Puts 70,000 Archive Materials Online.”

Emily Drabinksi, “A Space for Pleasures of All Kinds: On Crusing the Library.”

James McWilliams, “Before a Million Universes: The Pros and Cons of the Digitized Whitman and His ‘Lost’ Novels.”

And “Dick Whitman on Walt Whitman: Jon Hamm Reads the Audiobook of a Long Lost Walt Whitman Novel.”

Jeff Charis-Carlson, “Iowa Writers’ Workshop Archive Costly to Search, UI Scholar Finds.”

Reports from the Gutenberg Galaxy.

Spencer Kornhaber, “Katy Perry’s Panopticon of Fun and Tears.”

And Michael E. Ruane, “Unsealed 75 Years after the Battle of Midway: New Details of an Alarming WWII Press Leak.”


Criticism and Theory

Racheal Fest, “What Will Modernism Be?”

Joe Pompeo, “Michiko Kakutani, the Legendary Book Critic and the Most Feared Woman in Publishing, Is Steeping Down from The New York Times.”

Introduction to “John Berger: A Retrospective,” special issue, Politics/Letters.

Mariam Rahmani, “Facing the Feminist in the Mirror: On Sara Ahmed’s Living a Feminist Life.”

Jaskiran Dhillon, “Feminism Must Be Lived: An Interview with Sara Ahmed.”

Cassie Thornton, “Feminist Economics and the People’s Apocalypse.”

Bruce Robbins, “Discipline and Parse: The Politics of Close Reading.”

David Golumbia, “The Destructiveness of the Digital Humanities (‘Traditional’ Part II).”

Sofia Cutler, “Cottage Industry,” and Arne de Boever, “Realist Horror,” reviews of Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First-Century Culture, by Annie McClanahan.

Justin Slaughter, “C. L. R. James in the Age of Climate Change.”

Alexander R. Galloway, “The Swervers” and “Brometheanism.”

Bea Malski, “Pleasure Won: A Conversation with Lauren Berlant.”

Craig Hubert, “Live Theory: An Interview with Tom McCarthy.”

Mark Sussman, review of Typerwriters, Bombs, Jellyfish, by Tom McCarthy.

“Can We Criticize Foucault? An Interview with Daniel Zamora.”

Richard Marshall, “The Fall and Rise of Louis Althusser: An Interview with William Lewis.”

Francesco Giusti, “The Lyric in Theory: A Conversation with Jonathan Culler.”

Rhys Tranter, “Is Critical Theory Dead? Does It Have an Afterlife? An Interview with Jeffrey R. Di Leo.”

Sarah Burke, “This New Museum Imagines a World Where Capitalism Is Dead.”

McKenzie Wark, “Our Aesthetics.”

Eugene Thacker, “The Weird, Eerie, and Monstrous,” review of The Weird and the Eerie, by Mark Fisher.

Quinn DuPont, review of The Politics of Bitcoin: Software as Right-Wing Extremism, by David Golumbia.

David Sessions, “The Rise of the Thought Leader.”

Alex Blasdel, “‘A Reckoning for Our Species’: The Philosopher Prophet of the  Anthropocene.”

“The Universes of Speculative Realism,” review of The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism, by Steven Shaviro.

Terrence Blake, “Fallible Divergences: Literary Theory after Speculative Realism,” review of The World of Failing Machines, Grant Hamilton.

Andy Beckett, “Accelerationsim: How a Fringe Philosophy Predicted the Future We Live In.”

Sophie Lewis, “Cthulu Plays No Role for Me.”

James Duesterberg, “Final Fantasy: Neoreactionary Politics and the Liberal Imagination.”

Catherine Liu, “Dialectic of Dark Enlightenments: The Alt-Right’s Place in the Culture Industry.”

Carl Freedman, “Russia 1917: You Are There.”

Alci Rengifo, “Red Dawn: On China Miéville’s Urgent Retelling of the Russian Revolution.”

Benjamin Parker, “What Is a Theory of the Novel Good For?”

And Sadie Stein, “In Flight.”



Lisa Zyga, “Physicists Provide Support for Retrocausal Quantum Theory, in Which the Future Influences the Past.”

Dave Mosher, “NASA Has a Job Opening for Someone to Defend Earth from Aliens.”


Literature and Culture

Judy Woodruff, “For Newly Named US Poet Laureate [Tracy K. Smith], the Power of Poetry Is Opening Ourselves to Others.”

Literary Hub, “90 Lines for John Ashbery’s 90th Birthday.”

Charles Bernstein and Tracie Morris, “Poetry Needs a Revolution That Goes Beyond Style.”

Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer, “The Rise of Science Fiction from Pulp Mags to Cyberpunk.”

Seat 14C (great collection of contemporary SF).

Lee Konstantinou, “The Girl Who Almost Became a Zombie.”

“17776: What Football Will Look Like in the Future.”

Hilton Als, “Ghosts in the House: How Toni Morrison Fostered a Generation of Black Writers.”

Ian Bogost, “The Fidget Spinner Explains the World.”

Fredric Jameson, “No Magic, No Metaphor.”

Adam Kelly, “David Foster Wallace and New Sincerity Aesthetics: A Reply to Edward Jackson and Joel Nicholson-Roberts.”

Steve Paulson, “Getting Out of Our Normal Crap: George Saunders on Writing and Transcendence.”

David L. Ulin, “Denis Johnson Had Ruthless Honesty and Transcendent Power.”

Tobias Wolff reads Denis Johnson’s “Emergency.”

Laurie Penny, “In Science Fiction, the Future Is Feminist.”

Jane Hu and Aaron Bady, The Handmaid’s Tale, ‘Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum.'”

Johanna Drucker, “Embittered Spinster,” review of A Quite Passion.

Wai Chee Dimock, “There’s No Escape from Contamination above the Toxic Sea,” review of Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer, and “5,000 Years of Climate Fiction.”

Andreas Halskov, “No Place Like Home: Returning to Twin Peaks.”

Sarah Nicole Prickett, “Eternal Return.”

Noel Murray, Twin Peaks Season 3, Episode 8: White Light, White Heat.”

Jedediah Purdy, “Fiery Heaven, Bastard Earth: The Cosmology of Game of Thrones.”

Aaron Bady and Sarah Mesle, Game of Thrones, ‘Dragonstone.'”

Jia Tolentino, “The Personal Essay Boom Is Over.”

Harris Feinsod, “Sub-Sub-Underground-Anti-Connoisseurship: Adrift with Allan Sekula.”

Sean Austin Grattan, Hope Isn’t Stupid: Utopian Affects in Contemporary American Literature.

Lindsay Meaning, “Dimensions of Identity,” review of Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture, by Adrienne Shaw.

Robert Florence, “8-Bit Philosophizing in The Forbidden Forest.”

Patrick Klepek, “The Power of Video Games in the Age of Trump.”

Matt Margini, “Something is Rotten in the State of Lucis: On Final Fantasy XV.”

William Bradley, “With Reflection, without Fear.”

Haruki Murakami, “Reality A and Reality B.”

Jennifer Lunden and DeAnna Satre, “Evidence, in Track Changes.”

Citron Kelly, three poems.

Future Radio, “Song Books, featuring Andrew Hook.”

Andrew Hook, ed., Elasticity: The Best of Elastic Press.

Mike Good, “Absence Tangibly Felt,” review of Post-, by Wayne Miller.

Kimberly Ann Southwick, “Three Chapbooks: Reinventing Prose Poetry for a New Century.”

Lauren Russell, “I Keep Thinking I Want to Get Married When What I Mean Is Safety.”

Eric Van Allen, “The FIFA Goal That Just Wouldn’t Go In.”

And Clayton Purton, “This Woman Has Been Slowly Eating Infinite Jest for a Year.”


Creative Writing

Kate Southwood, “‘Write What You Know’ Is Not Good Writing Advice.”

Stephen Hunter, “If You Want to Write a Book, Write Every Day or Quit Now.”


Humanities and Higher Education

Amy Hungerford, “Why the Yale Hunger Strike Is Misguided.”

Sarah Brouillette, Annie McClanahan, and Snehal Shingavi, “Risk Reason/ The Wrong Side of History: On the Yale University Unionization Efforts.”

Alyssa Battistoni, “Why I’m Fasting with Other Graduate Students at Yale.”

Eric Hayot, “The Profession Does Not Need the Monograph Dissertation.”

Chad Wellmon and Andrew Piper, “Publication, Power, and Patronage: On Inequality and Academic Publishing.”

Michael Meranze, “Remaking the University: The Idea of the English University,” review of Speaking of Universities, by Stefan Collini.

Oliver Bateman, “The Young Academic’s Twitter Conundrum.”

Jerry Coyne, “A New Academic Hoax: A Bogus Paper on ‘the Conceptual Penis’ Gets Published in a ‘High Quality Peer-Reviewed’ Social Science Journal.”

Francine Prose, “Humanities Teach Students to Think. Where Would We Be without Them?”

Ico Maly, “The End of How Business Takes Over, Again.”

Sarah Bond, “Dear Scholars, Delete Your Account At Academia.Edu.”

Jeffrey J. Cohen, “Drinking and Conferencing.”

Deborah K. Fitzgerald, “Our Hallways Are Too Quiet.”

Sari Lesk, “UWSP Student Asks Court to Force Poetry Professor to Give Her an A.”

Jackson McHenry, “Maria Bamford Spent Her Commencement Address Discussing Exactly How She Negotiated Her Fee.”

And Susan Harlan, “Facebook Genres for English Professors.”



Cecilia Kang, “Pittsburgh Welcomed Uber’s Driverless Car Experiment. Not Anymore.”

And Jason Peck and Mike Good, “Local Spotlight: Pittsburgh’s Long-Running Poetry Reading Series Turns 42.”


And For the First Time . . . Oneonta, New York

Lisa W. Foderaro, “For Oneonta’s Aging Downtown, a $10 Million Face-Lift.”