Think Pieces on . . . Everything
Timothy Snyder, “The American Abyss.”
Jelani Cobb, “Georgia, Trump’s Insurrectionists, and Lost Causes.”
Mike Davis, “Riot on the Hill” and “Hopes for 2021?”
Blair McClendon, “Lost Lost Causes.”
Adam Kotsko, “An Apocalypse about Nothing.”
Yoni Appelbaum, “How America Ends.”
Gabriel R, “Trump the Despot.”
Franklin Foer, “The Triumph of Kleptocracy.”
William Callison and Quinn Slobodian, “Coronapolitics from the Reichstag to the Capitol.”
Masha Gessen, “The Trial of Donald Trump Must Tell the Full Story of the Capitol Insurrection.”
Leah Donnella, “How The Storming of the Capitol Was — And Wasn’t — About Police.”
Eric Fretwell, “From Lynchings to the Capitol: Racism and the Violence of Revelry.”
If you attended the virtual 2021 Modern Language Association Conference but were unable to come to the roundtable I organized, Twenty-First-Century Forms, you can watch a recording of it here (I believe for about six weeks). The speakers were (in order): myself, Amy Sara Carroll, Racheal Fest, Christian P. Haines, Hyemin Kim, and Eric Loy. For more information, see my previous post.
I didn’t get a lot of writing done this year, but some of the little I did is out today near its close. I am thrilled and honored to have the first of my pandemic sonnets—“2020.01,” “2020.02,” “2020.03,” “2020.04,” “2020.05,” and “2020.06”—in the online arm of Always Crashing. I also had important poems from the sonnet project, including the “long sonnet” “2016.36: Preface,” out in issue three of Always Crashing earlier this year. Thanks so much to the editors’ ongoing support of my work and this project.
Sarah Zhang, “The End of the Pandemic Is Now in Sight.”
Katie Thomas, “New Pfizer Results: Coronavirus Vaccine Is Safe and 95% Effective.”
Meredith Wadman, “Fever, Aches from Pfizer, Moderna Jabs Aren’t Dangerous but May Be Intense for Some.”
Zeynep Tufekci, “The Pandemic Heroes Who Gave Us the Gift of Time and Gift of Information.”
Abby Goodnough, “Long-Term-Care Residents and Health Workers Should Get Vaccine First, C.D.C. Panel Says.”
Sharon LaFraniere, Katie Thomas, and Noah Weiland, “Trump Administration Officials Passed when Pfizer Offered Months Ago to Sell the US More Vaccine Doses.”
Thomas R. Frieden, “We Know How to Beat COVID-19. We Just Don’t Do It.”
Bruce Robbins, “Return of the Plague.”
“Dead Horse Bay” and “Archives of Winter,” poems from my current ongoing project, Postrock, have been reprinted in Poetics for the More-than-Human World: An Anthology of Poetry and Commentary, edited by Mary Newell, Bernard Quetchenbach, and Sarah Nolan and published by Spuyten Duyvil.
The anthology was originally published online as a special issue of Dispatches from the Poetry Wars: “Poetics for the More-than-Human World: An Anthology of Poetry and Commentary.” Other contributors include Rae Armantrout, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Jane Hirshfield, Cynthia Hogue, Angela Hume, Michael McClure, John Shoptaw, Stephanie Strickland, Harriet Tarlo, Edwin Torres, and many, many others.
The University of Pittsburgh is in the background.
Politics, Economics, and Trump
Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, “Biden Wins Presidency, Ending Four Tumultuous Years Under Trump.”
Daniel Strauss and Lauren Gambino, “Kamala Harris Makes History as First Woman of Color Elected US Vice President.”
Bill McKibben, “This Election Isn’t about the Next Four Years. It’s about the Next Four Millennia.”
Naomi Klein, “We Were Told Joe Biden Was the ‘Safe Choice.’ But It Was Risky to Offer so Little.”
Jelani Cobb, “The Election Is a Morality Play in Which Biden Must Defeat Not Only Trump but Trumpism.”
Astead W. Herndon, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Biden’s Win, House Losses, and What’s Next for the Left.”
Tom McCarthy, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ends Truce by Warning ‘Incompetent’ Democratic Party.”
Black Lives Matter
Inae Oh, “Wisconsin Police Shot Jacob Blake in ‘Broad Daylight.'”
Peter Beaumont, “Kenosha: Teen Charged with Murder after Two Black Lives Matter Protesters Killed.”
Adam Serwer, “The New Reconstruction.”
Jasmyn Wimbish and Jack Maloney, “NBA Protest, Live Updates: Schedule Announced for Resumption of Playoffs on Saturday, Sunday.”
Shams Charania, “Sources: LeBron James Sought Out Barack Obama for Advice to Players.”
Melissa Gira Grant, “Far-Right Militias Are Learning Impunity From the Cops.”
Hallie Golden, Mike Baker, and Adam Goldman, “Suspect in Fatal Portland Shooting Is Killed by Officers During Arrest.”
For this year’s Modern Language Association Convention, to be held virtually from January 7–10, 2021, I organized and will be speaking on a roundtable on Twenty-First-Century Forms, along with Amy Sara Carroll, Racheal Fest, Christian P. Haines, Hyemin Kim, and Eric Loy. I have included the information about the panel and, below that, full abstracts from each speaker.
181. Twenty-First-Century Forms
Thursday, January 7, 2020, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. (EST)
If the novel and lyric poem have become residual forms, what literary forms are emerging in contemporaneity? Participants explore emergent literary forms of the twenty-first century and their relationship with, instantiation in, or remediation by other (digital) media: film, television, video, graphic narrative, video games, transmedia, or other hybrid, novel, or megatextual forms.
Amy Sara Carroll (U of California, San Diego)
Bradley Fest (Hartwick C)
Racheal Fest (State U of New York, Oneonta)
Christian Haines (Penn State U, University Park)
Hyemin Kim (Baruch C, City U of New York)
Eric Loy (U of Rochester)
Bradley Fest (Hartwick C)