Black Lives Matter
Gina Cherelus, “How We Juneteenth.”
Mariame Kaba, “Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police.”
R. H. Lossin, “In Defense of Destroying Property.”
b2o Review, “COVID-19 Dossier.”
Hortense J. Spillers, “Apocalypse Now and Then.”
Charles Bernstein, “Herd Immunity.”
Nathan L. Grant, “Horseman No. 5.”
The A-Line Editorial Staff, “Convergence 5: Apocalypse Now and Then.”
Adrian Parr, “Pandemic Urbanism.”
Neil Vallelly, “The Coronavirus Decade: Post-capitalist Nightmare or Socialist Awakening?”
Umair Haque, “If Life Feels Bleak, It’s Because Our Civilization Is Beginning to Collapse.”
Hamilton Nolan, “There Is No Plan (For You).”
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.”
I am sad to say that Tomaž Šalamun (1941-2014), one of my most important teachers, has passed away. I have written a short remembrance of him that either will appear here or in some other form.
Christopher Merrill, “Remembering Tomaž Šalamun.”
Andrew Epstein, “Tomaž Šalamun (1941-2014) and the New York School.”
Dalkey Archive Press on Šalamun.
And though I can’t read Slovenian, there is much here, including video of a television report.
So some articles of interest.
At Jacobin, Alyssa Battistoni has followed up her piece on disaster in the wake of Hurricane Sandy with “Back to No Future,” a pretty bleak essay on environmental change and the (lack of a) future.
Jeff Goodel has a piece in Rolling Stone, “Goodbye, Miami,” about what (now inevitably) rising sea-levels will do to Miami.
And here’s a number of links re: the ongoing NSA drama.
Philip Bump has reported at The Atlantic Wire that the US has filed espionage charges against Edward Snowden.
Naomi Wolf raises a number of questions about Snowden, and then raises some more.
Falguina A. Sheth writes for Salon, “Snowden’s Real Crime: Humiliating the State.”
And Michael McCanne has a very interesting essay, “Total Information Awareness,” at The New Inquiry.
And linking ecological disaster and surveillance together, Nafeez Ahmed wrote a piece for The Guardian, “Pentagon Bracing for Public Dissent Over Climate and Energy Shocks.”
2012, by all accounts, was the warmest year on record. Among many other responses to the disastrous 2012 (w/r/t weather) both The New Inquiry and Jacobin: A Magazine of Culture and Polemic have published some excellent pieces on climate change, disaster, and our contemporary sense of an ending. Among them are Alyssa Battistoni’s excellent, “The Flood Next Time: Life After Emergency” at Jacobin. The New Inquiry has devoted an entire issue to weather , including a nice editorial, and an essay from the incomparable Gerry Canavan, “Après Nous, le Déluge.” (This is all also coming in the wake of this nonsense.) These magazines, along w/ my good friend Alexander Provan’s Triple Canopy, also just had a very nice writeup in The Guardian. Enjoy.