Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 4: June 16–July 15, 2020

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).”

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When the Archive Reads Itself: Some Singularity Links

It makes total sense that some of the work being done in AI right now is in the realm of video games–i.e. a computer teaching itself English to win at Civilization.

One of my favorite posthuman-SF writers, Charles Stross, on why the singularity won’t happen.

On how X-Men: First Class misreads the historical archive.

How China is making prisoners do what millions of other people do voluntarily: play World of Warcraft.

And from Poor Yorick Entertainment, a front page for Infinite Jest and a great tourism poster for my good ole hometown, Tucson: