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.
Black Lives Matter, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks . . . .
Cornel West, “A Boot Is Crushing American Democracy.”
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, “Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People.”
Roxane Gay, “Remember, No One Is Coming to Save Us.”
Jeet Heer, “The Fire This Time.”
Melvin Rogers, “We Should Be Afraid, But Not of Protesters.”
Matthew Dessem, “Police Erupt in Violence Nationwide.”
Jamelle Bouie, “The Police Are Rioting. We Need to Talk About It.”
Joshua Clover, “66 Days.”
Barbara Ehrenreich, “A Journalist Marked by Police Violence.”
Greg Afinogenov, “Everything Could Be Free.”
Mara Gay, photographs by Jordan Gale, “The Nation’s Largest Police Force Is Treating Us as an Enemy.”
I had the privilege of meeting Richard Siken when I was quite young–an undergraduate at the University of Arizona–and he gave me lots of good advice on the poetry world (and life), conversations I still cherish. Please help him out.
Nuclear and Environmental
Alenka Zupančič, “The Apocalypse Is (Still) Disappointing.”
James Livingston, “Time, Dread, Apocalypse Now.
Ted Nordhaus, “The Empty Radicalism of the Climate Apocalypse.”
Jessica Hurley and Dan Sinykin, eds., Apocalypse, special issue of ASAP/Journal.
Damian Carrington, “Why The Guardian Is Changing the Language It Uses about the Environment.”
Nuclear and Environmental
Daniel Bessner, “On the Brink.”
More adventures in nuclear incompetence (feeling like a broken record). David Willman, “$40-Billion Missile Defense System Proves Unreliable.”
The inverted nuke in the garden (seriously, a broken record) . . . : Dylan Matthews, “A New Report Shows Nuclear Weapons Almost Detonated in North Carolina in 1961.”
Alex Wellerstein found this, wow, simply amazing document: assessing post-apocalyptic land values.
Robin Wright, “A Third Iraq War?”
Lawrence Wright, “ISIS’s Savage Strategy in Iraq.”
Elliot Ackerman, “Watching ISIS Flourish Where We Once Fought.”
Rod Nordland and Alissa J. Rubin, “Massacre Claim Shakes Iraq.”
Rod Nordland and Suadad Al-Salhay, “Extremists Attack Iraq’s Biggest Oil Refinery.”
David Frum, “Iraq Isn’t Ours to Save.”
J. M. Berger, “How ISIS Games Twitter.”
Moíses Naím, “The Rise of Militarized NGOs.”
Jeffrey Goldberg, “The New Map of the Middle East.”
And Greg Shupak at Jacobin, “No More Imperial Crusades.”
It’s been a busy month, both in the news and in the world. Here’s a few things I’ve almost had time to read.
Nuclear and Disaster
“Almost Everything in Dr. Strangelove Was True,” Eric Schlosser, The New Yorker.