Photo by Julio Cortez/AP/Shutterstock, May 28, 2020
Black Lives Matter, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks . . . .
Ibram X. Kendi, “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” and “American Nightmare.”
Cornel West, “A Boot Is Crushing American Democracy.”
Democracy Now, “Uprising and Abolition: Angela Davis on Movement Building, ‘Defund the Police,’ and Where We Go from Here.”
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.”
Adam Gabbatt, “Protests about Police Brutality Are Met with Wave of Police Brutality across US.”
Joshua Clover, “66 Days.”
Barbara Ehrenreich, “A Journalist Marked by Police Violence.”
Greg Afinogenov, “Everything Could Be Free.”
Jamilah King, “The Summer of 2020 Is Going to Be Long, Violent, and Necessary.”
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.
Stroke Recovery Fund for Poet Richard Siken.
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.
Brad Plumer, “Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace.”
Damian Carrington, “Why The Guardian Is Changing the Language It Uses about the Environment.”
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.”
I am headed to Chicago to attend the 2014 Modern Language Association Convention. I’m looking forward to a fun and stimulating time, and am especially excited for a panel on Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge (2013).