Links in the Time of Coronavirus, Vol. 2: April 15–May 15, 2020

Coronavirus Think Pieces

Kim Stanley Robinson, “The Coronavirus Is Rewriting Our Imaginations.”

Jodi Dean, “Neofeudalism: The End of Capitalism?”

Ibram X. Kendi, “We’re Still Living and Dying in the Slaveholders’ Republic.”

David Harvey, “We Need a Collective Response to the Collective Dilemma of Coronavirus.”

Richard Grusin, “Radical Mediation, COVID Masks, Revolutionary Collectivity.”

Charles Stross, “It’ll All Be Over by Christmas.”

Laurie Penny, “Productivity Is Not Working.”

Corey Robin, “Comrades.”

Masha Gessen on the present.

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Walden, a Game; or, Oh Come On

Came across a piece in the latest Harper’s talking about a project from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Walden, a game. I sorta can’t believe that anyone is making this. Like, didn’t some advisor at USC try to dissuade the makers of this? Or, did the team maybe, like, reread Walden and think, hmm, perhaps Thoreau was thinking something different than a video game (even one that looks like it admirably emphasizes contemplation rather than play). But seriously . . . .