- First, can we talk about the What Maisie Knew trailer?
- The individuals behind Anonymous
- Scandals of Classic Hollywood: The Long Suicide of Montgomery Clift.
- Greg Londe reviews City of Bohane, and contextualizes it within the history of Irish literature
- Eloquent anger
- Read “I know why Bret Easton Ellis hates David Foster Wallace,” written by a man who edited them both, before Ellis’s twitter statuses of the past week.
- Christian Lorentzen’s national conventions coverage read like short stories to me: 9Sept ;6Sept ; 31Aug ; 30Aug ; 29Aug.
The Awl was on fire this week:
- Evan Hughes reviews and expands on Errol Morris’s A Wilderness of Error.
- Ask a NASA Scientist, Dr. David Morrison, about the apocalypse.
- Is Brooklyn Better? Has Manhattan Gotten Worse? Revisiting NY Mag’s “I Hate Brooklyn” Article Seven Years Later.
UC: The UC regents meet this week at the remote, securitized UCSF Mission Bay campus. Agendas worth checking out: the Committee on Finance (pdf) lists 20+ lawsuits with bearing on the UC, including numerous lawsuits filed against the regents; and the Committee on Grounds and Buildings (pdf) contains four capital projects to approve or amend. Meanwhile, the proposal to privatize the UCLA business school has been put on hold. And the UC administration is actively pressuring faculty to join it in opposing GSR unionization.
Quebec: Opposition party wins elections, promises to cancel tuition hike and repeal repressive Bill 78, opening up a new phase for the Quebec student uprising. Theory & Event has a supplement on the Quebec student movement (unfortunately there’s a paywall).
Chile: Divergent stances on electoral politics is beginning to highlight the difference between the education struggles in Quebec and Chile. While many in Quebec are celebrating the electoral victory, in Chile high school students occupy the headquarters of three political parties (not only the party in power but also the opposition), and students call for a boycott of the upcoming municipal elections in October.
California and beyond: Nice document dump of internal OPD communications regarding the Biblioteca Popular/People’s Library (some good analysis of the docs here). Radio Autonomía’s most recent show is a“back to skool special” on education and anti-capitalist struggles; theinterview with Mexican rapper Bocafloja (in Spanish and English) is especially good. All eyes on Chicago teachers as they get ready to strike.Massive student protests in Hong Kong against the imposition of a Beijing-backed “brainwashing and political indoctrination” curriculum. And a great piece on the political economy of police informants.
- Surveillance of dictators; surveillance of democracy.
- Spoofed algo-sniffing: ever deeper into financialization.
- Like sand through the hourglass, so is the middle class in our lives.
- Nudge kludge can’t budge.
- Golden handcuffs? No, cuff links.
- Money laundering, campaign style.
- Gina knows: Move to where you can pay next to nothing, mine without regulation.
- India Shining.
- Time to drop Twitter for Sina Weibo?
- American aristocracy: “David jokes relentlessly about waiting for Jackie to turn 40 so that he can trade her in for two 20 year olds.”
- Picture the Homeless
- African Separatist Movements
- That guy is from Africa. That shit doesn’t count
- Zukiswa Wanner’s top five African writers
- Teju and more Teju.
- The Drug War Moves East As Cartels’ Influence in Africa Grows
- Wikipedia Informed Roth
- Hipstamatic Revolution
- Big Finance’s Best Friend
- No One Knows Where You Are
- ‘Arab Spring,’ Moroccan Winter
- Dear Democrats, If You Do This, You Have to Do This
- Liberal Sophistry About Drones
- Naomi Wolf’s Biography of the Vagina
- Failing Geometry
- Mad Dogs and Englishmen: Stuart Hall on Englishness
- America in the dark about laws governing the war on terror
- How Google Builds Its Maps
- How Good Is Arash’s Persian? The Politics of Language & Identity in Diaspora Iranian Pop Music
- The history of Bangalore’s alcohol industry
- On Curaçao’s thriving creole language Papiamentu, a “subversive treasure”
- Reflections on My Journey With and Without the Headscarf
- “Slum tourism” in Mumbai
- Twopieces on “Afro-Turks”, the descendants of enslaved Africans in Turkey
- Mapping the words for tea
- Dagestan’s “Mountain Jews”