Sunday Reading is many things, in an unusual order. Sunday Reading is links, de-linked. Sunday Reading repeats itself. Sunday Reading is a good thing. Sunday Reading is a river of meat blood, released to maintain safety. Subscribe to TNI Magazine Vol. 14, “Time.” for $2 here Sunday Reading is a list of links that my friends send me, that I format and paste onto the web. Sunday Reading is a lark, a plunge, a swoop. Sunday Reading is practical. Sunday Reading only ever wants to be loved. Sunday reading is interesting and educational. Sunday Reading is not very carefully organized. Sunday Reading does not use hashtags. Sunday Reading mourns the death of google reader, our comrade. Sunday Reading surprises itself. Sunday Reading believes in the utility of organized chaos. But Sunday Reading also likes jouissance. Sunday Reading eats strange things, and throws up a lot. Sunday Reading is the intellectual property of Manan Ahmed, but we stole it from him, and we’re not giving it back. Sunday Reading does not praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue. Sunday Reading keeps Austin weird. #NoDaddy, what did you do during the Sunday Reading? Sunday Reading is irregular, but happens every Sunday, exactly. Sometimes it happens on Saturday. Sunday Reading is in the opposite of any particular order. Sunday Reading collects a lot of things that are interesting, and all of them are probably worth someone’s time. Sunday Reading is most of these things, and some others that weren’t listed. Sunday Reading has just broken the flower vase, and at a distance, resembles flies. Sunday Reading is a witch. Sunday Reading is you.
Bint Battuta’s archive is a campsite, disordering the disorient. She always reads the world in its context.Bint Battuta:
- Dis/Ordering the Orient: scopic regimes and modern war [pdf]
- Boris Akunin’s career as a literary translator
- The history, poetry and science of what we hear in seashells
- Two Clowns on Tarkovsky
- Patricia Williams on race and genetics [YouTube]
- The Archive is a Campsite
- Celan Reads Japanese
- The Madrasas of Oxford: Iranian Interactions with the English Universities in the Early Nineteenth Century
- Revolution as Gambling: Egypt Under the Muslim Brotherhood [podcast]
- The Soviet Iranologist who documented languages and legends in the Caucasus and Central Asia
- The (In)visible Architecture of Illegalised Refugees
- Knowledge Before Printing and After: The Indian Tradition in Changing Kerala [pdf]
- Islam and Tibet: Cultural Interactions [pdf]
- Mapping the World beyond the Garden: Is the Bible Ever Read in its Context?
- The English Version (1649) of André du Ryer’s Translation of the Qur’an
- An Urdu speaker’s experiences learning Hindi and Farsi
- British Pathé footage of the Sultan of Muscat visiting London in 1928
- On Begum Samru, who ruled India’s only Catholic principality
- Nablus and its architecture
- Preserving ancient Buddhist texts in Mongolia
- Maps defining “East” and “West”
Frank Pasquale:Frank’s nickname growing up was “Extreme Inequality and the System Intensifying It.” It’s still his nickname, but now it’s a lot more intense and extreme.
- Technocracy 2.0: The blob of connected experts rules for life.
- Well-heeled attorneys happy to hide the ownership of apartments & terror funds.
- Let them eat ebooks; on the devaluation of culture workers.
- Cyprus bank bail-in; some background.
- The future of middle class vacationing.
- Billionaires & their legacy.
- The machine stops, Bank IT edition; welcome to Bankistan.
- “Almost three billion people still burn dung, twigs, and other traditional fuels indoors to cook and keep warm.”
- 76 hours a week at $4.40 an hour; watch docs flee Medicaid; adjuncts will be hurt as total privatization looms.
- Roomba for hospital disinfection.
In Soviet Reclaim UC, everything occupies you.ReclaimUC:
- “The University [of California] lost a lawsuit against students and made them pay for it”
- How does a new UC president get selected? (For starters, without staff or faculty representation)
- Some links on the CA online ed bill [pdf]: California bill would force colleges to honor online classes, Privatization, naked, in the state of California, Outsourcing UC, For-profit fiasco, plus a response from the UC Academic Senate, etc.
- “Ray Spray”: UC Davis pepper-spray cop Lt. John Pike debuts as Garbage Pail Kid
- NYU faculty declare no confidence in President John Sexton… but it was never just the faculty
- In the wake of the Seattle testing boycott, a 10-point proposal for teacher self-organization
- Thoughts on the ongoing Sussex University occupation as a dead end
- East Flatbush rebellion, not “outside agitators”… but “when all you’ve got are pigs, everything looks like slop”
Nathan Jurgenson went to the internet because he wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if he could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when he came to die, discover that he had not lived.nathan jurgenson
- “at every history conference in the foreseeable future, there should be a women’s history Wikipedia Room”
- “It’s a fair guess that the attorneys in the Cannibal Cop case have never heard of digital dualism”
- “our discomfort with Google Glass is drawn by body horror, not fear of surveillance institutions”
- “the cultural and technological impact of Grindr is much broader than most people realize”
- “A future of frictionless, continuous shopping fits with Google’s vision for the world”
- “For Brin, Glass is for a privileged elite“
- “self-quantification has a really important, prevalent, and somewhat ironic, qualitative component”
- “And so it came to pass that SimCity was released and no one could play it”
- “Theorizing about the Facebook interface calls for a radical departure from research orthodoxy in new media studies”
- “we are more than any well-intentioned hashtag could ever embody”
- “Six Degrees of Francis Bacon“
- “understanding of intersectionality as productively queer, and queer as necessarily intersectional“
- “There can be no true democracy, no worthwhile class struggle, without women’s rights“
- “Applause began to seem less a dialoge with an audience, and more a brute transaction with them“
- “it’s not enough for us to sit back and wait for the system of power to become a little more equal“
Grace is human. human is Grace. Is.T. F. Charlton:
- How African Feminism Changed the World
- Oberlin’s dirty laundry
- Death of a patent clerk
- It’s time for more female protagonists
- The boom and bust of Ugandan adoption
- The Rape of James Bond: On Sexual Assault and “Realism” in Popular Culture
- Photos of children around the world with their most prized possessions
- “Half-caste”: On the idea that mixed-race Africans are diluted Africans
Selections from The Feminist Wire’s series on masculinities:
- A queer woman of color’s perspective
- Black men writing to live: Brother’s letters
- Hmong butch: The antinomies of being Fourth World
On the gender and racial gaps among Wikipedia editors:
Sure, fine, yes. But culture is more complex than that. And so is Kerim.Kerim Friedman:
- “Anyone who thinks social media is a valid replacement for an RSS-reader, leave the room now.”
- “exactly how terrible was the water quality in the Huangpu if 6,000 dead pigs don’t move the needle?”
- “The Latin word for ‘cheese’ was caseum, from which some of the Romance languages derive their ‘cheese’ words”
- “Woodward’s account is not wrong. It’s just … wrong.”
- “All articles, before they are made public, are reviewed by members of an editorial board composed of some 120 university-based philosophers”
- No one, it turns out, can ever really be the smartest guy in the room.
When not constructing Sunday Reading, Beingtherewith enjoys constructing zines, baking, fighting, rescuing people, and empathizing.L. E. Long:
- When You Are The Demographic You Study
- The Right Not to Work: Power and Disability
- The growing mental health crisis in Gaza
- 25 Years of Solitude
- Autonomous Union Busting
- Deadlock in Cairo
Jacob labors to take the imperial out of the Empire State. Why can’t he have a dog?Jacob Remes:
- Why is Wikipedia such a sausagefest?
- “The Library and Archives Canada is most assuredly being dismantled.”
- The securitization of the academic labor hierarchy.
- About half the people shot by police are mentally ill.
- “Confronting our privilege — to the extent that it is possible — means deciding to stay in the struggle.”
- “Is this the kind of freedom people were tortured and people were maimed for?”
“Was the goal of the liberation struggle to radically dismantle this world—or just to move more freely within it? Over the course of 20 years of ANC rule, the tension has quietly resolved toward the latter aim.”
- It’s only “official papal theology about itself [that] has long put the pope at the center.”
- And even in mainstream Catholicism, the Pope is not the Church.
- Argentina’s social Catholicism, dictatorship, and pope.