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Do TV Shows Elect Presidents? The West Wing and Game of Thrones

by Ira Livingston The TV series The West Wing (1999-2006) did some groundwork for the election of Barack Obama in 2008.  During the eight long, depressing years of the presidency of George W. Bush, the show kept liberal hope alive that another more progressive future was possible.  If you watch it now, it’s embarrassing to see how blatantly the […]

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Our Man Foucault by Peter Coviello

Peter Coviello is the author of four books, including Tomorrow’s Parties, Long Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs, and, most recently, Make Yourselves Gods: Mormons and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism. He is Professor of English at UIC, and he lives in Chicago. It’s been a big media week for many-decades-departed French intellectual […]

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Soundtrack for World’s End by Jack Halberstam

World’s End And in 2020, the world ended. What the waves could not batter down, what the winds could not blow away, what the feral beasts could not ravage, what the sun could not burn, what the ice could not freeze, what the dust could not smother, what the waters could not drown, the virus […]

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Consider the Pandemic Plushie

Guest Blog for Bunker Bloggers by Scott Herring The past few weeks have witnessed an astonishing efflorescence of deviant typologies: the blasé super-spreader, the face toucher, the way-too-close cougher, the spring breaker, sun bathers en masse, the 5G cell tower arsonist, the N95 mask hoarder, the paper towel price gouger, the hydroxychloroquine profiteer. To varying […]

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Baffled Bunnies and Curious Cats to the Rescue: Covid19 Comix from Singapore

by Sonny Liew for Bunker Bloggers (originally published on the author’s FaceBook page on March 16, 2020, reblogged by permission of the author) “Baffled Bunny & Curious Cat” by award-winning artist, Sonny Liew, based in Singapore, depicts how Covid-19 temporalities and the exigencies of queerantine care are played out in different sites around the world, in […]

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The Virus and the Home

What does the pandemic reveal about the private nuclear household? by Sophie Lewis for Bunkerbloggers (originally published on Patreon and at openDemocracy, reblogged by permission of the author). At the time of writing, humankind has well and truly entered the time of corona. In the hopes of ‘flattening the curve’ of the pandemic, vast swathes […]

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We Fought the MOOCS and Now They’re Back (and so are we)!

By Alexandra Juhasz, Liz Losh, Laura Wexler and Sharon Irish (for FemTechNet, Just a few years ago Massive Open Online Courses were grabbing headlines by promising to deliver Ivy League education to the masses all around the world. They failed.  Hundreds of thousands of eager learners signed up, but only a minuscule fraction of […]

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Covid in the Tropics

Guest Poetry for Bunker Bloggers by R. Zamora Linmark Thou Shalt Not Covid Due to the coronavirus-19, which is no longer a hoax but a pandemic, President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence, at the advice of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and with the cooperation of Grindr are advising hunks, twinks, jocks, downlows, bicurious, Black fetishists, […]

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The Virus and the Plague: Albert Camus on COVID-19

By Debarati Sanyal, guest contributor for Bunker Bloggers In this time of coronavirus, Albert Camus’s classic The Plague (1947) has shot to the top of  literary charts. Set in Oran, a city in formerly French Algeria, the postwar novel opens on a swarm of rats emerging from their lairs to die in the streets, harbingers of the mass […]

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Safe Spaces

By Damon R. Young for Bunker Bloggers “It is not that what is past casts its light on what is present, or what is present its light on what is past; rather, an image is that wherein what has been comes together in a flash with the now to form a constellation.”  -Walter Benjamin, The […]