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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
By Alexandra Juhasz, Liz Losh, Laura Wexler and Sharon Irish (for FemTechNet, femtechnet.org) 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 […]
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 […]
By Eng-Beng Lim for Bunker Bloggers “We are able to invent safe sex because we have always known that sex is not, in an epidemic or not, limited to penetrative sex. Our promiscuity taught us many things, not only about the pleasures of sex, but also the great multiplicity of those pleasures.” — Douglas Crimp, […]
That feeling when…every dystopian novel you have ever enjoyed, read and reread is suddenly happening in your own neighborhood! While my mind immediately turned to Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring, Neville Shute’s On the Beach, Camus’s The Plague, the book I was actually reading when I […]
When she steps out of the magic circle of comedy here, leaves out the punchline and instead descends into a rant, Gadsby, believes she is leaving a shitty genre behind. But in fact, ‘the love it and leave it’ mode she performs IS the genre.
By Nefertiti Takla [NOTE: DEAR READERS – BULLYBLOGGERS HAS HOSTED A LONG SERIES OF ARTICLES ON “BAD SEX.” TITLE 9, AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT. WE DO SO NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CURRENT POLARIZING STRUCTURE OF DEFENSE VS. CONDEMNATION BUT IN ORDER TO BROADEN THE CONVERSATION ABOUT #METOO, TITLE IX VIOLATIONS, THE EXPLOITATION OF GRADUATE STUDENT […]
This is not social justice feminism. It is rather a shift from neoliberal carceral feminism (beefing up the criminal justice system to “protect” women), to the privatization of feminism (a reliance on corporate boards to dole out consequences).