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Omnivore

Calculations for a warming world

Julia Nordblad (Uppsala): The Future of the Noosphere. Bronislaw Szerszynski (Lancaster): The Anthropocene and the Memory of the Earth. When did the human epoch begin? Michelle Nijhuis investigates. Jedediah Purdy on how the Anthropocene idea has been embraced by Earth scientists and English professors alike — but how useful is it? Andreas Malm on the Anthropocene myth: Blaming all of humanity for climate change lets capitalism off the hook. McKenzie Funk on Shell Oil’s cold calculations for a


Paper Trail

Novelist Jennifer Cody Epstein says she regrets signing the recent letter condemning PEN’s award in honor of Charlie Hebdo magazine. Two students at Northwestern University recently filed Title IX complaints against Laura Kipnis, after the author published an article about “sexual paranoia” on university campuses. This weekend, Kipnis was “cleared of wrongdoing” by a law

Syllabi

The Innocent/Corrupt

Adam ThirlwellA narrator is a much stranger toy at the novelist's disposal than is usually thought. It's not just something as depressingly ordinary as a character—more a vast system of smuggling. And there's one

Daily Review

Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art

In Charles R. Rushton's 1991 black-and-white portrait, Agnes Martin (1912–2004) sits in a wooden rocking chair in the left third of the frame, beside the white cement wall of her New Mexico studio. One of her canonical six-by-six-feet canvases hangs low to the ground

Interviews

Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson is the only serious and literary person I've encountered whose speech is filled with more "you knows" than mine. Unlike mine, perhaps, her verbal tic is not so much a crutch as a helping hand: she'll be saying something fast, brilliant, and thoughtful, and maybe you don't totally get it, but when she says "you know," she allows you to feel as if you do.

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Of Walking in Ice

Werner Herzog

At the end of November 1974, a friend from Paris called and told me that Lotte Eisner was seriously ill and would probably die. I said that this must not be, not at this time, German cinema could not do without her now, we would not permit her death.

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