Forget about drones

From Culture Machine, a special issue on drone culture. Wazhmah Osman (Temple): Jamming the Simulacrum: On Drones, Virtual Reality, and Real Wars. Lauren Wilcox (Cambridge): Embodying Algorithmic War: Gender, Race, and the Posthuman in Drone Warfare. Harry van der Linden (Butler): Arguments against Drone Warfare with a Focus on the Immorality of Remote Control Killing and “Deadly Surveillance”. The first drone strike: On Nov. 14, 2001, a weapons system designed to defeat Soviets tanks on the

Paper Trail

After Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos told a panel that he’s doesn’t think paywalls and subscriptions are the best way for publications to make a profit, the paper announced it will remove its paywall for Election Day. The paper will also be hosting an “invite-only, cocktail laden watch party” at their DC offices. BuzzFeed reports


After Attica

Jack GrossLast month marked the forty-fifth anniversary of the Attica prison revolt. At the outset of the four-day takeover, the prisoners released a list of practical proposals, the first of which read: "Apply

Daily Review

The Perils of Peak Attention

Two new books assess the quality of our digital lives: How do we shake off the village when we carry the world in our pocket?


Alexandra Kleeman

Alexandra Kleeman's fiction may share affinities with the luminaries of our postmodern canon—Don DeLillo, Robert Coover, and Ben Marcus—but her sensibility equally recalls the films of David Lynch.


Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier: "The Panama Papers"


Elephants in Lake Charles

Arlie Russell Hochschild

"YOU CAN TELL I’m a Republican,” Janice Areno says as she invites me to sit down in her office, Elephants fill three shelves of a wall opposite her desk, One is blue-and-white porcelain, a second is gold, a third is red, white, and blue and stands near a young child’s drawing of a yellow one.