Reading List // August 2018

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One of the chief problems that I faced during the first year of my Ph.D. program was when I remembered that I read something really cool but forgot where I had read it. Taking inspiration from Kevin Baker’s Weekly Reading posts and Nikki Steven’s Open Source Ph.D., I’ve decided that every month I will post a list of everything I have read—along with a photograph I have taken. Here’s this month; the dawn of my second year.

Selections from the Web:

Adelstein, Jake. 2017. “Japan May Be Moving Right Politically, But Its Communist Party Still Holds Some Sway With Voters.” Forbes. October 30.

Allen, Joe. 2018. “’Something Needs to Change:’ An Interview With Todd Bunker.” Jacobin. August 24.

Bernstein, Anya. 2014. “Cyborgs, Weak Cosmists, and a Russian Planet.” NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. December 16.

Bharmal, Zahaan. 2018. “The case against Mars colonisation.” The Guardian. August 28.

Goodell, Jeff. 2018. “Hothouse Earth Is Merely the Beginning of the End.” Rolling Stone. August 9.

Haskins, Caroline. 2018. “The Racist Language of Space Exploration.” The Outline. August 14.

Hogan, Patrick. 2015. “We took a tour of the abandoned college campuses of Second Life.” Splinter. August 13.

Jackson, Gita. 2018. “We Can’t Fix The Internet.” Kotaku. August 20.

Larmer, Brook. 2017. “China’s Revealing Spin on the ‘Sharing Economy’.” The New York Times Magazine. November 20.

Scharmen, Fred. 2018. “The Shape of Space.” Places Journal. August 18.

Simakova, Marina. 2016. “No Man’s Space: On Russian Cosmism.” e-flux journal 74. June.

Winslow, Aaron. 2018. “Russian Cosmism Versus Interstellar Bosses: Reclaiming Full-Throttle Luxury Space Communism.” Los Angeles Review of Books. August 18.

Books and Journal Articles:


Mahmood, Saba. 2016. Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

VanderMeer, Jeff. 2014. Annihilation. New York: Farrar, Straus and Girgoux.

— — —. 2014. Authority. New York: Farrar, Straus and Girgoux.

Journal Articles:

Mazzocchi, Paul. 2018. “Desire, Friendship, and the Politics of Refusal: The Utopian Afterlives of La Boétie’s Discourse on Voluntary Servitude.” Utopian Studies 29 (2): 248–66.

Roemer, Kenneth M. 2018. ”A Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018).” Utopian Studies 29 (2): 117–26.

Book Chapters:

Asad, Talal. 1993. “The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Category.” In Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam, 27–54. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Taylor, Charles. 2011. “Western Secularity.” In Rethinking Secularism, edited by Craig Calhoun, Mark Juergensmeyer, and Jonathan VanAntwerpen, 31–53. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Weber, Max. “Science as a Vocation.” In From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology, translated and edited by H.H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills, 129–56. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Image: Taylor R. Genovese, August 15, 2018, Priest/Washington Lightrail Station, Phoenix, AZ
Written on August 31, 2018