Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Monday Afternoon Links!

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In Support of Dorothy Kim.

At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications. 

* An inside look at the hunt for fentanyl, the deadly opioid driving the overdose crisis.

* America’s slow-motion military coup.

* McCain gonna McCain.

* Mark Bray: The goal of everyday anti-fascism is to increase the social cost of oppressive behavior to the point where those who promote it see no option but to hide.

Normalizing Trump: An incredibly brief explainer.

And the trend appears to be continuing. “Every new cohort made less in median lifetime income than the previous one,” Mr. Guvenen said.

* Paging China Miéville: Instead of Trump’s Wall, Why Not a Binational Border City?

* Everything old is still old.

* Wisconsin 2.0.

* RIP, Stanislav Petrov, the man who saved the world.

* I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything quite like what’s happening in Iceland.

* Beyond the grave. Outsourcing. Specifically bad. Animal intelligence. Gee whiz, what an interesting way of thinking. Imagine a world with people like him in charge. Quorf. Thanks, Literature! This sucks.

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  1. Om, Mr. Canavan

    Happy Jewish New Year from Cali. A few quickies:
    -I doubt the next Russian nuke-techie with his finger on the launch codes will be so lucky or prudent, and I dearly (peacefully) do wish it was not a joking matter among Americans. -Un’s use of ‘dotard’ was sweet though.
    -Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD) at Columbia sends me news and P. Wald is the Fall semester opener for the DS and NM groupies in the hum depts– she’s doing another lecture on genes–which is always a plus for colleagues finding newness and the personal in the academic.
    *** fyi —fondly remember when Wald gave my 2nd year at NMColumbia, and I was just floored….this was 2012 maybe… It was on the AIDS crisis, but nothing stale, when most thought everything had been already said. She’s a force, as you know.

    *****To the point—wanted to ask if you have any new writing, academic or blog, or otherwise, on matrilineage in SF, genetics, SF/Utopia and O’Connor (*all in one, or, something of the like)….I’m not doing research anymore (*sigh), but Tuesday nights at the ashram we get off for self-study or philosophy study, and I’m kinda sorta in the 2nd stage of editing/writing a performance piece for a friend who lives in OR and visits CA often. She’s a political performance artist who does amazing work, and I’m trying to get a hook on some of edits to hit a different register in some lines; the ‘graver, starker, more merciful’ aspects of O’Connor-esque tone’ is what I’ve been going back to but am at a crossroads. Perhaps you have some fiction or SF crit in this vein, to help inject a new gravity/gravitas into the piece; without totally reworking it. Shame and divinity, compassion and grace….you know, the good stuff.

    be well, gerry, my best to your domestic fan-club (fam)

    erez avi

    September 26, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    • I don’t think I’ve written anything on that, but there’s good stuff on that and SF for sure. The first thing I think of is Alys Eve Weinbaum’s great stuff on HERLAND in WAYWARD REPRODUCTIONS…

      gerrycanavan

      September 26, 2017 at 1:58 pm


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