Sunday Political Links

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Hi all, I’ll be out the next few weeks to finish up school, but I’ll return in the New Year. In the meantime, Michael Berger will be taking over for me on Sundays. He’s a good guy, that Michael Berger.

Erik Prince, “head of Blackwater” and “a participant in the C.I.A. assassination program,” is still the scariest human being in the world, no matter how much he thinks this interview will help his image. (If I disappear after publishing that sentence, cherished readers, please send someone in to rescue me. Bring guns.)

Photos of the of the Gwich’in “caribou people” — a culture that may go the way of the ice caps.

The Brits are going to start giving unemployed people free therapy. Clearly, that will fix everything.

A very thoughtful essay on policies that could do a lot more to stop genocide.

The artist Katie Paterson went to Iceland and recorded melting glaciers using three records made of ice. Then she played all the records simultaneously until they melted. Listen to it here. It made me have to pee. (via)

Zizek’s new book First as Tragedy, Then as Farce sounds like quite a change for him, maybe for the better. Here’s a review at Sp!ked.


Seth Fischer’s writing has twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He’s been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →