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With Love from Iceland

With Love from Iceland

May 31, 2017

Iceland is, to put it weirdly, so hot right now. Iceland is circulating through the social imaginary in a number of big-budget cinematic vehicles: Dr. Mann’s uninhabitable planet in Interstellar...

Infrastructure and the Anthropocene in Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island

Infrastructure and the Anthropocene in Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island

Oct 30, 2016

To read a Tom McCarthy novel is to find oneself weirdly and wildly awash in grids within grids, maps within maps, of infrastructural objects and systems. Protagonists and minor characters alike obsess over these objects and systems of infrastructure—over their grandeur, their minutiae, their flows and flaws, slows and jams, their symbolic ideological concretizations, their masterful and/or absurd designs, their volumes of strata.