Alex Langstaff

Alex Langstaff is interested in how metaphors influence the important decisions we take in life. He is a PhD candidate and lecturer in history at New York University and Cooper Union. Current projects include the social science origins of Cold War 'containment' policy in Eastern Europe, the cultural history of games that simulate war, and the translation of Merab Mamardashvili. He writes at places like Artforum magazine, the JHI blog and LARB.


CONTRIBUTOR ARTICLES

Alfred Döblin’s Anthropocene

Alfred Döblin’s 1924 futuristic dystopian novel “Mountains Oceans Giants: An Epic of the 27th Century” is really a history of the present....


The Ghosts of Cambridge

Alex Langstaff reviews Jill Lepore’s “If Then” about the Cold War origins of computational data mining and its seedy alliance with behavioral psychology....


Pandemic Narratives and the Historian
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