Weekend Reading List

From the poetry of the late Geoffrey Hill to the new literary genre of the 'ultra-unreal': what to read this weekend

  • In the wake of the Brexit vote, Slavoj Žižek asks, ‘what does Europe want?’

  • ‘The strident high 

    civic trumpeting 

    of misrule. It is 

    what we stand for.’

    Respublica’ by the poet Geoffrey Hill, who died this week.

  • For Hilton Als, Nan Goldin’s ‘Ballad of Sexual Dependency’ (1986) remains the seminal photographic collection of the 1980s.

  • ‘This is all done as if we have no role at all in this drama’ – John Akomfrah, interviewed before the referendum result was announced, on the meaning of Brexit.

  • Beyond the simulacrum – China invents the new literary genre of the ‘ultra-unreal’.

  • ‘In the end postcapitalism is the name of an absence, not a positive programme’ – Owen Hatherley discusses accelerationism and postcapitalism.

  • ‘The people who fetishize sense all too often end up talking nonsense’ Rosalind Krauss and Jed Perl fight it out over Henri Matisse.

  • ‘The most inconstant of colours’ – on the alchemical properties and cultural history of green.

Paul Clinton is a writer and is lecturer in curating at Goldsmiths, London. His book Other Hunting will be published by Ma Bibliotheque in January 2019.

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