Weekend Reading List

Black Lives Matter, the Chilcot report, music and violence: what to read this weekend

  • ‘Because white men can’t/ police their imagination/ black men are dying’ – poet Claudia Rankine interviewed in the Guardian and again, by Lauren Berlant, in BOMB magazine

  • In the wake of yet more race related violence in the US, it’s time to republish this interview with Judith Butler on Black Lives Matter

  • Alex Ross on the intersections of music and violence, from Auschwitz to Iraq

  • ‘Is anyone going to answer for it, or is this just designed to be therapeutic?’ Tariq Ali discusses the Chilcot Report

  • ‘He had two eyes and he borrowed two more.’ An interview with the great director Abbas Kiarostami, who died this week

  • From Edgard Varèse to gonzo cabaret, Thomas Schütte’s new documentary charts Frank Zappa’s diverse career and influences

  • The eventful life, and mysterious death, of maverick Maoist composer Cornelius Cardew

  • Narcissism or the undoing of the self? What the early collaboration between Lynda Benglis and Robert Morris reveals about the history of video art


Paul Clinton is a writer based in London, UK. He is associate editor of frieze and Frieze Masters Magazine. In 2015 he co-curated the exhibition 'duh? Art & Stupidity' at Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, UK.

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