Weekend Reading List

From intellectual freedom to the Republican Party convention: what to read this weekend

  • ‘“Conservative” is not the right term for them anymore … “Arsonist” feels more accurate.’  –  Zadie Smith responds to the Brexit vote.
     
  • An unconventional convention: David Levi Strauss reports on the official Republican Party nomination.
     
  • ‘The wellbeing ideology is a symptom of a broader political disease’ – the right wing colonization of self-care.
     
  • Is Berlin still a haunted city?
     
  • Can literary theory help improve our understanding of economics?
     
  • ‘Literature is a kingdom with its own customs’ – Seth Price discusses the relationship between art making and fiction writing.
     
  • As Recep Tayyip Erdoğan begins to curb the rights of lecturers and writers in Turkey, it’s time to revisit these excerpts from Robert Musil’s lecture on intellectual freedom ‘The Serious Writer in Our Time’ (1934).
     
  • ‘This feeling of doom proves to you that you are actually an autonomous, individual being’ – Boris Groys in conversation with Carl Hegemann.
     
  • Terry Castle discusses Patricia Highsmith and the problems of lesbian literature. 

Paul Clinton is a writer, curator and editor based in London, UK. He is a lecturer in curating at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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