Weekend Reading List

From the Spiritualist origins of Ghostbusters to an interview with Luc Sante: what to read this weekend

  • As attention turns to Rio for the Olympic games, Sebastião Ventura Pereira da Paixão reflects on Brazil’s complex relationship to capitalism.

  • From the cloud stuidies of John Constable and J.M.W. Turner, to mapping out the Cloud – the renewed interest in field guides in our networked age.

  • Who you gonna call? A medium, it would seem – the spiritualist origins of Ghostbusters.

  • Investigating the ‘Trump Emotion Machine’: Lauren Berlant writes about the affective politics of the Republican presidential nominee. 

  • Robert Barry explores the work of legendary composer Bernie Krause, who is the subject of a new exhibition at Fondation Cartier, Paris

  • What do we mean by ‘world literature’? Rebecca Walkowitz argues that fiction is always already translated.

  • Who killed Victor Jara? The life and death of the man who gave voice to Salvador Allende’s Chile.

  • Did dada lead to punk? 

  • As literary circles, like the art world, search out yet more forgotten or unseen gems, Alison Flood asks: are forgotten works really worth rediscovering?

  • ‘I often think of what I do as wide poems’ – Luc Sante interviewed. 

  • The late critic Bill Berkson on Lucas Cranach, Jasper Johns and posing naked for George Schneeman.

  • Play it again, Ragnar. Tom Morton discusses repetition and humour in the work of Ragnar Kjartansson whose work is currently on show at the Barbican, London.

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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