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Weekend Reading List

From a history of sabotage to the yogi rock of Bhagavan Das: the best things we've read this week

  • Liz Jobey writes about Tate Modern’s exhibition ‘Performing for the Camera’ (first published in Tate Etc., now republished by the excellent momus.ca).
     
  • Evan Calder Williams pulls on his balaclava and goes deep into the history of sabotage and capitalism for The New Inquiry.
     
  • Glenn Greenwald writes about Concerned Student 1950, the powerful Field of Vision film directed by Adam Dietrich, Varun Bajaj and Kellan Marvin, that documents last year’s student protests at the University of Missouri.
     
  • An interview with debut director Kris Avedisian, whose funny and touching film Donald Cried was shown earlier this week as part of the New Directors/New Film season at MoMA/Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York.
     
  • Nick Pinkerton interviews famed production designer Jack Fisk, who has worked with auteurs such as Paul Thomas Anderson, Brian De Palma, David Lynch and Terrence Malick.
     
  • Ever read Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano? Richard Metzger calls it 'one of the most beautiful – and eccentric – books ever published'.
     
  • The Wire carries an interview with Christine Glover in which she talks about hairdressing and industrial music in 1980s Britain (an unpublished conversation from David Keenan’s book Furfur: Sideways Into England’s Hidden Reverse, recently reissued by Strange Attractor).
     
  • 'Too erratic to ever cut a believable guru persona, he instead became the groovy rockstar yogi supreme.' Erik Davis revisits Ah, the 1960s curio album by Bhagavan Das, the 'boomer trailblazer of mystic India'. 
     
  • Finally, Nicholson Baker tells you everything you ever needed to know about pockets.

Dan Fox is the US Editor at Large of frieze magazine and is based in New York. The author of Pretentiousness: Why It Matters (2016), his latest book, Limbo (2018), is published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.

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