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From the many unpublished obituaries of Fidel Castro to the architecture of Dubai: what to read about this weekend

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Fountain dedicated to José Martí, a figurehead of Cuban independence, and the revolutionary leader Abel Santamaría, Santiago de Cuba. Courtesy Matthew Connors

Fountain dedicated to José Martí, a figurehead of Cuban independence, and the revolutionary leader Abel Santamaría, Santiago de Cuba. Courtesy Matthew Connors

  • Alternative reality: how the architectural development of Dubai challenges the concept of authenticity.

  • Brand new you: Gurminder K Bhambra argues that identity politics means something radically different after the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election.

  • More drafts than an army: the many lives, and unpublished obituaries, of Fidel Castro.

  • Statues also die: Adrianna Campbell visits Cuba for frieze to analyze the shifting meaning of the country’s revolutionary monuments in a time of social change.

  • I’m just saying what we’re all thinking – how the political right invented its enemy, political correctness.

  • As Bob Dylan is embraced by officialdom in the form of his Nobel Prize, is it time for protest music to reinvent itself? 

  • A question of artistic freedom: writing for frieze.com Matthew McLean asks what Artangel’s project in Reading Gaol tells us about the realities of imprisonment? 

  • Artists have always explored the horrors of small town small mindedness, but novelist Shirley Jackson mastered the subject.

  • Dark night of the soul: on Norwegian Black Metal.

Paul Clinton is a writer, editor and curator based in London, UK.

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