Weekend Reading List

From Beethoven's lesbianism to the precarious foundations of political philosophy: what to read this weekend

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Alison Knowles and Pauline Oliveros, Brahms was a two-penny harlot, c.1970, postcard

Alison Knowles and Pauline Oliveros, Brahms was a two-penny harlot, c.1970, postcard

  • From frieze.com: Geeta Dayal reflects on the life and legacy of Oliveros, who recently passed away.
     
  • ‘Brahms was a two-penny harlot’ – how Oliveros and the artist Alison Knowles responded to the male dominated canon of classical music.
     
  • Too revealing: Trevor Paglen on surveillance and pictures that look back.
     
  • This is not the age of Enlightenment: Pankaj Mishra argues that to understand the current Euro-American political turmoil, politicians and intellectuals must abandon the principles of liberal rationalism. 
     
  • Trolling is the "latrinalia" of popular culture: the writing on the toilet wall.’
     
  • Strange gourmets: in an article from the frieze archives, Brian Dillon asks if taste is an anachronism.
     
  • In bad taste: is there an ethical, feminist, way to make pornography?

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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