Weekend Reading List

From Sergei Eisenstein's erotica to ideas for a pneumatic parliament: what to read this weekend


Sergei Eisenstein, Untitled, 1942, coloured pencil on paper. Courtesy: Alexander Gray Associates, New York and Matthew Stephenson, London

Sergei Eisenstein, Untitled, 1942, coloured pencil on paper. Courtesy: Alexander Gray Associates, New York and Matthew Stephenson, London

  • ‘To open windows on the given world that allow us to see outside it’ – Margaret Atwood on the role of art in the age of Trump.
  • Why has the women’s march on Washington become as divisive as it is unifying?
  • From the frieze magazine archive: does the fragile state of Western democracy call for the formation of a ‘pneumatic parliament’?
  • If you think of Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein as earnestly political rather than perversely playful, a new exhibition of his erotic drawings may well change your mind.
  • From frieze.com: editor Dan Fox’s moving tribute to longtime frieze contributor Mark Fisher who sadly passed away last week.
  • The unconscious is a political problem – an article on mental health from Fisher himself.
  • ‘The writer with an underlying hatred of writing, as if each word was a stain on the page’ – a new publication on Thomas Bernhard.

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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