Weekend Reading List

From Alexander Kluge on poetry to Hannah Arendt on totalitarianism: what to read this weekend

A wounded man from an unnamed manuscript, c.1590 century. Courtesy:Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

A wound man from an unnamed manuscript, c.1590 century. Courtesy:Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

  • ‘In these deserts of information we need some oasis, and that’s what the lyric is.’ Alexander Kluge and Ben Lerner talk writing and poetry.

  • Making fun of understanding: the forgotten novels of Henry Green make a virtue of misreading.

  • From frieze.com: associate editor Pablo Larios reports on new, old and reopened spaces in Hong Kong.

  •  #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches: the history of arson attacks on the African American community.

  • ‘The grand political stage and intimate life are inseparable’: revisiting Phillip Roth’s The Plot Against America (2004).

  • From the frieze archives: how can art respond to the ongoing, and ever worsening, refugee crisis?

  • What’s in a name? The politics of pronouns.

  • The Evidence of Things Not Seen: a new film about James Baldwin looks at race and representation.

  • ‘We have witnessed the abolition of the human’ – Hannah Arendt’s writing on totalitarianism hits the bestseller lists.

  • We are all wounded: on a peculiar image of injury in medieval manuscripts.

  • A new biography of Jean Cocteau traces the artist’s search for a ‘work which devours its author’.

Paul Clinton is a writer, curator and editor based in London, UK. He is a lecturer in curating at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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