Weekend Reading List

From Umberto Eco on fascism to Thomas Pynchon’s stand-in: what to read this weekend

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Infographic by W.E.B. Du Bois.

Infographic by W.E.B. Du Bois.

  • An autobiographical and critical piece from Umberto Eco on the persistence of fascist ideas after the decline of fascism.

  • African American abstraction: the hand-drawn infographics of W.E.B. Du Bois.

  • ‘Its subject is reason itself’ – from the frieze archives, Brian Dillon presents nine theses on the art of slapstick.

  • In criticizing political populism, do we risk reinforcing some very undemocratic institutions?

  • The paradox of decency: remembering historian and literary theorist Tzvetan Todorov.

  • ‘We are all aware that our society is in transition, and there is no normalcy to return to’ – an interview with artist and author Alasdair Gray.

  • Thomas Pynchon’s stand-in, ‘Professor’ Irwin Corey, has sadly passed away. Read about their brilliant literary prank.

  • Dennis Cooper revisits the work of forgotten filmmaker Arthur Lipsett.

  • What can painting, rather than discourse theory, tell us about colonial and postcolonial representation?

  • From frieze.com: each day we post a new review. Read reports on recently opened exhibitions in New York, Sydney and Vienna.

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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