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Weekend Reading List

Murakami's vanishing women, Paddington's immigrant story, and Emmanuel Macron's ruthless political will: what to read this weekend

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Paddington Bear bench, part of the National Literary Trust 'Books About Town' project, 2014. Photograph: Flickr/Maureen Barlin, Creative Commons

Paddington Bear bench, part of the National Literary Trust 'Books About Town' project, 2014. Photograph: Flickr/Maureen Barlin, Creative Commons

  • In the latest issue of New Left Review, Perry Anderson sets his sights on the rise of Emmanuel Macron – ‘a ruthless political will and intelligence leaving his Atlantic analogues at the post’ – and the meaning of the ‘French Spring’.
     
  • What would a zany aesthetic theory look like? McKenzie Wark discusses Sianne Ngai’s Our Aesthetic Categories over on the Verso Books blog.
     
  • Michael Bond, creator of literature’s finest bear, died this week at the age of 91. Rebecca Mead pays homage to Bond and Paddington’s immigrant story in The New Yorker.
     
  • Laura Poitras’ new documentary Risk is released in the UK today, 30 June. Read our frieze interview with the filmmaker about her aesthetic approaches, how being placed on a terror watch list changed her work, and Julian Assange’s troubling gender politics.
     
  • Don't miss Will Harrison in the Baffler on Haruki Murakami’s omission of rounded female characters.
     
  • Government official Long Ling brings a haunting tale of death and a cover-up at a bureaucrat banquet in a remote Chinese province to the London Review of Books.
     
  • Archie Bland goes on a night out with the lads for the Guardian’s long-reads, taking stock of the Age of Banter.
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