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Weekend Reading List

Playgrounds as radical propositions, the problem with Okja, and debating ‘the dirtbag left’: what to read this weekend

Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Children’s Games, 1560, oil on wood, 118 x 161 cm. Courtesy: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Children’s Games, 1560, oil on wood, 118 x 161 cm. Courtesy: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Children’s Games, 1560, oil on wood, 118 x 161 cm. Courtesy: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

  • Ignoring that politics is a contest of domination is both deeply dangerous and oblivious, writes Nathan Robinson at Current Affairs, responding to Jeet Heer’s controversial piece in The New Republic which critiques ’the dirtbag left’ and its elision of ‘dominance politics’ with ‘egalitarian politics’. Robinson counters: ‘Republicans recognize that the aim of politics is to crush the other guy; Barack Obama spent eight years refusing to recognize this’.
     
  • Bong Joon-ho’s new film Okja merely reinforces a world order in which animals, machines, and animal-machines matter because they’re made by humans for humans, writes Anna Shechtman in The New Inquiry.
     
  • Shahria Sharmin has been chosen as a juror's pick in this year’s Magnum Awards; she discusses her photography of hijra communities in Bangladesh and India with BBC Culture.
     
  • This week in frieze, Liberate Tate campaigner and artist Mel Evans explains why today’s political, social and environmental challenges mean that we can no longer be satisfied with art about the political – we need art to change it too.
     
  • Don’t miss Maya Gurantz in the Los Angeles Review of Books on Carl Andre, Ana Mendieta, notions of male genius and museums disavowing moral responsibility.
     
  • Hua Hsu writes in the New Yorker on Stuart Hall and the rise of Cultural Studies.
     
  • Finally: Darran Anderson on playgrounds as radical spaces.
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