Weekend Reading List
The dystopian promise of the fidget spinner, 'family values' and neoliberalism, and visions of art after social collapse: what to read this weekend
- It’s no coincidence that our era of hyper-capitalism has also been one of aggressive ‘family values’, stretching across pop culture and law. A new book by professor Melinda Cooper, Family Values, surveys the history and relationship between neoliberal capitalism and the family, revealing how the former has relied on reasserting gender and sexuality hierarchies.
- Is this the end of fidgety boredom as a site of resistance? Simon Porzak analyzes the dystopian promise of the fidget spinner ‘and its moral mission to free us from inattentiveness’.
- From Space-age architecture, to 13th-century proto-science fiction, for frieze, Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri shares some influential images.
- Over on the Verso Books blog, Frédéric Gros discusses how walking acquires political meaning.
- What was Louise Blouin’s dream? ‘International. The World’. On the rise and fall of an art-media empire.
- Don’t miss this fascinating interview with radical game designer Paolo Pedercini on what the video game industry can tell us about late capitalism.
- Barbarism or barbarism? Jonathan Sturgeon traces two equally bleak visions of art after social collapse.