Weekend Reading List
Exploiting wokeness for clicks, the homogeneity of comic book films, and an Asian American aesthetic: what to read this weekend
- There’s a cautionary tale in online platform Mic’s demise: Adrianne Jeffries profiles the website’s exploitation of a narrative of wokeness for clicks – just how deep was its commitment to social justice really?
- Here at frieze, Saul Anton on what Luc Besson’s 'neo-retro homage to the sci-fi of yesteryear' Valerian and recent artists’ 3D films are getting right about our current reality.
- Don’t miss Mark Kamine writing in the TLS on Hollywood economics and the drift towards bland, pro-capitalist comic book films.
- Mathias Énard’s novels, the mapping of intermediate space between East and West, and an alternative kind of cosmopolitanism.
- On falling in love, architecture, and an Asian American aesthetic in video essayist and filmmaker Kogonada’s debut feature Columbus.
- And finally, Sam Kriss on the eclipsing of Steve Bannon.