Weekend Reading List

From transgender narratives to the cosmic hum: what to read this weekend

  • A new publication aims to put Jonas Mekas’s film criticism back in the picture
  • Over at n+1, Anna Wiener gives an account of life as a female worker at a Silicon Valley startup
  • When does deconstruction become destruction? Read Geoffrey Bennington’s scathing review of the new translation of Jacques Derrida’s Of Grammatology (1967)
  • Feminist theorist Jacqueline Rose discusses the role of narrative in the struggle for transgender acceptance
  • Can you hear that sound? On the science and myth of ‘the Hum’
  • On his blog The Weaklings, writer Dennis Cooper celebrates the work of Leslie Thornton
  • ‘Reading has become part of looking’ – Orit Gat on the much maligned museum wall text
  • Two new films – one on Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the other on Eva Hesse – raise questions about the ways in which documentary filmmakers give voice to their subjects

Paul Clinton is a writer and is lecturer in curating at Goldsmiths, London. His book Other Hunting will be published by Ma Bibliotheque in January 2019.

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