Weekend Reading List

The end of policing, ‘Silicon intersectionality‘ and the clothes that refugees carry: what to read this weekend

Riot police, San Francisco, 2011. Courtesy: Flickr, Creative Commons; Photograph: Thomas Hawk

Riot police, San Francisco, 2011. Courtesy: Flickr, Creative Commons; Photograph: Thomas Hawk

  • The Guardian’s Claire Armitstead talks to Ocean Vuong – finalist for the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry – about his debut Forward prize-winning collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds (2017), his journey to the US from Vietnam via a refugee camp in the Philippines, and the interplay of myth and reality.
     
  • Sasha Frere-Jones writes in 4columns on a new book by sociologist Alex S. Vitale: a study of the culture – historically violent, punitive and extralegal – which leaves the police ‘looking more like a public health issue than a public good.’
     
  • Jonathan Meades in the TLS on the gulf between the arts and art.
     
  • Here at frieze, Darran Anderson discusses two new books: Douglas Murphy’s excoriating account of Boris Johnson’s botched London projects, and Iain Sinclair’s lament for the city’s soul: ‘architectural follies may be absurd but they are rarely meaningless.'
     
  • What would you take with you if you were leaving home? What would you bring if you knew you weren’t returning? Vestoj kick off a series of conversations in which refugees consider material possessions.
     
  • And finally, don't miss Angela Nagle in Current Affairs on corporate culture, the language of intersectionality, and the techbro.

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