Weekend Reading List

Capitalist crisis and childhood, the flawed art of translation and can the academic write? What to read this weekend

The Jackson 5, 1972. Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons; photograph: CBS Television

The Jackson 5, 1972. Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons; photograph: CBS Television

The Jackson 5, 1972. Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons; photograph: CBS Television

  • In the LA Review of Books, Deborah Smith reflects on criticisms of her translation of Han Kang’s The Vegetarian – translation is 'perhaps the only art that can be not just bad, but wrong, and will never not be flawed.’
     
  • Don’t miss our rare, in-depth interview with Jil Sander – the designer known as the ‘Queen of Less’. Her first ever exhibition ‘Präsens’ (Present Tense) is on view at Frankfurst’s Museum Angewandte Kunst.
     
  • Erin Schwartz writes in the New York Review of Books on how in ‘Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake, 2009-2017’ at the Queens Museum, New York, the artist demonstrates 'the power of arbitrary acts, executed with devotion, to produce their own truth.’
     
  • Sad to hear that The Awl is closing editorial operations at the end of the month – there are many gems in their archive, but especially this conversation between Jo Livingstone and David Wolf on academic and journalistic prose.
     
  • There’s a fascinating interview in The New Inquiry with political theorist Paul Rekret on capitalist crisis and the representation of childhood in pop music, among other things: 'If childhood as we know it emerges where children are segregated from waged work and are imbued with all these emotional qualities I’ve been talking about, then the current epoch of capitalism’s crisis seems to imply a deep crisis for the ideal of childhood too.’
     
  • 'We white people are racist, down deep’, Timothy Lensmire writes in his new book White Folks, ‘but the deep down is neither monologic nor finished.’
     
  • And Jessica Hopper writes for us about a new collection of female critics, interrogating their own fandom for a misogynist musical canon.

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