Weekend Reading List: A Tribute to Hayden White (1928–2018)
Sex is not a sandwich, how to change the world and Lukács in Orbán’s Hungary: what to read this weekend
- With the passing of Hayden V. White at the age of 89, a farewell to the celebrated theorist of history by Bruce Robbins in n+1: ‘History, he famously argued, did not come with endings, middles, or beginnings. Left to itself, it was a chaos of meaningless particulars. Meaning is something we impose on those particulars.’
- Ahead of its Disney film adaptation, a Los Angeles Review of Books roundtable celebrates Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time (1962).
- ‘A feeling of collective power, or actual collective power?’ In the TLS, Peter Thonemann compares the sad history of the UK’s 2010 student protests to the campaign for the Living Wage.
- Former Queens Museum director Laura Raicovich writes for frieze: at a time of rising xenophobia and precarity, the art world must become a sanctuary.
- ‘Sex is not a sandwich.’ Don’t miss Amia Srinivasan’s brilliant essay on the shaping of sexual desire for the LRB.
- Over on the Verso blog, philosopher G.M. Tamás discusses the attack on George Lukács’s legacy in Hungary.