Laughter, Tears and Rage

The sophistication of Polaroid technology was not enough to save it from obsolescence – or nostalgia

By Brian Dillon

A new collection of stories by Donald Barthelme serves as a reminder of the novelist’s playful and audacious raid on the Modernist canon

Of the three main venues occupied by the Istanbul Biennial, the Atatürk Cultural Centre was the most resonant and contested

A resurgent wave of British nature writers owe as much to Land art and science fiction as traditional environmentalism

Susan Sontag’s journals reveal her Warholian efforts at fashioning a persona

By Brian Dillon

Two new books examine women, dissection and secrets

Three recent publications reveal detritus and decay as improbable obsessions in Western culture

Since the 17th century, taste has been integral to the discourse surrounding aesthetics, class, culture, gender and sexuality. Has it become an anachronism?

Philosopher Peter Sloterdijk’s proposal for a ‘Pneumatic Parliament’ reflects the fragility of democracy

Plans are afoot to transform the derelict yet ultra-moderne Battersea Power Station into a giant leisure complex

The re-release of Peter Lennon’s 1968 documentary on Ireland’s fraught relationship to change reveals a filmmaker transfixed by the faces of his subjects

A new project by e-flux highlights an extraordinary archive of photographs amassed by Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros