Weekend Reading List

The fight for free time, Spielberg’s children and how to push our faves to be better: what to read this weekend

Raqs Media Collective, Escapement, 2009, installation view. Courtesy: Frith Street Gallery

Raqs Media Collective, Escapement, 2009, installation view. Courtesy: Frith Street Gallery

Raqs Media Collective, Escapement, 2009, installation view. Courtesy: Frith Street Gallery, London

  • London’s night buses, the ghosts of raves, Edward Hopper’s diner – ten years on, Simon Reynolds enthuses about the signification floating through dubstep artist Burial’s landmark album Untrue.
     
  • Sisonke Msimang on adoring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the traps of literary celebrity and and the limits of black girl magic: ‘it is virtually impossible to be magical while navigating systems of power that are genuinely hostile to those who seek to resist them.’
     
  • Following the Not Surprised letter, it’s time to uncouple power from abuse in the art world, writes Elvia Wilk: ‘When will we finally move past sifting through whispers and leaked documents and simply believe witnesses when they speak?
     
  • Miya Tokumitsu argues that reducing working hours while raising living standards, and articulating a positive vision for free time, should be a central issue for the Left.
     
  • The pioneering feminist art historian Linda Nochlin sadly passed away last weekend – here at frieze, Jennifer Higgie pays tribute to her inestimable impact.
     
  • And don’t miss Jonathon Sturgeon on the progeny of Spielbergism.

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