Sunday links

27th February 2022

John Wyver writes: I’ve spent so much of the past few days reading and listening to informed and important analysis of the dreadful events in Ukraine, and of course I could have filled today’s selections with many of those links. Things are happening so fast and furiously, and so perhaps the best thing I can do is to recommend the Guardian, The New York Times, Politico, New Statesman, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic among many other sources, and choose instead to highlight a handful of alternatives. If I have the heart and energy I’ll add some more suggestions later.

Mark Ravenhill on Blackmail – the sensational thriller that shook Hitchcock and me: the playwright writes for the Guardian about the filmmaker and the source for his classic thriller in Charles Bennett’s original play.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Hope Dickson Leach on her immersive new take on the gothic classic: an interview with Heeyeon Park for the BFI website about a hybrid version of Stevenson’s classic that embraces a live event in Leith and a screen version for cinemas.

• One of my favourite Twitter threads of the week:

An Introduction to The Project of Independence: Architectures ofDecolonization in South Asia, 1947–1985: in an extract from their exhibition catalogue Martino Stierli and Anoma Pieris introduce the MoMA, New York show that I so wish I could visit…

A new exhibition space gives Prague’s art scene some spark: … and I’d love to see this show also, ‘Kinetismus: 100 Years of Electricity in Art’ at Kunsthalle Praha, reported on here by Annabelle Chapman for The New York Times.

The elaborate con that tricked dozens into working for a fake design agency: an extraordinary ‘jobfishing’ story from BBC News, reported by Leo Sands, Catrin Nye, Divya Talwar and Benjamin Lister.

Stupid questions [£ but limited free access]: Laleh Khalili for LRB on the writings of Cal McChrystal, American special forces, US imperialism and lessons for corporate boardrooms.

Lakeland roads: Luke McKernan on the Romantic poets, walking in the Lake District and steamrollers.

Renewing the land question – against greengrabbing and green colonialism: lots of interesting and provocative ideas in this essay by Alex Heffron and Kai Heron for New Socialist.

Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York performs Prayer for Ukraine, as the ‘cold open’ for last night’s edition of Saturday Night Live:

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