Sunday links

31st July 2016

Today’s links to articles that I have found interesting or stimulating over the past seven days. Thanks as always to those who have pointed me towards some of them, via Twitter and in other ways, and apologies for the absence of appropriate name-checks.

Clinging sixties: D.J. Taylor for the TLS on British literary culture in 1966…

BG (before Granta…): … and in a complementary post, here is Michael Caines on the TLS blog introducing the latest volume of the Oxford History of the Novel in English; edited by Peter Boxall and Bryan Cheyette, this takes on ‘British and Irish Fiction since 1940’…

‘Introduction: The Life and Death of the Post-war Novel’: … and the introduction to the Oxford volume is freely available here.

The locality of London studios: a glorious mapping of film studios across London by the Cine-tourist.

• The New World – dwelling in Malick’s new world: pretty much everything Tom Gunning writes demands your attention, and this Criterion Collection piece on space, landscape and Terrence Malick is no exception… and here’s the 2008 trailer for the film:

• Former Fox news booker says she was sexually harassed and ‘psychologically tortured’ by Roger Ailes for more than 20 years: this really is an astonishing, appalling interview with Laurie Luhn, by Gabriel Sherman for New York magazine.

Making Clinton real: more exceptional reporting by Elizabeth Drew for New York Review of Books.

• The picture that captures why Jack Kerouac will last forever: Geoff Dyer for the Spectator on a 1959 John Cohen photograph of the author of On the Road.

• Photographer files $1 billion suit against Getty for licensing her public domain images: Carey Dunne for Hyperallergic on the photographer Carol Highsmith’s battle with Getty Images; one of the many, many images involved is Houston, Texas Skyline (2014), part of the Lyda Hill Texas Collection at the Library of Congress, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Lansbury exhibition of architecture: a terrific post from A London Inheritance about the remains of this key initiative from the 1951 Festival of Britain.

Making post-war Manchester: an online version of the full catalogue from a recent exhibition.

Unpleasant design and hostile urban architecture: text of a 99% invisible podcast (the audio is there too) interviewing Selena Savić, co-editor of the book Unpleasant Design.

• Critical intimacy – an interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: for LA Review of Books Steve Paulson speaks with the eminent academic about Derrida, India, postcolonial studies and more.

The future of libraries: from Smithsonian.com by Emily Matchar.

• Life as a Lego Piece – Google’s Tea Uglow on life, the universe, and technology: from Sandpit.

Diary: days from just before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, recorded by James Meek and published by the London Review of Books.

Why we’re post-fact: an important piece from Granta in which Peter Pomerantsev tries to make sense of a world beyond truth:

How did we get here? Is it due to technology? Economic globalisation? The culmination of the history of philosophy? There is some sort of teenage joy in throwing off the weight of facts – those heavy symbols of education and authority, reminders of our place and limitations – but why is this rebellion happening right now?

• The sound of Paris in the eighteenth century: as reported (in French) by Enfilade, research by a team from Université Lyon-2, led by Mylène Pardoen (Department of Music and Musicology), has reconstructed the soundscape of eighteenth-century Paris; you can hear parts of this, with appropriate images, in this video:

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