Sunday links

23rd September 2018

No post last week – apologies – but I’m delighted to offer here a new group of links to stuff that I’ve found interesting over the past week and more. Many thanks to those who alerted me to some, on Twitter and elsewhere.

The plot to subvert an election: a genuinely astonishing feat of reporting – and of presentation – by Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti for The New York Times about the 2016 race and ‘the most effective foreign interference in an American election in history.’

A warning from Europe – the worst is yet to come: Anne Appelbaum for The Atlantic is an essential read about Poland and Hungary, and what recent events in both countries portend.

True Detective director Cary Fukunaga brings his obsessions to Netflix: fascinating profile by Willa Paskin for The New York Times of the filmmaker also responsible for Sin Nombre and a Jane Eyre adaptation – and now announced as the director of the next James Bond movie.

At the edge of Fassbinder: maybe you need to be – like me – something of a completist, but I found this piece by Christoph Huber completely fascinating; it focuses on Fassbinder’s radio plays and the less familiar films, including his adaptations of theatre work like Bremen Freedom, 1972 (above).

ScreenNotes – Generations: Russian Cinema of Change: a neat Barbican Cinema timeline introducing a clutch of rare Soviet films showing over the next week.

Annette Michelson (19220-2018): Artforum‘s tribute to the great scholar includes links to a number of her challenging and revelatory essays; David Hudson at The Criterion Collection has more – and further links.

Courtesy Rackstraw Downes / Betty Cunningham Gallery

Rackstraw Downes and Malcolm Morley, two renegades from sixties abstraction: a fine piece of criticism by Peter Schjeldahl for The New Yorker about two British painters, including the remarkable painting just above by Downes…

A film about painter Rackstraw Downes: … and Robert Sullivan, also for The New Yorker, on what reads like an extraordinary film about Downes – and about seeing.

Virtual voyages at Venice Film Festival 2018: Paul O’Callaghan for Sight & Sound dives into a group of immersive VR adventures – close, but certainly not (yet) cinema.

Can anything save us from the awfulness of virtual reality?: another VR state-of-the-medium piece, from Felix Franz at Wired, suggesting that its future might lie ‘in new approaches to and hybrids of traditional entertainment like theatre, cinema and installations.’

• William Shakespeare – father’s legal skirmishes shed light on bard’s early years: the Guardian’s Alison Flood on Professor Glyn Parry’s recent discoveries of new documents from Stratford-upon-Avon.

• What is Article 13? The EU’s divisive new copyright plan explained: anyone in the creative industries should read Matt Reynolds’ level-headed Wired article.

Here was a plague: Tom Crewe for London Review of Books writes on writing about the Aids epidemic

• Unbreaking news – the problem with real news, and what we can do about it: Rob Wijnberg on the Dutch journalism platform De Correspondent, which he started in 2013.

The inequality industry: Atossa Araxia Abrahamia for The Nation on the attention to ideas of inequality paid over the last decade by academics, bankers and policy wonks.

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