Sunday links

7th October 2018

Links to interesting stuff that has caught my eye over the past week, with the usual thanks to Twitter recommenders and others.

• Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from his father: truly remarkable investigative reporting from David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner for The New York Times – you might have read the summaries but the full 15,000 words are packed with detail and texture; see also the ‘making of’ feature, How Times journalists uncovered the original source of the President’s wealth.

I didn’t do anything wrong in the first place: David Runciman in London Review of Books takes on Bob Woodward’s Fear…

Ten typical days in Trump’s America: …and for the same journal Eliot Weinberger catalogues the most recent stages of this unfolding tragedy.

Philip French – a titan of film criticism whose kindness knew no bounds: the Guardian’s Hadley Freeman pens a love letter to the late great critic who was indeed a wonderful man.

• Sync or swim: Amy Taubin for Artforum on Jean-Luc Godard’s latest, Le livre d’image (above); there are forthcoming screenings at LFF; here is Variety‘s take (“the world that he’s looking at through his color-saturated semiotic channel-surfing kaleidoscope is one that has fallen into horror and is spinning out of control”, and this is the trailer made for Cannes earlier in the year:

They Shall Not Grow Old: more uncertain and concerned thoughts on the colourisation question, here from film historian Lawrence Napper.

• Cosmic curiosities – umpteen highlights of Toronto’s 2018 Wavelengths showcase: for Sight & Sound, Jordan Cronk reports on an ‘on song’ edition of TIFF’s experimental film and video programme.

• The future perfect: tomorrow’s thoughts today on Urban Possibilities: Ben R. Nicholson at Mubi Notebook on the lecture-cum-screening Hello, City! by speculative architect Liam Young exploring ‘urban possibilities in the age of integrated technology and smart cities’.

The shape-shifter: Rachel Syme profiles Lady Gaga for The New York Times, with remarkable portrait photographs by Marilyn Minter.

How New York’s postwar female painters battled for recognition: spinning off from Mary Gabriel’s book Ninth Street Women, Claudia Roth Pierpont chronicles the struggles of Grace Hartigan, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, Elaine de Kooning and Lee Krasner.

Fashion photography in the #MeToo era: for Aperture, Lou Stoppard asks whether fashion photographers should be responsible for producing truthful images?

Measure for Measure @ Donmar Warehouse: Peter Kirwan, responding to a preview performance, posts an exceptional analysis of the politics of Josie Rourke’s new production.

Blues fallin’ down like hail: Luke McKernan salutes the blues (which he discovered courtesy of the Whitstable public library, where I too spent many a happy hour), and offers a top ten playlist.

Missing the dark Satanic mills: Deborah Cohen reviews Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World by Joshua B. Freeman for New York Review of Books.

• The Apprentice in theory – fan, student, star: fascinating reflections on academia, theory and the Avital Ronnell-Nimrod Reitman scandal by Catherine Liu and Devan Bailey.

Soundhouse – The Listening Body: essays by audio-makers and academics commissioned as part of the Barbican’s Soundhouse: The Listening Body project – presence, power, performance, philosophy.

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