Weekend Reading List

From gay communes to surrealist ethnography: what to read about this weekend

  • ‘Remember that writing is not typing’ – advice on being a writer from Rebecca Solnit.

  • ‘The fading sign on the barn didn’t say ‘‘Welcome Home.’’ The last letter was not an ‘‘e’’ but an ‘‘o.’’’ – visiting a queer commune.

  • Something other than othering: in Frieze Masters magazine we detail how surrealist writer Michel Leiris shaped the field of ethnography.

  • What more can we learn about desire? A new book looks at the last, incomplete volume of Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality.

  • How free is free speech?

  • With his show about to open at London’s Camden Arts Centre, it’s time to revisit this frieze magazine article on Matt Mullican.

  • The stories don’t match – William Empson’s lost study of asymmetry in Buddhist sculpture has finally been found and published.

Paul Clinton is a writer and is lecturer in curating at Goldsmiths, London. His book Other Hunting will be published by Ma Bibliotheque in January 2019.

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