Weekend Reading List

From Carmen Herrera's taste for simplicity to a history of competitive eating: what to read this weekend

Carmen Herrera, Green and Orange, 1958, acrylic on canvas, 152 × 183 cm. Collection of Paul and Trudy Cejas © Carmen Herrera; photograph by Chi Lam

Carmen Herrera, Green and Orange, 1958, acrylic on canvas, 152 × 183 cm. Collection of Paul and Trudy Cejas © Carmen Herrera; photograph by Chi Lam

  • As Bernie Sanders urges a focus on class rather than identity politics, it might be time to revisit Judith Butler’s essay from 1998 on the false opposition of these two political concerns.
     
  • From the current issue of frieze: French theorist Didier Eribon on how queerness complicates class identity, and the role of art in progressive politics.
     
  • A slice of the past: a short history of competitive eating.
     
  • ‘I love the straight line’: from the frieze archives an interview with Carmen Herrera.
     
  • ‘Literature was the only real currency’ – on the exalted status of art in the Soviet Union.
     
  • Making a show of oneself: performances of selfhood from Paul Ricoeur to Instagram.
     
  • ‘What is it with all the women’s genitalia?’ – feminism and perversity in the work of Carroll Dunham.
     
  • Big Edie and a little Oedipal: Sigmund Freud and Luce Irigaray visit the Maysles brother’s documentary Grey Gardens (1975).
     
  • Whitewashing: making the far right respectable.

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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