Wrote an opinion piece about Stuart Hall and Cultural Studies for frieze and an essay about male communication for Boundless. Have been working hard on my PhD recently, teaching at the LSE, LCC and Sussex, getting through the upgrade and planning fieldwork, but have enjoyed reading Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life and Sharlene Teo’s Ponti.
Spoke to Chris Goode for the FT about his adaptation of Derek Jarman's Jubilee for the Royal Exchange, Manchester. Wrote a piece for frieze on collaborative exhibitions, another piece for them on Haiti’s revolution and something on nationalism in Polish cinema for Calvert Journal. Joined the International Inequalities Institute seminars at the LSE.
Enjoyed reading Anthony Lane's Nobody's Perfect and Some Rain Must Fall.
Have recently enjoyed reading Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris and Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich.
I've written about eastern Europe and artistic protest for the April issue of Frieze. Wrote about the ongoing row at the Polski theatre in Wroclaw, Poland, for the Guardian. Went to Budapest and wrote about the work of Living Memorial for Prospect.
Spoke to Owen Hatherley about his book the Chaplin Machine for openDemocracy.
I've got a place on a PhD at the London School of Economics studying artivism, migration representation and the public sphere in their media department.
Enjoyed reading Hot Milk by Deborah Levy, the Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, and the End of Protest by Micah White.
I have a short news piece on Tipu Sultan's dream diary in the The Art Newspaper.
Have been working as a mentor for the Refugee Journalism Project. Was kindly put forward to give a short interview to Refugees Deeply, where I also recently worked on an op-ed for Amnesty International on the UN refugees convention.
Am also working as a commissioning editor on cultural politics from this autumn for openDemocracy, and will post pieces here.
I have a piece on poverty in museums in Museums Journal, where I've also written about the the National Media Museum and the National Trust Scotland. I have a piece on pornography and Oculus Rift up on Artsy.
My favourite books of recent weeks have been The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles and Tintin and the Secret of Literature by Tom McCarthy. I also particularly enjoyed 'Abuse Standards Violations' at Carroll/Fletcher.
Wrote a feature for the INYT on the Whitechapel's new show on digital art, "Electronic Superhighway".
Reading: We Have Always Lived in the Castle; Sons & Lovers; A Little Life; Breathing Lessons; Motherless Brooklyn; The Story of a New Name; Candide; Regarding the Pain of Others; What Are Universities For? Constellation; I Love Dick; the Man in the High Castle; After Virtue; The Loney; Hitch-22; Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay; Simulacra & Simulation; Against the Double Blackmail; Covering Islam
Wrote a piece on Nazi-era art at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin for the Guardian Review, and have a small review of William Boyd's Sweet Caress in this month's Prospect (not online).
January update: I wrote the cover feature of this month's Museums Journal, a piece on curating crime exhibitions.
Reading: Martin Dressler; Lady Chatterley's Lover; Middlemarch; Everything You Know; My Brilliant Friend; The Story of the Eye; No-one Belongs Here More Than You; Nadja; The Golden Notebook; Sergei Eisenstein: A Biography
Reading: Clement Greenberg Critical Essays (Beacon edition); A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Station Eleven; The Old Devils; Sweet Caress; Travels With My Aunt; The Art of Cruelty; Endless Love; Where Art Belongs; A Lover's Discourse; Last Night in Montreal; The Man Who Was Thursday; At Swim-Two Birds; The Invisible Dragon; Dancing in the Dark
Interviewed Sean Scully for the New York Times in Montserrat, Spain.
Wrote a preview of a world music concert for Prospect.
Covered the Art Basel art fair for Artsy.
Reading: Society of the Spectacle; Red and the Black; Out of Sheer Rage; Higher Gossip; Undermajordomo Minor; Woodcutters; Closer; Pricksongs and Descants; I Served the King of England; The Ginger Man; Jakob von Gunten; Not on Fire, but Burning; The Reflection; Other Lulus; Bernard Williams's Essays and Reviews 1959-2002
Reviewed Ronson's latest book for the LA Review of Books.
Reading: America; The Conclave, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Coming Up For Air, A Room with a View; Anatomy of Restlessness; Me Talk Pretty One Day; Perfect Tense; The Picture of Dorian Gray; The Unlimited Dream Company; The Adventures of Augie March; Missing Margate; The Blue Flower; Hunger; Redhill Rococo; Nights at the Circus, Arthur Danto's What Art Is
I'm in the process of transferring over content from my previous blog.
A review for Modern Painters on Steve McQueen's recent show at Thomas Dane Gallery.
Reading: Caribou Island; Absurdistan; Strong Opinions; Baudelaire selected essays; The Painted Word; Speak, Memory; Pale Fire; The Laughing Monsters; Paranoia: a 21st Century Fear; Tree of Smoke; Empire of the Sun; The Kindness of Women; So You've Been Publicly Shamed; Blue Nights; Boyhood Island; Our Man in Havana; End of the Affair, Quiet, Brideshead Revisited (finally); The Psychopath Test; Them; Sleepyhead; Frank; Lost at Sea; Out of the Ordinary; the Buddha of Suburbia; Jerusalem (script); Brooklyn; The Dark Net; The Picturegoers; Gilead; Elizabeth is Missing
I've got a review on Richard Ford's Let Me Be Frank With You at The Millions and an interview with Laura Buckley at BOMB Magazine.
Two smaller pieces: something on writers' rooms for the Long & Short and a Q&A with Julie Verhoeven for Dazed Online.
Reading: The Killer Inside Me; The Gift; Chess; Engleby; What Happened to Art Criticism?; Roger's Version; A Death in the Family; A Man in Love; Live and Learn