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The Week In Context: SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2016

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WEEK

 Must reads of the week

WATCH: O FORTUNA IS GETTING OLD

An excellent video essay looking at how music choices in film are conservative and hackneyed preventing  ‘mobility and experimentation’. Lydia Cornett explains how it’s a licensing thing but also a culture of unoriginality. A really good watch.

CLOSING FABRIC SOLVES NOTHING

Joe Muggs
Resident Advisor
A visceral and thoughtful response to the news that London nightclub Fabric has been closed due to safety concerns related to drug-related deaths… apparently. “The idea that going to any dance club is in itself dangerous is wrongheaded.”

 

VISIBLE FICTIONS: CROSSING BOUNDARIES FROM TANIA BRUGUERA TO OLYMPICOPOLIS

“Curiosity and respect come from working with roots and community, not from being picked as flagship brand by a developer with units and dreams to shift.” Will Jennings, campaigner to stop the Garden Bridge, pens this excellent article for The Quietus exposing the truths of wealth and farce in London’s Olympic legacy and beyond.

 

WATCH: THE UNDERGROUND SOUND OF PARIS

Discover – Something by a publisher new to Cureditor this week.
DJsounds, YouTube

A super documentary that travels through the beginnings of the electronic scene in Paris in the 1990s and takes us right up to date with the DIY and underground club culture that predominates.

HOT TOPIC

THE CRISIS OF THE LEFT

We're two weeks from knowing whether the UK Labour Party have a new leader or if Jeremy Corbyn can hold onto his position. But, many political commentators believe it to be wholly irrelevant, in fact they believe that the Labour Party has become wholly irrelevant. There's more nuance to this discussion than meets the eye as the press largely is fixed in its establishment viewpoint, however with nationalism and popularism enjoying increasing support in Europe and in the US the political Left is well aware of its fragile place in global politics. This set of articles assesses those claims and in some instances suggests ways to begin to address the imbalance. 

DOES THE LEFT HAVE A FUTURE?

A sound piece of political history that marks the descent of the Labour Party over the last decade. And while the lofty title suggests a universal Left, this is concentrated solely on British politics and in particular on the Labour party’s inability to represent their traditional working-class voters, ending with a pessimistic note.

TO FIGHT THE RIGHT, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND IT BETTER

“Right-wing populism offers an interpretation of the collapse of the lives of white Americans that is as compelling as it is irrational.” In the context of the upcoming election, this clarion call from Bill Fletcher Jr asks the Left to engage and respond to the “sexist and xenophobic” policies of Trump’s politics.

EUROPE'S LEFT AFTER BREXIT

Ex-Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis continues his commitment to Jacobin penning this opinion article on the political Left’s in Europe now that Britain has decided to exit. In Britain we see the Brexit vote largely due to nationalist parties of the Right, here Varoufakis reframes that analysis and posits a future for the EU.

TO CHALLENGE THE TORIES AND AVOID A SPLIT, BUILD A LEFT WING POLITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE OUTSIDE OF LABOUR

The language of the political Left and the magazines that support those ideas have taken a turn in recent months. This article is symptomatic of that change, it’s as if there is an acceptance of the unassailability of the Conservative government under Labour’s current conditions. However, Ben Lyons offers a ray of hope from America.

MOST POPULAR

A few of the most popular recommendations on Cureditor this week.

TOPOGRAPHY OF DIVISION

An interesting sprawling essay on geographically divided cities and its impact on development, class and population. On London: “The west grew in people’s minds as a site of intellectualism and wealth, the east, of work and crime: whether or not this holds true today in reality is irrelevant in the face of history.”


 

VISIBLE FICTIONS: CROSSING BOUNDARIES FROM TANIA BRUGUERA TO OLYMPICOPOLIS

“Curiosity and respect come from working with roots and community, not from being picked as flagship brand by a developer with units and dreams to shift.” Will Jennings, campaigner to stop the Garden Bridge, pens this excellent article for The Quietus exposing the truths of wealth and farce in London’s Olympic legacy and beyond.


 

THE STORIES BEHIND 17 SKYSCRAPERS & HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS THAT CHANGED ARCHITECTURE

While it may have been more appropriate to say the 17 skyscrapers that changed American architecture, this list still provides insight into buildings that had a profound effect on architectural practice. The Flatiron Building, Corb’s unrealised plan for Paris and the World Trade Centre all make the list.

THE ESSENTIAL LABOR FILMS

What was in time for Labor Day in the US, Fandor put together an inspired list of must-see films relating to the working world. Citizen Kane and The Social Network make their ‘monster moguls’ sub-section and  a host of other films of reputable standing make up the rest.

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