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Weekend long reads, March 2020

Lauren Collins, The anguish and solidarity of Paris under lockdown, The New Yorker. Kenan Malik, Coronavirus exposes society’s fragility. Let’s find solutions that endure once it’s over, The Guardian. Owen Jones, We’re about to lear a terrible lesson from coronavirus: inequality kills, The Guardian. Ivan Krastev, Seven early lessons from coronavirus, European Council on Foreign Relations. Adam Chandler, Let’s politicize the coronavirus crisis, The Washington Post.

Weekend long reads, February 2020

Alice de Brancion, On a visité Le Louvre avec un regard féministe et c’était passionnant, Les Inrockuptibles. Alice Gregory, How Dorothea Lange Defined the Role of the Modern Photojournalist, The New Yorker. Lindsay Crouse, My Ex-Boyfriend’s New Girlfriend is Lady Gaga, The New York Times; Lauren Collins, Was Jeanne Calment the Oldest Person Ever Lived – Or a Fraud?, The New Yorker; Julian Lucas, Can Slavery Reenactment Set Us Free?, The New Yorker.

Weekend long reads, January 2020

Manuel Orazi, Le finestre più famose di New York, Rivista Studio; Lou Stoppard, The decade of the drop: why do we still stand in line?, The Financial Times; Adam Shatz, The Tyke with a Toque, The New Yorker; Peter Schjeldahl, The art of dying, The New Yorker; James Wood, Can you forgive her?, The New Yorker; Bagehot, Harry, Meghan and Marx, The Economist.

Weekend long reads / Winter 2019

Prospero section, A new documentary explores the underrated art of movie sound, The Economist; Jess McHugh, How to eat alone (and like it), The New York Times; Arthur Krystal, Why can’t we tell the truth about ageing and rebuttal letters, The New Yorker; Isaac Chotiner, From Little Englander to Brexiteers, The New Yorker; Margaret Talbot, Is the Supreme Court in Elena Kagan’s hands?, The New Yorker; Silvia Schirinzi, Tendenza Melania, RivistaStudio.

 

Weekend long reads: November 2019

Books and Arts section, An expedition reveals the perils of reading Dostoyevsky in Antarctica, The Economist. Christian Jarrett, Acting changes the brain: it’s how actors get lost in a role, Aeon. Dan Hancok, How to feed a protest movement: cooking with Extinction Rebellion, 1843. Dan Piepenbring, The Book of Prince, The New Yorker. Rebecca Mead, The Gay Genealogist, The New Yorker.

Soundtrack: Gradbrothers Live Session during the Into The Great Wide Open festival on the Dutch Island Vlieland, 2017.

Madrid

I have been to Madrid over five times now. I first came for a couple of short student vacations sometime between 2009 and 2013. Then Madrid became one of the places that I focused on as part of my Ph.D. dissertation. My friends and local hosts here were Pedro and Andrea. Here comes a list of familiar places, familiar establishments, and places/establishments I am keeping for the future.

Familiar places: La Calle del Doctor Piga en Lavapies; Anton Martìn (mercado, cinema y todo); El Retiro (its small bookshops, lakes, and buildings); El Templo de Debod (sunset and night); Campo del Moro; Calle de la Cava Baja en La Latina; Chueca; Calle Ponzano (Chamberi).

Familiar establishments: La Venencia (sherri and dust); Barrutia y el Nueve (pescado y carne); Mercado de San Fernando (Lavapies, remember that time with dancers inside?)La Azotea de El Círculo de Bellas Artes (quite a view); Vincci The Mint (Gran Via over night); La Burbuja que ríe (Asturian food); El Mercado de San Miguel (market next to Plaza Mayor: pick some salmorejo); Reina Sofía (some extraordinary Pablo Picasso, Salador Dalì, Joan Miro, Carlos Sáenz de Tejada, Pablo Gargallo and great temporary exhibitions: this time around on The Poetics of Democracy Images and Counter-Images from the Spanish Transition with this short, asphyxiating movie, La Cabina, as the main take-away); NuBel; Arzábal Restaurant; Libreria de Montaña Desnivel.

For the future: El Prado; Thyssen; Museo Sorolla, El Matadero, CaixaForum, La Casa Encendida, El Círculo de Bellas Artes, Ocho y Medio Libreria (Plaza de Espana); Libreria el olor de la lluvia (in Lavapies); Libros para un mundo mejor (Chueca); El Lamiak; Bodega de la Ardosa (Malasaña); Librería de Mujeres.

Bands, 2019

Alt-J, Andrew Bird, Angus and Julia Stone, Antony and the Johnsons, the Arcade Fire, Balmorhea, Beach Boys, Ben Howard, Bloc Party, Bob Dylan, Bon Iver, Bruce Springsteen, the Cat Empire, Cat Stevens, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dan Mangan, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Dire Straits, Eddie Vedder, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Gaslight Anthem, Grandbrothers, Jack Johnson, Jack Savoretti, Keith Jarret, Kings of Leon, Leonard Cohen,  Lucio Dalla, Metric, the Queen, Silversun Pickups, We are Augustines, White Buffalo.

Wines

Sontuosi

Hermitage La Chapelle Paul Jaboulet Aine: named after the chapel that was created by a wounded knight of the King who took permission to retire and meditate in 1400. Jaboulet owned the chapel since the end of the First World War. It is an icon of this part of the Rhone Valley and marks where the best vines are grown

Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio: original Chianti recipe (70% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 15% Malvasia bianca) from the barone di Ferro Bettino Ricasoli

Solaia Antinori: the Antinori family revolutionised the original recipe starting from 1978: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Sangiovese

Eleganti

Nero d’Avola biologico Barone Montalto: served at a restaurant in Reykjavik with very low expectations (What wine do you have? An Italian wine. But What wine? A red wine. Ah, okay). Soft and nice.

Primitivo di Manduria Cantina Giordano. My favourite Neuchatel treat.

Semplici

Madiran Chateay Montus: one of the few wines from the Pyrenees, il paradosso della Guascogna, how can they eat so fat and live for so long?

Domaine Fond Croze Cotes du Rhone: casual discovery thanks to François

Lagrein Dunkel Cantina Bellaveder di Faedo: sapori di casa

Pop

Chardonnay De Marchi Isole e Olena

Chateau Musar: Lebanese wine that resisted during the war

Moulin-a-vent Georges Duboeuf: un buon beaujolais

Das Phantom K+K Kirnbauer: Austrian rarity

 

Podcasts

Historycast; The Axe Files with David Axelroad (from Giallu); The Economist: The Week Ahead; Ad Alta Voce (from Martina); FT: World Weekly; The Philosopher’s Zone; Malcom Gladwell: Revisionist History (from Daniel); Un giorno da pecora; The Wilderness.