Sarah Stillman, Will the coronavirus make us rething mass incarceration?, The New Yorker. Dexter Filkins, The twilight of the Iranian revolution, The New Yorker. Brooke Jarvis, Where do eels come from?, The New Yorker (special note: when I was in Florence in February I went to the Todo Modo and spoke briefly to Piero, the owner, who gave me a long speech on this book he was reading. It was more of a theatre play than a speech, really. Piero is magnificent. The book seems intriguing).
Valerio Millefoglie, Ricordi di una vita in bottiglia, Il sole 24 ore. Bill Buford, Baking bread in Lyon, The New Yorker. Anthony Lane, The enduring pleasure of night ride, The New Yorker. Paul Theroux, Paul Theroux recalls a fear-filled lockdown, The New Yorker.
“In times of crisis we should all be diarists and documentarians. We’re bound to wail and complain, but it’s also useful to record the particularities of our plight … Still writing gives order to the day and helps inform history”.
Bill Buford, Mastering the art of making a French omelette, The New Yorker. Roberto Beneduce, Storie virali: Le lezioni di una pandemia, Treccani. Charlotte Mendelson, The tonic of gardening in a quarantine, The New Yorker. Liborio Conca, Cosa ricordiamo di Roberto Baggio, Minima et Moralia, Alexander Maksik, My father’s voice from Paris, The New Yorker. Katy Waldman, Dear diary, the world is burning, The New Yorker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.