BY Dan Fox in Culture Digest | 11 JUN 16

Weekend Reading List

Where else can you find HBO sitcoms, Paul Simon, the industrial history of colour photography and the legacy of Euro ’96?

BY Dan Fox in Culture Digest | 11 JUN 16

  • In the new issue of The Baffler, Astra Taylor reports on the refugee crisis in Greece
  • For the ‘Black Sky Thinking’ column at The Quietus, Phil Harrison looks back two decades to the Euro ’96 football tournament, and pop culture of the mid-1990s, to trace the rise of Eurosceptism in Britain
  • Andrew Marantz of The New Yorker finds out how HBO satire Silicon Valley gets so close to the truth of the tech industry
  • Whilst Molly Sauter exposes the privileged mindset behind the latest book by ‘televangelist of technology’ Kevin Kelly
  • In an exhaustively researched essay for Triple Canopy, Claire Lehmann explores how the photography industry has shaped our tastes in colour
  • Film Comment’s Michael Sragow reviews Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s new documentary about US film director Brian DePalma 
  • Finally, at Slate, music critic Carl Wilson (who has also contributed a piece for the summer issue of frieze on the 40th anniversary of The Residents) asks the burning question: ‘Is Paul Simon the worst great songwriter, or the best terrible songwriter?’

Dan Fox is the author of Pretentiousness: Why It Matters (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2016) and Limbo (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2018). He co-directed the film Other, Like Me (2021).