Weekend Reading List

White supremacists’ ‘yellow fever’, Degas’s achievement and creating that ‘Media Men’ list: what to read this weekend

Edgar Degas, Three Women at the Races, c.1885. Public domain

Edgar Degas, Three Women at the Races, c.1885. Public domain

Edgar Degas, Three Women at the Races, c.1885. Public domain

  • ‘The spreadsheet made a presumption that is still seen as radical: That it is men, not women, who are responsible for men’s sexual misconduct.’ Moira Donegan’s brave and moving piece on why she created the 'Shitty Media Men' list.
     
  • Audrea Lim unpicks the racist myths driving the alt-right’s Asian woman fetish.
     
  • In the latest issue of frieze, Michelle Orange argues that gender-neutral categories at awards ceremonies offer a small but potent opportunity for Hollywood to ‘disrupt an order so entrenched that, until now, few have thought to question it.’
     
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen’s account of his time as a national security correspondent for the New York Times details attempts by both the government and his own paper to muzzle his reporting. And it also contains this unnerving anecdote: ‘In another recent incident that gave me chilling insight into the power of government surveillance, I met with a sensitive and well-placed source through an intermediary. After the meeting, which occurred a few years ago in Europe, I began to do research on the source. About an hour later, I got a call from the intermediary, who said, “Stop Googling his name.”
     
  • Chin Tao-Wu examines fashion houses’ patronage of the arts.
     
  • And finally, don’t miss Julian Barnes on Edgar Degas’s achievement.

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