Thinking the Present

Making Literature Now – Amy Hungerford

Hungerford complains about the power of the commercial market to make reputations, but doesn’t “interrogate,” as professors say, her own institutional power.

Rem Koolhaas and Hal Foster – Junkspace/Running Room

Junkspace appears to be a concept, but it’s not, really; it’s more a slogan, one meant to umbrella over every bit of architecture.

Things That Can and Cannot Be Said – Arundhati Roy and John Cusack

In THINGS THAT CAN AND CANNOT BE SAID, traveling to see Snowden is a little like waiting for Godot. The non-event clears the way for an empty contemplative space.

Reading From Behind – Jonathan A. Allan

Women, in READING FROM BEHIND, exist as oft-quoted scholars, but never as the sexual, multi-orificed and full-bodied humans that men are allowed to be.

Drone and Apocalypse – Joanna Demers

[DRONE & APOCALYPSE] is in part a delineation of a secular, nihilistic faith, a faith that can rely only on worldly beauty for its unifying force.

The Art of the Publisher – Roberto Calasso

The publisher is not dying, it is adapting in order to survive.

This Divided Island – Samanth Subramanian

Divided Island, then, is a post-war book, which tries to saturate its pages with the atmosphere of war.

Cosmic Pessimism – Eugene Thacker

Thacker’s text isn’t a monument; it isn’t even a book.

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates does not write to blunt edges. He writes so that it might be possible to slice away the protective illusions that obscure the brutal reality of blackness in America.

Ethics – Walead Beshty

By taking issue with the conventions in the discourse around art, beyond aesthetics, the selected contributors deeply interrogate objects, labor conditions, and the transparency within ethics.