Week Ten | Readings

For your perusal, choice morsels from the past week. Decline-and-fall, Brexit, poetry…something for everyone.

  • For Anglophiles (or Anglophobes, depending on your perspective), the BBC profiles those responsible for negotiating Brexit‘s terms.  |  And on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, MEP Esteban González Pons issues a rousing reminder of what the EU stands for, and what Brexit means:

  • Finally, on the one-year anniversary of Wiyot artist Rick Bartow’s death, a chance to revisit the 2012 video by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian celebrating “We Were Always Here,” his installation overlooking the Mall. It’s worth the short watch:


Week Seven | Readings

  • A couple of reminders that America’s internal turmoil is nothing compared to what’s happening elsewhere: Melissa Gronlund, in Artforum, reports on the international “Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage” conference in Abu Dhabi, with special emphasis on Syrian heritage sites  |  Britain’s Channel Four news airs short video showcasing the chaos and devastation of Aleppo families inside a barebones, resource-poor, beseiged hospital.
  • Finally, yet another SNL video that nails it: