Tavi Gevinson interviews Natasha Stagg for Interview magazine. “It’s disingenuous not to acknowledge it [abuses of power], and it’s also disingenuous to edit an artist’s influence out from the history of music. It’s a different story if you’re talking about giving people money to do new projects”.
This felt really relevant to what I was thinking about in “the holy gestures are broken”. It seems like the conversation about this stuff is going in this direction—we have to hold the actions of the artist together with their work. A good point that Stagg and Gevinson also make is that America, and the Western world honestly, is built on the exploitation of people. Not to be all tumblr about it but: abuse of power comes as no surprise. The behaviours being revealed by #metoo have always lingered under the surface. So really the question isn’t ‘what should we be doing’ and instead ‘what can we do differently from before’.
“Your Driver is Here” (The Cut on Tuesdays)
*TW sexual assault
A well-reported, fantastic podcast episode on one woman’s experience being sexually assaulted by her Lyft driver and sexual assault in the rideshare industry. Discusses the responsibility of rideshare apps and companies when it comes to issues of this. In-depth without exploitation. Listen with care.
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (iTunes)
Not necessarily the best documentary ever but if you need a reminder of Toni Morrison’s brilliance and want to be dazzled by her presence for a couple of hours, this is worth a watch.
“Fascinated to Presume: In Defense of Fiction,” Zadie Smith (The New York Review of Books)
On fiction being a way to imagine lives wholly different than our own; the difference between containment and exploration; questioning fiction as “correctness”.
Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-Ho. A movie with Oscar buzz that is worth seeing.
I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum. Writing that makes you appreciate the artistry of television, and Ryan Murphy.
Caroline Polachek’s PANG. “Caroline Shut Up” is iconic.