Against relevance in art. Dust from space. Black Holes. Bird cognition. Brutalism. Jeff Koons teaches art and creativity. A brief cultural history of arm chairs and rocking chairs. Jürgen Habermas. Federico Fellini. George Perec. And more.
A selection of the best books I read this year, including best art and architecture, best book by Ali Smith and most disappointing.
The limits of quantum physics. A seemingly simple math problem. The universal geometry of geology. The social life of forests. An information theory of individuality. The black hole information paradox. Neutral theory. The year in science. Jürgen Habermas. Manet. Virginia Woolf. Paul Celan and more.
Georges Perec. Keith Jarrett. Bruce Nauman. Kei Ninomiya. Barbara Kruger. Hokusai. Ed van der Elsken. Six degrees of climate emergency. China after covid. And more.
The scandal of our drug supply. Andreas Reckwitz on the corona crisis. The scientific method. What trade wars tell us. Paul McCarthy. Tacita Dean. Leila Slimani. Michelangelo. The Magh Mela. And more.
Das Virus ändert alles, aber es ändert sich nichts. Gerhard Richter: Painting After All. The environmental price of fast fashion. Sword-wielding scientists. Commuting: an opportunity for role transitions. Animal emotions. Cirque du Soleil. Michel Houellebecq. Igor Levit. Ariane Mnouchkine. And more.
Human brain activity during memory. Is barbarism with a human face our fate? A reality check on big data. Is it worth the effort? Neuroscience needs new ideas. Insights into human genetic variation. A 3400 year old ballgame court. Julia Kristeva. Umberto Eco. Igor Levit. Jürgen Habermas. And more.