If life is enjoyed does it have to make sense?
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.
In The Avant-Gardists. The Russian Revolution in Art, 1917-1935 Sjeng Scheijen creates a vivid portrayal of a group of artists who revolutionised art, but who were eventually crushed by the system they initially embraced.
The Musée Marmottan-Monet is a small but wonderful museum in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, which houses the world's largest collection of works by Claude Monet.
Merce Cunningham in words and images. The pace of modern culture. Karl Ove Knausgaard profiles Anselm Kiefer. Ant colonies. The long road to fairer algorithms. Marie NDiaye. How big law makes big money. Why fossil fuel produces subsidies matter. The decline of Hong Kong. And more.