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Sunday 5 April 2020
Institute of Contemporary Arts
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Ocean Vuong: Not Even This
One of the reasons I chose Ocean Vuong’s latest poem for today is because it starts with ‘Hey.’ ‘Not Even This’ is an exploration of tension and desire in love, death and music.
Sara Sassanelli

Duke University Press: Care in Uncertain Times Syllabus
I am grateful to London artist Erica Scourti for this tip-off, a syllabus on radical care. Perfect for homeschooling, Duke’s syllabi series also includes sets on police violence, trans rights and global immigration – all free-to-read for the next couple of months at least.
Rosalie Doubal

Vann R. Newkirk II: The Coronavirus’s Unique Threat to the South
More young people in the South seem to be dying from COVID-19. Why?
This recent article in The Atlantic draws the correlation between poverty, underlining health conditions and the lack of access to health care in Southern states of the USA:
Health disparities tend to track both race and poverty, and the states in the old domain of Jim Crow have pursued policies that ensure those disparities endure. The South is the poorest region in the country. The poor, black, Latino, or rural residents who make up large shares of southern populations tend to lack access to high-quality doctors and care.
Stefan Kalmár

Dean Spade: Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid for Mobilization and Survival
Dean Spade’s essay, published in the March issue of Social Text on ‘Radical Care’ (available for free online), is an essential consideration of mutual aid that offers insights relevant to the current crisis, and to the ‘non-natural’ disaster of everyday capitalism. Spade and Ciro Carillo’s video explainer on mutual aid is a companion entry point with a lighter touch.
Richard Birkett

Listen

Yaeji: THE TH1NG
Listen to Yaeji’s ‘THE TH1NG’ (ft. Victoria Sin, Shy One) taken from the mixtape, WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던, out now on XL Recordings.
Steven Cairns

Watch

Gus Van Sant: My Own Private Idaho
My Own Private Idaho is a landmark of New Queer Cinema and independent film in general. Released in 1991, over the past 30 years it has deservedly acquired cult status, with liberating performances from River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves revealing all their youth and beauty.
Nico Marzano

Track of the Day

Charles Aznavour: What Makes A Man A Man
So many times we have to pay
For having fun and being gay
It’s not amusing


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Cerith Wyn Evans, Penetrated Portraits of Richard M. Nixon by Karsh (1 of a series of 13), executed in 2008