“The global financial crisis will see the US falter in the same way the Soviet Union did when the Berlin Wall came down. The era of American dominance is over,” says JOHN GRAY. The prominent British philosopher and historian sits down with HANS ULRICH OBRIST to discuss the cult of belief, the death of utopia, and the enduring legacy of the last superpower.More
Members ASAP, Monkey, LD, Dimzy, Liquez, and SJ are branching out. “67 can release rizla,” says LD ahead of the UK drill collective’s appearance this weekend in Berlin. “Not everybody can do that. A lot of people are just rappers.”More
The painter David Ostrowski has been off the radar for the last few years. A former student of Albert Oehlen and graduate of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Ostrowski is best known for his large abstract paintings, which often include the use of spray cans and a formalistic approach to shape. Now he's back, with a new body of work and two shows – the first of which opens in Warsaw at the progressive gallery space Wschód this weekend.More
“While other far-right elements intellectualize or excuse Trump’s authoritarianism, KANYE provided a concise explanation for the president’s appeal. In a world lacking order, Kanye seemed to say, TRUMP IS DADDY.
West’s new thought allies largely glossed over the red-pill undercurrent of his attraction to Trump. His incoherent grasp of traditional conservative principles would be ignored entirely. But in a movement that now defines itself primarily by its CULTURE WAR with liberal ideas and institutions, West – no matter how erratic he might be or tenuous his grasp of ideology – is a high-profile ally and, more important, a potent LIB-OWNING ASSET.”
“When Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from tha Dogg’s Kitchen comes out on Oct. 23, Snoop Dogg will officially join the pantheon of experts who are here to tell us all how to live well. He’s more relatable than Gwyneth Paltrow, more laid back than his pal Martha Stewart, and less intimidating than Oprah Winfrey—but no less canny an executive than any of them.” (Via Chronicle Books and Quartzy)
Read Jesse McCarthy’s “Notes on Trap” at N+1: “TRAP IS INVESTED in a mode of dirty realism. It is likely the only literature that will capture the structure of feeling of the period in which it was produced, and it is certainly the only American Literature of any kind that can truly claim to have a popular following across all races and classes. Points of reference are recyclable but relatable, TITILLATING YET BORING, trivial and très chic . . . the fusion core of endless momentum that radiates out from an efficient capitalist order distributing itself across a crumbling and degraded social fabric, all the while REPRODUCING and even AMPLIFYING the underlying class, racial, and sexual tensions that are riven through it.”
The late Stephen Hawking was convinced that humanity's time on Earth was coming to a close, and proposed Proxima Centauri b as a second planetary home. The transition off-world is one subject in a new fashion book by stylist Nicole Walker and Anders Haal, founder of Stockholm-based fashion label HAAL, that considers the illogic of borders on a cosmic scale. Here we preview the book's opening visual essay.More