Anna Kornbluh reviews COTA in LARB.
Sven Lütticken reviews Labour in Single Shot, and other recent attempts at depicting contemporary work.
Robert Tally, Jr. reviews Cartographies over at the Marx & Philosophy Review of Books.
In memory of François Maspero, along with Feltrinelli the crucial publisher of the postwar European left, an excellent portrait from his friend Chris Marker. (The title is a paraphrase of the last moments of the film, where Maspero recalls the inspiration of Paul Nizan’s Les chiens de garde.)
Friday’s Guardian very rich and generously referenced piece on the troubled taproots of recent turns to the leitmotiv of landscape by Robert Macfarlane, a very useful accompaniment to a recent viewing of A Field in England:
Digging down to reveal the hidden content of the under-earth is another trope of the eerie: what is discovered is almost always a version of capital. Keiller’s Robinson tracks the buried cables and gas-pipes of Oxfordshire, following them as postmodern leylines, and tracing them outwards to hidden global structures of financial ownership. Wheatley’s deserters rapaciously extract “treasure” from the soil, by means of enslavement and male violence.