Link List #71: In which the era of the confessional essay is over, we ponder the point of the Venice Biennale, and we talk about THAT Atlantic essay

Another week, another link list. We’ve been awestruck at entire movies compressed into ultra-long exposures, and thought more about snooker this week than perhaps ever before. This, and more, below.


    • 1 If you’ve been on the internet at all this week, there’s a good chance you’ll have already encountered this Atlantic story. This posthumous essay from Alex Tizon, about his household slave, is as problematic as it is beautiful—read it, if you haven’t already.
    • 2 It’s a question that anyone with even a passing interest in art will ask themselves at some point: when everything around you begins to fall apart, is art really capable of real-world changes? This hottest of takes over on Art F City questions many of the assumptions at this year’s Venice Biennale.
    • 3 This piece over on Vice takes a closer look at that most ‘authentic’ and under-appreciated of British sports: snooker. Writer Megan Nolan pulls together the seemingly disparate threads of mental health, snooker, and politics.
    • 4 Resembling a Futurist painting, these photographs by Jason Shulman magically collapse time into a single image. Over on The Guardian you can see the results of pointing a long exposure lens at an entire movie: an ethereal, Impressionist wash of color.
    • 5 Jia Tolentino over at The New Yorker tracks the rise and fall of the personal essay: in particular, that ultra-personal, confessional written almost entirely by women. Why has a genre of essay “that partially defined the last decade of the Internet” basically vanished?

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