Weekly Reader 1

A photo of a cat next to a man sitting in a wheelchair.
By Heather Sten

I have three major new year’s resolutions this year, the same as ever, and each one clichéd. First, drink less. This has been going well so long as you don’t count gallery drinks as drinking. Second, to exercise more. Despite having the first major London bike accident (A friend, myself, and a tourist ended up hitting the concrete after they ran in front of us) I’ve been sticking to it fairly well. Thirdly, to practice writing. I’m already nearing the end of my MA and I’ve barely written outside of university. So this weekly summary more a practice for myself than supposed to actually be interesting. If this format seems familiar it’s because I shamelessly copied Ana Kinsella and Stevie Mackenzie-Smith, two infinitely better writers, their weekly updates and longer writings are always a pleasure to read.

  • It was crushing to wake up at 8am on the first of January to discover your favourite club was shutting down that night. Since then, Plastic People has been remembered by those who loved it.
  • Over on my instagram I’ve been posting a few of the analogue photos I took on my trip to China back in December. There’s a few more to come too, and the NYE photos as well.
  • I finally got my hands on my copy of Infinite Walk-Thru by JMKE, Simon Hanselmann, and HTMLflowers, collectively my three favourite artists. Video games, depression, queerness, wrapped up in a comic that’s more digital than paper.
  • The Novice Art Blogger. A deep-learning algorithm reviews abstract art.
  • I finally got round to watching The Conversation (1974), the paranoid repressed life of a secluded private eavesdropper, feat. Gene Hackman and Young Harrison Ford with outstanding sound design.
  • Yojimbo at the Prince Charles Cinema. The film Sergio Leone ripped off for A Fistful of Dollars. It was interesting for a fanatic such as myself to see the origins of Spaghetti Western tropes in this Samurai film.
  • Not Safe 4 Work, a weekly email zine for and by unemployed, stifled, bored people. Launch night at The Old Blue Last, 28th January.
  • The next day, Rosaline Shahnavaz, Nothing In The World But You at the Notting Hill Arts Club. 29th of January until the 5th of March.
  • Tao Liu’s absurd street photography.
  • Bon Appetit rounded up a list of trendy waters, coming soon to art openings near you!