WHAT TO READ & LISTEN TO THIS WEEKEND

Listen to:

- The excellent New York Times Popcast episode discussing Ye: "To parse the flashes of vulnerability amid the ego, this week’s Popcast attempts to close-read not just the music, but the celebrity circus around it, which could not help but affect the album’s reception. Joining Mr. Pareles, the chief pop critic of The New York Times, is Mr. Caramanica, who attended the Wyoming listening event and after-party (“both surreal and also deeply unremarkable”), along with The Times’ pop music reporter Joe Coscarelli."

- About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge: From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further. Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today.

Read:

- Kanye West, wyd?!?!, The Fader's review of Ye: "In the wake of harsh critiques, I imagine Kanye sitting in a barren, concrete Calabasas mansion struggling to think up an explanation. For someone who has proven himself to be acutely aware of, and maybe even obsessed with, “how people are going to” react to him, Kanye may have proven that he’s too big to be cancelled. But he’s certainly not too big to fail."

- The Trashy, Expensive, Contradictory Reputation of Leopard Print:"“I don’t know if you ever wear leopard,” Régnier says, and I tell her I do. “It’s a print that you wear because you want to project some sort of image to the world. I think we see fashion [as] consumption, but it’s a way to choose second skin. We didn’t choose the skin we are born in, but we can choose the skin we are showing.”"

- Rest In Peace to Anthony Bourdain, read Anthony Bourdain and Iggy Pop talk music, mortality and contentment: GQ plays stooge to old friends Anthony Bourdain and rock legend Iggy Pop as they shoot the breeze about music, mortality and contentment.

- And this excellent profile by First We Feast: "Sixteen years ago in Kitchen Confidential (2000), Bourdain turned the dominant language of food—an upper–middle class vocabulary of gourmet-isms—into a back-of-the-house slurry of fuck and douchebag, dropping bukake and Ron Jeremy’s cock on the table as reference points. Bourdain himself became famous, a man called “the bad boy of food” so many times you’d think editors would be embarrassed to drag out the tired old phrase to make it writhe, once again, on the pole."

- Pusha-T Is Definitely Enjoying This: "I don’t think I’ve switched it up that much. I think that my producer knows how to compete with the times. See, I don’t think that what I do goes out of style, the fundamentals of hip-hop and rap and lyricism and double entendres and all that. Street culture doesn’t go out of style, it’s happening every day. Crack era, opioids, whatever. Scamming, whatever you’re into. That shit is happening still, right now."

- Reflecting on 'Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race': After a year, though it is difficult to track tangible change from the book, race is clearly becoming more and more prominent in national and global conversations. In the year since her book, all-black films like Black Panther are smashing box office records, boundaries in intersectionality are being addressed more and more in the mainstream, increased social consciousness meant government faced a Windrush backlash it wasn’t prepared for, Starbucks had to carry out racial bias training, and a black Bishop preached a political message followed by a gospel choir at the Royal Wedding.