Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Lygia Sabbag Fares, Michael Stevenson, Rebecca Ariel Porte, and Suzanne Schneider look back on 2020 in cultural objects: what artifacts from the catastrophe of history lingered with them and which will they be salvaging for the coming year? Discussion ranges over children’s media, experimental performances of Beethoven, sourdough, samba-canção, Sianne Ngai, Spiritfarer and Deathstranding, Robert Walser’s fairy tales, and critical theory, always. The conversation coalesces, unexpectedly, around questions of storytelling– how we narrate the present and how we narrate the immediate past–and why pessimism does not necessarily mean fatalism.
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