Podcast for Social Research, Episode 72: At Year’s End with the Angel of History — 2023 in Review

In episode 72 of the Podcast for Social Research, Nara Roberta Silva, Rebecca Ariel Porte, Lauren K. Wolfe, Mark DeLucas, and Ajay Singh Chaudhary look back at their 2023 in cultural objects, or their 2023 experiences of objects washed up on present shores from other times, observing as they do how year-end compendia reveal surprising throughlines. A tally, in brief, of their preoccupations include: the itinerant dance party Laylit celebrating Arab/SWANA music, Argentina, 1985 (and why historical contingency is such a problem for theory), paper architecture, Isabella Hammad’s Enter Ghost and global Shakespeares, Naomi Klein’s Doppelgänger and demonic doubles, Ruth Beckermann’s Mutzenbacher (and cis-male hetero-sexuality as at once the most and least visible), Anita Brookner’s novels of mid-life resignation (a revival for aging millennials?), the origins of Fauvism, actually interesting YouTube trends, vinyl records and deliberate listening, and what there is to look forward to in 2024.

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Podcast for Social Research, Episode 72: At Year’s End with the Angel of History — 2023 in Review


Laylit dance party

Captains of the Sands by Jorge Amado (1937)

Argentina, 1985 (dir. Santiago Mitre, 2022)

Staging Future Worlds: The Architectural Visions of László Rajk (Valerie Goodman Gallery; Isi Litke, Andi Soos, curators; 2023)

Suneil Sanzgiri, Here the Earth Grows Gold (Brooklyn Museum, 2023)

Susanne Sundfør, blómi (2023)

Kara Jackson, Why Does the Earth Give Us People to Love? (2023)

Sufjan Stevens, Javelin (2023)

Lana Del Rey, Did You Know There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd (2023)

Enter Ghost by Isabella Hammad (2019)

Doppelgänger by Naomi Klein (2023)

The Complete Works of Álvaro de Campos by Fernando Pessoa (trans. Margaret Jull Costa and Patricio Ferrari, 2023)

Hydra Medusa by Brandon Shimoda (2023)

Whatever’s Forbidden the Wise by Anthony Madrid (2023)

Between the Covers podcast with David Naimon (a Tin House podcast)

Mutzenbacher (dir. Ruth Beckermann, 2022)

Josephine Mutzenbacher or The Story of a Viennese Whore, as Told by Herself by Felix Salten (1906)

Azor (dir. Andreas Fontana, 2021)

The paintings of Lotte Laserstein 

Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism at the Met (through January 2024)

Kate Wagner, “No, ‘PR-Architecture’ won’t save us from the pandemic” 

YouTube trends: musicians improvising missing tracks on music they don’t know

“In the Court of the Crimson King” by King Crimson

Correction: Julian Barnes wrote on Monet (not Manet) in the December 14th issue of LRB: “Painting is terribly difficult

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