Paper Trail

Namwali Serpell on “clockiness”; the new issue of n+1 is online now.

Namwali Serpell. Photo: Peg Skorpinski

At the New York Review of Books, Namwalie Serpell writes about “clockiness,” George Eliot, and whether there is such a thing as a “female style.” 

Artforum editor-in-chief David Velasco has been fired following the publication of an open letter about the Gaza war on the magazine’s website, which states, among other things, “We support Palestinian liberation and call for an end to the killing and harming of all civilians, an immediate ceasefire, the passage of humanitarian aid into Gaza, and the end of the complicity of our governing bodies in grave human rights violations and war crimes.” The letter, which has more than 8,000 signatures, was updated earlier this week. In an additional letter on the Artforum website, the magazine’s publishers wrote that the posting of the letter was “not consistent with Artforum’s editorial process.” The Intercept reports that some art collectors and gallerists have been pressuring artists to remove their names from the letter. 

The new issue of n+1 is online now.   

At Vulture, Christine Smallwood reviews The Woman in Me by Britney Spears: “It shouldn’t be hard to prove that you’re a person—but Britney has been so often ignored and misunderstood, used up and thrown away.”

For Nylon magazine, Sophia June rounds up the best books of November.