Weekend Reading

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A new acquisition for my collection, this 1928 Martin Hürlimann photograph of the Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochin, leads to news from the Indian Express on the Keralan government’s decision to fund the restoration of the nets, a key tourist driver for the state.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa curator of historical photography Lissa Mitchell writes on Louisa Herrmann, owner of the Herrmann Photography Studio, one of Wellington’s most successful studios of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Here’s an interview with filmmaker Jodie Mack on Radio New Zealand’s Standing Room Only programme and another, a joint interview with filmmaker Fern Silva, at Circuit. Jodie was visiting New Zealand in support of the Free Radicals: Cinema on the Wrong Side of the Tracks exhibition and her own survey in the Len Lye Centre cinema, Glitch Envy.

Jack Hitt at the New York Times on the missing James Joyce scholar John Kidd.

David Smith at Jacobin on the depth of George Orwell’s socialist politics.

And the return of The The.