This Week’s Reading, 22.7.12

What the London 2012 Olympics have really cost us, Iain Sinclair in a swan-shaped pedalo, the Charles Bukowski musical and more.

Matt Furie 2011

  • A selection of photos by Homer Sykes of the Lea Valley immediately prior to its transformation into the 2012 Olympic zone, with accompanying poetry. Before the Blue Wall, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.
  • “…it is only when Britain confronts its past that we as a nation will be able to transcend it.” Author Andrea Stuart looks at the legacy of sugar production, the slave trade and racism in Britain, in her new book Sugar in the Blood.
  • The Brandalism project sees the largest reclamation of outdoor advertising space in UK history, as artists challenge the authority and legitimacy of the advertising industry – read the Brandalism blog here.

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