The first issue of XXI, which came out in 2008 and publishes long-form journalism.
When Adrien Bosc, the 28-year-old publisher of Feuilleton, a French quarterly that has received some buzz here for bringing American long-form journalism to this side of the Atlantic, tries to describe his publication, he is often at a loss for words. At least French ones.Here, where fiction is traditionally considered to be the only literature with a capital L, nonfiction remains less a genre in its own right than a hodgepodge of other categories: biographies, histories and political essays. Even the term “la non-fiction” has limited currency.For that reason, Mr. Bosc said, “I tell French readers it’s an investigation that reads like a novel,” to explain the articles in the quarterly......Continue Reading
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At 43, Sou Fujimoto is the youngest architect to author a Serpentine Pavilion. Will his talk in Sydney inspire encouragement and support to the emerging generation of architects?
A gargantuan pebble lies dormant in Kensington Gardens, on the doorstep of the Serpentine Gallery. Chilean architect, Smiljan Radic’s paper-mache carapace is the antithesis of last year’s translucent terrain by Sou Fujimoto. It is a contradiction that highlights the pavilion commission as an ‘unparalleled site for architectural experimentation’.
Often a luxury, the privilege is awarded to an architect yet to build in the UK, enabling local audiences to ‘engage with their work first hand’. It is a prestigious honour and at once an affirmation and catalyst toward architectural fame. Yet in a profession that draws heavily on the work of others to teach and inspire, there is a commensurate level of responsibility.