The Reading List: Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” the British Museum’s “Stolen Treasures,” and More

The Reading List: Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” the British Museum’s “Stolen Treasures,” and More

Creative License: “BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee’s latest film, is largely based on the memoir of Ron Stallworth, a black officer who, in 1978, led the Colorado Springs Police Department’s investigation into the Ku Klux Klan. With Stallworth’s blessing, Lee took some creative liberties in his big screen adaptation, many of which are explored in this article by Jasmine Sanders. Slate

Viral Misconception: Reports stated last week that the British Museum helped police identify and return to the Iraqi Museum eight tiny artifacts that had been seized from an illegal dealer in 2003. It’s a positive development for the Iraqi Museum, but the story was widely misinterpreted to mean that the British Museum had taken the altruistic step of returning pilfered objects from within its own collection — a move the institution has been reluctant to make. Reporter Josephine Livingstone takes a deep dive into why this is a particularly harmful misconception. The New Republic

Desert Art: Late August is upon us, meaning Burning Man will soon commence in Nevada for its yearly celebration. This year’s theme, “I, Robot,” centers on technology and boasts an impressive roster of interactive exhibits. Take a look at some of the festival’s most anticipated artworks in this guide from the Artsy editors. Artsy

Secret Art: While Theodor Seuss Geisel made a career out of creating whimsical children’s drawings as Dr. Suess, he also produced what his wife called his “secret art.” These pieces, which Seuss worked on at nighttime for his pleasure, will be on display at Narrative Gallery in Laguna Beach, Calif., as part of the exhibition “The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection.” Los Angeles Times

Age of the Anthropocene: How has our relationship with nature seeped into contemporary writing? Answering this question may begin with looking at how “nature writing” has — and hasn’t — shifted in tone, content and context from the Romantic era to our current anthropogenic moment. Writer Kamil Ahsan traces the academic origins of the genre to its new form in recent works by writers such as Anna Tsing, Lauren Groff and Carmen Maria Machado. The Millions

Philanthropy: A number of cultural institutions in Washington, DC, and Pittsburgh were selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’s multi-year, $43 million Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, created to help sustain small and midsize arts organizations in the United States. Art Forum


Top Image: Spike Lee Courtesy of Kevin Fitzsimons, the Ohio State University