Alice Rawsthorn’s cultural highlights

Born in Manchester, Alice Rawsthorn has been described as “the best design critic in the entire world”. She studied art history at the University of Cambridge before beginning her career as a journalist for publications including the New York Times, the Financial Times and Frieze. From 2001 to 2006 she was director of the Design Museum. She has published several books including a biography of Yves Saint Laurent and Hello World: Where Design Meets Life. Her latest, Design as an Attitude, is out 14 June (JRP Ringier, £16). 1. Book Bluets by Maggie Nelson I recently fell for the work of the LA-based writer Maggie Nelson by reading Bluets, which explores her obsession with the colour blue, and found it so mesmerising that I immediately ordered and devoured her other books. Always beguiling, her writing is powerful, incisive and so singular that it defies categorisation, as memoir, nonfiction, or whatever. Reading Nelson can be unsettling. Her observations of gender politics and personal identity in particular are so raw, honest and urgent, that they always prompt me to see some aspect of life very differently. 2. Library Irma Boom’s library in Amsterdam Making studio visits to talk to designers is a boon of… Read full this story

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