PRINT December 2010

Helen Molesworth

1 Sharon Hayes, Parole (Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York) This haunting video, projected on multiple screens, presents a fragmented Godardian narrative—literary scholar Lauren Berlant discusses intimacy’s philosophical implications, someone reads a love letter, and so on. The redheaded protagonist performs empathy while remaining mute and listens to it all via omnipresent sound equipment. When the red-haired attempts to capture the sounds emanating from a dancer’s body, we know we are at the limit of our sensorium and at the threshold of a new kind of knowledge.

2 Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns (Random House) Wilkerson’s page-turner tells the story of the Great Migration, when millions of African Americans moved from the rural South to America’s major cities, especially Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Reading it gave me not only a much-needed

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