From Artforum, Julian Stallabrass reviews The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s) by Paul O’Neill and Thinking Contemporary Curating by Terry Smith. Brooklyn, the Brand: How the borough — with its local, back-to-the-basics lifestyle — morphed from landmass to global phenomenon. From Catapult, how has living in this environment altered the way we think about time, for better or worse? Colonialism’s last stand: Christopher Silvester reviews Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World, 1945-1965 by Michael Burleigh. Why dictators don't like jokes: Pro-democracy activists around the world are discovering that humor is one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against authoritarianism. Anna Macdonald on how the arms trade treaty may point a way forward for the UN (and more at World Policy blog).

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