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Franek Korbanski

Franek Korbanski has 20 articles published.

Book reviews

Book Review: The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest

In 2016, the poet, rapper, spoken-word artist and dramatist Kate Tempest published her debut novel The Bricks that Built the Houses. In many ways, it is a book about ‘all that is meaningless’: There is alcohol, drugs and nights out, there is desperation form trying to make meets end, and finally, there is this peculiar… Keep Reading

Ark Review

The Worst Reads of 2017

Ark volunteers pick and present their worst reads of 2017. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai Perhaps it’s a bit unfair to call this my worst read of 2017. This novel has, after all, won the Man Booker Prize. However, having read several Man Booker Prize winners over the years, I couldn’t help but… Keep Reading

Ark Review

The Best Reads of 2017

Ark volunteers pick and present their favourite reads of 2017. The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai What if sense requires a certain amount of nonsense to make sense? And what if you get too close to this nonsense inherent in the production of sense? Then, I wager, you get the surrealism of The Melancholy… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings

On Energy and Money

‘I pitched to various magazines with no success. Your aunt Chana lent me another two hundred dollars; I burned it all on a scam bartending school. I delivered food for a small deli in Park Slope. In New York, everyone wanted to know your occupation. I told people I was “trying to be a writer.”… Keep Reading

Musings

Ark Books and KBH Læser

Over the last few years, Ark Books enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with the all star team at KBH Læser. In 2015 we hosted reading by and a debate on love between Pia Tafdrup and Caspar Eric hosted by long-time friend of the store, Rasmus Varnich Blumensaat. With the introduction of the Ark Audio podcasting platform… Keep Reading

Musings

Non-reading

If one thinks of reading as a positive, then it has to have its negative. Let’s call this antithesis a non-reading. Although for anyone who likes to read this counterpart may often constitute a significant portion of their reading life, it remains largely unexamined. And perhaps that’s only fair: we discuss, we review, we criticise… Keep Reading

Ark Review

Five relics

It’s October, so we continue to talk about relics at Ark. Today, we asked five of our volunteers to pick one, and their choices are, well, varied. This is their picks and what they had to say about them. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Macon The first book I can remember reading as some kind… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Essays/Musings

Relics

One night of lofty discussions of common interests that those who barely know each other will sometimes engage in at the beginning of their acquaintance; unsure of what tone to strike and unaccustomed to each-others cadences, my interlocutor inquired about my reading habits and I expressed my preference for reading Russian works in Polish translation.… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings

The instant of a flash

Oh the moments, how they slip through our fingers, seemingly lost to fading memory before we can even claim to have felt them. This month on the Ark Review, we are exploring ephemera; those things so tied to the present that simply cannot come with you into the future. Today, Franek Korbanski explains how writings… Keep Reading

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