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Giovanna Barbara Alesandro

Giovanna Barbara Alesandro has 11 articles published.

Ark Review/Interviews/Reports

An Interview with Chris Kraus

Here we are, over thirty incredibly hospitable emails later, reporting on an interview with Chris Kraus. Neither of us are journalists, so interviewing famous authors, even more so those we respect, still comes with a feeling of trepidation. And, while we can both hold our own in a theoretically sophisticated conversation, there is no doubt… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Book reviews

Aliens and Anorexia by Chris Kraus

The second book in the I Love Dick trilogy begins where I Love Dick ends. Chris is in Berlin trying to sell her experimental short film after having it rejected at several film festivals. She is freezing, she is lonely, there is a lot of waiting and a ton of rejection. So, she meditates on… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Essays

The Work That Keeps Expanding

The artist Thomas Altheimer has filmed, cut and presented a movie about his wife Mette Høeg. You can read Macon Holt’s brilliant recap and review here. I watched the movie when it premiered in Cinemateket, out of curiosity after having read Altheimer’s essay on the self-invented term slyngelæstetik or rogue aesthetic, written for Charlottenborg’s Spring… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Book reviews

Review: I Hate the Internet, by Jarett Kobek

At the bottom of the corn yellow cover, in overstated yet small italics, is written the claim: “a novel”. However, it’s really more like an oversized pamphlet in witness protection, disguising as a novel, cap and sunglasses on, as it never lets the reader forget that it is, in fact, a novel—but a bad one.… Keep Reading

Book reviews

Nothing Holds Back the Night by Delphine de Vigan

Nothing Holds Back the Night is a memoir about a woman called Lucile, narrated by her daughter Delphine, who we learn early on is going to kill herself. This book has received great reviews and been declared “book of the year” in at least one newspaper, and everyone says the same: “hard to put down’’,… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Book reviews

The Vegetarian by Han Kang revisited

This book is so weird – and not just for the story. The text continuously keeps contradicting itself throughout the book and once you see it, there’s no unseeing it. That said, I’d advise first-time readers to start with a fully stocked dopamine center, as this book might go through your brain like  Pac-man, snacking… Keep Reading

Book reviews

The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink

The funniest book of 2016: Nell Zink’s first novel The Wallcreeper from 2014 is a witty, dark and sharp portrait of a marriage as perceived by Tiffany, our unsentimental, humorous and snappy heroine. There is no way to recap this book in a few lines without corrupting it by focusing on the plot and history –… Keep Reading

Book reviews

Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’: A somehow disappointed review

Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts is all-the-rage right now. ‘Short & sweet’, it takes a form of a memoir, but rather than dragging the reader through her first memories as a child or the reminiscences of her mother’s perfume, it tells the story of her relationship with her transgendered partner Harry and her following pregnancy/motherhood. But… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Book reviews

“DARK SPRING” by Unica Zürn

A girl commits suicide, after her ‘’coming-of-age’’ turns into a freudian nightmare. I’d like to start this book review out with a long awkward silence. /Hold it. Rarely have I read a book that is so difficult to say something about. Possibly because of the anger and fury that evaporates from all the pages, which… Keep Reading

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