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Neus Casanova Vico

Neus Casanova Vico has 12 articles published.

Ark Review/Essays

We still need a room of one’s own

In 1929, Virginia Woolf wrote a manifesto in prose form, the well-known A Room of One’s Own. In this essay, short text, whatever you want to call it, she reflects on the relationship between women and fiction. Overall, she exposes to the greater audience the idea (and reality) that 1. through history, women have been denied… Keep Reading

Musings

I want to love reality as much as Pasolini and Weil do

I keep having this discussion with the person I like the most in the world; he once translated to Danish Sylvia Plath’s I am Vertical in one night, and I felt so offended. You have to respect her. You have to respect her work. We still sometimes joke about it, but I realise I’m committing the… Keep Reading

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Book review: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

This month there is a bonus episode of the Ark Audio Book Club podcast on David Foster Wallace’s epic of tennis, drug addiction and TV. In preparation for that, the panel has written four short reviews of this very long book, ranging from the very favourable to the sycophantically fawning.   Franek (Press play before you… Keep Reading

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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

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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/Book reviews

Maggie Nelson’s Bluets: a (wavy) review

I am finishing Bluets while listening to the waves in Hiroshi’s Yoshimura Teevee, included (ironically) on the album Green (1986). My heart skips a beat when I turn the page after proposition 240 and I see a blank page: the book is over, there are no more propositions left for me to read. At least… Keep Reading

Musings

The Cruelty of Emotions

The Oxford Dictionary defines cruelty as  “cruel behaviour or attitudes”. At the same time, cruel is defined as “causing pain or suffering”. Example: ‘the winters are long, hard, and cruel’ The Oxford Dictionary defines emotion as “a strong feeling deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.” Example: ‘How could she have let him… Keep Reading

Musings

Dear Hal Incandenza: a farewell letter

Dear Hal, I’ve been reading about you for weeks now.1 I think I’m very into you.  I sometimes feel we’re the same person, like in that passage where He2 says that “Like most young people genetically hard-wired for a secret drug problem, Hal Incandenza also has severe compulsion-issues around nicotine and sugar.” My favorite cigarettes are… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Essays

Against Classics

This month on the Ark Review, taking inspiration from Mark Grief’s recent book “Against Everything”, we are going to try and write against everything. Collectively though, and one subject at a time. So really more like Against ________. As in, fill in the ________. In today’s piece, Neus Casanova Vico tears down the Western canon as… Keep Reading

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Poetry 101

As a teenager, I developed a special fascination for Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer’s Rimas y Leyendas. I would read those poems over and over again, and daydream about the moment my crush would recite me Rhyme 21 while laying on the grass on a sunny Saturday afternoon in a park in Barcelona; ¿Qué es poesía?, dices… Keep Reading

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