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What is Xenofeminism?

In the name of feminism, ‘Nature’ shall no longer be a refuge of injustice, or a basis for any political justification whatsoever! If nature is unjust, change nature! — Laboria Cuboniks   Xenofeminism draws on a multiplicity of influences and has implications for just as many areas in philosophy, the pharmaceutical industry, music, biology, mathematics,… Keep Reading

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Manifesto Month

This month on the Ark Review we are teaming up with kbh Læser to explore the form of the manifesto! We have a whole bunch of stuff planned. Franel Korbanski will (likely) be meditating on the impossibility and importance of translation by looking at the Translatological Manifesto by the renowned Polish poet and translator, Stanisław… 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

Ark Review/Essays

Political love

„Regimes based on hatred are actually based on love“1 This quote points towards a distinction used quite naturally these days – hate | love. Here, these words are applied to the emotional motivation regimes are based on. Simultaneously with its introduction, the distinction is abolished or, more correctly, crossed out. This crossing out allows for… Keep Reading

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“Like is the digital Amen”. Book Review: Psychopolitics by Byung-Chul Han

Cultural theorist Byung-Chul Han’s Psychopolitics: Neoliberalism and New Technologies of Power (2017) provides a pessimistic view of the status of freedom in modern society. He argues, neoliberal politics coupled with technological innovations have resulted in the age of psychopolitics: the subjugation of the mind. A spectre is haunting Byung-Chul Han – the spectre of Foucault.… Keep Reading

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Sonic Fiction and Five Fragments of Interpol

My academic research is into a practice called sonic fiction. On occasion, I also write some myself too. Sonic fiction is a type of music writing that seeks to flatten the relationship between music as something of sensation and experience and something that can be a source of intellectual exploration. It was borne out of… Keep Reading

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Book Review: The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Sellout by Paul Beatty was the book chosen for this month’s Ark Audio Book Club out tomorrow (somehow). In this review, Macon Holt grapples with how to write a review of a book so close to perfection the critic has nothing to add, and the potential of the politically incorrect. The Sellout was the best book I… 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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