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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

Ark Review/Essays

The (re)birth of texts: copying, borrowing, recycling

“…Originality is a hallucination of intertextuality…” P.K. Saint-Amour They say all poetry is theft, but I prefer to see it as borrowing. Caroline Bervgall, artist-poet, recasts The Seafarer, an Old English poem in her most recent poetry book Drift (2014) by playing with the materiality of the language. This experimental work of art delves into… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Essays

Stagnation

Pornografia is the story of a manic obsession that overtakes the protagonists, Mr Witold and Mr Fryderyk, upon their encounter with a young couple, Henia and Karol. It takes place in occupied Poland, in 1943, but the grave setting and circumstances are of relatively little importance for the story itself: the true drama, the substance of the book,… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings

An introduction to Growth

Welcome to Growth Month here at the Ark Review. Taking inspiration from the theme devised by our friends at the KBH Læser festival, we have decided to devote some of the articles/reviews/musings this month to the festival’s theme of growth (Vækst). As KBH Læser state in their description of the theme, it is hard these… Keep Reading

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Remembering Mark Fisher

“Emancipatory politics must always destroy the appearance of a ‘natural order’, must reveal what is presented as necessary and inevitable to be a mere contingency, just as it must make what was previously deemed to be impossible seem attainable.” – Mark Fisher 2017 has already turned out to be as cruel as its predecessor. With… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings

The prose of the poets

The prose of the poets is what permits those who fail to read poems to nevertheless hear a poet’s voice. This one certainty arrives in the midst of many possibilities: it can be a sacrifice, a paradox and a stratagem. Above all, however, it can be a delight. The prose of the poets can be… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Essays

The Seasons in Quincy: Languages of The Essay Film

Despite its seemingly innocent composition, the term ‘essay film’ tends to perplex those newly introduced to it. The words ‘essay’ and ‘film’ are often understood as juxtapositions: the audio-visual versus the symbolic and the semantic. This is no wonder, I suppose, when we consider the rigidity with which an over-arching, more conservative art-ideology teaches us… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings

Homo Faber: Margin notes

The main library of the University of Birmingham is a place where you can still get lost among the shelves of books. You can take a silent walk among them and hear nothing but this slight, distinct buzz of halogen lamps. Lamps that produce only a dim light if you pull a string attached. Or… Keep Reading

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