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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

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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

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

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The Worst Reads of 2016

Last week we presented Ark volunteers’ favourite reads of 2016. Time for the worst ones. Just Kids by Patti Smith “I [Patti] was a dreamy somnambulant child. I vexed my teachers with my precocious reading ability paired with an inability to apply it to anything deemed practical.” (We might translate this: “I [Patti] was a… Keep Reading

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The Best Reads of 2016

Ark volunteers pick and present their favourite reads of 2016. 2666 by Roberto Bolaño Madness. Roberto Bolaño’s last and massive 900-page novel 2666 cannot, of course, be reduced to one word. But then again, why not? Does this one word not entail an implosion, the collapse of language into metonymic sliding, an utter failure of… Keep Reading

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Fantastic Book Podcasts and Where to Find Them

A select list of literary podcast to help maintain your sanity during the dark winter nights and the coming pilgrimages home to families who simply do not understand the point of the written, fictional word. THE NEW YORKER FICTION PODCAST The New Yorker Fiction podcast is my go-to on evenings where I simply want to… Keep Reading

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