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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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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

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On Energy and Money

‘I pitched to various magazines with no success. Your aunt Chana lent me another two hundred dollars; I burned it all on a scam bartending school. I delivered food for a small deli in Park Slope. In New York, everyone wanted to know your occupation. I told people I was “trying to be a writer.”… Keep Reading

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Review: What IS Sex? by Alenka Zupančič

The Lacanian philosopher Alenka Zupančič’ new book What IS Sex? (2017) is Zupančič at her absolute finest. Zupančič compellingly destabilizes any notion you might have of a sound ontological foothold in the world. One does not simply be with Zupančič. Rather than reject human sexuality as something for the meanderings of sexologists or scoffingly dismissed… Keep Reading

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Review: Nordic Noir Art by Carsten Krogstrup and Steen Larsen

The cold and dark winter months are finally upon us, so in the spirit of all things bleak and Scandinavian, I decided to check out the exhibition Nordic Noir Art by Danish artists Carsten Krogstrup and Steen Larsen. The exhibition Nordic Noir Art displayed at Rundetårn in Copenhagen, showcases a selection of works by the Danish artists Carsten… Keep Reading

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Playboy and Pulp Fiction: The role of low-brow literature in Anna Biller’s Viva & The Love Witch

In the early 1950s, television sets started to appear in the living rooms of American homes across the nation, leaving Hollywood in an existential crisis. Anxious to differentiate themselves from television, the major studios made an effort to boost the credibility and status of their entertainment product by turning to literary works as source material… Keep Reading

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October Horoscopes

Following years of meditation on the motion of the stars and the rhythms of the human soul we have divined a set of horoscopes which is without parallel. Keep Reading

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The Gothic Castle: From Literary Trope to Ruin Porn

With the annual tradition of Halloween fast approaching and this month’s theme being Relics, it seemed appropriate to explore the recurring fascination with the Gothic castle and its much-celebrated aesthetic, in both fiction and real life. The use of castles as important elements in storytelling can be found throughout history and range from the medieval… Keep Reading

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