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An Interview with Krzysztof Czyżewski

Pogranicze is a Polish word that means borderland: an area along the border. Borderlands are mosaics of diverse forces—of numerous possibilities and exciting encounters, but also areas of dangerous frictions and painful tensions. Places of some peculiar energy, which can take many forms. Fundacja Pogranicze [The Borderland Foundation] and its sister organisation Ośrodek Pogranicze—sztuk, kultur,… Keep Reading

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A book for our times

One dimension of these times in which we live, the times of post-truth, is that they are troubled by an epidemic of fake news. The “fake” infuses the public debate of which we are a part of, whether we like it or not. This very specific condition can be, and indeed is, met with a… Keep Reading

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The Libidinal Economy of Inherent Vice

“As long as American life was something to be escaped from, the cartel could always be sure of a bottomless pool of new customers.”— Inherent Vice I am a great admirer of the work of the filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. So, a few years back, when he released a film based on the novel, Inherent… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Essays

Translating Contemporary Nordic Young Adult Fiction or Trying to Second-Guess the Youth

Young Adult Fiction, or YA as it is commonly known in the publishing world, is a particularly fascinating genre for translation studies. It is, strictly speaking, neither children’s literature nor ‘literary’ literature. It is not considered explicitly pedagogical and it tends not to be included in the classical canon. The designation points first and foremost… Keep Reading

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Dreaming Murakami: Translation as the art of empathy

“Mutual understanding is of critical importance. There are those who say that ‘understanding’ is merely the sum total of our misunderstandings, and while I do find this view interesting in its own way, I am afraid that we have no time to spare on pleasant digressions” (Superfrog saves Tokyo, Haruki Murakami). Documentary differentiates itself as… Keep Reading

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Review: “How Should a Person Be” By Sheila Heti

While reading this book, my exasperated groaning-rate was higher than usual. The whole thing reads like an ‘about me’ section from the early days of social media, like an all too earnest myspace page. Sheila Heti, the author, has written a story about representation and constructing a self through art. Her namesake protagonist wants to… Keep Reading

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“I Hate the Internet”, Jarett Kobek’s Write-Down Comedy

Literary fiction was a term used by the upper classes to suggest books which paired pointless sex with ruminations on the nature of mortgages were of greater merit than books which paired pointless sex with guns and violence. The CIA funded literary fiction because people at the CIA believed that American literature was excellent propaganda… Keep Reading

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Ed, Ego, Super-Ego: On Artifice and Ed Atkins

If, like me, you live on Denmark’s largest island and if, like me, you enjoy novel audiovisual experiences, chances are you took the time to visit the recent exhibition, Being There, at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. If, however, you do not live on or near Zealand, Denmark; do not like novel audiovisual experiences, and,… Keep Reading

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Book Review: ‘Talk’ by Linda Rosenkrantz

Linda Rosenkrantz’s book Talk is a collection of the real-life conversations between Rosenkrantz and her two best friends, which she recorded during the summer of 1965 and transcribed into twenty-eight chapters of carefully selected dialogue. The book contains the universal topics of sex, love, food, self-identity and mental health and reflects the anxieties of a post-pill generation… Keep Reading

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