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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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Five relics

It’s October, so we continue to talk about relics at Ark. Today, we asked five of our volunteers to pick one, and their choices are, well, varied. This is their picks and what they had to say about them. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Macon The first book I can remember reading as some kind… Keep Reading

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Maggie Nelson’s Bluets: a (wavy) review

I am finishing Bluets while listening to the waves in Hiroshi’s Yoshimura Teevee, included (ironically) on the album Green (1986). My heart skips a beat when I turn the page after proposition 240 and I see a blank page: the book is over, there are no more propositions left for me to read. At least… Keep Reading

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Relics

One night of lofty discussions of common interests that those who barely know each other will sometimes engage in at the beginning of their acquaintance; unsure of what tone to strike and unaccustomed to each-others cadences, my interlocutor inquired about my reading habits and I expressed my preference for reading Russian works in Polish translation.… Keep Reading

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Why Tom McCarthy’s “Satin Island” isn’t Kafkaesque

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy is not Kafkaesque as the recent review by Dr. Macon Holt suggests. To illustrate why, the following essay will attempt two things: First, a brief look at what Kafkaesque actually means. The argument here is that Kafka’s literature centers on the (Lacanian) big Other and thus the dictionary definition of the Kafkaesque… Keep Reading

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