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Why safe-spaces are essential to navigating bullsh*t

Everyone has their bad days and a couple of months ago I was having exactly one of those. I was procrastinating way more than I should have, my thoughts were flying around endlessly and I just couldn’t seem to concentrate. I was meant to go into work and at some point in the afternoon I… Keep Reading

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A Small but Maximalist Translatological Manifesto by Stanisław Barańczak: An untranslatable text on translation

I When we were very young, in 1990, a brilliant Polish translator named Stanislaw Barańczak wrote this brilliant essay about translation. Paradoxically, the text itself resists translation, that is, unless one is prepared to follow a rather twisted scenario worthy of a Borgesian imagination. Untranslated, the essay remains largely unknown abroad and even in Poland… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Essays

Political love

„Regimes based on hatred are actually based on love“1 This quote points towards a distinction used quite naturally these days – hate | love. Here, these words are applied to the emotional motivation regimes are based on. Simultaneously with its introduction, the distinction is abolished or, more correctly, crossed out. This crossing out allows for… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Essays/Musings

Sonic Fiction and Five Fragments of Interpol

My academic research is into a practice called sonic fiction. On occasion, I also write some myself too. Sonic fiction is a type of music writing that seeks to flatten the relationship between music as something of sensation and experience and something that can be a source of intellectual exploration. It was borne out of… Keep Reading

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Every Night

I. A movie for Kristen Stewart There is a scene in the movie Certain Women. Two young women are seen eating opposite to each other at a diner. One woman is a young lawyer, Beth, played by Kristen Stewart, teaching a class on the education law where she meets Jamie, Lily Gladstone, a young quiet ranch… 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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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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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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