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A Note: Defanging critiques, Disciplining dissent

A few months ago my friend Jon and I were invited to give a session at ark books in connection to the Copenhagen Literature Festival (KBH Læser). The topic of the festival this year was “Growth”, in the broadest sense, and the event at ark books was named “Accursed Growth”. We were to speak about… Keep Reading

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Feminism is Important and so might be Bad Feminism

Feminism is important and so might be bad feminism. (I hope I’ll get an insight on what the term “bad feminist” means for Roxane Gay – that is, I can’t wait for the book to arrive.) As so often, situations are paradoxes which adds to their beauty, but also makes them more difficult to describe.… Keep Reading

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Re-fanging Irony: Infinite Jest and Capitalist Realism

“It’s of some interest that the lively arts of the millennial U.S.A. treat anhedonia and internal emptiness as hip and cool. It’s maybe the vestiges of the Romantic glorification of Weltschmerz, which means world-weariness or hip ennui. […] Forget so-called peer-pressure. It’s more like peer-hunger. No? We enter a spiritual puberty where we snap to… Keep Reading

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Poetry 101

As a teenager, I developed a special fascination for Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer’s Rimas y Leyendas. I would read those poems over and over again, and daydream about the moment my crush would recite me Rhyme 21 while laying on the grass on a sunny Saturday afternoon in a park in Barcelona; ¿Qué es poesía?, dices… Keep Reading

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The Work That Keeps Expanding

The artist Thomas Altheimer has filmed, cut and presented a movie about his wife Mette Høeg. You can read Macon Holt’s brilliant recap and review here. I watched the movie when it premiered in Cinemateket, out of curiosity after having read Altheimer’s essay on the self-invented term slyngelæstetik or rogue aesthetic, written for Charlottenborg’s Spring… Keep Reading

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Last notes on growth: Depression and fiction

Depression is a deeply personal experience, on many levels. It might be difficult to find the right, or even any words, to fully explain it. However, after a period of depression, looking back on that period as at a linear account of events from one’s life, stagnation seems to be the first word that comes… Keep Reading

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