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The ark annual summer reading list

A Thousand Plateaus by Deleuze and Guattari Well, it’s not light but summer is also about having time and space, and this book, A Thousand Plateaus, needs substantial time and dispositional space. Ideally, it needs time for you to have read Anti-Oedipus beforehand but I wouldn’t say that is a must. All you really need is… Keep Reading

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I am not a Tree and Other Case Studies

I return to I am Vertical once again. At this point in the story, there is no reason for me to send the poem to the person I love because I have my suspicions that he might be picking up his copy of Collected Poems and, from time to time, reading it. I look at… Keep Reading

Essays/Musings

The Loyalties of a Translator: A Rebuttal

This piece is a response to On Amateurish Translation by Simon Fern. While Simon Fern definitely has the right of it when he says that a translator must make do with what he has, an approach absolutely most translators will agree with, his ideal of translation seems to be that texts exist without authors. That can… Keep Reading

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I want to love reality as much as Pasolini and Weil do

I keep having this discussion with the person I like the most in the world; he once translated to Danish Sylvia Plath’s I am Vertical in one night, and I felt so offended. You have to respect her. You have to respect her work. We still sometimes joke about it, but I realise I’m committing the… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings/Review

Book review: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

This month there is a bonus episode of the Ark Audio Book Club podcast on David Foster Wallace’s epic of tennis, drug addiction and TV. In preparation for that, the panel has written four short reviews of this very long book, ranging from the very favourable to the sycophantically fawning.   Franek (Press play before you… Keep Reading

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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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Odd jobs

Money is always on my mind. Whether I like it or not. Don’t get me wrong – not like the famous philosopher and poet, Snoop Dogg, has put it ‘With my mind on my money and my money on my mind’, because it is not my money that I keep thinking of. Dear reader, I… Keep Reading

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Be like your grandparents – resist capitalism

It is December, and though Black Friday has luckily come and gone, people are still jostling each other on the streets trying to buy Christmas gifts, Christmas ornaments and Christmas food, before it’s all too late and the New Year leaves them with sour resolutions impossible to uphold. Christmas isn’t the only time when we… Keep Reading

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