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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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The Cruelty of Emotions

The Oxford Dictionary defines cruelty as  “cruel behaviour or attitudes”. At the same time, cruel is defined as “causing pain or suffering”. Example: ‘the winters are long, hard, and cruel’ The Oxford Dictionary defines emotion as “a strong feeling deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.” Example: ‘How could she have let him… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings

On Cicadas

Oh the moments, how they slip through our fingers, seemingly lost to fading memory before we can even claim to have felt them. This month on the Ark Review we are exploring ephemera; those things so tied to the present that simply cannot come with you into the future.   1. It’s against the permanence… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings

The instant of a flash

Oh the moments, how they slip through our fingers, seemingly lost to fading memory before we can even claim to have felt them. This month on the Ark Review, we are exploring ephemera; those things so tied to the present that simply cannot come with you into the future. Today, Franek Korbanski explains how writings… Keep Reading

Musings

“The world was young and green and juicy.”

Oh the moments, how they slip through our fingers, seemingly lost to fading memory before we can even claim to have felt them. This month on the Ark Review we are exploring ephemera; those things so tied to the present that simply cannot come with you into the future. Today, Emilie explores that most fleeting… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Essays/Musings

Leisure, Fiction and the Cultural Theorist

A forerunner of cultural theory, the (not really a) philosopher, (not really a) sociologist and (not really a) musicologist, Theodor Adorno, wrote a fantastically acerbic—that was kind of his thing—essay called Free Time, in which he critiqued the meaninglessness of the notion under capitalism. He basically argues that the free time of late capitalism is… Keep Reading

Book reviews/Musings

Six Books for Anti-Leisure

This month has been all about leisure, but at Ark we are also all about that hard work. Some books just have to be read despite their tedious sentences, wacky logic or complete lack of grammatical coherence. It’s tough, but someone’s gotta do. Here are a few staff picks, for when you feel like giving… Keep Reading

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Dear Hal Incandenza: a farewell letter

Dear Hal, I’ve been reading about you for weeks now.1 I think I’m very into you.  I sometimes feel we’re the same person, like in that passage where He2 says that “Like most young people genetically hard-wired for a secret drug problem, Hal Incandenza also has severe compulsion-issues around nicotine and sugar.” My favorite cigarettes are… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings

The right books in the right places

It’s July! Or, as it is known in Denmark, the month where almost literally everybody is on vacation. The city is empty, the streets are quiet and shops, with the exception of ark books, are closed. This month we will be tackling all things leisurely and bookish, with as much patience, time and space as… Keep Reading

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