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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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On Energy and Money

‘I pitched to various magazines with no success. Your aunt Chana lent me another two hundred dollars; I burned it all on a scam bartending school. I delivered food for a small deli in Park Slope. In New York, everyone wanted to know your occupation. I told people I was “trying to be a writer.”… Keep Reading

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Ark Books and KBH Læser

Over the last few years, Ark Books enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with the all star team at KBH Læser. In 2015 we hosted reading by and a debate on love between Pia Tafdrup and Caspar Eric hosted by long-time friend of the store, Rasmus Varnich Blumensaat. With the introduction of the Ark Audio podcasting platform… 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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Non-reading

If one thinks of reading as a positive, then it has to have its negative. Let’s call this antithesis a non-reading. Although for anyone who likes to read this counterpart may often constitute a significant portion of their reading life, it remains largely unexamined. And perhaps that’s only fair: we discuss, we review, we criticise… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Essays/Musings

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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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

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