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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

Musings

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

Ark Review/Musings

Books for Leisure — Seven Summer Reads

It’s July! Or, as it is known in Denmark, the month where almost literally everybody is on vacation. The cities 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 this… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings

Against Sanctity

This month on the Ark Review, taking inspiration from Mark Grief’s recent book “Against Everything”, we are going to try and write against everything. Collectively though, and one subject at a time. So really more like Against ________. As in, fill in the ________. Today, Toke Wichmann Larsen has some advice for those intimidated by… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings

Blue days

These days are blue. I feel too light. I sit in the kitchen writing this, going nowhere. I have started watching the HBO-show Big Little Lies with a good friend and fries on Wednesdays. The show is in short about the life of rich stay-at-home moms, and someone getting murdered. It takes place in Monterey,… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Musings

One of the to-read-shelfs 2017

Not that long ago Emilie presented her impossible pile of books to read in 2017. Here comes another selection consisting of books hopefully to be read this same coming year, compiled by someone who, while clearly not Emile, resembles her in the respect that he too is familiar with those piles one wishes to find the time… Keep Reading

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