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The Kingdom Called Tijuana – Art from the Mexican Borderland

In her writings, Chris Kraus strokes art history, in the sense that Benjamin uses the term, against its hair. She disrupts the continuum of established art history and rescues dead and forgotten artists from oblivion and writes about small art collectives on the outskirts of the institutionalized art scene. Without psychologizing, she insists on the… Keep Reading

Musings/Review

On Hiromi Itō (to Itō Hiromi)

Hiromi Itō Itō Hiromi I don’t know what to say about you more than I got so confused with your poetry-prose in verse I think about Bolaño in an interview I saw on Youtube in La Belleza de Pensar (The Beauty of Thinking) he says something like the best poets in the 20th century have… Keep Reading

Ark Review/Essays/Review

The Libidinal Economy of Inherent Vice

“As long as American life was something to be escaped from, the cartel could always be sure of a bottomless pool of new customers.”— Inherent Vice I am a great admirer of the work of the filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. So, a few years back, when he released a film based on the novel, Inherent… Keep Reading

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Dreaming Murakami: Translation as the art of empathy

“Mutual understanding is of critical importance. There are those who say that ‘understanding’ is merely the sum total of our misunderstandings, and while I do find this view interesting in its own way, I am afraid that we have no time to spare on pleasant digressions” (Superfrog saves Tokyo, Haruki Murakami). Documentary differentiates itself as… Keep Reading

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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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Review: Open City by Teju Cole

A novel for the bad cosmopolitans of the world There are many novels about New York, and there are many novels about people trying to make a life in New York. There are also many novels about the migrant in New York, novels that all seem to follow postcolonial patterns of displacement and discontent. Open… Keep Reading

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Review: Kill All Normies by Angela Nagle

Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-right (2017) is at once insightful and ambitious, but also somewhat hubristic and perhaps too narrow in focus. In the book, Nagle explores the relationships between particular internet subcultures and the rise of right-wing nationalist politics, particularly in the… Keep Reading

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