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Book Review: Torpor, By Chris Kraus.

Torpor is the final part of Chris Kraus’ I Love Dick trilogy, a series which chronicles the final years of her (character’s) marriage to the cultural theorist Sylvère Lotringer and her obsession with Dick and her attempts to become a filmmaker, and maybe in the process become a little bit more like her hero, Simone Wiel. Set… Keep Reading

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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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Review: “How Should a Person Be” By Sheila Heti

While reading this book, my exasperated groaning-rate was higher than usual. The whole thing reads like an ‘about me’ section from the early days of social media, like an all too earnest myspace page. Sheila Heti, the author, has written a story about representation and constructing a self through art. Her namesake protagonist wants to… 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: “Satin Island” by Tom McCarthy

Tom Mccarthy’s recent novel Satin Island (2015), is a Kafkaesque tale narrated by a corporate anthropologist named U who has been tasked to produce the Great Anthropological Report of our times. Instead, or perhaps because of his task, he becomes enamoured with the aesthetics of oil spills, the possibility of a serial killer of skydivers… Keep Reading

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Aliens and Anorexia by Chris Kraus

The second book in the I Love Dick trilogy begins where I Love Dick ends. Chris is in Berlin trying to sell her experimental short film after having it rejected at several film festivals. She is freezing, she is lonely, there is a lot of waiting and a ton of rejection. So, she meditates on… Keep Reading

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