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Against Classics

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 ________. In today’s piece, Neus Casanova Vico tears down the Western canon as… Keep Reading

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The Best Reads of 2016

Ark volunteers pick and present their favourite reads of 2016. 2666 by Roberto Bolaño Madness. Roberto Bolaño’s last and massive 900-page novel 2666 cannot, of course, be reduced to one word. But then again, why not? Does this one word not entail an implosion, the collapse of language into metonymic sliding, an utter failure of… Keep Reading

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Fantastic Book Podcasts and Where to Find Them

A select list of literary podcast to help maintain your sanity during the dark winter nights and the coming pilgrimages home to families who simply do not understand the point of the written, fictional word. THE NEW YORKER FICTION PODCAST The New Yorker Fiction podcast is my go-to on evenings where I simply want to… Keep Reading

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The Vegetarian by Han Kang

I gave this book to my dad, saying it was about a woman who decided to become a vegetarian and the repercussions of this decision. I got it back from him with the note: “Not really.” So of course I had to read it. I also had to read it because it was the winner… Keep Reading

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Pure Pleasure: My Cohen Crush

I want to share my first time with you. A wooden bench in St. James Park, London. June 14th 2013. A sunny day, ducks in the pond and that sweet smell of summer, and then ahh. Pure pleasure. Because this happened: Let me repeat that for you: You came to me this morning And you handled… Keep Reading

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Reading as resonance

How much can be said about what cannot be explained? Resonance: Something in a book corresponds with something in me, and vice versa. Though I immediately know what I mean, this insight crumbles as I try to communicate it. One way to explain resonance would be to try to identify the aspects of the book that I resonated with, e.g. language, composition,… Keep Reading

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