Ark Audio Book Club #19 Pond, by Claire-Louise Bennett
Ark Audio Book Club #19 Pond, by Claire-Louise Bennett by Ark Audio
27 Jul 2017
Ark Audio Book Club #7 Submission by Michel Houellebecq
In the 7th edition of the Ark Audio Book Club we talk about Michel Houellebecq's 2015 novel 'Submission'. The novel is set in the year 2022 in France, and the political tension is escalating. We become acquainted with 40-something Francoise who is professor of 19th century literature at the Sorbonne university and moves through life with a total indifference, that is portrayed quite well within the simple prose of the novel. We have to say that we just didn’t like the book that much and that it in no way merits the title ‘’most important book of the year 2015’’. It could be compared it to the tale of the emperors new clothes by H.C. Andersen.This month's book club are Macon Holt, Nina Bang, Louise Sommer and is hosted by Giovanna Alesandro.This episode was produced by Macon Holt and Giovanna Alesandro.
27 May 2016
Ark Audio Book Club #13 The Vegetarian by Han Kang
This month on the Ark Audio Book Club we discuss Deborah Smith's award-winning translation of South Korean writer, Han Kang's unsettling but oddly beautiful novel, 'The Vegetarian'. This is the Kafkaesque story of someone who is not only trying to stop eating meat but rather leave the field of human violence altogether, and the social pressures that won't allow her. This month on the panel is, Franek Korbanski, Emilie Bang-Jensen and Macon Holt, with host Giovanna Alesandro.
26 Dec 2016
Ark Audio Book Club, Bonus Infinite Jest, By David Foster Wallace
While Sarah and Gio are away, Macon has gathered together some of the volunteers at ark who have read David Foster Wallace's long thing, "Infinite Jest" for a chat about the month's they spent with this crazy book. Featuring Neus Casanova Vico, Franek Korbanski, Macon Holt and, for the last time for the foreseeable future on Ark Audio, Snorri Rafn Hallsson
27 Mar 2018
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This Month, the Ark Audio Book Club discuss Ottessa Moshfegh's second novel, "My Year of Rest and Relaxation". The novel is the story of an attractive, wealthy young woman whose feelings of disaffection, alienation and nihilism, not to mention old fashioned familial trauma, are so overwhelming she decides she needs to sleep for a year. It's the end of the year 2000 in New York and unbeknownst to everyone, the world in which this makes sense is coming to an end. This month on the panel are Ebba Wester and Giovanna Alesandro with your host Macon Holt. They are spoiling from the start.
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Ark Audio Book Club #23, Blood and Guts and High School, by Kathy Acker
This month on the Ark Audio Book Club, Macon Holt, Sarah Ommanney and Giovanna Alesandro are joined by ark books co-founder now of kbh læser, Ditte Nesdam-Madsen to discuss the reissue of Kathy Acker's transgressive, highly literary anti-novel, "Blood and Guts and High School".
23 Nov 2017
Ark Audio Book Club #36 Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
This month we have read “Convenience Store Woman” by Sayaka Murata, her 10th book and her first novel to be translated into English and now Danish too. The Novel to the story of Keiko, a woman out of sorts from the world who has learned not to trust her instincts. Thus she has found sanctuary from the adult world by working in a convenience story store, a place in which your every utterance come from a rule book. For 18 years this has gone fine but its starting to wear thin with the rest of her network, which she only really has to keep up appearances and pass the time while not at work. To fix this she resolves to get together with another social misfit, Shiraha, to appear more normal to the outside world. But this threatens to take her away from her beloved convenience store. Talking about the book this month are Jiri Chabera, Frida Hammershøy and of course Giovanna Alesandro. Hosted by Macon Holt.
1 May 2019
Ark Audio Book Club #25 How Should a Person Be?, by Sheila Heti
Sheila Heti's intentionally "ugly" novel of creative anxiety and ethical quandary, "How Should a Person Be?" If this wets your whistle, you can hear more about the book tomorrow on the Ark Audio Book Club podcast, or just swing by the store and pick up a copy.
29 Mar 2018
Ark Audio Book Club #37 The Hundreds by Lauren Berlant and Kathleen Stewart
This month on the ark audio book club, we dive into a work experimental affect theory fictocriticism with "The Hundreds" by the literary scholar, Lauren Berlant, and anthropologist, Kathleen Stewart. Talking about the book this month are Tomel Chwałek, Sheri Helberg and Giovanna Alesandro and your host is Macon Holt.
31 May 2019
Senyora Psicosi More or Less, #1 Tao Lin's Electric Espionage
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Ark Audio Book Club #21 Satin Island by Tom McCarthy
This month on the Ark Audio Book Club it’s Macon’s pick and we have read Tom Mccarthy’s novel “Satin Island” (2015), a Kafkaesque tale narrated by a corporate anthropologist named U, 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 and the buffering of video streaming. This month Podcast features Giovanna Alesandro, Sarah Ommanney, the enfant terrible of Nordic podcasting Snorri Rafn Hallsson and is toasted by Macon Holt. Satin Island is published by Vintage BooksCheck out Macon's review of the book here http://arkbooks.dk/review-satin-island-by-tom-mccarthy/
29 Sep 2017
Ark Audio Book Club #20, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, By Alexandra Kleeman
This month the Ark Audio Book Club discuss Alexandra Kleeman's debut novel "You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine". It's a story of bodies, symbols, shark documentaries, ephemeral cakes and obscured Christian cults. But is it good? This episode features Neus Casanova Vico, Sarah Ommanney, Macon Holt and is hosted by Giovanna Alesandro. You can check out Macon's essay inspired by the novel here http://arkbooks.dk/the-ephemeral-body-and-meaningless-symbols-in-alexandra-kleemans-you-too-can-have-a-body-like-mine/
25 Aug 2017
Senyor Psicosi More or Less #8 Jonathan Lethem's Protected Pedestrians
Senyora Psicosi revves up her engine and races through the world of LSD and childhood memories. The lights of the city shine bright and Herr Caller wants to play a game.
20 Oct 2017
Ark Audio Book Club #18 I'm very into you, By Kathy Acker & McKenzie Wark
This month on the Ark Audio Book Club, the gang discuss "I'm very into you", an intense collection of emails between Kathy Acker and Mckenzie Wark that cover everything from sexuality and The Simpsons to motorcycles and Bataille, all with that gauzy light of being close to falling in love. Also, tonnes of 90s nostalgia!Check out Sarah's review here http://arkbooks.dk/review-im-very-into-you-by-kathy-acker-mckenzie-wark/
28 May 2017
Ark Audio Review #05 Ephemera (Feat. Chris Kraus.)
This month on the Ark Audio Review, Snorri goes through all our ephemera on the ephemeral and Macon and Gio interview Chris Kraus!
7 Sep 2017
Ark Audio Book Club #16 The Gospels of Mark and John
On this edition of the Ark Audio Book Club, we talk about the new testament gospels of Mark and John These give oddly different but strangely similar accounts of a young (though middle aged by the standards of the time) political and spiritual radical called Jesus of Nazareth. He rolls up to various towns accruing a reputation as a healer, a teacher and a miracle worker and disciples on the way. But this does not go over well with the local religious bigwigs, the Pharisees, who plot with the help of the Roman administration and one of Jesus’s own disciples, to have Jesus executed for blasphemy for claiming to be the son of god. Little do they know, however, Jesus is on to them but also has no desire to stop them. As he plans to die and then come back from the dead for the redemption of humanity. On the panel this month we have first time Ark Audio Book Club participants Ilinca Cretu and the return of Giovanna Alessandro. Hosted by Macon Holt
27 Mar 2017
Ark Audio Book Club #40 The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
This month on the ark audio book club, we discussed the mid-20th Century, Japanese surreal folk horror novel, "The Woman in the Dunes" by Kobo Abe. It is the story of an amateur entomologist, who is tricked by some villagers into becoming their prisoner in a giant sandpit where he must shovel sand with the eponymous woman. On the podcast this month are Macon Holt, Josephine Leviné, Emma Aggersbo, and your host is Carlie Cassarino.
4 Oct 2019
Ark Audio Book Club #17 Aliens and Anorexia By Chris Kraus.
For this episode of the Ark Audio Book Club we have read "Aliens and Anorexia" by Chris Kraus, the second book in the "I Love Dick trilogy" published on Semiotext in 2000. In short: This book starts where I Love Dick ended. More of the same - Chris and Sylvere still hang out, but he’s gotten a new girlfriend, whose house Chris lives in, she has gotten into phone sex and S/M because it’s the only sex where she finds that people hold their end of the bargain, she is still made invisible by men and she is still fiercely unhappy. Now in Berlin she is trying to sell her movie at the European Film market. And to talk about this we have as always, Macon Holt, Rebecca Linneman and Neus Casanova. Hosted by Giovanna Alesandro.
23 Apr 2017
Ark Audio Book Club #8 Richard Yates by Tao Lin (Feat. Caspar Eric)
In this episode of the Ark Audio Book Club we explore the genre ‘’new sincerity’’, with Tao Lins 2010 novel called Richard Yates. The book is about the relationship between about two characters, Dakota Fanning and Haley Joel Osment and while you couldn't call it a pleasant read, it’s definitely an interesting read, challenging our idea of prose in a ways that we haven’t come across with any other author.
24 Jul 2016
Ark Audio Book Club #11 10:04 by Ben Lerner
On this special anniversary edition of the Ark Audio Book club we have brought together the panel from the first ever episode, on Leaving the Atocha Station, to talk about Ben Lerner’s second novel 10:04. The story of an unnamed Ben Lerner-like New York author, working on a follow up to his well received Atocha Station-like first novel while juggling relationships, family, the spectres of death, technology and ecological disaster and the prospect of having a child with his best friend, all set within a baroque metafictional construction. The novel is a poetically crafted exploration of the differentness temporalities of art making and life living, and the attempt for ever-unattainable authenticity. This episode features Alexander Buk-Sweinty, Magnus Friis, Giovanna Alesandro and is hosted and produced by Macon Holt.
23 Oct 2016