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Our Struggle is a podcast about the life and struggle of Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard

Our Struggle Our Struggle

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Our Struggle is a podcast about the life and struggle of Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard

    White Chocolate Guys (ft. Sam Kriss)

    White Chocolate Guys (ft. Sam Kriss)

    In this episode with cult fave 6'4" writer SAM KRISS, all motifs are on the table - literally. Drew has been heroically managing dry January by replacing alcohol with weird food and on the Wednesday evening we gathered at the Park Slope Manse, he presented Sam and Lauren with the most deranged assortment of snacks imaginable. As we loudly munched our way through the spread (to the great delight of audiophile listeners, we're sure), the madness of the snacks began to infect us, resulting in folie a trois to remember.

    cheat sheet:

    2:00 - Drew itemizes our meal and Sam explains how it's possible to be British and Jewish at the same time. 

    46:00 - Sam delivers a startlingly lucid lecture on Kristeva's the sign and the symbol and explains how, hopefully, literature is headed back to the Middle Ages. This has to do with Knausgaard!

    1:30:00 - We declare Sam to be the UK's new Blurber in Chief and Sam flawlessly impersonates American TikTok teens.

    2:00:00 - Complete madness sets in at this point; not sure what we were talking about here.

    Many thanks to Sam for joining us! 

    Listeners: Feedback about the audio quality is NOT welcome.

    PLUGS:

    Subscribe to Sam's substack

    Help us enliven our snack budget with mischief


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    • 2 hrs 18 min
    No One’s Beautiful and We’re All Gonna Die W/Alex Dimitrov

    No One’s Beautiful and We’re All Gonna Die W/Alex Dimitrov

    Love is boring and breakups are banal. Flight attendants are gay and have extraordinarily high body counts. We’re calling for a New Sensualism! Have you read The Line of Beauty? Drew’s getting into astrology and martinis, Lauren’s still running the show. Alex Dimitrov is, in fact, a respected poet–published in The New Yorker, no less. He likes getting his haircut once a week, to feel in control. He likes keeping a diary, he likes the camaraderie of a handjob. Lauren’s been reading a lot about AIDS and Quebec. Drew’s been forcing people to take shots of Pepto Bismol. Dimitrov doesn’t like lunch, but he likes Hemingway. Lauren knows where to find the best steak tartare in New York. Drew still hasn’t found a father. Dimitrov is writing a novel but it’s not a queer novel. Karl Ove is falling in love. No one’s beautiful, we’re all going to die, and Our Struggle is back from an accidental hiatus. Eat this episode with cranberry sauce. 


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    • 1 hr 59 min
    Well, There You Have It (ft. Andrew Martin)

    Well, There You Have It (ft. Andrew Martin)

    We're back! Really! Having revived ourselves with grapefruit Spindrift and coffee following our lackluster 2nd anniversary show, we invited Andrew 'actually Armenian' Martin, author of the novel Early Work and the short story collection Cool for America, to join us at Lauren's Park Slope manse for a rollicking discussion of Book 2's famous face-slashing section! Andrew did not disappoint: with typical Armenian wit and candor, he helped us to pick apart the drunken series of events leading to Karl Ove's facial mutilation. Enjoy!

    cheat sheet:

    00:50 - Andrew gives us the DL on all the most important Armenian Americans; we start beef with Elif Batuman; the Queen is mourned, we ponder which British 80s singers are bereft, and which are overjoyed;

    25:16 - Karl Ove sets eyes on Linda for the first time; it's the summer of 1999, Linda's wearing cool Matrix sunglasses (we're pretty sure) and we ponder what other y2k phenomena Karl Ove engaged with. Also: the 2022 film The Northman helps us to understand some peculiar actions reportedly undertaken by Karl Ove and Arve at the Biskops Arno seminar.

    52:00 - Karl Ove tries to impress Linda by playing Wilco's Summerteeth and showing her a Roman cookbook, to no avail; this leads Lauren to prompt Drew and Andrew to share their picks on which album and cookbook they would choose to impress a woman in 2022.

    1:19:06 - The rejection comes, somewhat robotically; Karl Ove takes a shard of glass to his face but it doesn't stop him from enjoying some pizza and catching a Garbage concert with Tonje the day after. Andrew and Drew reflect on acts of drunken destruction undertaken as young men. 

    Until next time! 

    Also....

    Have brain damage? Consider donating to our patreon! 




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    • 1 hr 45 min
    Vagaries and Vicissitudes: A 2nd Anniversary Call-in Special

    Vagaries and Vicissitudes: A 2nd Anniversary Call-in Special

    As that haunting summer feeling takes hold, Lauren and Drew languidly reflect on another year of podcasting and readerly fellowship. Along the way they read some KOK and respond to calls from the usual band of dilettantes, devotees, and detractors. A goblin-schnozzed Czech puppet called Mickey makes a special appearance as well. 


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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Colonel Mustard with the Gerbil (ft. Jon Lindsey)

    Colonel Mustard with the Gerbil (ft. Jon Lindsey)

    Good news: it's our first in-person recording in half a year. Bad news (a la Teddy St. Aubyn): Audio interface ran out of battery so it cuts off sorry



    Buy Jon's book: Body High



    We'll get back to Karl Ove soon we promise.



    Have brain damage? Consider donating to our Patreon: patreon.com/ourstruggle


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    • 53 min
    Bildongsroman (ft. Gary Shteyngart)

    Bildongsroman (ft. Gary Shteyngart)

    We're back! We're talkin schlong! We're on Patreon, finally!

    It's season 4....after taking a month and half off from the show to work on their tans, Lauren and Drew return, joined, this time, by the beloved novelist Gary Shteyngart, zooming in from his Rolex-stuffed country estate in the Hudson Valley. Knowing that many of our listeners are fans of Gary's work for its wit, humor and aching portrayals of soviet jewish anxiety (cosplaying a lit critic today lol), we decided to engage Gary exclusively on the subject of his penis. Gary, whose penis's travails began at the age of 7 when we underwent a botched circumcision inflicted by singing Hasids, was more than happy to discuss his New Yorker story about the trials and tribulations of his mangled member (his Bildongsroman, if you will). What followed was a congenial discussion of not only his fucked up penis but also his decadent forays into watches, ant larvae, and more; Phillip Roth's sex advice to a young starstruck Gary; and a truly overwhelming raft of dick jokes that all seemed to point in the same direction: a serious consideration of the limits of humor's liberating properties and the delicate process of transforming real ongoing pain into art (I told you I was cosplaying a lit critic today lol).

    Thank you Gary! Hope to see you at the tinned fish restaurant soon.

    To the rest of you - patreon.com/ourstruggle.

    Reach out - teixeira.lauren@gmail.com; deohringer@gmail.com




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    • 1 hr 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

akkie lumberjakkie ,

Very dumb-smart

This show is feels low-fi and shambolic, which makes the bits they happen across even funnier.

I'm a 30-something who likes to read. Its almost magical in how often they'll reference stuff I love

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