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Ark Audio Book Club #43 Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, by Andrea Lawlor
On this episode, the final episode of the ark audiobooks club, for now, the gang talk about “Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl”, by Andrea Lawlor. The novel follows the story of Paul/Polly Polydoris, a queer film student in Iowa in the early 1990s, who just so happens to be able to entirely change his physical gender expression by force of will alone. The story follows Paul through his sexual escapade, through a romance in a lesbian collective in Provincetown and trying to work out what exactly his deal is in San Francisco. All the while, the rolling tragedy of the AIDS crisis looms, alt-rock on the radio and Gender Trouble on the syllabus. Here to about the book this time are Jimmy Guariento, Cecilie Louise Kjølholt and one final time Macon Holt and your host Giovanna Alesandro.
Thanks for listening to us chat about books for the last four and a half years!
Ark Live — Translation Series: Johanne Bille's Elastic with Sheri Hellberg
On this podcast, you will a recording of an event we held back in August to celebrate the release of the English translation of Johanna Bille’s Novel, Elastic, from Lolli Editions.
You will hear readings from both the Danish and English versions of the novel and a conversation between the author her translator Sheri Hellberg.
Ark Live — Loretta Auditorium Presents The Body of Loretta with J. P. Slote
On this podcast, you will hear a reading/performance by New York-based writer and performer J. P. Slote of extracts from three plays from the recently published collection "Loretta Auditorium Presents The Body of Loretta" from Fly by night press
The performance contains graphic depictions and descriptions of sexual violence throughout. For a full discussion of the themes explored in this work, you can find an interview with J. P. Slote at arkbooks.dk
Ark Live — Going Nowhere, Slow with Mikkel Krause Frantzen
On this podcast, you will hear a recording of an event to celebrate the release of Danish literary critic and cultural theorist Mikkel Krase Frantzen’s first book in English, "Going Nowhere, Slow: The Aesthetics and Politics of Depression", from Zero Books.
Joining Frantzen for the discussion were the Artist and activist Jakob Jakobsen and Ida Bencke from the curatorial collective, The Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology. Hosted by Macon Holt
Ark Audio Book Club #42 The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
This month on the ark audio book club, we are revisiting an old flame with the new novel "The Topeka School" by Ben Lerner. Lerner’s first novel, "Leaving the Atocha Station", was the book started this crazy show so in many ways this is something of special occasion.
In The Topeka School, Adam Gordan of the Atocha stations is back and this time we are learning about his upbringing with his Psychologist parents at the eponymous research and treatment facility in the small Kansas city. Told from the perspectives of Adam, his father Jonathan and his Mother Jane, the novel is exploration both of the formation of this character and the complex historical entanglements that an upbring entails, from youthful hijinks to developmental psychology, from New york subversives to midwestern values, from the fringes of the Westboro Baptist church to the exclusive debating clubs for future politicians. The novel explores the complexities of living in our world in classic Lerner style by excavating the disjunctions of language and action the stories we produce to square the circles.
Talking about the book are long-time friend of the pod, Franek Korbanski, returning champ and Lerner scholar, Charlie Cassarino and of course, the people started the podcast all those years ago, Giovanna Alessandro and Macon Holt.
From Granta Books.
Ark Audio Book Club #41 The End of Alice by A. M. Homes
This month on the ark audio book club, the gang talk about A. M. Homes controversial novel, The End of Alice. The novel is a character study of a convicted pedophile and child murderer as he reflects over his life in prison. When he starts receiving letters from a bored college student who dreams of seducing the young boy who lives next door to her parent's house, he seizes the opportunity to bring some else into his world. However, all may not be as it seems. Not a great book. This episode features Macon Holt, Frida Hammershøy, Charlie Cassarino and your host Giovanna Alesandro.