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Our Struggle is a podcast about the life and struggle of Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ourstrugglepod/support

Our Struggle Our Struggle

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Our Struggle is a podcast about the life and struggle of Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ourstrugglepod/support

    1ST ANNIVERSARY CALL-IN SHOW (PT. 2)

    1ST ANNIVERSARY CALL-IN SHOW (PT. 2)

    Drew is shirtless and eating 5% Fage. Lauren walks us through her coffee making process. We respond to a series of increasingly deranged missives and talk Marguerite Duras, Pirates of the Caribbean, Little Rascals, situationism, Morrissey in Sweden, spinach, fapping to Wallace Shawn. We promise to not do this again for another year.


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    • 2 hrs 6 min
    1ST ANNIVERSARY CALL-IN SHOW (PT. 1)

    1ST ANNIVERSARY CALL-IN SHOW (PT. 1)

    Well we were GOING to do this all in one go but then Drew supposedly got recognized at local watering hole Clandestino by a listener who took him to the underworld (brooklyn) and I guess something unspeakable ensued because Drew showed up an hour late to our recording session and looked and sounded like absolute death. It actually made for some pretty good content though, Drew was delirious and rambling and spent the first half hour recapping his journey to Clandestino in Knausgaardian levels of excruciating detail including everything he ate and drank.

    We finally get to listener call-ins at 33:20 if you want to skip ahead (although if you do we'll be offended). We both do fit checks and provide our fall fashion forecast; answer a question about live shows; hear of an Amis sighting; are scolded by someone apparently calling in from the bottom of an abandoned coal mine in the northern England; and listen to a dispatch from friend of the pod Dean Kissick, calling in from sunny Italy!

    We will get to the rest of your call-ins next week! This was very fun and we can't wait to respond to more listener missives. See you on the other side!

    OUTRO: "Talking Karl Ove Blues," written and performed by listener Bob from the North Country

    contact: @OurStrugglePod on twitter; teixeira dot lauren at gmail; deohringer at gmail


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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Free On The Inside (ft. Donald Morrison)

    Free On The Inside (ft. Donald Morrison)

    We're back! After their triumphant NYC debut, Lauren is back in DC, Drew's moved into Morningside Heights with his Jane Goodall-fancying roommate, and they're ready to chat Grandma's shit death house with their pal Donny Morrissey, an investigative journalist and fan of the show who was first K-pilled some years ago during a stint in county jail for heroin possession. This is a classic struggle session, with equal parts textual analysis and Martin anus riffing. You're going to want to shoot this one into your veins, listener!


    NOTE FOR THE AUDIO FREAKS: There was a weird rustling sound on Donny's end to begin with but it's resolved by 38:40 so skip ahead to there if you really can't stand it (although you will miss a lot of good riffing).


    0:00 - Lauren and Drew convene early to catch up and plug Our Struggle's 1ST ANNIVERSARY CALL IN SHOW, the deadline for which is August 21 (GOOGLE VOICE NUMBER: 443-584-6486). We've been getting a lot of delightful missives from listeners and would love to get more. So call in! Especially if you can help Lauren interpret her MRI report, a dramatic reading of which she gives at 8:15.


    14:00 - Our boy Donny beams in from his Marc Maron-style LA garage and we quickly stumble upon an excerpt from Christopher Hitchens' memoir about being horny for Margaret Thatcher and definitely not horny at all for his good chum Martin Anus. After pondering how Martin A would fare on Twitter, Donny tells us about his K-pill experience in the clink (interestingly he couldn't Pynchonpill himself, even locked up for 23 hours a day) and Drew whips out the James Wood blurb on prison literature. Does the cleaning grandma's alcoholic shit death house section of Book 1 have a certain prison lit quality, in which every minor detail takes on great world building significance? 


    1:20:39 - Lauren, Drew and Donny sat sail upon a sea of cleaning products, or is it a ocean of meaningless? At any rate we try to draw out what we feel is one of the most important paradigms in Book 1, about the erosion of meaning over time. We read from some of the most iconic passages in the book, about childhood, construction cranes, crabs. A lot of roasting of Yngve in this passage for everything from his outfits to his sleepwalking to his lutefisk eating -- the latter of which inspires us to interrogate our own relationships to fish.


    2:10:10 - After what is surely an unhealthy amount of on-topic discussion, our three close readers lapse back into digression and chat neck pain, the notorious JC episode, Donny's hot take re: jail vs. prison. We spend at least a quarter of an hour discussing height percentiles with the help of tall.life, ultimately arriving at  the conclusion that Lauren is taller than Drew.


    Thank you for listening! As always, write in to us at teixeira.lauren@gmail.com or deohringer@gmail.com. And please do call in! You have three days left!!!


     


     


     


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    • 2 hrs 43 min
    Remsen Street Rawdog (ft. Christian Lorentzen and Krithika Varagur)

    Remsen Street Rawdog (ft. Christian Lorentzen and Krithika Varagur)

    After six years apart, Lauren and Drew reunite in the Den of the Wizard of Remsen Street (noted literary critic Christian Lorentzen) to produce [sic] an episode that some will call unlistenable and others mumblecore. They bear witness to the completion of a new Lorentzen piece (“I’m going to see my editor at the bar later,” he says). Lauren fiddles fruitlessly with wires and mics she picked up from a listener/new friend serendipitously named Gunnar in Williamsburg,  Drew sprawls out on the couch with an old Spanish guitar, and Christian's neighbor and pod supplicant Krithika Varagur shows up with salted licorice. Lorentzen, ever the solicitous host, supplies the discussants with Pepsi (Mexican, mid-century sugar), coffee (Chemex, poured over paper towel) and Miss Vickie’s chips. 



    You are listening to an excerpt of what was in fact a deep, deep--geologically deep--hang: Drew and Krithika bonded over incest and heroin in the work of Edward St. Aubyn, Lauren smoked Lorentzen’s Camel Blues, and the critic himself typed away and commented on the mingling of smoke and afternoon sunlight in his study. In a state of classic Our Struggle delirium, Drew and Lauren finally vowed to face that evening’s bar hang without chemical aid--raw-dogging life, as the kids say. In that vulnerable, intimate and perhaps diseased spirit, we humbly present our first-ever in-the-flesh episode, REMSEN STREET RAWDOG with Christian Lorentzen and Krithika Varagur


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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Islets in the Flood (ft. Rosie Gray)

    Islets in the Flood (ft. Rosie Gray)

    ~~~LAUREN'S HOUSEKEEPING SECTION~~~


    Deadline for our 1st anniversary call-in show is AUGUST 14th. Call us or email us with your questions, comments, concerns, parody songs:


    Voicemail: 443-584-6486


    Email: teixeira.lauren@gmail.com; deohringer@gmail.com


    T-SHIRTS: Help Lauren go (deeper) into the black by buying a t-shirt! All shirts come with a handwritten, personalized, DNA-laden post-it. Buy one today! ourstruggle.store


    ~~~DREW'S VOLUMINOUS NOTES SECTION~~~


    Updike’s spunkcrusted house is yet another paternal demesne Martin Anus, our anxious Bloomian fils, must scrub and bleach and empty. This Augean task (following Wood following Bellow) mandated, then, that Martin purchase Denis de Rougemont’s Love In The Western World, which comes adorned with a rather ejaculatory blurb from Updike himself. Martin finds the book immediately intoxicating--after all it’s from a time before jargon had colonized scholarship, when criticism was an enchanting expedition. It explores troubadours and heretical Catholic sects, there’s something about love itself being a cult of suffering and death, but Martin doesn’t trouble himself over abstractions and theories. 


    He reads with appetite, as though the book were a novel unfurling grandly before him. De Rougemont performs a wide-eyed reading through of the myth of Tristan and Isolde; so Martin goes to Dunkin Donuts and listens to Wagner in the drive-thru. Oh, right, the Tristan chord; slightly more intriguing in Radiohead’s iteration, perhaps. He loses interest, switches to Uncle Neil, beautiful bright eunuch sludge sounds: once there was a friend of mine who died a thousand deaths. He’s supposed to be thinking about that flat Nord again, though--it’s Sunday: time, as Lauren says, to get on the horn. Rosie Gray’s coming on, another supplicant, buzzing with ideas about My Struggle ˆvia Grey Gardens. Cathars and askesis are so much chatter right now. Myth, enchantment, wonder, spells--his iced coffee gives him this little litany. 


    Rosie and Lauren, it turns out, are ready for wonderment and mythos. They rhapsodize on Karl Ove’s diluvian fantasies and guillotine imaginings as they work their way towards the squalid paternal domain. Grandma’s delirious, the sofa’s caked with shit, this is almost a horror movie. Rosie delivers her thoughts on the rich decrepitude of Little Edie and Big Edie and helpfully reminds Martin Anus of Martin Amis’s hideous and excruciating orthodontia (as featured in Experience, the only book, we learn, that has induced tears in M. Anus). They realize that Karl Ove probably can’t tolerate the existence of Belgium. Lauren makes some perceptive connections between literary flaneurs and detective fiction. And Martin Anus tries to show that this episode’s passage traces a shift, in Karl Ove’s mind---a shift, perhaps, that’s also embodied in the novel form itself--from the mythically grand to the mundanely specific.


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    • 2 hrs 11 min
    Boys Keep Struggling

    Boys Keep Struggling

    Performed and Recorded by Andrew Ohringer in His Mother's Wood-Paneled Basement


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