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Unearthing Erotic Genius: On Rut Hillarp and Swedish Modernism

“Rut Hillarp was born 100 years ago this past Friday. She is one of the most unfairly marginalized authors in Swedish literary history. It’s as if we refuse to allow ourselves to discover just how damned excellent a poet she is.” — Bernur, February 23, 2014. “Her lyrical prose is fantastic: so beautiful, erotic, dark, perceptive and intense.” — Swedish novelist Therese Bohman… Read more →

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Erika Lust’s XConfessions at Babylon Kino Berlin

On 10 February, feminist pornographer Erika Lust is coming to the Babylon Kino in Berlin to screen XConfessions, films she made based on your sexual fantasies. (Details here.) We chatted about sex-positivity, Girls and what you can learn from other people’s X-rated confessions… We’re excited to have you in Berlin, Erika! Have you screened your films here before? Indeed I have! Back in June 2012… Read more →

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All Monsters Must Die: An Excursion to North Korea

In late 2014, I spent a few months immersed in North Korea, translating Magnus Bärtås and Fredrik Ekman’s All Monsters Must Die: An Excursion to North Korea into English. I loved everything about the book: the interwoven cultural and political histories (specifically: film history), the surreal reality the authors were navigating as part of a group trip through North Korea, the cultural and… Read more →

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On falling into ice lakes in Lapland: Be Particular Out There Podcast

Dustin M. Thomas asked me if I had a story for his new podcast Be Particular Out There (@Be_Particular), something his grandad used to say in parting…usually after telling him a story he’d never forget. This essay about hiking the King’s Trail was written for the forthcoming issue of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place, a new Berlin-based magazine that you definitely… Read more →

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Interview with Rosegarden!

Berlin-based culture and lifestyle mag Rosegarden (@rosegardenmag) liked the sound of “Data and Desire” and had a few questions about love in a digital age. Thanks for the interview, Mario! Los Angeles- and Berlin- based writer Saskia Vogel is not only one of our contributors – but together with the artist and author Michael Salu, she hosts and curates the event series „Local Transport“ in London.… Read more →

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Weird Sex with Readux (You’re invited. 21 October.)

When Readux Books publisher Amanda DeMarco told me about their upcoming onex series, I had to submit something. Ideally a forgotten or little known Swedish eroticist or a writer deeply engaging with sex and power. Someone like Else Jersualem, whose 1908 novel The Red House examines prostitution and moral hypocrisy in Vienna through the eyes of a woman who grew up in brothels. It was a… Read more →

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London Literature Festival News!

I’m excited to share that I’ll be donning two guises at the London Literature Festival this October: co-conspirator (pixels and sharp angles) and moderator/fangirl (spectacles and exclamation points). For the next edition of Local Transport, Michael Salu and I have lined up a trio of exciting artists who will explore Data and Desire. What can all the data in the world tell… Read more →