Author: Saskia Vogel

On the Viva Erotica Festival in Helsinki

      Do I like that? Would I want to do that? Do I want to dream of that? Is that body like mine? What other kinds of bodies and experiences are out there? Which bodies do I want to touch? Which experiences do I want to make mine? “Will people be masturbating in the cinema?” This was one… Read more →

Gazing at Women

Recently a friend told me that she had decided not to go see Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice because of the poster, which features the sunset pink landscape of a bikini babe. She was tired of this. Tired of marketers luring her in with sexy female bodies. And she was taking a stand with this film. But, but, I said, it references… Read more →

The Quietus!

A big thanks to Jen Calleja, Amanda DeMarco, Karl Smith for making this happen! Here’s the start of The Quietus interview. Read on, lovelies. Verfreundungseffekt: The Translator Is Present – Saskia Vogel Interviewed  By Jen Calleja  This month’s column swings the focus to the unsung hero – the literary translator – but just as much on contemporary Swedish literature and inventive ways… Read more →

from “The Boys”

Here’s an extract from Jessica Schiefauer’s young adult novel Pojkarna (The Boys). It was originally published by Words Without Borders. There’s a movie of the book coming out next year and the picture above was taken on-set by Karolina Pajak. Now, onward to masquerades and magical flowers… It was a balmy night, spring had started to slip into early summer, the trees’… Read more →

Join us! Local Transport: 15 January at the ACE Hotel

From shadowy alleyways and glittering towers to fighting demons in your damp bedsit LOCAL TRANSPORT asked filmmaker JAMES BATLEY and authors ZOE PILGER and BEN LERNER to reveal their DARK PLACES. One hour of cultural adventure, a fully-stocked bar, and communion with the darkest spirits in London. Doors at 7pm, Act One soon thereafter. ACT ONE We kick off the… Read more →

Just Be: On “The Boys” and reluctant womanhood

As a pre-teen in Southern California, I was terrified of the day I would have to wear a bra. As soon as you wore one, the boys would stalk you around school, sneak up behind you, and painfully snap the hook and eye closure against your back. It was a humiliating hazing ritual of sorts, with one foot in the… Read more →

Press for New Swedish Fiction at the Ace Hotel Shoreditch

A splash of press from the Audible UK blog on a New Swedish Fiction Night, co-organized by Dialogue and SELTA. A Night in Translation by Claire O’Neill Last Thursday we had the pleasure of an invite to Saskia Vogel’s Swedish anti-crime lit session, including actors from Liars’ League and a select audience of East London’s lit folk. Huddled in the depths of Shoreditch’s The Ace… Read more →

Finland’s Philip Teir on Bilingual Publishing and the Global Novel

Finland’s Philip Teir is a culture editor, anthologist and author who we hope to be reading in English soon. Teir’s much anticipated debut novel The Winter War: A Novel about Marriage, published today, is a tense, funny depiction of family, globalization and life’s little disappointments during a long, cold winter Helsinki winter when everyone, as Teir says, is drinking a little… Read more →

Watch.Listen.Groove. Local Transport at the Ace Hotel

Dialogue and Salu are kicking off a new event series at the Ace Hotel Shoreditch on 18 September. Come along! ACT I: WATCH Get under the skin of Lorenzo Vitturi’s acclaimed photographic series Dalston Anatomy with an exclusive multimedia performance in collaboration with poet Sam Berkson, currently exhibited at The Photographer’s Gallery. From found objects to street scenes and portraits of locals, these… Read more →