Category: On Books

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 →

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 →

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 →

Book Lovers: Kaite Welsh

Kaite Welsh (@kaitewelsh) thinks her postman must hate her because she lives “on the third floor and I get a parcel of books every day.” Welsh is an author, journalist, the LGBT Editor of The List, Scotland’s best-selling entertainment magazine and the Chair of this year’s Green Carnation Prize, which celebrates LGBT authors (@TheGCPrize). We called her up at home in Edinburgh to… Read more →

Book Lovers: Mario Münster

Meet Mario Münster, the co-founder of Rosegarden (@RosegardenMag), a Berlin-based cultural journal publishing the stories about people, issues and ideas “that influence us as eagle-eyed urbanites”. Münster and his fellow founders Maren Heltsche and Bertram Sturm started the magazine because “Pop-up culture, supper clubs, start-ups: they affect our daily lives. In turn, this is shaped by a layer of contemporary social and… Read more →

The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick.

Dear Sugar is back! Dear readers, all your problems are solved. The original Sugar advice columnist Steve Almond, who passed the torch to Wild author Cheryl Strayed have come together for a weekly podcast that will soothe troubled hearts and worried minds. In short, the story goes like this: Steve Almond was looking for someone to take over his advice column at TheRumpus.net. Strayed… Read more →

I was interviewed in 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 →

Love Miranda July

Miranda July writing on her stove was the funniest thing I saw on the Internet in 2007. She started by using the top of her refrigerator as a dry-erase board. It didn’t go well. So she switched to her stove. Trust me. Click on that link and keep clicking through the photos. There has been no better representation of feeling nervous.… Read more →