Literature in the Land of the Inherently Cute

May 6, 2011 in (a bit) longer essays, Articles, The Grapevine

- the search for literary crisis (Practically) all political writing engages in representation and a form of adjudication – i.e. “picking a side”. Classic social realist writing of capitalist societies not only represents the exploited classes, but furthermore represents them against their mortal enemy, the bourgeoise classes; nationalist literature not [...]

The Art of Any Impact

March 11, 2011 in Articles, The Grapevine

The most important thing to keep in mind during a fistfight (or while writing a poem) isn’t what to do with your arms and knuckles, but where to place your feet. If you keep them too close together, you’re liable to fall over – and if you keep them too [...]

Short story: May Oral Gnarr Annualize?

February 15, 2011 in The Grapevine

Municipal decree stardate 01012021-001 — January 1st, 2021. State anarcho-surreo-separatist municipality of central Laugavegur and the united TGIFs of the greater eurafrican kingdom. Citizens of love and the Tao! I beseech you! Hark, hark! Hear, here! Lo, lo! Whiff! Feel! Taste! Orgasm! I write you now to say: Another decade [...]

This is Your Brain on Crack Cocaine

December 16, 2010 in Articles, The Grapevine

Each year, for about eight weeks, Icelandic book culture loses its cool and turns into a crazed media circus. When the clock strikes ‘october’ literature suddenly gets two-handedly drowned, literally strangled, with attention – having been mostly ignored or patronizingly shrugged off for the previous 43 weeks of the year [...]

So is The Wasteland

December 5, 2010 in Articles, The Grapevine

Oh, alright, I’ll admit it: I don’t understand most poetry. It baffles me. I read it, shaking my head and scowling. I don’t even understand my own poetry. Objectively speaking, most of it’s just nonsense – like how many ‘P’s or ‘S’s can I fit into a sentence? How about [...]

Future Perfect Poetry

October 23, 2010 in Articles, The Grapevine

When this text is eventually published the world will know who received the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature. It will have been announced yesterday. The person in question will already be lauded worldwide, in today’s newspapers next Friday, with a few dissenting voices perhaps mentioning cultural politics and even fewer [...]

Quiet, You Ignorant Booby!

October 3, 2010 in Articles, The Grapevine

Anything an author does (or says) is viable to be used as evidence against (or for) her (or him). Their actions and words are commonly seen as shedding an invaluable light on the work they’ve given the world – and to a certain extent this is of course true. It’s [...]

Making Perfect Sense

September 22, 2010 in Articles, The Grapevine

Poetry is the art of the illogical, or even anti-intellectual, performed with the tools of logic and intellectual zealotry: language. Poetry is an invoker of feeling, or more correctly, perhaps, sensation and/or experience – while simultaneously being a way of thinking, of “catching yourself thinking” and “noticing what you notice” [...]

Experimentalism is a humanism

September 11, 2010 in Articles, The Grapevine

A few days ago (the rather awful) writer’s magazine Writer’s Digest tweeted the following: “Free short story competition to raise awareness for those suffering from depression”. Followed by an url. Now, being the cold-hearted asshole I am, this made me chuckle. I’m sorry for it, I truly am – I [...]

There’s a New Screen in Town

August 24, 2010 in Articles, The Grapevine

So far poetry has proved far more adaptable to a higher-and-higher high-tech world than prose fiction, which clings to the book as if the only thing justifying it’s existence were the bar-code and ISBN-number (not to mention the prize-tag). This would be relatively easy to explain away if we were [...]