Author: Freja Gyldenstrom

Man Booker Prize 2017: ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ and America’s Past Dreams of an Unattainable Future

The celebrated American writer George Saunders is known for his darkly satirical caricatures of his homeland. Stylistically and thematically akin to writers like David Foster Wallace and Kurt Vonnegut, he shares their postmodernist fascination with the absurdities of American culture. His first collection of short stories CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (1996) is set in a dystopian hyper-corporate not-so-distant-future America characterised by overconsumption, despair, and bleak outlooks. Perhaps it’s telling that eleven years later, with his long-awaited first novel Lincoln in the Bardo, Saunders steps away from the artificially enhanced suburbia of tomorrow and looks to the past in order...

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Morality and Taxidermy in Art: Between the Monstrous and the Beautiful

In recent years taxidermy has become popular as an art medium. Artists like Damien Hirst, Polly Morgan, Enrique Gomez de Molina, and Sarina Brewer have started exploring the artistic potentials in the practice of mounting animal skins. Some recent taxidermy art presents itself as Art (with a capital A), busily establishing itself as a serious artistic medium. One example of this direction in is Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s Head On (2006), where 99 wolves leap through air only to smash into a glass wall. There is no mistaking that for something which could happen outside of a museum. Other...

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