In this episode of the TANK magazine podcast, Natasha Stallard speaks to the artist and writer James Bridle about his new book, New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future. Published by Verso, the book tackles how contemporary technology has led us into a world of ever-increasing incomprehension. From climate change to the nightmarish world of children’s YouTube, we are living in a new Dark Age, which requires, Bridle writes, “acknowledging such contradictions and uncertainties, such states of practical unknowing, in order to move forward.” It is not only technology that changes the world, but how we choose to understand it. ◉
In this episode of the TANK magazine podcast, Ismail Einashe talks to the journalist and editor of New Humanist, Daniel Trilling. Trilling writes on migration, borders and nationalism in Europe and his reporting has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the New Statesman and the London Review of Books. His latest book, Light in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe, published by Picador, draws on years of reporting at the heart of the refugee crisis and illuminates the experiences of those crossing Europe’s borders in search of asylum. The text version of this interview can be found in the 2018 TANK Summer Reader Issue. ◉
In this episode of the TANK magazine podcast, Aida Amoako talks with the American novelist Jesmyn Ward. Among her many accolades, Ward was awarded a Macarthur Genius Grant and is the first female author to win two National Book awards for fiction, for Salvage the Bones (2011) and her most recent novel Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017). The subject of this conversation is The Fire This Time, a 2016 collection of essays and poetry that Ward both contributed to and edited, and which was published in the UK in 2018. Inspired by James Baldwin’s essay The Fire Next Time, the collection heralds a new generation of voices speaking out against racism in America in light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation. The text version of this interview can be found in the TANK Summer Reader issue. ◉
In this episode of the Tank Magazine podcast, Adam Bychawski talks with two of the leading writers engaged on the UK’s serious housing issues, Anna Minton and John Boughton. A writer, journalist and reader of architecture at the University of East London, Anna Minton’s most recent book, Big Capital: Who Is London For? (2017) is a piercing survey of the housing shortage in London and looks at how our homes became financial assets. John Boughton’s first book Municipal Dreams (2018) provides a deeply compelling narrative history of Britain’s council housing from the 19th century through to the Grenfell Tower fire. Topics touched on include the origins of council housing and it’s erosion since the 1980s, alongside more optimistic non-market solutions that could prove key to building a more secure future. ◉
In this episode of the TANK magazine podcast, listeners will hear Madeline Miller reading from her new novel Circe and answering some questions about the book. Miller’s first novel The Songs of Achilles, won the 2012 Orange Prize, and Circe offers another vivid and fresh take on Greek mythology, this time centred on the powerful sorceress most often remembered for turning men into pigs in Homer’s Odyssey. Miller tells us what drew her to this character, whom she calls the “first witch of Western literature”, and explains how Greek myth, especially in its feminist retellings, still has much to show us about our world today.
In this episode of the Tank Magazine podcast, Nadifa Mohamed reads her flash fiction piece, The Maid. Nadifa Mohamed was born in Hargeisa, Somalia in 1981 and studied History and Politics at St. Hilda's College, Oxford University. Her first novel, Black Mamba Boy, was published in 2009. It won the Betty Trask Prize, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award. In 2013 she was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and in 2014 as one of Africa 39's Best of Young African Novelists. Her second novel, The Orchard of Lost Souls, was published in 2013 and won a Somerset Maugham Prize and the Prix Albert Bernard, and was long-listed for The Dylan Thomas Prize and short-listed for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She writes regularly for The Guardian, The New York Times, Lithub, Granta, and Tank Magazine. The printed version of this piece is published in the Tank Future Perfect Issue. ◉
In this episode of the Tank Magazine podcast, Tank’s editor Thomas Roueché talks with Anton Vidokle about the many meanings of cosmism. Vidokle is an artist, filmmaker and founder of artistic platform and archive, e-flux. The final part of his most recent film series Immortality for All: A Film Trilogy on Russian Cosmism, was released in 2017. Part documentary and part performance, the trilogy constitutes an essayistic foray into the history and legacy of cosmism; it draws specifically on the writings of Nikolai Fedorov and was filmed across the post-Soviet landscape. The text version of this interview is published in the Tank Future Perfect Issue. ◉
In this episode of the Tank Magazine Podcast, Adam Bychawski speaks to the author and poet Kapka Kassabova about her book Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe (2017). Combining memoir and myth, history and travel, the book is an exploration of the borderlands between Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria, where Kassabova spent her childhood. On her journey through the south-easternmost corners of Europe, Kassabova documents the tragic stories and mystical folklore of people whose lives have been irrecoverably shaped by the borders that surround them.
In this episode of the Tank Magazine Podcast, Katherine Rundell reads her piece "Russia in the late summer". Katherine Rundell is a fellow of All Souls College at the University of Oxford and a children's author. Her latest book, The Explorer, is shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Children's Book Award and she is currently working on her first novel for adults. The text version of this piece is published in the Tank Travel Issue.
In this episode of the Tank Magazine Podcast, the writer, environmentalist and political activist George Monbiot discusses the ideas in his new book Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis. Never one to think small when the problems are anything but, the book sets out an inspiring vision for a new left politics, one built on cooperation, ambition and optimism.