Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cool couple

Bill and Hillary Clinton as students 1972

 Look at that cool couple. It is a photograph illustrating in excellent ways everything that has gone wrong with the world since 1972...

Monday, December 9, 2013

Reclaim nature

«Make a little room on the crippled Earth!
 Depopulate it so the grass may grow again,
 and woods, meadows, heather, stream and moor
 return to this world of dust and concrete».
Hermann Hesse - Steppenwolf

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ten to one

  I was at the new Starbucks in Bergen a few days ago, enjoying the first really tasty Cappuccino coffee I've ever enjoyed in Norway ever (they can’t make it here). Something weird was going on or is going on. The female customers outnumbered the males ten to one, at least that. I sat there for an hour and the numbers stayed more or less the same.
  This is something I haven’t seen at any other Starbucks and I've been to a few across Europe. Perhaps I will investigate the matter and see if anyone has any explanation for the discrepancy.
  It was strange with almost only women present, but nice, too, of course, almost as if a conjunction of sisterhood descending on the place.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Scandal

  There has been a scandal in British retail book-sale business lately, but the scandal is, contrary to popular opinion not that WHSmith has found lots of controversial novels among their titles, but that they have chosen to remove those titles from their assortment. They have exposed themselves as eager supporters of censorship.
  When you read their press releases and the explanation they give their customers, on and off their website you find one bizarre and sick statement after another. Yes, it safe to say they are practically lined up. There have been many cases like this throughout history, where mainstream citizens impose their narrow morality on everybody else. It wasn't acceptable then and isn't now.
  An oppressive society always blame art in order to distract people from what those in charge should be blamed for and this is certainly such a case. Established retailers and publishers have constantly supported this vile practice.
  A guy by the name of Jeremy Wilson in the online magazine Kernel eagerly call for censorship, and doing so without a single original and free thought in his head. He speaks of filth. What he writes is filth. Find themes most objectionable in people’s eyes, distort the truth, make things up to support your tyranny of the mind. The true scandal is that people like him and those eager beavers at WHSmith and elsewhere have any influence what so ever. The hysteria grows, as it often does in cases like this and all independent titles, those not published by established publishers come under scrutiny, which is exactly what the established publishers desire. I wouldn't put it beyond them to have planned and actually orchestrated this.
  There are lots of talk about ending censorship in foreign countries, but very little of ending it here, in the west, where it is just as bad. It's about money, of course, but also about power and influence.
  Censorship is wrong, without exceptions. Controversial titles should be hailed as a great thing, not removed from public eye. It should be proudly displayed.  It is all the boring and bland mainstream titles that should be thrown on the garbage heap where they belong.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Deep waters

  Indie author Amos Keppler's novel ShadowWalk is, among many great things a celebration of multiculturalism.
  What makes Amos Keppler's books unique compared to all others is the uncanny vision he brings to his work. I have read about half of his works by now, and even though the novels are vastly different from each other, they share that unique quality of being different.
  The visual power he brings to his stories is unquestionable. Others have related how they are able to easily visualize what they read in his books. I agree!
  But what the stories are about more than anything is the deep waters of humanity. You haven’t experienced truly deep in books until you read this one. At least I hadn't.
  The story is about Jill, a young woman, among other youths of all colors and many cultures on a quest to find herself and get a life, about her getting it, finding everything making life worth living. It is found under a rock, right before her eyes, and she grabs it, grabs its tail with both hands and holds on to it with all the considerable might she possesses.
  It’s about the dangers seekers find out there, on the freedom road.
  It’s about the mysteries of human existence and everything under the moon, actually. I would argue that it is about everything and contains everything, but that would not be completely accurate.
  It’s one hell of a book and you will find yourself immersed in it, deep below the surface of its waters, its fire lake.
  I wouldn't claim that each paragraph is a joy to read, but it feels that way. The prose is just as unique as the story itself.
  The boys and girls described in the book are teenagers, but this is a story for truly mature readers of all ages. It is a fantasy book. It is not a fantasy book. You will find no boxed in genre story here. You will find life in all its shades.

  No less.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Summer is over

  I like all seasons. They are change and encourage change, but in today’s oppressive society summer is clearly the best.
  It isn't because of the high temperatures, even though I love those, too. The foremost reason is the most obvious: I can more than anything be human. There is not work, not school, but weeks of relaxation, of embracing everything still great in life.
  I can say fuck it to all the trappings of society and that always feels good. Most people aren't able to even imagining a completely different life, but we are.
  We swim, swim a lot, we dive deep into the forest and the night, enjoying every single second of our life, celebrating it in all forms. We know it is temporary, even as we are very aware that it shouldn't be, shouldn't be that at all.
  School is shit, both in its foundation and execution. It’s just a place where you educate robots, mold people into slaves better suited to perform in the harsh existence as an adult. I want to quit school, but I hold it out, because the alternative: being without a higher education in today’s cutthroat society is even worse.
  True learning is nothing like this, this pale imitation of it. If anyone wanted to study anything it should be because they wanted to, not because they feel brutally compelled to do so.
  So, while I seek and enjoy every radical environment I can find in this tiny Scandinavian village of mine, I keep torturing myself with the words and actions of others.
  Summer is over.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Buyers of IPhone

  A very accurate description. People line up for days to buy that shit?
  We live in an insane world with insane people. It's really an excellent illustration how the sick consumer society is kicking into even sicker overdrive.


  It isn't strange that the world is so out of whack.