Category Archives: non-fiction

Chester Brown: Paying For It (2011)

Nope, just because it’s told in drawings, it’s not necessarily for children. This is a weighty contribution to the debate about whether prostitution should be decriminalized. Through the account of his own use of prostitutes (or is sex workers a … Continue reading

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David Bellos: Is That a Fish in Your Ear? (2011)

I think there’s a tendency in academic writing to equal cryptic with good. Well, this is proof that an insightful, interesting, academic book can be written in a clear, understandable language – and even be entertaining. It covers most aspects … Continue reading

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Nick Krieger: Nina Here nor There (2011)

I stumbled on an enthusiastic review of this memoir in … some magazine in New York, maybe Bust or Bitch. And I need to remember to buy books on a whim, because this was such a good, interesting and educational … Continue reading

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Stephen Fry: The Fry Chronicles (2010)

This second volume of autobiography from the hand of Stephen Fry is the complete opposite of Karl Ove Knausgård’s autobiographical novels. It’s at times excruciatingly personal, dealing with Fry’s feelings of inadecuacy, insecurity and ambition as a student and young … Continue reading

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Sandra Lipsitz Bem:
An Unconventional Family (2001)

I came across this book in the notes to Delusions of Gender (and bought it – bad strategy for getting through the unread books lurking on the shelves). I often hear parents describe how their offspring as if by magic … Continue reading

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Cordelia Fine: Delusions of Gender (2010)

The media these days seem to be full of more or less scientific articles about how very different men and women are, how men just can’t make a proper, healthy dinner, and how to best raise your gentle, sweet daughter … Continue reading

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Fra det ene sprog til det andet (2008)

Modersmålselskabets årbog fra 2008 handler om oversættelse, og består af 13 korte tekster af oversættere til – og i et enkelt tilfælde fra – dansk, herunder kloge hoveder som Thomas Harder og Viggo Hjørnager Petersen. Der er også et vittigt … Continue reading

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Barbara Kingsolver:
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (2007)

It seems that I need to read some of Kingsolver’s novels, which I must admit I hadn’t even heard of before someone (thanks, Wanda!) recommended I read this book. Because Kingsolver is an excellent storyteller. This is the unpretentious, un-preaching, … Continue reading

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Umberto Eco: Mouse or Rat? (2003)

This is a collection of lectures Eco gave on translation. It covers some good points, but parts of it requires that you read Italian and French, which I don’t. However, Eco is both a translator himself and an author renowned … Continue reading

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Thomas Harder: Mellem to sprog (2010)

Et fint lille kampskrift for oversættelse som respektabelt, “hårdt” fag samt for vigtigheden af sprog og sprogundervisning. Bogen er noget ujævn, da den er delvist sammensat af foredrag og kronikker, men den er underholdende og klog og bestemt anbefalelsesværdig for … Continue reading

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Vanessa Baird:
You can’t keep a good rabbit down (2009)

I stumbled on the Norwegian artist Vanessa Baird and promptly bought her book of drawings and watercolour paintings. It has no other text than headings for the chapters that the book is divided in to, but the images themselves are … Continue reading

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Vagn Lundbye:
Omkom 79′fjorden (2006, 2. oplag)

Denne bog er endnu en i rækken af bøger og ekspeditioner, der prøver at finde ud af, hvad der egentlig skete dengang i 1907, da Jørgen Brønlund, Ludvig Mylius-Erichsen og Peter Høegh Hagen døde i Grønland under Danmark-ekspeditionen. Brønlund efterlod … Continue reading

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Siri Hustvedt: The Shaking Woman (2010)

Sometimes Siri Hustvedt starts shaking, and neither she nor her doctors can figure out why. This is basically what this book is about, plus a lot of neurology, psychoanalysis and most of the things in between. Oh, and “conversion disorder” … Continue reading

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Mette Bom & Shabana Motlani:
Pakidanerdialogerne (2006)

Mette Bom er sej. Jeg var engang til et foredrag med hende, og læste efterfølgende med stor fornøjelse hendes bog Udslag, hverdagsfeminisme i det 21. århundrede. Så da jeg hørte, at hun havde skrevet en samtalebog sammen med sin muslimske … Continue reading

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Jonathan Safran Foer: Eating Animals (2009)

This is a very powerful, thought-provoking book, as has been obvious from the massive media attention it has gotten even here in small Denmark. As a vegetarian, I often discuss food with people who are shocked, repelled or simply curious … Continue reading

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Kirsten Skaarup: Det kærlige køkken (2008)

Jeg har altid været vild med mad, men jeg er for nylig også blevet ret vild med kogebøger. Jeg har ikke skrevet om dem her før, men min seneste anskaffelse har så meget (og så inspirerende) tekst, at jeg slet … Continue reading

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Beverly Lynn Bennett and Ray Sammartano:
Vegan Living (2005)

The full title of this book is The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living, and what’s up with that?!  Someone’s calling me a complete idiot?! Why would I want to read their book, already?! Well, apparently it’s a part of … Continue reading

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Mandy Moore & Leanne Prain:
Yarn Bombing
The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti (2009)

This book is a croos between an art book and a diy-crafts-book. I’ll let the pictures say the rest. The first picture are in the book, the second is from the British yarnstormer-crew Knit the City, and the last one … Continue reading

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Richard Dawkins: The God Delusion (2006)

Jeg gad ellers ikke læse den her bog, var jeg helt sikker på. Men så røg den alligevel med i et 3 for 2-tilbud i sidste uge (oh, dejlige Storbritannien), og det var søreme godt. Alle burde læse den her … Continue reading

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One-to-one. The Visual Culture of International Tickets (2007)

Jeg er rigtig dårlig til at købe foto- og kunstbøger, men efter at have stået længe og savlet over den her, der oven i købet var latterligt meget nedsat, kom jeg heldigvis til fornuft og købte en helt fantastisk bog. … Continue reading

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