Category Archives: non-fiction

Jon Ronson: The Men who Stare at Goats (2005)

Immediately after finishing Ronson’s The Psychopath Test, I picked this up. It’s written six years earlier, and it seems Ronson hadn’t completely arrived at his form yet. Or maybe torture in Guantanamo is just a more serious matter than psychopaths … Continue reading

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Jon Ronson: The Psychopath Test (2011)

I’m an instant fan of Jon Ronson. This book is non-fiction, but it’s journalism more than a cool presentation of facts. The scope of the book is an exploration of madness and the madness industy, that is the diagnosing of … Continue reading

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Susie Orbach: Bodies (2008)

This book by the psychoanalysist Susie Orbach ties nicely in with Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth (I really ought to re-read that), as well as the new, feminist books I’ve read lately (Delusions of Gender, Living Dolls and Female Chauvinist … Continue reading

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Natasha Walter: Living Dolls (2009)

After I read Female Chauvinist Pigs I went looking for a similar book, but written more recently. This one is, and it’s British, which makes it a lot more resonant to the Danish society than Levy’s description of the USA. … Continue reading

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Rachel og Israel Rachlin: 16 år i Sibirien (1982)

Jeg tror, den her bog har stået på min to-be-read-hylde i 14 år. Nu fandt jeg den endelig frem, og det fortrød jeg ikke. På et par dage strøg jeg igennem bogen, som giver et humoristisk og personligt indblik i … Continue reading

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Mikael Parkvall: Lagom finns bara i Sverige,
och andra myter om språk (2009)

Mikael Parkvall er professor i lingvistik ved Stockholms Universitet, og tilsyneladende lidt af en gnaven, gammel mand. På den lune måde, heldigvis. Her i bogen giver han hals over for myter om (især det svenske) sprog, som han systematisk og … Continue reading

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Ariel Levy: Female Chauvinist Pigs,
Women and the rise of raunch culture (2005)

Yet another piece of non-fiction. I’m clearly developing a habit here. This is a lucid book about the curious mix of feminism and sexyness – or the variant which Levy refers to as raunch culture. I’ve always been ambivalent about … Continue reading

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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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Modersmålselskabet:
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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