Kategoriarkiv: non-fiction

Malcolm Gladwell: Blink (2005)

Someone recommended that I read this book about how we make decisions and why snap decisions can be the best. And it’s all very interesting, but the über pop-science style of writing really annoyed me. The book is based on … Læs resten

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Jon Nordstrøm: Dansk tatovering (2009)

What an interesting, pretty book about tattooing in Denmark. I read somewhere that it originally was meant to be a photo book, but when collection material, Jon Nordstrøm came upon so many fantastsic stories about the tattoo mileu in Denmark … Læs resten

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Torben Bille:
Sebastian – når lyset bryder frem (2009)

Det er ikke nogen særlig velbevaret hemmelighed, at jeg er besat af Sebastian, især af hans 70′er-inkarnation. Torben Bille har jeg til gengæld aldrig været særlig vild med. Hans hang til overdrevent overflødige ordspil (see what I did there!) svinger … Læs resten

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Mickey Gjerris m.fl.: Kød. En antologi.

Ja. Det her er, som titlen antyder, en antologi om kød. Om kødproduktion, vegetarisme, landbrugets påvirkning af landskabet, sundhed og hvad man ellers kan komme på af aspekter af kød set fra et dansk synspunkt. Som udgangspunkt meget interessant, men … Læs resten

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Jon Ronson:
Them. Adventures with extremists. (2001)

Meh. I think it was a mistake to read three of Ronson’s books this close together. He’s a great writer and he writes about interesting stuff, but he does it in somewhat the same way. This, even more than the … Læs resten

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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 … Læs resten

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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 … Læs resten

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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 … Læs resten

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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. … Læs resten

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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 … Læs resten

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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 … Læs resten

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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 … Læs resten

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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 … Læs resten

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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 … Læs resten

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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 … Læs resten

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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 … Læs resten

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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 … Læs resten

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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 … Læs resten

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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 … Læs resten

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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, … Læs resten

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