Det skjer ikke så mye for tiden – hodet er fullt av ull og piller, og arbeidsmessig så er jeg ferdig med de værste deadline-greiene en stund fremover. Men i morgen drar jeg til Norge igjen, og blir i to uker. Planen er å se litt familie, henge masse med venner i Oslo – en del jobb og holde et foredrag…

Hvis noen har gode ideer for utflukter og dagsturer fra Oslo, tar jeg i mot tips!

So, on friday I saw «This is England» – a film about skinheads in 80s England. I really enjoyed it, even though it was more for my mind than my emotions  – I´m not sure I cared that much about the characters, but I certainly got an understanding of what was going on.

Basically, it shows how real people (not just puppet evil-doers) could and can become skinheads. I really liked the way it showed that the style and the «look» of rebels was only connected to the racist idiocy at a later stage in the movie.

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I just watched Everything is Illuminated – based on the book of Jonathan Safran Foer. A book I found brilliant. Irreverent but serious. Funny and deeply respectful of the themes – pogroms and holocaust – which it handles. The movie works well enough, I think. The flashbacks are a bit hand-wavy, and Elijah Woods character is a bit extreme. The Alex character, however, is brilliant with his elaborate right-but-wrong english, goofy and trying to hard to be cool – but still a genuinly kind and likable person.

This is me waving shallowness in the air and shouting «hooray!» but, seriously, I get a lot more out of hollywoods treatment of human loss and betrayal than I did of the Royal Shakespear Companies.

Det raser en debatt om ting og lykke både på sosionautene og hos egoisten. Jeg sitter her med antibiotika, tannverk og litt magesjau og lurer på hvor mye av jakten på lykke handler om å fjerne ubehag. Ganske mye, vil jeg gjette. (mer…)

This is really about academics trying to write, and why it often becomes so full of jargon. This first post is going to be a simple list. My plan is to flesh things out with seperate posts at a later stage.

1st reason for difficult language: Trying to sneak yourself to academic status.

2nd reason for difficult language: Not knowing exactly what you’re saying and hiding behind grand words.

3rd reason for difficult language: Being on a learning curve – still searching for the right words and images to convey your thoughts clearly. (The nice version of the 2nd reason…)

4th reason for difficult language: Common sense language is not specific enough.

5th reason for difficult language: Common sense language is too politicized.

6th reason for difficult language: Common sense language is what is being analysed.

Reason number 4 is often the excuse, isn´t it? I think number 3 is the interesting one. It conveys to me that when an idea is better understood, it can be expressed more simply. This also explains why cutting-edge research often is difficult to read: No-one has thought these thoughts before, so we are still on the learning curve of making them easier to think and say.

Which reminds me: Sometimes a text is difficult to understand, even if it is written in plain language – it could be because it is saying something new and different, something requires the mind to change direction for a while and think differently.

Det er sant! Innbyggerne i 169 (det er gatenummeret vårt) pluss en kjæreste pluss en venn stappet den gamle bilen til Tom full av oss selv, og kjørte til Shakespeare’s fødeby Stratford. Der rasket vi med oss billige standbybilletter til King Lear – med Ian McKellen i hovedrollen! Han viste frem tissen sin for at vi alle skulle skjønne at han var gal.

Når det er sagt – oppsetningen oppfylte alle fordommer som skeptiske ungdommer har til gammelt teater. Pompøst, stivt og langtekkelig. Det eneste som var gøy var at folk brukte laaaang tid på å dø, og holdt lange taler mens de lå på en arm, med den andre armen over hjerte mens de døde. Lenge. Jaja – sånn er det når man prøver seg på kultur – skulle ønske det fristet til gjentakelse.

English readers also deserve a welcome! I decided to push forward and just write something and publish it – to get started with this blog. It resulted in a long post – but I guess that is alright – I guess some of these posts will be short, and some will be long.

I hope this blog becomes a nice place to read, comment and discuss – and I need you readers to help me! If you find that Norwegian posts are in the way, just press the category-button in the right column… Enjoy!