Archives for June, 2007

Karl Hauck 1916-2007

An old sorcerer has passed away. Karl Hauck was the single most influential contributor to the iconology, the interpretation of mythological imagery, of 1st Millennium AD Northern Europe. Hauck’s interpretations built upon solid knowledge of later written sources, most importantly the Icelandic literature of the High Middle Ages. They were sometimes fanciful, always creative, and…

A week ago, Australian historian Keith Windschuttle gave a talk in Sydney under the heading “Postmodernism and the Fabrication of Aboriginal History”. The full text is on-line, highly recommended. “The argument that all history is politicised, that it is impossible for the historian to shed his political interests and prejudices, has become the most corrupting…

Strawberry Parking Lot

Dear Reader — let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to the Strawberry Parking Lot. For the past century and a half, the naming of Swedish places has largely been taken out of the people’s hands and regulated by the authorities. New names of big important places are no longer negotiated organically among those…

Pretty Critters

Two fine crittergraphs from Felicia Gilljam, a prominent Swedish Secular Humanist. Both snapped in recent years in Grödinge parish near Stockholm. Top, a slow worm (Anguis fragilis, Sw. kopparödla). Below, a Southern Hawker dragonfly (Aeshna cyanea, Sw. blågrön mosaikslända).

Won the Lottery

Eight years ago to the day I was invited to a party one Sunday afternoon. I didn’t know the hostess very well: we’d only met twice, at a Mercury Rev concert and a library, and we’d exchanged e-mail addresses. At the time, I was eight months into a surreal period of my life when I…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The sixteenth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Testimony of the Spade. Check it out! Archaeology and anthropology beyond your wildest dreams. “Give yourself over to absolute pleasure Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh Erotic madness beyond any measure And sensual daydreams to treasure forever” Richard O’Brien

David Nessle

David Nessle is a Swedish comic artist, author, editor, translator, sf fan and blogger. His blog is without any serious competition the wittiest one I’ve encountered in the Swedish language, and I read it religiously. Recent themes of his blogging have been a Saami version of “Ghost Riders in the Sky”, an ongoing tiff among…

A recurring theme in my blogging is my frustration at completing a PhD at 31 and finding myself completely supernumerary. A few unwise policy decisions of the government’s has allowed a generation of middle-class Swedes like myself to specialise in academic subjects for which there is no market whatsoever. Two cases indicative of what the…

More 80s Decadence from Kurtz

Since the last time we checked in with Kurtz back in March, those blackhearted deviants have released nine new songs on their web site. That’s more than an LP’s worth of original material in less than three months. Their sound has developed through the adoption of Garageband software. Fans of the Sisters, Joy Division and…

Twilight of Post-Modernism

Swedish social sciences zine Axess just published a thematic issue about the twilight of post-modernism and the lingering pockets of anything-goes relativism that it’s leaving behind. Essays by Johan Lundberg, Ophelia Benson & Jeremy Stangroom, Richard Wolin and Christofer Edling. Currently only in Swedish, but English translations will be on-line shortly. On the Swedish scale,…