Archives for December, 2008

Gnome Poop Insane

Conversing with a friend recently, I mused, what could be the background to the expression “batshit insane”? My friend suggested that it might have something to do with having bats in the belfry. I then wondered what the Swedish equivalent of this expression would be. In Swedish, you don’t have bats in the belfry. You…

Death in the Age of Facebook

“In the morning I left voice mail messages to call me on my mother’s and sister’s numbers. As I came in to work I saw S still logged in to his Skype account, where he’d left it going for his final exercise round. More subdued phone calls during the day, there would be a viewing…

Four Great 90s Authors

Four of my favourite authors were born in the 1890s and wrote mainly from the inter-war years onward. H.P. Lovecraft 1890-1937 J.R.R. Tolkien 1892-1973 F.G. Bengtsson 1894-1954 F. Nilsson Piraten 1895-1972 There seems to be something about that generation’s idiom, taste and experience that resonates with me. But maybe it’s just an artefact of chronology.…