May Pieces Of My Mind

  • Reading Kerstin Ekman I’m struck by how complicated a relationship her characters have to social class. And by how oblivious I have largely been to it through my life. I’ve always known that there are people with less money and power than my circle. And that there are those with more money and power. But me, I’m just comfortable in my middle-class geekiness, where what matters is neither money nor power, but being smart and well read. I don’t care what your pay check looks like, I will still only really respect you if you have a vocabulary and can spell.

  • I want a big fucking switch in Gmail that turns visibility of read letters on/off.
  • The cake is a lie. And furthermore, there is no spoon.
  • Reading a science mag on paper. Frustrated by lack of share buttons.

Comments

  1. #1 Jakob Øhlenschlæger
    June 1, 2013

    Regarding the first point I feel a slight urge to disagree a little and say you’re a least as snobby in your criterias as someone who judge by what car you drive but that would lead to a very long discussion and I don’t feel like going into that. I’ll just say that on on this I’m more in line with Pierre Bourdieu and his points in “La Distinction”. Perhaps because both my parents left school after 7th grade and I’ve feelt the consequenses of that all through high school and university while still getting good grades.

  2. #2 Martin R
    June 2, 2013

    I’m not saying I’m not snobbish. I’m saying that I have never felt the urge to be any other social class than the one I was born into, despite not being upper class. You are a class traveller and obviously your relationship to social class must be very different to mine.

    A funny thing about class in Sweden is that our Labour part spent half a century turning working-class kids into academics, thus showing a remarkable hostility to the working class and suicidally undermining their core constituency.

  3. #3 Birger Johansson
    June 3, 2013

    Science mag on paper is ONLY true science mag!
    (which is why I subscibe to “Science” despite having it available online at the university)
    “A funny thing about class in Sweden is that our Labour part spent half a century turning working-class kids into academics, thus showing a remarkable hostility to the working class and suicidally undermining their core constituency”

    Don’t get me started on the labour party and its changed stance on culture, libraries and media.
    There are exceptions, but overall it is crap.

  4. #4 Bruno Van de Casteele
    Belgium
    June 3, 2013

    Never mind the cake and the spoon. How many lights do you see?

  5. #5 mugabe
    June 4, 2013

    What if you use this URL as a shortcut for Gmail:

    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/is%3Aunread+label%3Ainbox