Et glemt vers som forandrer det hele

Måske er det en af det 20. århundredes mest misbrugte sange: Nordahl Griegs Kringsat af fiender. Sådan tænkte jeg i hvert fald længe. Som kampsang for fredsbevegelsen har den fået et skær af det sentimentale, hvor kontrasten mellem »granatenes glidende bånd« og »som om vi bar et barn / varsomt på armen« bliver det bærende […]


Ritualets grenser – Ritualbegrepets nytte og skade

Det finnes en grad av søvnløshet, av drøvtygging, av historisk bevissthet, som skader det levende og til sist leder til dets undergang, enten det handler om et menneske, et folk, eller en kultur. Nietzsche: Om historiens nytte og skade (1, iii) Hva tjener vi på å kalle noe et ritual? Hva er det vi med […]


Den sande fiktion

Da min yngste søn var fem, spurgte han mig om det var Mozart der døde på korset. Denne barnlige misforståelse skyldtes formodentlig en kæde af navneligheder: Jesus -> Moses (bedste ven i børnehaven) -> Mozart og den kunne nemt afskrives som en sjov historie fra barnemund. Men den indeholder desuden en vigtig historiografisk pointe. For […]


Another Self Portrait — a review in sonata form

Slow intro, setting the theme One reviewer of this latest release in the Bootleg Series asks: “Remember the first time you heard Blonde On Blonde, or John Wesley Harding?” He is somehow implying that Another Self Portrait is the same kind of experience, having to do somehow with reinvention, recreation. Well, what can I say? […]


Bliss, understanding, and power

Ten points to those who know which important document the following quotation comes from: If one group of people wears white clothes in mourning and another group puts on black, the sentiment of each group will be adjusted according to these two colours, i.e., one group rejects the black colour on such an occasion while […]


Someone Please Fire Jack Frost

… or at least his little helper. You know, the little guy who sneaks in when Mr Frost has gone for lunch, and turns knobs that are best left alone. His intentions may be the noblest, but as we all know, Satan sometimes comes as a Man of Peace. Frost, who also goes by the […]


“Say Only That Which You Have Figured Out Yourself”

These are the words of Thomas Blachman, the guy who has divided more water in Denmark than anyone since Moses (not that Moses was active in Denmark, but you know what I mean), the judge in Danish X Factor who according to some is a sadist who takes delight in sending aspiring stars home to […]


Can’t Wait

Two things in particular make Tell Tale Signs a god-send for the Dylan analyst. One is that it shows how tightly interconnected Dylan’s last three albums are, not only musically but also lyrically: text fragments and themes float between them as if they were part of the same triple album. The other is that it […]