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 […]

En strategi om religion og fornuft

This is a post about islam. Or maybe not – it’s mostly about the value of having a society that is based on secular, rational principles. It’s in Danish, because it relates to a discussion that was going on in Denmark over the summer. Hvorfor er det nu, at det for medier og politikere er […]

Would you pay for tabs?

Back when I closed down the site in 2006, I was in touch with the Dylan folks to try to get some kind of an official status for the site. It stranded because the licencees for the sheet music sales didn’t like the idea. My guess is that these “licencees” are just some branch of […]

17. mai-tale i Balestrand, 1983

The following is the “17 May speech” my father gave in 1983. In Norwegian again, I’m afraid. * Her følger min fars 17.-mai-tale fra 1983. Det var  årets hovedtale ved 17. mai-feiringen i Balestrand ved Sognefjorden, holdt fra toppen av en gravhaug fra vikingetida, foran alle bygdas gode menn og kvinner, bunadkledde og feststemte, nøyaktig […]

Sommersamtale med Knausgård

Lyssna: Sommar i P1 med Karl Ove Knausgård   Karl Ove Knausgård har vært sommergjest i svensk radio. Det var tenkt som halvannen times uforpliktende småprat om løst og fast, men sånn kunne det selvfølgelig ikke bli. I stedet kom det til å handle om: «hva betyr det å være norsk? Hva vil det si […]

Four Simple Facts

Whenever I’ve been concerned, these past few weeks, about the future of Egypt, Libya, Tunis, and the other countries where the people (the People? which people? — Sorry, just a digression) have been revolting; about why the revolters are chanting “Allah’u akbar”; about what is true and what is not about Al-Qaida and the Muslim […]

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 […]

“Why don’t you also block …?”

I receive a lot of suggestions of other countries to boycott. Turkey, North Korea, Sudan, etc. So why don’t I also block them? 1. This is not a crusade against every injustice in the world. It is a contribution to the cultural boycott of Israel because of its treatment of Gaza and the Palestinians, as […]


I thought I was going to take a break from this now, but there is one more thing I need to state more clearly, and thanks to all who have reminded me of this (and I’m not being sarcastic here): Everything I’ve said about truth, propaganda, and predetermined morals could and should be used against […]

Cultural Boycott — some reflections

A week ago, I started my cultural boycott of Israel, in direct response to, but not caused only by, the events surrounding the murders (or war crimes) on the Freedom Flotilla. These are some reflections on the boycott itself and on the reactions it has caused. What is a cultural boycott, and is it fair? […]