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Mediediett // sommer 2019

17/07/2019

Vigdis Hjorth - Fordeler og ulemper ved å være til

Jeg likte å lese boka, antakelig mest fordi jeg trengte noe som ga meg lite motstand, hadde en tøtsj av Dag Solstad og et persongalleri fra Tove Nilsen evt. Linn Ullmann. (…)
Det var en del prosa som virket slurvete (til å være Hjort), noe som bidro til følelsen av at boka ikke hadde så mye på hjertet, annet enn å bli utgitt?

Vigdis Hjorth - Leve posthornet!

Ellinor jobber i et sånn passe vellykket, mindre kommunikasjonsbyrå. Da en av de tre ansatte bare stikker av (men som viser seg å være et selvmord) blir Ellinor sittende med ansvaret for tekster og innhold til fagforeningen i Posten.
Boka kommer i Vigdis Hjorth-stil innom ganske eksistensielle temaer. Altså noe som tiltrekker meg og får meg til å fullføre boka - selv om jeg ikke syntes den var en “page-turner” (når leste jeg sist det forresten?)

Seinfeld

Etter at vi leverte vekk Get-boksen er det ingen som ser annet enn NRK på TV i stua. Og bra er det. Men jeg savner litt underholdning når jeg setter meg med kaffe og sjokolade tidlige morraer eller semi-sene kvelder. Derfor lastet jeg ned VLC til Apple-TV og henter Seinfeld og annet snadder fra Macen i annekset.

Le Monde diplomatique

Vågde endelig å lese Le Monde igjen etter et lite opphold. Nok et opphold, av den enkle grunn at jeg blir motløs av å lese om hvordan det står i verden på dypere plan.

Monty

Er stor fan av Jim Meddicks serie Monty. Denne serien er ikke trykket i bokform siden starten i 2001, men publiseres i noen tusen aviser nesten daglig. Altså er den litt vanskelig tilgjengelig. Jeg bruker av og til tid i arkivet på Comics.com og laster ned stripe for stripe i et langt regneark som etterhvert blir “min bok” med Monty-striper i kronologi.

… som vanlig - overhodet ikke en fullstendig liste. Må tenke gjennom hva jeg faktisk har konsumert denne sommeren og så oppdatere. Kanskje.

Mediediett - januar

18/01/2019

Podcast:

DAX18

Lance Armstrong

Monocle

Bøker

Lars Mytting

Dansken (?)

Homo Sapiens

Linn Ullmann

Aviser

Morgenbladet

NYTimes (mobil)

WashingtonPost (mobil)

Klassekampen

Dagens Næringsliv

Aftenposten

TV/FILM

Dom dagarna blommorna blomstrer (*****)

Vor herres veje II (*******)

On looking

18/01/2019

From the author of the #1 New York Times giant bestseller Inside of a Dog comes an equally smart, delightful, and startling exploration of how we perceive our surroundings.

From the author of the giant #1 New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog comes an equally smart, delightful, and startling exploration of how we perceive and discover our world. 

Alexandra Horowitz’s brilliant On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes shows us how to see the spectacle of the ordinary—to practice, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle put it, “the observation of trifles.” On Looking is structured around a series of eleven walks the author takes, mostly in her Manhattan neighborhood, with experts on a diverse range of subjects, including an urban sociologist, the well-known artist Maira Kalman, a geologist, a physician, and a sound designer. She also walks with a child and a dog to see the world as they perceive it. What they see, how they see it, and why most of us donot see the same things reveal the startling power of human attention and the cognitive aspects of what it means to be an expert observer. 

As the million-plus readers of Inside of a Dog have discovered, Alexandra Horowitz is charmingly adept at explaining the mysteries of human perception. Trained as a cognitive scientist, she discovers a feast of fascinating detail, all explained with her generous humor and self-deprecating tone. On Lookingpresents the same engaging combination, this time in service to understanding how human beings encounter their daily worlds and each other. 

Page by page, Horowitz shows how much more there is to see—if only we would really look. On Lookingis nutrition for the considered life, serving as a provocative response to our relentlessly virtual  consciousness. So turn off the phone and other electronic devices and be in the real world—where strangers communicate by geometry as they walk toward one another, where sounds reveal shadows, where posture can display humility, and the underside of a leaf unveils a Lilliputian universe—where, indeed, there are worlds within worlds within worlds. 

Alexandra Horowitz’s On Looking confirms her place as one of today’s most illuminating observers of our infinitely complex world.

To pay attention

18/01/2019

How To Pay Attention

20 Ways To Win The War Against Seeing

Rob WalkerFollow

Dec 18, 2014

As part of a short class for the School of Visual Arts’ newish Products of Design MFA program, I ask students to “practice paying attention” before our next meeting. There are no other parameters for this assignment, which students have a week to complete. Perhaps obviously, the idea is largely to see how they will resolve this overtly vague request.

The class is called Point of View, and this assignment is a minor component, loosely tied to the process around a more significant project. I certainly believe that having an original, legitimate and honest point of view (for a designer or anybody else) involves cultivating the ability to see what others overlook. But the truth is that I include this assignment because it simply gets at a hobbyhorse of mine: our world has become an attention battleground.

From looming billboards to glittering shop windows to the myriad distractions flowing through the pocket-sized screens we carry everywhere, vast and sophisticated efforts prod us to look in specific directions, at specific things, in specific ways. Taken together, they add up to a kind of war against seeing. I try to be part of the resistance.

In fact, as a result of the class, I started to make an informal list of “how to pay attention” strategies — my own, those that students suggested, and others that I’ve read about or otherwise encountered here and there. To my delight, this list grew into something more than I’d anticipated, and started to take on the feel of something between a set of New Year’s resolutions, and a manifesto. Finally I decided that it seemed worth, as they say, sharing.

Not that I consider it complete, of course. Maybe you’ll have your own additions, tips, ideas, suggestions?

Conduct an overlooked-object scavenger hunt …

This is a habit of mine, and no doubt the accidental inspiration for the “practice paying attention” assignment. In fact, I think of this as self-assignment — study payphones in Manhattan (where are they clustered, where are they sparse, how many are broken?), security cameras around San Francisco (which ones are conspicuous and which are stealthy?), defaced Neighborhood Watch signs in Savannah, and so on. The point is to attend to some recurring thing that is ubiquitous, but that nobody is making any particular effort for me to notice.

Historian Matthew Frye Jacobson’s collection of “Space Available” signs is a great example of the same idea. And David Wondrich and Kenneth Goldsmith once took this sort of thinking to a delightful extreme by looking explicitly forflaws in the urban landscape — dinged signs, chipped architectural details, etc. — cataloging them under the title “Broken New York.”

I’ve had students suggest clever variations on this tactic that range beyond features of the built environment: studying facial expressions or tattoos, or paying conscious attention to the way people physically interact with money. Another student brought the idea indoors, checking country-of-origin information on products when visiting stores.

An important caveat: Whether this exercise — or anything on this list — results in some new piece of writing or project is beside the point, for me at least. Sometimes just making it a point to redirect my gaze makes me notice interesting things I wasn’t even looking for, and would surely have missed.

… or just a single-color scavenger hunt

If you can’t come up with a more specific feature or object, just pick a color. Several students have proposed variations on this idea, leading them to note the sheer variety of reds they encounter, or to spot peculiarities like head-to-toe green jumpsuits, or reflect upon the precise origins of a lifelong attraction to, say, yellow.

Spot something new every day

Another student, Gaïa Orain, focused her solution on a two-block walk she made every day, and that had long since become so routine she could have sleep-strolled it. So she made a conscious effort to “see something new” every day — turning this routine walk into a kind of open-ended game.

Change Perspective

Rona Binay and Richard Clarkson teamed up to turn their walk to the subway into their own odd but amusing game: He directed his vision upward toward the sky; she stared downward toward the ground. Apart from seeing differently, they had to rely on each other. (I was relieved to hear they did this relatively late in the evening, when the sidewalk wasn’t crowded.)

Reframe the familiar

Lucy Knops made portable frames, acrylic with a dry-erase surface: “Hold the frame up to an object or scene and write a one- to two-word description on it,” she suggested. “Then, shift the frame to focus on a different subject, leaving the original description.” Knops says her solution was partly inspired by the work of artist Robert Irwin, as described in Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees, by Lawrence Weschler. Irwin’s work famously evolved away from making traditional art objects to a focus on the experience, and shaping the context, of seeing — “allowing people to perceive their perceptions,” as one passage in the book puts it.

Walk with an expert

Alexandra Horowitz built her enjoyable 2013 book On Looking around this idea: Covering territory she considered familiar, but with experts on typography, plant life, public space, geology, etc. All were only too happy to help her see the world through their eyes — things invisible to her, but obvious to them.

Talk to a stranger

This hadn’t occurred to me as a form of paying attention, but at least two students have used the tactic. One was motivated by a more general determination to break his usual routines. So when an elderly woman directed a comment at him about all the trash on the street — the kind of thing most of us nod at vaguely and tune out — he engaged. Another student was more impulsive, striking up a conversation with the woman in front of him at a post office. (Surprisingly, it turned out she regularly goes out of her way to reach this notably busy station, because she likes the staff.) “She was the nicest person that I’ve met in New York,” he reported.

Radio producer Aaron Henkin once conducted a more elaborate, and structured, version of engaging with strangers. His goal: “to meet and interview everybody who lived and worked on one city block in Baltimore.” The result was an audio documentary — and a lot of lessons learned about talking to strangers. Read about his project here.

Let a stranger lead you

Thinking about strangers reminds me of Vito Acconci’s well-known “Following Piece,” performed over a period of weeks in 1969: Daily, he would pick a random person, and follow her or him around New York. This would continue until his subject entered some space Acconci could not (a residence, for instance, or a car that promptly departs). In one case, this meant sitting through a movie when the person he was following went to the cinema. The exercise could last a few minutes, or hours, depending on what the stranger happened to do. I doubt Acconci would characterize his goals as having much to do with “paying attention,” per se, but borrowing his practice would be an adventure in seeing the new.

Take a day-long walk through an unfamiliar part of town

Or you could make a more controlled effort to change your surroundings. This self-explanatory idea (which I suppose may work in some cities better than others) is inspired by I’m Just Walkin’, a project that documents the systematic wanderings of a guy who has set out to walk every single street in New York City.

Poeticize the irritating

“One of my favorite things to do,” poet and artist Kenneth Goldsmith (one of the “Broken New York” explorers mentioned above) observes in his bookUncreative Writing, “is to walk a few steps behind two people engaged in conversation for several blocks.” That sounds supremely annoying. But Goldsmith takes a cue from John Cage’s contention that music is everywhere if you just learn to listen for it. “Poetry is all around us,” Goldsmith writes — and that includes the poetry of two strangers blabbing, their conversation “punctuated by red lights, giving the speech a certain pace and rhythm.” The same applies, he continues, to the many cellphone talkers who seem to be contributing nothing but noise to sidewalks and airports everywhere: “I like to think of it as a release, a new level of contextual richness, a reimagining of public discourse, half conversations resulting in a breakdown of narrative, a city full of people spewing remarkable soliloquies.”

Look slowly

Robert Irwin, the artist mentioned above, shaped his practice in part by spending insane-sounding amounts of time simply looking — at his own paintings, at rooms, at outdoor settings. “Slow Art Day” is an annual event at multiple locations around the country that picks up this spirit in a perhaps more manageable form: Participants meet at a museum and “look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience,” the event’s site explains. “That’s it.” The next Slow Art Day is Saturday, April 11, 2015 — learn how to participate here — but of course the core idea can be adopted any time, and applied to subjects other than art works.

Look really, really slowly

Educator Jennifer L. Roberts has described an assignment she’s used in art history classes as making students regard a single work for “a painfully long time.” This seems to mean three hours, which does sound like a challenge (although it’s nothing compared to the time Irwin spent studying canvases, en route to concluding, in essence, that canvases were beside the point). The task — “noting down his or her evolving observations as well as the questions and speculations that arise from those observations” — is meant to be the first step in a research process. But Roberts argues, persuasively, that it’s a highly useful step. Students resist, but eventually find that looking really slowly forces them to notice things they had initially missed. “What this exercise shows students,” Roberts writes, “is that just because you have looked at something doesn’t mean that you have seen it.”

Look repeatedly

In a 2012 essay in The New York Times, culture reporter Randy Kennedydescribes a decade or so of looking, again and again, at Caravaggio’s “The Denial of St. Peter.” The painting hangs in the Met, which Kennedy has occasion to visit often, and taking (yet) another look at this painting has become part of his routine every time. Over the years, his entire view of the work, and its true subject, has evolved. “One result of looking at a painting so long that you can see it in your mind’s eye is that it does, in a very real sense, become your own,” he writes, “not quite the same painting that anyone else will see.”

Repeat your viewpoint

Steve Hamilton, another Products of Design student, noticed a bench not far from our classroom “that no one sits on.” So he made a habit of sitting on it, for 15 minutes a day, and studying passersby (taking advantage of the extra view offered by the reflective building opposite). Bottom line: “Always take advantage of the incongruous bench.”

Just Listen

Several students have suggested listening-related strategies for paying attention. One described concentrating on nighttime sounds, and naming or identifying them. Another focused specifically on birds, particularly while in his own apartment — an explicit effort to connect with the outdoor world. A third listened to her own breathing, while walking or subwaying or otherwise traveling the city. Doesn’t this invert the assignment, paying close attention to the self to the point of tuning out the world? “We navigate through a lot of noise,” she countered, “so trying to take a moment to clear the mind helps refocus.” (At one point she did this so effectively that she missed her subway stop.) And a fourth chose to zero in on “ambient sounds” — the minor rustling of a plastic bag caught in a tree, for instance. Usually, she added, incidental noises are an irritant to her, but actively seeking them flipped her perception.

Soundmap

As part of a course he teaches on sound in the media landscape at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Marc Weidenbaum has led his students on a “soundwalk.” Following this “docent tour of everyday reality,” he gives them a related assignment: mapping three sounds in a two-block radius of their classroom. They’re asked to “pin” the sounds’ origin points on a digital map, and then “write up for each spot a sentence or two in which you (1) describe the sound and (2) note the sound’s meaning, utility, function, or some other aspect.” (The same thing could of course be done with smell.)

Follow the quiet

For the PBS Digital series Art Assignment, Jace Clayton (DJ Rupture) offered these instructions: 1. Go outside and walk in the direction that is the quietest. 2. Continue until you’re in the quietest place possible.” 3. Take a moment to absorb it.”

(He further instructs documenting the place and uploading that documentation, tagged #theartassignment, but that part varies from my purpose here. Art Assignment is a cool show, and may inspire other ideas, but it’s about making things. It’s fine to make documentation a part of these assignments, or to figure out ways to build on what you’ve seen in future creative endeavors — but that shouldn’t be the entire, or even primary, point.)

Look at anything besides your phone

Predictably, technology denial has been a recurring theme among my Products of Design students. For one, the mere act of skipping headphones counted as a step toward fresh engagement with the world; another mentioned putting her phone on “airplane mode” for an hour a day; another fiddled with the color resolution on his computer screen in a way that somehow discouraged him from checking Facebook.

If those ideas strike you as inadequate, well, educator Andrew Reiner hasdescribed a far more draconian version that he’s assigned to his students: “Eat in a crowded university dining room without the company of school work, laptops or smartphones. Or friends.” His goal involved teaching them something about intimacy, connection, and vulnerability in the social-networking era. (Evidently many students were unnerved, feeling “judged” and “self-conscious.”) I don’t know about that. But if you think of this exercise as less about avoiding technology and more about a prompt to see things nobody else is prompting you to see, it has potential.

Misuse a Tech Tool

This has been another recurring theme. One student used a chat/dating app designed for gay men to (“obsessively”) monitor the number and locations of users within 400 feet. Another used the macro filter on her digital camera to study the textures of street objects on her walks to and from school. A third started using the compass on her iPhone to orient her gaze — wherever she walked, she’d take a look toward true north, and whatever happened to be there, “introducing a degree of randomness into what I saw.”

Care for something

I’ll close with an idea from Miguel Olivares, who presented his solution with a near-apology, worrying aloud that he’d misunderstood the assignment: He’d made a planter for a cactus, on the theory that “by nurturing or caring for something, you pay more attention to it.”

Actually, he’d actually nailed it. For starters, there are countless ways to define “paying attention,” and even this list must be woefully incomplete. (In fact, the list is meant to be a start, not a conclusion.)

And really, caring is at the heart of this assignment. The goal of fighting back in the war against seeing is precisely to decide what you want to care about — and thus what you want to care for. A good goal for the year ahead.

Big thanks to all the students in the Products of Design classes of 2014 and 2015 — sorry I couldn’t name everyone or share every solution you came up with, but you know that I appreciated them all. And class of 2016? I suppose you have now been warned.

Svømmebasseng

17/01/2018

Svømmebasseng "Sølvfat"

Svømmenbasseng lagde fjorårets sommerplate for meg. Idéelt sett, da jeg ikke oppdaget den før i november eller desember...

Siden har den nesten blitt spilt i stykker. 

Av bøker er det som vanlig de senest leste jeg husker, så da kommer Vigdis Hjort høyt opp på en sånn favorittbok-liste-for-i-fjor.

FORTSETTES (siiikert!)...

 

 

 

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Akkurat nå...

23/08/2016

Frank Ocean

Ivy // Nikes  //  White Ferrari

Tre umiddelbare perler fra Frank Oceans "Blond" som ble sluppet i går. For fem år siden spilte vi i hjel "Nostalgia, Ultra" mixtapen og platene med Lennie Breaux, som han kalte seg da. Av og til er den kunstneriske kvaliteten like stor som den kommersielle suksessen og dette er et godt eksempel. (Andre gode eksempler er f.eks. det meste fra Kanye West og ikke minst dronninga, Beyoncé).

Carsten Jensen "Den første sten"

Vanvittig engasjerende og spennende om danske soldater på håpløst oppdrag i Afghanistan. Desillusjonerende, opplysende og trist. Carsten Jensen er (som vanlig) fantastisk. Fikk boka med hilsen fra ham da vi hadde ham på Litteraturfestivalen vår i begynnelsen av august.

Gine Cornelia Pedersen "Kjærlighetshistorie, eller Utenom og hjem, eller Et epos"

Fant denne på tilbud og den har fått såpass mye god kritikk og omtale (bl.a. fordi hun er en av de tre hovedpersonene i den glimrende serien "Unge lovende" på NRK) at jeg ville sjekke den. 

Weekendavisen

Ingen Narvesen-kiosker på sørlandet tar den inn lenger så nå er jeg "tvunget" til å abonnere. 3400,- (1100,- av det er porto) i året er dyrt, men faktisk verdt det...(My er nok ikke enig - men jeg sier opp LeMondeDiplo (oversatt til nordisk for sånne som meg som ikke engang kan fransk)  som jeg nesten ikke får lest fordi jeg blir så deprimert).

Stranger Things (Netflix)

 

Denne så vi og likte veldig godt. Nostalgi og et ikke mysterie som var far-out, men alikevel ikke tok for mye plass i plottet.

Morning Matters with Alan Partridge 

Jeg elsker jo denne kjipe, engelske typen komikk... Ikke My, så jeg ser det alene innimellom.

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Coach Kierkegaard

Pia Søltoft - "Kunsten at vælge sig selv" (2015) 

Vi fortvivler. Fortvivlelsen knytter sig til menneskets fejlagtige selvforhold, ikke at ville være det selv men er. Der findes forskellige former for fortvivlelse, med mulighedens fortvivlelse som den i dag mest udbredte. Her er alt muligt, men også ligegyldigt. Vi kender ham som den travle der har for travlt med at præstere og derfor ikke tid til at tænke over, hvad og hvorfor han eller hun præsterer. «Der er tale om fortvivlelse, fordi Den Travle egentlig slet ikke elsker sig selv, sit selv, men kun det selv, han eller hun gør sig til ved at være travl. De elsker et selv der andre har bestemt er elskværdigt på baggrund af en række tidstypiske og dermed relative kriterier, der er særligt fremtrædende i det senmoderne præstationssamfund. Som type er Den Travle som oftest blot en uerkendt Spidsborger, men kan udvikle sig både til en Vindbeutel [en bøyle som beveger seg med vindens retning, red.anm.], der hele tiden skifter mening, eller en Vindsluger, der slet ikke har nogen mening.» Den, der hele tiden skal præstere, genopfinde sig selv, vælge vilkårligheden, er dybest set fortvivlet, men holder den gående ved kynisme og ligegyldighed måske mærket af en tomhed af daglig, depressiv melankoli. Borte er sansen for tingenes varighed, skønhed og bestandighed. Livets mening er parkeret i arbejdet styret af en stadig jagt på nye projekter. Måske er han udmattet? Men er han så træt at han er klar til Kierkegaard, klar til at åbne sig for værdiers alvor, klar til den kunst det er at eksistere?

Les hele anmeldelsen på NyTid.no

(eller her om den er bak en betalingsmur)...

Trang vs. evne

I Milos Formans `Amadeus´ fortelles historien av Antonio Salieri, Keiser Josef IIs hoffkomponist. Historien i filmen er riktignok fiksjonalisert, men Salieri hadde betydelig makt i Wiens musikkliv og mye omgang med Mozart. 

En av scenene jeg liker best er når han klandrer Gud for å gi ham en så sterk, altoverskyggende trang til å komponere den vakrest musikk på jord, men ikke evnen til å gjøre det. Den evnen gir Gud, i følge Salieri, til lille Wolfgang Amadeus (ama deus betyr forøvrig Den Gud elsker).

Historien fortelles av Salieri fra et "galehus" hvor han selv har lagt seg inn fordi han påstår at han har drevet Mozart inn i sykdom og død pga. sin sjalusi og manipulasjon.

Jeg tenker av og til den tanken når jeg sitter og skriver på mitt hobbyprosjekt; hvorfor denne trangen til å skrive, men ikke evnen?  ...

Nå...

 

Mammutsalg

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Mammutsalget kommer hvert år på den tida vi alle har mest utgifter i forbindelse med årsavgifter, forsikringer etc. Hvert år tenker jeg at "til neste år skal jeg holde av penger"... Det har ennå ikke skjedd. Men det er en annen mulighet...

Jeg har som sagt aldri mye penger til overs når Mammutsalget kommer. Alltid like uforberedt. Men, nød lærer naken kvinne å spinne - så jeg har gjort min egen variant. La salget gå sin gang og når salget er over er det ennå masse bøker igjen. Prisene senkes ytterligere (særlig sakprosa og lyrikk) og til slutt ender mange butikker opp med posesalg á la "fyll en pose for 100 kroner".Jeg har gjort dette i mange år nå og det har gitt meg masse gode leseropplevelser og forfatterbekjentskap jeg ikke ville fått ellers. Jeg kjøper flest romaner , men også noe lyrikk og sakprosa - ofte basert på coveret (don´t judge a book by it´s cover…). 

Jeg ser litt etter navn eller titler jeg har hørt om, eller hvilket forlag det er. Oktober og Samlaget kjøper jeg tilnærmet ukritisk, uten noen annen grunn en god erfaring.
Ellers gjelder det å lese på baksiden for å se hvordan boka har blitt mottatt. Noen av de bøkene jeg har lest de siste årene grunnet denne metoden er; Kari Hotakainens På hjemmefronten (Nordisk Råds litteraturpris 2004), Brit Bildøens Adam Hiorths veg,  Bjørn Olav Nordahls  Nesten tilstede,  Åsa Larsons Solstorm (knallbra krim, anbefalt av Ingvar Ambjørnsen),  Jens K. Styves Friedland ,  Ellen Horn(red)  Ibsens kvinner, Witold Gombrvicz Dagboken 1953-1958 (fordi den er nevnt i en av Min kamp bøkene til Knausgård) og Vetle Lid Larsens  Norske helter. Pluss mange flere. Ofte er det artigst å lese ganske nye bøker av forfattere som er totalt ukjent for meg, som f.eks. Nesten tilstede av Bjørn Olav Nordahl. Det skrives mye fin litteratur i det lille landet vårt og å finne nye navn er nesten som når man finner litt sær musikk. Alle trenger ikke lese Saabye Christensen liksom (selv om han jo er knallbra).

Gleder meg til Mammutsalget 2016 er over!

 

Lesestoff

18/09/2015

Har nettopp lest ferdig Kjetil Bjørnstads første av seks planlagte bøker i en serie kalt Verden som var min. Dette første bindet heter rett og slett "Sekstitallet", og handler om hans egen oppvekst i Oslo på sekstitallet. De neste bindene er ikke skrevet men har allerede fått titler: Syttitallet, Åttitallet

 

 

FORTSETTES

Kroppen

19/08/2014

For noen år siden fant jeg utmerket eksemplar av boka Kroppen. Skrevet av Trond Viggo Torgersen og illustrert av Vivian Zahl Olsen. Jeg kjøpte den for minnenes skyld selvsagt, men også for å kunne bruke den i barnehagen. 

Forklaringene på hvordan kroppen fungerer, fra cellenes vekst til hvordan vi formerer oss er så bra beskrevet at selv førskolebarna vil skjønne veldig mye av det.

Mens jeg satt og rotet rundt litt på nettet en dag fant jeg en torrent med hele tv-serien med samme navn. Jeg lastet den ned og til min glede var det alle episoden i ganske bra kvalitet.

Har allerede sniktittet på den episoden jeg husker best, det er der hvor Trond Viggo beskriver hvordan vi formerer oss ved å løpe gjennom vagina og innover mot et egg med masse taustumper som forestiller sædceller. Så bra!

Tennis

02/11/2013

Ville egentlig skrive om Andre Agassi og tennis, men det var noe jeg tenkte på i etttermiddag og ikveld har jeg som vanlig glemt det som skulle være så artig å skrive mo nettopp ham. Kanskje var det at jeg leste hans selvbiografi, «Open» for noen år siden og at jeg likte den veldig godt ? 

Der snakker han om hvor mye han trente som gutt. I ørkenen like utenfor Las Vegas. Varmt og solstekende året rundt. Endeløse serve-returer fra en «serve-robot» som aldri gikk tom for baller. Om hvordan han tidlig mistet så mye hår at han valgte å bruke parykk, likegodt en med 60 cm langt hår og pannebånd. Svett og jævlig som det var inni der vant han alikevel noen av sine største seire MED parykk. Bare det i seg selv er beundringsverdig.

Han skriver om mötet med Brooke Shields, äktenskapet deras og hvorfor deres forskjellig livsholdning førte til skilsmisse. Om hvordan han jobbet intenst for å få Steffi Graf til å bli med på date og at det endte med ekteskap i 2001.(De er gift den dag i dag). Om hvordan han må takle at karrieren er på hell, særlig med en Pete Sampras som delvis detroniserer ham. Sampras med sine knallharde server som driver alle til vanvidd. 

Nå ble det jo litt Agassi her alikevel, og siden jeg begynte å skrive dette i TextEdit på Macen, uten en idé om hav det skulle handle om, kom jeg altså inn på tennis. Derfor overskriften (som jeg sikkert har brukt før).

Hva er det som fascinerer med tennis ? Landeveissykling og tennis er de to sportsgrenene som alltid har fascinert meg mest. Uten å helt kunne forklare hva det er med hver av dem så tenker jeg ofte på det estetiske ved syklinga. Mann og maskin, der menneske er begge deler. Alltid fascinerende. Tennis er verre å forklare. Kanskje så banalt som at det gåt fort. Serve-retur-retur-retur-UT! 15-0 . Eller kanskje også mye av det estetiske der og ? Utrolig mye kraft og presisjion gjennom et redskap (sykkel/racket) styrt av mennesket?

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