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MODERN TIMES is as a commentary at the same time a book review with around 40 books mentioned in each issue (March, June, September, December). We discuss (preferably in an essayistic way) nonfiction Interior political, ecological and philosophical literature, but also literature in our time "big tech".
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The «smart» interior of everyday life

GIMMICK:
Sianne Ngai: Theory of the Gimmick

Sianne Ngai is one of the most original Marxist cultural theorists of her generation. But she seems keen on pulling the aesthetics down into the mud.

Divorce is as common in Niger as in Norway

COMMUNITY BREACH:
Alhassane A. Najoum: The conjugal ruptures in Muslim sub-Saharan Africa

It is expensive to get married in Niger even though the bride price varies, and in the event of divorce, women are obliged to pay back the bride price.

Obedience in a corona time

Philosophy:
Frédéric Gros: Disobey! A Philosophy of Resistance

 Why, where, when and for how long are we obedient?

Heads floating in the sky

MYTHOLOGIES:
Roberto Calasso: The Celestial Hunter

In Calasso's fourteen essays, we often find ourselves between myth and science.

The authoritarian state capitalism

CHINA:
Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg: The silent conquest. How China is undermining Western democracies and reorganizing the world

It is known that China under Xi Jinping has developed in an autocratic direction. The authors show how the effect has spread in the rest of the world.

Political or despotic?

PHILOSOPHY:
Oskar Negt: Political philosophy of common sense. Volume 2, Morality and Society: Immanuel Kant

Oskar Negt asks how the modern political citizen came into being in the wake of the French Revolution. When it comes to political terror, he is clear – it is not political.

The whole world is overwintering in our time

SELF-HELP:
Katherine May: Wintering – The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

With Wintering, Katherine May has projected an alluring, essayistic self-help book on the art of overwintering.

To imitate nature in order to master it

THE MIMETIC POWER:
Michael Taussig: Mastery of Non-mastery in the Age of Meltdown

Imitating another is also a way to gain power over the person portrayed. And how often do we see an imitation of the cosmos at a bar in a dark side street?

Up from the trenches

Radiation:
Nina FitzPatrick: Tesla's Curse

Do the researchers in the novel find the ultimate proof that parts of modern technology are destroying human neurological biology?

Is it a national goal to create happy citizens?

HAPPINESS:
Edgar Cabanas, Eva Illouz: Manufacturing Happy Citizens – How the Science and Industry of Happiness Control our Lives

Joy has recently become a large and lucrative business in most of the western world. New book takes a wise assessment of modern society's pursuit of happiness, and concludes that happiness in many cases is illusory.

What about surveillance in the digital culture revolution?

Big tech:
Thomas Hylland Eriksen: The planet of apps – how the smartphone changed the world

The planet of apps is probably one of the richest things you can now read about how we humans "sew together" with communication technology. But what about surveillance?

Africa and «the brutish museums»

Cultural history:
Amin Maalouf, Block Museum of Art, Dan Hicks, Alice Procter: Leo Afrikaneren, Caravans of Gold – Fragments in Time – Art Culture and Exchanges Across Medieval Saharan Africa, The Brutish Museums, The Whole Picture

It is necessary to relinquish ownership of colonial loot. The treasures of European museums have been stolen. And what about the Cultural History Museum in Oslo – which is also on the list of museums that have Benin's stolen bronze sculptures?

A life of triumph and tragedy

AUTHOR MOTHER:
Dagmar von Gerstorff: Julia Mann. The mother of Heinrich and Thomas Mann

Talented Julia Mann defended the children against an irreconcilable father and husband and supported the author sons Thomas and Heinrich all their lives. Her daughters, on the other hand, committed suicide.

The American dissatisfaction, frustration, inconsolability, hopelessness and mistrust

POLICY:
Espen Hammer: USA. A superpower in crisis

The philosopher Espen Hammer gives a crystal clear analysis of US policy in a new book. This is a country where the annual value of lobbying is estimated at well over NOK 40 billion.

Lies, manipulation and filth

DEMOCRACY:
Anne Applebaum. Translated by John Grande: The swan song of democracy. Politics that fails and friendships that end

Anne Applebaum shows how concrete historical events developed a political populism. How can we understand and counteract the forces that want the liberal, democratic, fact-based structure of society to come to life?

"The people will be led"

PHILOSOPHY:
Immanuel Kant: The freedom of philosophy

Is freedom of speech a matter for scholars? Are Trump and QAnon entitled to free speech? There is much to suggest that Kant would answer no to this question.