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MODERN TIMES's critics write about literature
(international political prose, ethical and existential themes, as well as some fiction)
- reviews of around 15 books each month.

Only ordinary people

EASTERN EUROPE: Thomas Ubbesen and his wife have written a human-like account of the people who lived on the right side of the wall.

In the shadow of Einstein

TRAGICAL FATE: The unreasonable treatment of hopeful scientist Mileva Einstein-Marić continued after her death.

Superficiality is the new dialogue

CONCEPT ART: A concept-oriented micro-art historical work that overestimates the value of art

It is we who are dangerous, not the machines

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: A computer can beat you, but strive to see the difference between cats and dogs. Does that mean it's not intelligent?

The oil industry is the root of all evil

MONEY AND OIL: If you mix corruption and rogue states with the richest and most devastating industry in the world - the oil industry - the result is an explosive mix.
Namibia. Photo: pixabay

The essence of Africa

Migrations, language families and trade routes: Tore Linné Eriksen's Africa book is a door opener with its many short, thematic stories. But does he succeed in delivering what he promises?

The wonderboy of German journalism tricked readers

FAKE NEWS: Claas Relotius tricked Der Spiegel's readers into fictional stories for years. Currently a self-examination and debate is underway in the German press.
Photographer Fred Baldwin's Autobiography

To tell something important about others

PHOTOGRAPHY : World renowned photographer Fred Baldwin has published his memoirs at the age of 90. Is this a peculiar insight into a person who, through everything and everyone he meets, first and foremost sees himself?

The big backdrop world

CHINA: Yu Hua shows how today's economically controlled China of 40 years has moved from peasant society to the most economically powerful country

Man is like the flower

THE FUTURE: We live in a MODERN TIMES age where artificial intelligence evolves on its own and becomes our rescue, not our death. It will only happen a little later.

Ecological Economics and Utopian Laws

ECO-ECONOMY: Economics professor Ove Daniel Jakobsen is as wild in mind as the nature of Nordland is wild and diverse. In his 12th book, the Utopians will save us.

Sun and sorrow in Sicily

SICILY: The South Italian family is still a powerful institution. It slides seamlessly into the mafia's power structure, with its familismo amoral. The family is the law - not the social institutions.

If we are to solve the climate crisis, we must speed up

CLIMATE: Sluggish speed in climate action will harm the climate, people and democracy, according to Bernd Ulrich.

Climate activism without the state

RADICAL CRITICISM? Is the climate crisis legitimizing a new authoritarian state mode of government?
Ethiopia

Organic rage

ETHIOPIA: Could modernity have sprinkled some small blessings on people groups in Nobel laureate Abiy Ahmed's homeland?

Economic motives can ruin artificial intelligence

KI: What happens if we create something that is more intelligent than ourselves, a machine that might do something completely different than we want?

Crises are good store

AFRICA: A great many consultants and mission researchers have made good money on the crises in the belt that stretches across Africa. Sahel has become important not only for Norway, but also for the EU and the US.

Four measures against the use-and-throw culture

FALSE NEEDS: Keucheyan does not want authoritarian Marxism where the bureaucracy decides what its citizens need. He also suggests that in order to reduce today's consumption, manufacturers must make products with longer life and warranty.

Filmatic rebellion

PROTEST: Morgan Adamson's Enduring Images brings new life to the 1960s revolutionary film and reminds us of the need to fight the prevailing forms of representation.

When Foucault took acid in the desert

LSD: How did Foucault's own experiences color his political thinking? And do psychedelics help with anxiety, depression and addiction?

Why does Islam need a sexual revolution?

ISLAM: In a time when fear of Islam is spreading, Seyran Ates writes that Islam needs a sexual revolution to gain respect from the world community.

A traveling anarchist suitcase

JOURNAL? A Danish cross-aesthetic journal has now published its new double number 4-5 on almost 500 pages.

The anatomy of democracy

Fukuyama: Francis Fukuyama is one of the world's foremost democracy theorists, and this book gives an updated introduction to his overall authorship.

The helpful robots of the future will give you a brainstorm

ROBOTS: We can look forward to both brainstem and elimination of neurological diseases in a robot-assisted future.

The diverse global village

MEDIA: Transnational media landscapes are emerging and shaping a backdrop of increasing mobility in our global village