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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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Gonzo interpretation of Surrealism's sorceress

UNCOMPROMISING: Susanne Christensen: Leonora's journey Author
The book by artist Leonora Carrington is a journey into the jungle of surrealism, a successful escape from the conventional and a fantasy infiltration of the established.

About belonging

IDENTITY: Aon Raza Naqvi (ed.): Third Culture Kids
Finally comes the book about what it's like to grow up between two cultures, told by Norwegian third-culture children.

From part to whole in consciousness research

THE BRAIN: Christopher Koch: The Feeling of Life Itself
The Feeling of Life Itself addresses the deepest goals of neuroscience – the understanding of consciousness.

Fascinating about fascism

IDEOLOGY: Roger Griffin Translated by Kjersti Velsand: Fascism. An introduction to comparative studies
Do we know enough about fascism to understand it?

Inside the "white power" of the United States

NATIONALISM: Vegard Tenold Aase: Everything you love must burn. Inside the rebirth of white nationalism in the United States
In Vegard Tenold Aase's new book, we become acquainted with right-wing groups in the United States, denying the Holocaust and believing in a new giving for neo-Nazism.

Axel Jensen – from the tuxedo to the stove

AXEL JENSEN: Torgrim Eggen: Axel. From the tuxedo to the oven – the story of Axel Jensen
Torgrim Eggen balances in a reading party of a biography on the tight line between Axel Jensen's life and work.

The understanding of the possible

MARX: Michael Bolt: At the cry of Marxism – Studies in Western Marxism's self-criticism, expansion and settlement
Mikkel Bolt takes hold of the many uprisings of our time. He belongs to the theorists who would have liked to see the settlement of what we might call state and party Marxism.

The age of the platforms

MEDIA: Geert Lovink: Sad by Design: On Platform Nihilism
Author Geert Lovink analyzes contemporary use of social media and looks at a possible end to "platform nihilism".

To talk about death

DEATH: Birgitta Haga Gripsrud, Lisbeth Thoresen: Everything that lives must die. Death as an interdisciplinary field of knowledge
The way we die means a lot to life's last rise. This anthology gives a good impression of how we talk about death in today's society.

The Assad family's long-standing mask game

syria: Sam Dagher: Assad or We Burn the Country
The Assad family has ruled Syria since 1970. Sam Dagher's new book shows how the family has clung to power at all costs, exposing their cynical strategies and brutal acts of violence.

About being attentive and taking the lot of things

TREES: CY Frostholm: Træmuseet
Through a conversation with trees, the author of the book becomes clearer about his relationship to loneliness, vulnerability and the grief of the disappearance of things.

Stressed hen with no head

EMPTY: Alexander Carnera: The euphoria of confusion – to the last youth
A pseudo-confrontation with the parents' culture turned into meaningless stress. In eleven-September bodies, the young people hide behind enterprising smiles.

Conflicting views on life and work

ROAD CHOICE: Dave Egger's Hamish: The Parade
Two asphalt pavers – one naive and dreary, the other rational and conscientious – are commissioned by a global and financially strong client.

Can we recover the Amazon's lung?

ECOSOFI: Félix Guattari Translated by Christel Pedersen: The three ecologies
Current Brazil looks like Guattari's worst nightmare. His mental revolution also suggests that nature itself comes first.

From individual participation to authoritarian politics

POLICY: Nathan Gardels, Nicolas Berggruen: Renovating Democracy – Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism
Does technology development destabilize modern democracies? China can be seen as a positive counterpart to the West.

Politically correct porn book on French oppression

COLONIAL SEX: Pascal Blanchard, Nicolas Bancel, Christelle Taraud, Dominic Thomas, Gilles Boëtsch: Sex, race and colonies
Middle-class porn or a welcome new look at sexual relations during the colonial era? That is the question of critics of the French magnificent Sexe, race et colonies.