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Criticism as a role-playing game?

LITERATURE: The informal contexts where one could try and fail without having to stand up for every careless word have shrunk. In Eirik Vassenden's 229-page book about the critic, there are no fewer than 317 question marks. We also ask: Do literary scholars necessarily have any advantage when it comes to human knowledge, life experience or social understanding?

At a time when only "necessary" travel is allowed

TO TRAVEL: Where are you going to travel when the pandemic ravages the destination? In the literature, of course. On the desolate islands of the books, you can stretch up the hammock without being infected by anything other than longing.

Instead of a defense speech

Jens Bjørneboe about Without a thread, fra Orientering October 22, 1966.

Recommended literature this summer

Book tips MODERN TIMES's critics and editors recommend books for the summer holidays.

The books are pilgrimages

Peter Handke: Does art possess an independent quality that cannot be overridden by a moral judge?

Kierkegaard as a thinker of the time

literary critic: A selection of Søren Kierkegaard's magazine articles is no easy introduction to his thinking. In contrast, they act as a marker of the thinker as the voice of his time.

From silence we have come, to silence we shall be

… And only by silence can we be resurrected. 

Cases for everyone!

This year's Case Proceedings Festival has a varied and star-studded program, and is practicing its democratic basic thinking by being open to everyone.

Environmental protection in the sign of evolution

In the worst case, the romantic view of nature can stand in the way of adaptable environmental protection work, claims environmental studies professor Douglas Spieles in a new book.

The rage of democracy 

Among other things, a new book examines how democratic institutions have supported undemocratic practices such as slavery, discrimination and exclusion.

Towards the horizons of humanity

The gesture of the participating documentary genre where the camera is given to the other is just a new way of installing and confirming dominance, says Pooja Rangan's critique of documentary "humanitarian impetus". 

It was a wet ride home with a worm

Orientering August 3, 1968

Catechism over death

Simon Critchley's obituary is a display of Socratic ignorance and may be a thought for many.

An accident, a cut, a photographer

Without these three elements, the book Penguin Bloom would never have come into being. The book's protagonists would certainly also have preferred that the story never came into being.

Planless walks

In her quest for the peculiar Norwegian, the Danish author Suzanne Brøgger delivers a very fragmentary and disjointed text.

The icon that failed

Stig Holmquist's biography of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe describes the fall the head of state underwent, from being the 60's liberation hero to the hated dictator of the 2000. Why did it go so wrong?