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Mitt lille land – My little country

If one man can show so much hate imagine how much love we can show together.” – Stine Renate Håheim. (One of the AUF-members at Utøya who survived the massacre) about what happened in Norway on Friday July 22nd 2011.

It’s people like her who makes my country one of the good ones in the world to live in. Not meeting the mad hate of the murderer with more hate but stressing how important it is that we don’t let the hate win. This is something I wish all the world will remember and live by.

Some light reading

Blogging by Jill Walker Rettberg
Ever since Jill published her book about blogging in 2008 I have been planning to read it. It took some time, but I finally got around to it in May 2010.

This is not a how-to book about blogging but a look at how sosial media function in society with a special emphasis on blogging. The book look at different blogs like the journalistic blogs, the political blogs, personal blogs, blogging firms and blogging institutions and look at how they differ and are the same.

In addition to the different genres in blogging the book also look at the history of blogging and its relationship to other kinds of online and offline media. It is a light, engaging and educational text. I like that Jill included a list of all the blogs mentioned so that I can look them up and check them out for myself if I’d like to.

As previously mentioned the book was published in 2008 and things happen fast on the Internet. This ment that the part about Facebook already felt a bit dated, but this is no huge drawback on the book as a whole as Facebook is not the focus point for the book. The two pages about how to start you own blog are probably also a bit dated, but I skipped them because I’ve done this a few times in my life.

All in all this is a very good book about anyone interested in blogging.

Jill started blogging as far back as October 2000 on jill/txt (first in both Norwegian and English, later mainly in English) and she has also published an article about learning in public (students and weblogs).

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Let the right one in by John Ajvide Lindqvist

I’m a wimp when it comes to horror stories, and I have to admit that Let the right one in is a bit too scary for my taste.

The book takes place in 1981 in Blackberg, a quiet suburb of Stockholm.  The middleaged alcholics in town meet at the local chinese restaurant, Tommy dislikes the policeman his mother is dating, Håkan has to kill for someone and Oskar is being bullied and dreams of revenge. Then there is Eli, the strange girl that has moved in next door to Oskar.

It is very well done. The relationship between Eli and Oskar is gripping and scary at the same time, as is the relationship between the pedophile Håkan and Eli.

I have two main reasons not to give the book full marks. One is that there are too many voices telling their different stories and I could do with one or two less. The second is that it’s just too scary for me, so people who are less wimpy can feel free to assume a 4,5.

Other people with more spoilsers and more views about the book.

The book has also been turned into a movie that has received excellent reviews.

I can’t think straight av Shamim Sarif
When I first came out as a lesbian I read every scrap of lesbian and gay literature I could lay my hands on. I’ve become a lot more picky as the years have gone by and now I usually only read about lesbian characters if they happen to show up in a book I’ve decided to read because I’ve read good reviews or I have to read it at work. But, on a trip to London I bought the lesbian romance novel I can’t think straight by Shamim Sarif.
The christian palestinian Tala and the muslim indian Leyla both lives in London. When they meet Tala is busy preparing for her wedding with her fiancee (he is fiancee no.4) Sparks fly and Tala and Leyla has a short affair before Tala takes off to Amman in Jordan to marry number 4. The wedding never takes place (what a surprise) and the two women eventually comes out to their families.

This could have been a good book. A story of two lesbian women from cultures where it is very hard to be a lesbian could be really interesting. Sadly the book falls into every romance cliché pit it can find. I give it a 3 because of the interesting cultural bits that gets a good treatment and for making the womens fathers interesting characters who sadly enough hardly get any place at all in the story.

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The book has also been filmed with the author as director.

Falling in love is like owning a dog

I thought this a fitting poem on Valentines Day

Falling in love is like owning a dog
an epithalamion by Taylor Mali

First of all, it’s a big responsibility,
especially in a city like New York.
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.
Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable.
Who knows what love could do in its own defense?

On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.

Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.

Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.

Love makes messes.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
Sometimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper
and swat love on the nose,
not so much to cause pain,
just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!

Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk.
Because love loves exercise.
It runs you around the block and leaves you panting.
It pulls you in several different directions at once,
or winds around and around you
until you’re all wound up and can’t move.

But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.

Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.

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