10:28:25 pmCategories: Writing, Academic life and family

Manifesto for faster writing and shorter workdays

To my surprise I discovered that it was easy to change my way of writing and even my way of working more generally. The writing came easiest. When I wrote my master thesis, on very good days I could produce half a page. I could file and mould every sente… more »


10:59:12 pmCategories: Writing, Paris

Create expectations for the reader

I wrote about my expectations of Hemingway’s little book from his early years in Paris, A moveable feast, a while ago. Silly me thought I would find the reason why it was particularly hard to write about Paris in his book, as he wrote so evocatively:… more »


12:02:52Categories: Riots

The poetics of revolt

A journalist just phoned and reminded me that the riots in the French suburbs started this day five years ago. The 27th of October 2005, two teenagers, Zyed Benna and Bouna Traoré, were burnt to death in a transformer after having been pursued by the po… more »


01:38:24 pmCategories: Fieldwork, Paris

Fieldwork - a moveable feast?

Maybe away from Paris I could write about Paris as in Paris I could write about Michigan. I did not know it was too early for that because I did not know Paris well enough. But that was how it worked out eventually (A moveable feast, 2007, p. 4).It… more »


10:46:30 pmCategories: Anthropological notes

Presentation presence - and Catania!

It’s not always easy to say why some presentations feel like they go well while others feel just bland and indifferent. In Maynooth, I wasn’t stressed by restless movements among the audience or anything, but neither did I feel that I nor the audience wa… more »


09:25:45 pmCategories: Places, Distinctions, Peculiarities

Adieu again

The clouds hang low over Oslo Airport. Typical nice autumn weather, the captain called it. The weather is not necessarily so nice in Paris either, so I’ll not jump to any easy comparison… But these last weeks, the weather has been very nice in Paris,… more »


11:18:17 pmCategories: Fieldwork, Spaces, Academic life and family, Paris

The multilingual playground

(Early Sunday morning. Where are my playmates?) It’s not the first time I write about how I enjoy hanging out in Parisian playgrounds (see posts from 2005 and 2007). They’re small to middle sized and every neighbourhood seem to have one. So, if you’r… more »


09:21:56 pmCategories: Paris

Noctambulism (viewed from a balcony on 7th floor)

There’s a time for everything, I’ve thought many times the last two years: One does one thing for a while, and then things change again. This time, I hear the night birds down in the street slowly making their way home after a night out in Paris, while I… more »

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