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dystopia

You’re spinning me around
My feet are off the ground

this year has been quite the reading session.

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pig party

That kid’s spine will never be the same

Det är riktigt att Christer Pettersson vid den här tidpunkten, i mars 1986, inte var misstänkt för mordet på Olof Palme. Polisen var inriktad på helt andra spår.

Regarding the suspect of the Palme murder

Tuesday the 27 April 2021

I had just read through the 7th book of the year. “Grisfesten”, written by the well-known swedish boomer Leif G.W. Persson back in ’78. A very down-to-earth police novel, following the two police inspectors Johnsson and Jarnebring in their hunt for the robber of Stockholm 6 post office. Soon bodies surrounding the crime start piling up.

The novel was later adapted for a film under a different name but largely following the same story. “Mannen från Mallorca” was released 1984, with Sven Wolter and Tomas von Brömssen as lead actors. I proceeded to watch that movie after finishing the book, as a side-note. I had seen tidbits of it before, and it was a totally fine police film. It started to turn a bit deep state towards the end of the film, which was pretty funny. Two typical Swedish cops having no idea what kind of power they were messing with, and they came out unscathed without even realizing the danger. It was simply just that, I had enjoyed the book so I proceeded to watch the movie after finishing it.


Leif GW Persson: Partiernas gängsamtal är meningslösa - Samtiden

the author Leif G.W. is beloved by the Swedish people, and his grunts and sighs between every sentence are ever so notorious and nonetheless charming. he is the quintessential boomer, and we all love him for that.

not only is he well-known for his books but his many TV appearances as an expert in police and criminology. he is also simply beloved by the Swedish people.

grisfesten came up on my radar as i had read bits of it in grade school. he has a very “boomer”-way of writing, with little to no subtlety and many remarks over how modern police dramas are simply fantasy and unrealistic. he certainly likes to repeat himself as well.

that was not however the only reason i read the book, he has been very interesting lately due to some recent swedish drama. he is connected to one of the biggest scandals in swedish law, which has been reintroduced into the swedish public after recent allegations against Göran Lambertz, a swedish jurist who has been involved high up in the chain of power. Leif G.W. is not a great friend of his, and i will further indulge in this in future posts.

await the future QUICK-INCIDENT SPECIAL EDITION posts, which will encompass at least 3 different cases in swedish law…………….

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books: $4000 dollars

Dear Kevin:
jag tappade min hdmikabel
hemma hos dej skulle du
kunna ta me dej den imorgon
till skolan e du go
Yours truly–

a continuation of the last post. as i’ve mentioned before i’ve been reading quite a lot lately, so i just want to go through some of ’em quickly. i enjoyed pretty much all of them, a lot of classics and you can never go wrong with classics

these are just some of the books i’ve read, there’s more of course but i don’t have the energy to write more than this

Animal Farm

a mistake i made in grade school while reading this book was thinking that it was about communism being an inherently bad system. i am pretty sure george orwell himself was an ” ‘ol communist “, as we like to call ’em in sweden. it is more so single-handedly about soviet, and in particular STALIN.

still a swell fable, it’s very simple but i think that helps to portray it’s meaning, even if it as deep as a puddle. i give it 5/7 animal commandments. I enjoyed the afterwords, describing how some publishers didn’t even want to print it, as they were afraid of backlash from russia by being discriminatory. similar subject is brought up in Shaun Walker’s “The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past”, and also in political events surrounding china today……… you know what i mean (i’m a big ol’ racist).

i highly suggest listening to the pink floyd album “ANIMALS”. it is a good companion piece.

Fight Club 3

this one was a doozy. i’ve read a couple of graphical novels, but not a whole lot. they cost a lot and they’re pretty easy to go through. fight club 3 is an entire volume of several releases, but it only took me about an hour to get through it. it was still enjoyable (and sometimes a bit confusing), but i got through it nonetheless.

it was less 4th wall-breaking than it’s predecessor, which i thought was nice.

it doesn’t feel like a necessary sequel at all so i don’t know. like i said before, quick read. it makes me a tad bit irritated to be honest haha, but that’s on me 🙂

August Strindberg’s Inferno

i read an article by someone who said this self-biography/diary was an excellent view into symptoms of schizophrenic paranoia. and god, it was good. i would

the first part of the book is from August’s time in paris, trying to alchemize gold in the late 1800rds. Spoilers, he doesn’t, but he sure believes he will. he spends his evenings at different cafes, drinking nerv-damaging Absinthe day in and day out, barely scraping by with the dough he has. very interesting fellow, but he sure is an asshole. he is bit of a H.P Lovecraft-kind of a character, but instead of racist he’s just hates women, and more than unusual for that time.

the second part is less interesting according to me, it goes more into philosophical and theological thinking (Swedenborg and whatnot) to explain his suffering. he finally decides that life is hell, while taking his estranged daughter (that loves him almost unconditionally) for a walk. what a dude.

i’ve bought a shitton of books as well, my budget goes to classics. i haven’t even started reading a 3rd of them, haha. it is nice tho to have a collection and i think i will at some point read them!!!!! physical collections are nice, it feels good having your favorite stuff in a format that isn’t 0s and 1s you know. here’s a short list of some books i’ve bought:

  • 20,000 leagues under the sea + Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Ulyssses by james joyce (a bad boy of a book, apparently)
  • dante’s inferno and homer’s the illiad. i think that is that the good one? don’t know
  • villhelm moberg’s Utvandrarna and Invandrarna. it is the first two books in a trilogy about swedish emigrants who travel to USA during a famine. they are very famous, and the movies are good too apparently.
  • new york trilogy, paul aster.
  • The Art of War
  • and of course MOBY DICK, fuck yeah
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Ascii Chronos

recently joined a book club, haven’t read too much for years but used to be a real bookworm back in school. i like to think that i’m quite a quick reader as well, but yeah, haven’t tried keeping up with reading at all. however, if i find a book that interests me, i read it!

here’s a short summary of books i read a couple of years ago or so. most of them i can recommend

Paul Auster’s Moon Palace

post-modern. story about several generations, identity and loops (and breaking the cycle). from what i remember it was pretty good! enjoyed it. shares a bit with House of Leaves with the system of several layers of stories.

Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange

everyone pretty much knows this one. i was mostly interested in it because of watching 2001: a space odyssey by stanley kubrick a metric ton and knowing that he also directed the adaption of this one as well. not only that but also after david bowie’s final album got released, with “girl loves me”…

the song borrows some of its language from the fictional “argot”(no idea if that is what it is called but fuck it) from the book. the language made it a pretty interesting reading, as i got very invested in it while looking up all slang-words used by the main character.

it is a pretty awful work (violence-wise), with the main character raping several people (even minors). the character really is a piece of shit, but it is most likely meant so for the second part. the film is a bit tamer in that respect, but it is still very aesthetically pleasing!

Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves

this one is good (and a beast of a book!!!)! very postmodern, starts playing with the medium a lot, sometimes is looks like someone went batshit with microsoft word haha. several layers of storytelling, you have a supposedly “”real”” story about an impossible corridor, written by a dead blind man as a scientific article, while an insane editor goes bananas in the margins and footnotes of the book. it is a cultic piece, but widely appraised from what i’ve seen. recommend it a lot! dripping with themes!!!

Kafka’s The Trial (should be called The Process)

didn’t actually finish this one, should’ve read it in english but i had the swedish version. the description of the bureaucratic systems and even the surroundings of the book makes me feverish! it was interesting nonetheless, but i felt lost in the details while reading it.

Fight Club 2

yeah, this one was a graphical novel. don’t ask why it had a sequel (i think they even discuss it towards the end in a sort of meta-commentary (fucking post-modernists)). it was still a good read. wasn’t the only cartoon comic for adults i read, as i also went through the entire Watchmen alongside the Scott Pilgrim-series. if you want an account about the holocaust, Maus is still a pretty good piece. (just checked, apparently there is a fight club 3???)