All posts tagged: Copenhagen

Reading aloud

A friend of mine reminded me of the joy of reading together. I don’t mean discussing a book in a book club, but reading aloud to one another. Lenette and I (Sorry Lenette, for breaking your anonymity) were young students in Copenhagen together, living in tiny loft rooms with shared kitchens and baths. We couldn’t afford to buy books, but were big customers at the public library – and we read for each other in the evenings, on vacations, and everywhere else. We read many different genres and authors; most vivid in my memory the entire Harry Potter series. Parents read aloud for their children, but at a certain age, we seem to forget the joy and shared reading experience of reading together. Sometimes, you’ll hear an excerpt read at a book signing or other event, but reading chapter after chapter together is a rarity. Lenette and I didn’t always discuss the book in detail; it wasn’t a two-woman book club. However, we had these wonderful jokes about Dobby (the house elf from Harry Potter) …

Copenhagen Shooting

Last night – Valentine’s Day – I left home around 4:30 PM to have dinner with a friend in Copenhagen. We had a lovely dinner, took a long walk in the inner city, before having cocktails at Ruby. We walked together down Købmagergade, past Krystalgade around 11:45 to the train station Nørreport where I took the train home at 00:04 AM. It was a wonderful evening in great company – an evening of smiles, great conversation, and gourmet experiences, but this morning, I was completely shaken to hear how the night also had been. At 3:30 PM, there were reports of a shooting with an automatic weapon at a debate concerning freedom of speech with the attendance of the Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. One civilian was killed and three police officers were wounded. At 00:45 AM, shots were fired at the synagogue in Krystalgade – where I had passed by just an hour before. One civilian was killed and two police officers were wounded. The manhunt for the perpetrator continued through the night, until he …

Kvinden i Buret – Jussi Adler-Olsen

Jussi Adler-Olsen er noget af en in forfatter i øjeblikket. Det virker som om han spyr krimier ud hurtigere end læserne kan nå at læse dem. På den ene side er det imponerende med så produktivt en forfatter, hvor Jussi Adler-Olsen er en blandt mange, men samtidigt får det mine fordomme- klør frem til angreb. Bliver det ikke hastværkslitteratur, der blot læses og smides væk? Og er dette ikke symptomatisk for dagens Danmark (og resten af den vestlige verden)? Inden jeg begiver mig for langt ud af denne omend interessante tangent, må jeg rette fokus på “Kvinden i buret”. Med “Kvinden i buret” bliver grundstenen lagt til en ny serie om Afdeling Q, der beskæftiger sig med sager af særlig bevågenhed, ledet af Carl Mørck, der på alle måder fremtræder som en rå, utilnærmelig sorteper. Efter en tragisk hændelse i tjenesten, der efterlader en kollega død og en anden lænket til sin seng, fremstår Carl Mørck som den, der slap for store fysiske skader, men til gengæld fik de psykiske. Hertil lægges, at Mørck i …

Reading lists as inspiration

100 Must-read books. 101 classic books.  Word literature reading list. I love them, although they sometimes seem a bit daunting or even intimidating. I mean, who reads “Ulysses” immediately followed my” War & Peace”? And – there are so many books, so little time. I find reading lists inspiring. I especially like motivated reading lists with short synopses and end up adding more titles to my personal, unwritten to-read-list. Another thing is I like checking which books I have already read from the lists, recalling the books, reading experience, and giving myself a figurative pat on the back for achievement. Nevertheless, you will not find a reading list or my own to-read-list on my blog. I do not follow any list, but read whatever I am in the mood for. That includes reading trashy novels and Great Novels, and matching them into specific points in time in my life. Reading is not just reading. Every book becomes a part of me and my life. Reading Kierkegaard is related to my paternal grandmother, who always spoke …

Drabschefen – Stine Bolther

Stine Bolther, der er journalist ved Ekstra Bladet, har lavet et bredt portræt af drabschef Ove Dahl, Københavns Politi. Ove Dahl er kendt fra fjernsynsskærmen og “Drabschefen” giver mulighed for at gå bag om det to dimensionelle billede. Det sagt, vil jeg ikke kalde “Drabschefen” en biografi. Bogens fokus er delt mellem Ove Dahls person og 9 tragiske forbrydelser, som han har stiftet bekendtskab under hans karriere. De 9 forbrydelser er gengivet i en dramatisk, men formiddagsbladsagtig form, hvilket er med til at sikre læserens interesse, og bogen er hurtigt læst. Jeg fandt de forbrydelser, som jeg selv husker fra nyhederne, eksempelvis mordet på den italienske turist, mest tankevækkende. Mit overvejende indtryk af “Drabschefen” er, at den er et fint billede af Ove Dahl. Jeg vil dog næppe kalde den indgående eller dybdeborende. Ove Dahl fremstår som et spændende menneske med et spændende job – og jeg læste gerne en biografi om ham. Jeg vil anbefale “Drabschefen” til læsere, der ønsker en appetitvækker om kriminelle efterforskninger og politiarbejde.