Month: August 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey is terrible

Fifty Shades of Grey is the worst book I have ever read. Full stop. It is absolutely atrocious. And I’m not talking about the sex. I’m talking about it as a book. I have never imagined a more annoying character

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Mohamed 2.0 at the Helsinki Library

If you want to borrow Mohamed 2.0 from the Helsinki City library, it looks like you might have to wait awhile. All the Finnish and English editions are checked out, and there is a waiting list. There are a couple

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Censorship, prison and free publicity

When Mohamed 2.0 was almost complete, Mohamed El-Fatatry looked for a Finnish politician to write the Foreword. I jokingly told him that if he wanted to help the book he should get a politician to try and ban it, not

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James Joyce and Helsinki streets

My wife Niina just spent a week in Dublin and brought me back a souvenir. I was both excited and a bit apprehensive about her gift, because she brought me James Joyce’s Dubliners. I have had some problems with Joyce

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