Year: 2015

Fat book shaming and literary thigh gaps

There are millions of people around the world who are making New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. Almost all of them will fail. I had a long relationship with someone who was overweight. I got to see the process first

Finland’s national New Year’s Resolutions 2016

People around the world are making their resolutions for the coming year, yet I believe this annual goal-setting could be taken further and be applied to entire countries. For a number of years I have published my suggested resolutions for

Opponents of refugees to Finland should remember history

About 30,000-35,000 people will file for asylum in Finland during 2015. Many Finns aren’t happy about it. Common complaints are that the refugees are slow to integrate, cause crime to increase and are expensive to maintain. This is generally true,

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Why I didn’t change my Facebook picture after the terrorist attacks in Paris

Once when I was a teenager I was reprimanded for not praying out loud during a funeral. Everyone except me was audibly praying together and I heard about it afterwards. At the time I felt this rebuke was unfair because

Finns love Kurt Vonnegut because they are lonely

I was walking my dog the other day and ran into an older distinguished gentleman. We started the usual chit-chat and, upon hearing that I was a writer, he launched into a spirited panegyric about Kurt Vonnegut. This wasn’t the

Nokia and Finland’s official emojis

Finland is the first country in the world to release its own set of emojis. The first three to be unveiled by the Foreign Ministry are a heavy metal headbanger, some naked people in the sauna, and the good old

There are no ‘last words’ in writing

I love J.K. Rowling, but the control she exercises over Harry Potter bothers me. Rowling insists upon having the last word in regards to the Harry Potter universe. She has the right, of course, because she is the creator of

The new Moomin-backed Finnish publisher is good news

Förlaget is a new publisher in Finland, but it is filled with old names. The CEO of Förlaget will be Fredrik Rahka who has experience in WSOY and Otava. Jonas Forth is an expert in digital media. Tapani Ritamäki and

Marimekko’s problem could become Finland’s problem

Finns have a charming trait where they get excited when they are mentioned in international media. After ten years here I have also picked up the habit. So I got excited when I saw Marimekko mentioned in Donna Tartt’s novel