There’s a new Swedish translation of Brideshead Revisited out. It has the charming full title Åter till Brideshead. En förlorad värld. Kapten Charles Ryders andliga och världsliga minnen.
I wrote an afterword!
You can read thoughtful essays by critics, inspired by this new edition here:
Johan Norberg in Expressen.
Carl-Johan Malmberg in Svenska Dagbladet.
An old article of mine, a propos the 2008 film version, is here. (All Swedish).
A recent anthology from Nordicom to which I’m a contributor – Making Change. Nordic Examples of Working Toward Gender Equality In The Media – was reviewed positively in Göteborgs-Posten today. The review is in Swedish, but the book is in English and available as a free pdf download here. My text introduces the section on digital games and is titled ‘Start Telling The Story Of Female Gamers And Developers’.
You can read about the presentations at the book’s release seminar in Vilnius in December here.
I’ve been woefully crap at updating my stuff, partly because I’ve been working, partly because I’ve been paralyzed with exhaustion from working. But I couldn’t keep this from you – Neil Gaiman in conversation at Kulturhuset in Stockholm yesterday. This is just the raw feed, I’m sure they’ll release a cleaned up file in time, but it should do for now.
The content starts at about 1:19 with a reading. In the middle we talk about the plight of the Syrian refugees for a long time. If you love Neil’s work, or have felt a need to help the millions in need in this crisis, why not donate to the UN refugee agency via the Neil and Georgina page right here?
The conversation itself came out great, which means I didn’t accidentally ruin it – obviously, Neil could just walk out there and talk for 90 minutes, so there was a risk I’d just detract from the experience. But the format of the Authors’ Stage requires a certain back-and-forth (although, for long stretches of time, this time I could just lean back and listen). To be honest, it’s hard work interviewing people who get interviewed every day, and often the best you can wish for is a kind of performed conversation. This time, however, I really felt for big chunks of the conversation that we were actually talking to each other.
The love in the room, too! Wow. It wasn’t intended for me, of course, but it kind of splashed a little on me, and I understood then why touring is worth it for someone like Neil Gaiman who doesn’t actually have to. He goes out to say thank you for that love. It was a quiet, beautiful thing happening at the heart of a very big, noisy thing, and I’m very happy to have witnessed it.
Popped over to Gothenburg for MEG 2014, where I moderated a panel discussion about digital audience strategies featuring Cecilia Beck-Friis of TV4, Marit Kapla from the Gothenburg Film Festival and Mina Dennert, who workes with the new PARSE platform at Gothenburg university. I also had the pleasure of introducing two speakers, Stina Honkamaa Bergfors of United Screen on digital viewing behaviours and Julian Treasure on sound. Stina’s very informative session was filmed, I think; I’ll post a link when I find one. Julian’s I suspect was not, but it was very thought-provoking as usual; I heard him give a similar talk at NMD in Bergen last year and that is available online – I blogged about that here.
Some other MEG sessions in Swedish are available to view here and here and here.
I visited the Kjell och klortanten sustainability podcast to talk about games and game design – and was treated to a wonderful surprise: a test run of the Oculus Rift! You can listen to the podcast here (in Swedish). Last year, on the Alibis blog, I wrote about horror game design for the Oculus Rift (in English).
Episodes 16 and 17 aired on Thursday and turned out nice – two interesting, pleasant conversations (in English) about the future of transportation and about aging in a new age. Watch the shows here!
Last year I wrote a column for the rural development programme at Jordbruksverket, a governing body that deals with, I guess, farming? Which is funny since I’m about as urban as they get. I wrote about the arrogance with which I, as a kid in Helsinki, viewed non-urban areas.
Anyway, they asked me back to be on their podcast. The episode is here. No pressure to hear it for me, but I’m guesting with Arvid Andersson Ellis, singer of the band Glesbygd’n. They’re great, and he is very, very wise.