Bogen alle de forkerte læser

Mange anmeldere ku’ lide den, mange kommentatorer ku’ lide den, alle mine venner ku’ lide den, jeg ku’ lide den. Men hvad med dem, der har brug for at læse den, grøftegraverne? Marcus Knuth og Inger Støjberg? DF-brigaden? Det Nye Socialdemokrati? Har de læst den?

Pensum på Christiansborg?

Og det, at dem der (også) burde læse den, næppe gør det, er faktisk min eneste indvending mod Özlem Cekic’ dejlige, varme og kloge bog. Hun er så god til at reflektere over sine egne reaktioner og tanker, så god til at se indad, så god til at udøve selvkritik, før hun kritiserer andre. Det er vi mange, der kunne lære af.

Uvidenhed og provinsialisme

Hvor mange gange har vi ikke siddet ved middagsbordet og latterliggjort Trumpisterne og Pianisterne derude og reduceret deres bekymringer til uvidenhed og provinsialisme? Jeg tager det gerne på mig – omend en anelse beskæmmet. Özlem har også været der. Hun har både hadet og latterliggjort, men hun er blevet klogere, efter at hun har mødt og drukket kaffe med en hel perlerække (hm, ordet perle måske ikke så velvalgt…) af sine argeste hatere. Lige fra nazister til Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Hun har også fat i alle moderne konflikters moder, Israel/Palæstina, som næsten gør kål på hendes ellers legendariske optimisme. Den konflikt har jeg læst en bog om for ganske nylig og er i det hele taget ret optaget af.

Drengene på den Røde Plads

Bogen er meget velskrevet og letlæst. Der er mange gode kapitler, hvor man sidder med hjertet oppe i halsen, mens hun besøger folk, der har skrevet de værste ting til hende, men mit favoritkapitel er det om drengene på den Røde Plads. Måske fordi der er lidt optimisme i det.

Frelsermission

Her er et af mine yndlingscitater:

“I starten troede jeg, at hvis de, der hadede muslimerne, mødte en muslim som mig, så ville de blive “gode” igen. I dag kan jeg imidlertid se, hvor umuligt den form for frelsermission var. Jeg mødes ikke længere med folk for at overbevise dem om det, som jeg synes er rigtigt, men mere for at lytte til dem. Men jo mere, jeg lytter, jo mere kompliceret bliver alting også.”

 Blækhuskløe

Da bogen kom ud, for flere borgerlige kommentatorer i blækhuset med bål og brand over Cekic’ dedikation til Dan Uzan og Finn Nørgaard. De havde hverken taget højde for, at det måske var en idé at læse bogen (hvor Cekic siger ca. 100 gange, at det er personen med fingeren på aftrækkeren, der har ansvaret og ingen andre) eller tjekke med Uzans og Nørgaards familier, om de måske havde hørt om det. Det havde de selvfølgelig. Dan Uzans far har jo selv vist sig som en brobygger af format.

Så fald lige ned og tag en slapper, meningstyper.

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Musings before Mother's Day

Feminism:

It being Mother’s Day tomorrow, the Times has asked six women, mainly writers, to write a letter to their children at 21 (they all have young children) or to share the advice of their own mothers. Some of these letters are so, so beautiful. I didn’t just well up, I had to go and get a clean hanky out of the drawer. I like Sarah Vine’s and Justine Picardie’s the best. Found on Tania Kindersley’s brand new blog.

The Times has also compiled a list of the most powerful Muslim women in Britain. An interesting read!

So, at 49, I’ve finally found a word that defines me: Geek Mum

Olivia James writes a very poignant piece about Mother’s Day. Read it if you have a troubled relationship with your own mother!

Food:

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has a weekly food column in the Guardian. If it wasn’t online I’d feel compelled to buy the paper every Saturday. Actually, I might do that anyway, the Weekend Guardian is a very good paper, lots of sustenance! Today it’s about flour. Also one of my pet causes. I buy almost all my flour freshly milled at the Farmers Market, not least the lovely spelt. It’s a totally different experience from the supermarket stuff. Hugh forgets to mention cornmeal – not the dreary stuff that you buy to thicken your gravy, but the real stuff. I use it in muffins, which then look beautiful and yellowish and as one of three types of flour in my sourdough bread.

Sourdough bread & cake with muscovado sugar, cinnamon & courgettes.
Sourdough bread & cake with muscovado sugar, cinnamon & courgettes.

I’ve promised Tania Kindersley to publish my recipe for Panzanella. It’s from The Blue River Café Cook Book. I hope they won’t sue me for copyright infringement…

Panzanella – serves 6:

  • 3 stale ciabatta loaves
  • 1 kg fresh, plum tomatoes, chopped, seeds removed, save juices (key to recipe is the tomatoes actually tasting of something)
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed (I always dump them in boiling water for a bit to take the top of the “sting”)
  • Maldon sea salt (or similar) & freshly ground pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 3 red peppers – grilled until black & skinned, then chopped
  • 2 fresh chillies – not necessary
  • 100 gr salted, large capers
  • 100 gr salted anchovies (these can be ground to a paste and mixed with the dressing)
  • 150 gr black, pitted olives
  • 1 large bunch of basil

Cut the bread (preferably stale) into bite-sized chunks. Mix all “wet” ingredients and toss the bread chunks in this. Mix all ingredients. Don’t serve cold.

Science:

Also in the Guardian, Ben Goldacre again crucifies a number of journalists for their faulty and misleading interpretations of a scientific paper about prostate cancer.

I’ll never stop recommending TED. Probably the best source of ideas on the web. It never, never fails to inspire and to lift my spirits. Here’s about how to grow your own fresh air… What to do when you DO NOT have green fingers?

Tech:

A lot of people are – as usual – angry with the new design of Facebook. Maybe I’m easy, but I’m fine with it… Here’s one who doesn’t like it, but makes a good joke of it.

Here are some very useful tips about how to customise the new Facebook. I’ve already done it – I have some FB friends whose updates are rather boring, to be frank. But I still want to keep them as friends. Done!

I don’t find any reason whatsoever to doubt this story about the GRU and the FSB in Russia using cyber “weapons” against Georgia in the war. But then I’m not a great fan of the Russian Leadership.

Oh yes, and as an Iphone owner I’m thrilled to bits by this. Can’t believe I forgot to write about it earlier!

Politics:

An American soldier tells the moving story of when he accompanied a fallen soldier to his final resting place. Very touching and also enlightning. The Americans are good at honouring their fallen. Would be nice if they were as good – or even better – at honouring the wounded and crippled.

Here’s about the methods of torture applied by the CIA. You know, the ones sanctioned by John Yoo, as mentioned yesterday.

This sounds like a good plan. Geithner reveals how the US will deal with its toxic assets.

See, here’s what sets a respectable Republican apart from one you can’t respect. Please Sarah Palin, can’t you just go elk hunting forever?

How can this and this take place in the same country at the same time? It’s about the right to life on the one hand and the right to a dignified death on the other.

With a few exceptions, which are from my RSS reader, all of the above were harvested over 24 hours on Twitter. So don’t tell me twittering is a waste of time.

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