About Hope

While hope generally has a positive connotation, it is not an entirely uncomplicated subject matter. In his book “When You’re Falling, Dive” Mark Matousek writes: When we attach ourselves to a single outcome, it’s easy to become hope’s hostage, to imprison ourselves in optimism, entrap ourselves through inflexible craving for a premeditated result. Hope of…

Cynicism and Hope

So Rebecca Solnit’s words on naïve cynicism have stayed with me and continue to quietly simmer at the back of my mind. In the past few days, as I have come across stuff–say, a paragraph, image, or real-life observation–that bring my thoughts back to her rich and thought-provoking essay, the gentle simmering has briefly erupted…

Rebecca Solnit on Naïve Cynicism

Rebecca Solnit’s piece The Habits of Highly Cynical People (in the March 2016 issue of Harper’s Magazine) is probably the most well articulated article I’ve ever read on cynicism. She cuts to the core of a feeling I’m all too familiar with: the sense of internal sinking after being verbally and reflexively shot down, often…

Res dig efter varje smäll

Admittedly, I had no idea what I was in for when I was treated to front row seats at Håkan Hellström’s second and last  gig at the Gramercy Theater on Saturday night. But man, what a remarkable phenomenon he is! Almost three hours later, I left feeling like I’d just experienced something very, very special….