Soundtrack of social change

I got myself a new book. It is the first non-fiction book I have bought in a good while. This baby has about 800 pages, just like a good Harry Potter novel. Author Dorian Lynskey, a music writer for the Guardian, has done impressive and interesting research about the politics of pop music, and BTW…

Self-annihilation: necessary and productive

The rainy Monday morning was salvaged by the BBC World Book Club, again. Irish author Colm Tóibín was discussing his novel Brooklyn with Harriet Gilbert and the invited audience. The moment I started listening to the programme, I immediately forgot that I had slept too little, woke up too late, that it was raining and my small…

Ecological intelligence

A friend was reading Ecological Intelligence on the beach on Saturday. A beautiful day, full of sunshine, fun, laughter and happy thoughts. I even took my family canoeing in the nearby river. The dog loved it. On the beach, my friend and I had a quick talk about the book in the midst of eating…

Midsummer madness

It’s Midsummer again. The longest day of the year, full of light and no night at all. The nightless night, as they say. Most of Finland escapes to summer houses and cottages and drinks too much. So far five people have died while celebrating Midsummer. I also escaped to the summer house. But instead of…

Laundry day, no greenwashing please

I read an article about the attitudes of young people in Finland towards responsible consumerism. The article was published in Maailma.net, which is the Finnish chapter of the OneWorld-network, an international movement that works to end poverty and environmental destruction through intelligent use of technology The future looks surprisingly bright. The research, conducted by 15/30 Research, says…