Son Of A Gunnar

Sweden

Contagious Narcissism Began Long Before Trump — Or Twitter

When I was a kid — 12,13 — my dad's shrink friend was a frequent guest in our house. His usual business on these visits was to review for us the degenerating state of the world, and list ...

Sweden

Sweden Revisited, From Nordic Model To Pandemic Pariah

MALMÖ — On one of the final Fridays of 2020, I passed through the Malmö airport customs and underwent that subtle metamorphosis from The Swede to a Swede. This crossing from the definite to ...

Sweden

Sweden, The Final Proof That People Must Be Told What To Do

PARIS — Like much of the rest of the world, Sweden is now facing a second wave of coronavirus infections. But while other countries are debating which mix of restrictions to reinstate, the ...

United States

Trump Meet Mo Ibrahim: African Fix For An American Strongman

-Essay- PARIS — Every aspiring strongman must fulfill a number of prerequisites. He should be skilled at demonizing his opponents and intimidating his allies, manipulating the media and ...

France

Buenos Aires To Paris, Don't Blame Covid For Killing Culture

Swedish-born, Paris-based writer Carl-Johan Karlsson has been seeing "dead museums" since the pan...

Sweden

How Sweden's Social Democrats Fell In Love With Amazon

"Amazon is ‘un-Swedish'..." Yes, in my country too, you'd probably hear something called osvenskt in one of those low-budget conference halls where "patriots" gather to drink domestic beer and ...

Sweden

A Swedish Boxer, Donald Trump And Our Culture Of Shame

Long before his sex scandal took over the front pages, every Swede knew Paolo Roberto. The son of an Italian father and Swedish mother, Roberto gained some notoriety in his teens as a street ...

Sweden

Cold War To COVID-19, A Swedish Priest Answers Susan Sontag

The late American essayist Susan Sontag theorized that people are drawn to watching disaster films to help normalize and rationalize what we find psychologically unbearable. Watching a ...