Just a reminder


Not throwing bags of garbage off the balcony may seem like an obvious courtesy to most people. Not making hip-hop records if you’re Swedish should also be so clear.

29 August 2011

Princess Preggers!


The wheels have been ready to fly off the tabloids in Sweden over the past week, on the news that the crown princess has a little majesty in the oven.

23 August 2011

The 18 and Over Airline


We’ve gotten rid of smoking in public places, isn’t it about time we put an end to the smashing of crackers and shrieks of death?

27 July 2011

No more babies on airplanes

Am I cursed? Apparently someone at Norwegian Airlines read my last article about how I think babies should not...
26 July 2011

Tex-Mex food, Swedish style

swedish tex mex buffet

On behalf of the Internet, I would like to apologize to any Mexicans or Texans (or Texicans) who have the misfortune to view this reprehensible photograph.

14 June 2011

I’m Still Here


In America, the popularity of the “party film” concept has been growing steadily, but it hasn’t quite made its way to Sweden.

22 May 2011

Historic A-hole August Strindberg


August Strindberg’s work as a playwright was so groundbreaking that it made him one of Sweden’s most famous anti-Semites and male chavinist pigs.

22 April 2011

What is your egg-cracking strategy?

Mmmm eggs!

Despite decades of scrambling eggs, I have only gotten marginally better at cracking them without making a mess. But I’m way better than Elizabeth Taylor was.

12 April 2011

Säkert! in 3D


I never thought I’d get to see Säkert perform live, but it finally happened.

Better yet, you can see some highlights here in 3D.

31 March 2011

Badminton is a Real Sport


Am I the only one who is uncomfortable around naked old men? Oh, everybody is? Cool. That’s what I thought.

30 November 2010

The Devil Wears Merona

The Devil Wears Merona
There’s a popular saying in Sweden. “Det finns inga dåliga väder, bara dåliga kläder,” which, although it doesn’t rhyme...
23 November 2010

Welcome to Sweden

Welcome to Sweden
A couple Tuesdays ago, I visited Skatteverket (the Swedish tax office) to apply for my personnummer. The personnummer is...
25 October 2010

The Immigrant

A lot of what makes for good writing is having the time to write. After spending most of 2009...
17 September 2010

Malmö’s Turning Torso

turning torso

For decades, Malmö was easily recognized by the image of a monstrous, seaside gantry crane. When plans were announced to remove it in the 1990’s, a movement began to establish a new icon for the city, resulting in this unique, twisting, 54-story skyscraper.

1 February 2010

Alternate Reality Check

alternate reality check
Is this thing on? Can you hear me? Testing, testing… Today’s report is being broadcast to you all the...
21 January 2010

I want to write a song

As some readers may know, I am currently on tour with my band, the Metroschifter. Today we are in...
30 November 2009


Karlaplan is a picturesque area of Stockholm on the island of Östermalm where five major streets meet to form...
9 November 2009

Halloween in Sweden

Grab a warm sweater or safe blanket and sit thee down fore thine flickering computer screens, dear friends, for...
27 October 2009

The Idea of North

It’s beginning to get cold in Sweden. The first snow of the season, however fleeting, already happened a couple...
26 October 2009