Category Archives: Culture

Wintering the Danish Way: Learning About Hygge

As soothing as a video of a basket of baby sloths, and borne on a raft of lifestyle books, hygge is headed for your living room.

Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah, like a football cheer in a Scandinavian accent) is the Danish word for cozy. It is also a national manifesto, nay, an obsession expressed in the constant pursuit of homespun pleasures involving candlelight, fires, fuzzy knitted socks, porridge, coffee, cake and other people. But no strangers, as the Danes, apparently, are rather shy. Hygge is already such a thing in Britain that the Collins Dictionary proclaimed it one of the top 10 words of 2016, along with Brexit and Trumpism.

Source: Wintering the Danish Way: Learning About Hygge

The American Dream Is Killing Us

The sad truth is that fewer people today are getting ahead than before. And they’re getting ahead not due to their hard work or their education as much as their connections, their family’s socioeconomic status, and of course, just the plain luck of not getting horribly sick or getting into a serious accident. Not only is this not the American Dream, it’s the antithesis of the American Dream. It’s the old feudal order where you’re born into your privilege (or lack thereof) and forced to just hope things don’t get any worse.

Source: The American Dream Is Killing Us

Fallen Walls

It’s interesting how a simple tweet can germinate around the net and become something that is so totally awesomely cool! Perhaps more interestingly, it spawns a new avenue of fiction to explore in the work of the creator, sci-fi author Michael G. Munz. He describes his exploding tweet on his blog. The artist, Lar, seems pretty awesomely cool as well!