Debating the Debate on Debate

An opinion piece in Berlingske asks an interesting question: Should there be room for “well-coiffed hatred and cheeky fascism” at the Popular Assembly?Esben Vest Billingsøe (Opinion), Berlingske.dk, May 20 What I’m translating as the “Popular Assembly” could also be translated as the “People’s Meeting.” It’s an annual summer event (held in the 24th week of…

A Generation Robbed of Its Youth

Terese Hauschultz is a young woman: she claims to have just turned 22, and I have no reason to doubt her. She was therefore born early in 2000: part of the last cohort to be born in the twentieth century or among the first to be born in the twentieth, depending on where you draw…

“Take That, Putin”

Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday Night. To nobody’s surprise, they racked up the most points of any country in the history of the competition. To my own surprise, however, the Danish media have been very transparent about the fact that the Ukrainian song wasn’t very good and that this was obviously a…

The Right’s Having All the Fun While the Left Tortures Itself Trying to Redefine Fun in a Way That Proves the Right Isn’t Having Fun

Politico sends one of its intrepid explorers to the very edge of civilization, where he meets two even more intrepid explorers who have in fact pressed beyond the edge and into the darkness beyond—whence they have returned (alive!) to tell their tales of wonderment from the world of the political right. One wonderment in particular…

DR Coverage of America: All the News That Suits the Democratic Party

Here’s something that showed up on the DR website a couple of days ago: Bill on abortion access voted down in US SenateReuters/Ritzau, DR.dk, May 12 That’s a very crisp and succinct headline in English. The actual Danish headline speaks of “fri abort,” which I translated here as “abortion access.” I’ve often translated it in…

The Horribles Parade

I grew up in a small New England town that celebrated the Fourth of July with special vigor. Among the festivities was (and remains) something called the Horribles Parade. We didn’t move to Marblehead until I was within a few months of my tenth birthday, so I was at a more or less perfect age…

Book Notes: Rationality

Reflecting on his 1912 defeat as a third party presidential candidate, Teddy Roosevelt lamented that “the average American in his party affiliations is largely influenced by a feeling quite as unreasoning as that which makes the average fan depressed or exultant over the victory of a professional baseball team.” That’s from TR: The Last Romantic,…

The Extremist Party

According to CNN, Joe Biden is “sharpening his mid-term message.” At the White House on Wednesday, Ole Puddinhead delivered a speech that “reflected Biden’s preparations for intense midterm campaigning built around hammering Republicans.” You know, the way “unity” candidates often do. With his approval rating as bad as the low 30s in some polls and…

Calm Down Wade

Whenever I need to translate Danish passages of more than a sentence or two for this blog, I let Google translate do the heavy lifting and then I just tidy up whatever it got wrong (or awkward). The most frequent mistranslation I encounter is “The Bite” for Biden: en bid is “a bite,” biden is…