Selected older pieces, by category
Note: The flags indicate the languages that pieces are written in. (I'm American, so I use Old Glory for English. Sorry, Brits!)
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ISLAM AND THE WEST
HISTORY, POLITICS & CULTURE
GAY LIVES, GAY RIGHTS
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Affordable Oslo NEW YORK TIMES, April 23, 2006
"Though Oslo has the dubious honor of being called one of the world's most expensive cities, it's possible to minimize the damage to your pocketbook while making the most of what the 'Tiger City' (as it calls itself) has to offer."
Going to Oslo NEW YORK TIMES, December 11, 2005
"Few cities on earth have longer winter nights than Oslo and, surely, in even fewer have the natives been more creative about turning the sunless months into an enchanted time of candlelit coziness."
Visiting Alkmaar NEW YORK TIMES, October 30, 2005
"I love the splendor of Amsterdam. But I also love Alkmaar's low-key, old-fashioned - dare I say corny? - charm."
On Thorvald Meyers Gate in Oslo NEW YORK TIMES, July 24, 2005
"Perhaps appropriately for a street in an old Nordic working-class neighborhood, Thorvald Meyers Gate, a 15-minute walk from downtown Oslo, begins and ends with beer."
By rail from Oslo to Bergen NEW YORK TIMES, May 19, 2002
"...the wonder...is not that people separated by such intimidating natural barriers should speak so differently, but that they share a language at all."
Down on the farm NEW YORK TIMES, July 15, 2001
"...in Norway...even the most thoroughgoing urbanites will confess to feeling an almost mystical affinity for the countryside."
A decade and counting away from America PAJAMAS MEDIA, 16 September 2008
"You’d think that the Twin Towers had been taken down by a nefarious cabal of international same-sex couples."
Om å være på norskkurs BLIKK, April 2001 (IN NORWEGIAN)
"Jeg hadde vært bosatt i Norge i seks måneder, før jeg godtok at jeg burde gå på norskkurs...."