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Hi, I'm Oscar, a historical linguist from the Netherlands who also likes to write about music, games, and history. Check out my longer blog posts and other writings on Sub Specie.

Currently reading

Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo
Mary Douglas
Signs: an Introduction to Semiotics
Thomas A. Sebeok, Marcel Danesi
Language and Space
Lynn Nadel, Mary A. Peterson, Paul Bloom


Dikter - Tomas Tranströmer This overview of Tranströmer's oeuvre really impressed me once I got into it, which took a while because my Swedish is still a bit too rusty. I probably would appreciate the fine points of these poems even more if I had more training in the language, but as it is, I already found it a satisfying experience.

These modernist poems span a period between 1954 and 1989 and apply a loose free verse style to themes of nature, culture and travel and the interplay of those with psychology. The imagery, combining these disparate elements, was often refreshing, yet never contrived.

A poet I'll gladly return to when my Swedish improves. For non-Scandinavian readers, there is always this English collection, which alse features Finnish poet Paavo Haavikko.