Friday, December 26, 2008

merry christmas

drunkeness and high spirits in amsterdam on christmas eve produced this video after overindulgence on photobooth.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

sankta lucia

i am going to be lucia in a lucia tårg! most likely the first jewish american lucia in the history of sweden.

The old date for the Lussi Night is December 13th, regarded as the longest night of the year and associated with the solstice. That was carried over into the new era. Between Lussi night and jól all kinds of trolls were thought to be out and about. It was particularly dangerous to be out during Lussi Night. Children who had done mischief had to take special care, because Lussi could come down through the chimney and take them. The lore also tells about a whole Lussi group traveling past: the Lussiferda. They were named as in a verse: Lisle-Ståli and Store-Ståli, Ståli Knapen and Tromli Harebakka, Sisill and Surill, Hektetryni and Botill. The Lussiferda could take people away, just like the Oskoreia or Jólaskreia could. This is another company of spirits (vetter), riding horses, which around yule-tide journey through air and over land and water, leaving eeriness and discomfort. Although not mentioned in any sources, it is very tempting to look at Father Christmas’ journey with his reindeer as a commercial relic inspired by such popular superstition.

The Saint Lucia tradition, then, is another example of Christianisation of pagan beliefs and customs. This Swedish tradition, which seems to have spread throughout the Western world, is probably an old culture-loan from Germany and explains the use of lights (Lucia from latin lux = light). Lucia adorned with the lights resembles the Christkindchen (Christ Child), who in certain parts of Germany wanders about in the community and entertains the children. This child is usually a costumed girl carrying a crown of lights. The name Saint Lucy given to this light procession tradition comes from the Italian saint who suffered a martyr’s death under the Roman Emporer Diocletian in Syracus, Sicily around 300 AD, and whose memory was already celebrated by about 400 AD. In one of the stories associated with her legend, she was working to help Christians hiding in the catacombs. In order to bring with her as much food and drink as possible, she needed to have her hands free. She solved this problem by making a wreath to wear on her head on to which she attached lights. Thus she managed to see in the darkness of the catacombs.

There are now also boys in the procession, playing different roles associated with Christmas. Some may be dressed in the same kind of white robe, but with a coneshaped hat decorated with golden stars, called stjärngossar (star boys); some may be dressed up as "tomtenisser" (Santa's little helpers), carrying lanterns; and some may be dressed up as gingerbread men. They participate in the singing and also have a song or two of their own, usually Staffan Stalledräng, which tells the story about Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr, caring for his five horses.



christmas market, miniature horses, glögg, marmelade, sami furs, sleighs, baths, folk music workshop, candlemaking!

Monday, December 1, 2008

winter is blue

today i walked on the first ice in the lake, it cracked and made beautiful patterns. i think this weekend was the beginning of something.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

the slide


saturday was clean sheets, folk workshop, pears, catfish keith.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

fi fan

last night we went up birkabacken at 11pm, armed with mittens and cafeteria trays. sliding down on our backs, our feet, our stomachs, on top of eachother, holding hands, barely on. snowballs were responded with faces rubbed in the freezing white. my thighs were bright angry red from the cold.

in other compartments, i shall say 70s stamp mobile, metallica badminton, canopy, bean trees, astrid lindgren, swedish pancakes, ceramic flutes, waltzing lessons, animal prints.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


yesterday we went to gunnars house, the worlds last spilåpipa maker, to record and learn about his traditional wooden flutes. dark oak floors and low white ceilings, dangling lamps, walls of ancient books and rows and rows of flutes, from the stairwell to the kitchen. a long line of instruments graced the wall perpendicular to the flaky faded green and yellow covers, bagpipes, hardangar fiddles, mandolins, violins, and more. i wish the wind had been blowing inside, the house would have been a huge aolian harp. everyone touched the various delights with big eyes and hushed fingers. as we played polskas for posterity, outside over the greenhouse and rumpled fields it began to snow.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

et plus, bien sur

street markets, best friends, garibaldi, french panel, palais de tokyo, fig salad, finnish folk babes, photobooths, peanuts and pinball, spooning, tea, attic apartments, palaces, jeff koons, halloween, jodhpurs, beer smugglers, sitar, goth bar, bastille nights, rainy lazy days, madeleines, international dinner parties, boat show/show boat, shoe switch, midnight kebab, marche aux puces, joints and boots, montmartre, brian de palmes, bar a soupes, corsano & flower, the metro, a bus, a plane, a shuttle, a bus, a train, a taxi, a shower.

un peu de paris

Sunday, October 26, 2008


friday i made a pear galette and a fort.

tonight i am going to see detektivbyrån at gamla tingshuset, raucaous-semi-gothic-sort-of-cheesy-cinematic-accordion-glockenspiel jams. i'm into it. also going to talk to regina bio (independent theatre) about volunteering as a projectionist.

tuesday morning, paris!