Erik Haag and Lotta Lundgren went time traveling and spent time in the 18th and 19th century, in the 1940s, and the 1970s. They didn’t use a DeLorean. They used food.
Maybe this is the last year we all walk around carrying takeaway coffee cups, sipping our lattes, and using coffee shops as our offices away from our home offices. It doesn’t seem likely, but surely there must come a time when our nutritional habits have changed so much that even an idea of somebody eating on the run seems odd, let alone that they would carry hot, addictive liquids with them.
“Food is culture,” says Lotta Lundgren, a Swedish food writer, and one of the two stars of “Historieätarna”, a TV show about Swedish food – and culture – in different eras.
And since food is culture, it’s apt to change.
“Tachophobia is the condition of having an abnormal, extreme, and persistent fear of speed, that is, the experience of traveling quickly.”
Each new generation seems to be moving faster than the last one. Take any sport, for example, and you will see world records broken, even if they seemed impregnable when they were set. Yes, Jim Hines, the first person to run 100 meters in under ten seconds, held his world record for 15 years, but his time of 9.95 seconds at the 1968 Olympics would have landed him in sixth place in Beijing 2008.
We are always trying to go and be faster. Faster is the first word of the Olympic motto, Citius, Altius, Fortius – Swifter, Higher, Stronger. Almost as soon as we learn to walk, we start to run. Just ten years after Henry Ford introduced the Model T, attempts were made to build a car that would fly. And with his Model T, Ford developed the assembly line, a method of faster, uniform production that revolutionized manufacturing.
Below is a story I wrote for Profile. Also, in the issue, there’s a fairytale version of a version of this. Check it out*.
According to legend, Icarus didn’t listen to his father and flew too close to the sun, melting his wings. Angry Birds are ready to take their chances to become legendary. Then again, they aim for the moon.
Peter Vesterbacka has been called the most connected man in Finland, which, at face value, might not seem like much. Finland is, after all, a country with just a little over five million people. Vesterbacka’s rolodex, however, is not limited to just Finnish-sounding names.
Tässä Leijonat-lehdessä ilmestynyt tarina vuoden 1974 kotikisoista ja siitä kuuluisasta “puupronssista”.
Lataa pdf tästä (pdf)
Here’s a story about Savonlinna, home of Tuukka Rask and Ville Leino, and so many more good hockey players.
In Finnish. A pdf.
If you like comics, you may want to read a piece I wrote for Inspire a couple of months ago.
It’s safe to say that this one comic book has shaped the Finnish language, even the national psyche, for decades, to the point where Finns consider themselves to be Donald, the duck with no luck at all.
Full story here (as a pdf), or here in a fine Web magazine. It’s not all Finland, in case you’re wondering.
Dusting off the archives again, trying to move things around a bit. And since these are the days of the draft, what would be better than a little story about Jarmo Kekäläinen, the assistant GM of the St. Louis Blues.
Vaikka kukaan ei ehkä ihan varmasti tiedäkään, missä kaikki ruotsalaiset satuhahmot ”oikeasti” asuvat, jo pelkästään Tukholmassa ja sen ympäristössä pääsee helposti satumaailmaan.