Category: Books


I bought this at Uajjimaya (okay, technically the Kinokuniya bookstore), a couple days ago, based entirely on this image on its back cover: How beautiful is that? It’s the Venn diagram for the thoughtfully aimless, an earnest tribe in which I have long been a member. I pulled this book off the shelf with the …

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An evening with Margaret Willson, author of Seawomen of Iceland

On the Nordic Heritage Museum website, I saw an event with an irresistible description: The plaque said this was the winter fishing hut of Thurídur Einarsdóttir, one of Iceland’s greatest fishing captains, and that she lived from 1777 to 1863. “Wait,” anthropologist and former seawoman Margaret Willson said. “She??” So began a quest. Were there more Icelandic …

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