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Knausgaard Truthers, and Other News

July 21, 2014 | by


Just where does the hype end and the man begin?

  • Fact-checking the Knausgaard craze: Have Norwegian workplaces really instituted “Knausgaard-free days” in response to the success of My Struggle? The people demand the truth!
  • On clichés and their complications: “An expression is much more likely to be regarded as a cliché if it has typical or frequent use in contexts where it doesn’t apply very well (by being imprecise, misleading, or inaccurate, for example). Take the noun phrase best-kept secret … As a few examples will show, things that are dubbed best-kept secrets are in fact often not secret at all, and it is rarely specified, sometimes not even implied, in what sense they are ‘kept.’ ”
  • Remembering James Garner: “Garner wasn’t an actor who ‘reached,’ per se. He wasn’t doing accents or putting on prosthetics or trying to make himself over into someone he wasn’t. Movie and TV producers hired him to be James Garner.”
  • Is Amazon killing writing, or is it the market? “We are witnessing a bad Hollywood remake of a bad Hollywood remake of the Content Wars of the 1990s and 2000s … The plot remains the same: The traditional publishers of content defend their business models against the assault of the Internet. There’s some suspense, and then the Internet wins.”
  • Weird Al’s usage wars: “I purposely left a split infinitive at the end of my song … to be ironic, and also to see how many online grammar pedants it would annoy.” But then he didn’t realize that spastic is a slur in the UK …



  1. dam bloom | July 21, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Dan i got email today from Kgaard agent in Oslo re fact checking K free days they said ” we never ha heard of these k-free days in norway. first time i head was on trip to NYC in April.” so casey was right. dan bloom hunch was right on. Do followup? email me danbloom GMAIL..can send u copy of email i got today. from his agent in OLSO. . case closed. it never happened. i was right. but who started this PR lie? SMILE we still do not know…! – cheers Dan in Taiwan

  2. Aften Boder | July 21, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Knausgaard’s agent in Oslo admits there were never any “Knausgaard-free days” in Norway
    Thank you for your e-mails, Dan Bloom. I read the piece by Casey Cep in the Pacific Standard magazine about your factchecking search for truth about all this titled “How I became a Knausgaard truther” yesterday. It has been shared a lot in Norway. It is good! I first heard about the ”Knausgård free days” from Americans when I was in NYC this spring. I have never heard about it before! Sorry I do not know from where or from whom this story originated. I wish you good luck in your continued search for the truth!” Best wishes, Aschehoug Agency

  3. Fiona | July 21, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I haven’t read Knausgaard, but honestly, who cares? I am so sick about reading about whether this rumor is true. (By the way, TPR is woefully behind hopping on this bandwagon.)

    Who cares?

  4. SD | July 22, 2014 at 2:56 am

    I like his hair. I wouldn’t ever want to touch it. But it’s easy to tell he is a good writer by it. I mean, he doesn’t wash it. So he obviously must be too busy writing great stuff. And he’s Nordic. So that just really seals the deal.

  5. Leinad Moolb | July 23, 2014 at 9:56 am

    MHB Melville House blog by Sal Robinson just touched on this story too. And NYT is doing story in Sunday. This story has legs, even though, yes, Fiona, who cares?

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