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You have a character with a mental disorder in your forthcoming novel.

“Yes.”

How did you make that up?

“I prefer to talk about it figuratively. At one point it became clear to me that the material almost required a saphead to avoid monotony. So what I did, metaphorically speaking, I poured all the water out of the ocean that characterizes a human mind and placed, still figuratively speaking, the character on the seabed with the mental disorder in the foreground.”

It appears that you have created a stereotype and that you do not have a very deep understanding of the subject. What prevented you from opening a book about it?

“I let imagination rule.”

With the risk of pandering to the reader’s prejudices of people with a mental disorder? How do you think the reader’s social skills will evolve when you oversimplify and lie?

“I have no ambitions as regards that.”

How strange.

“My target audience is people who constantly say fuck.”

Why do you think they say fuck?

“To survive. Some say fuck and some say hurra. My audience says fuck.”

Do they mean it?

“I have no idea.”

Are you sure?

“I really do not know. I swear. But the character with the mental disorder appears only in a small part of the novel. All he does is sort some papers for the protagonist. He obviously does it wrong and has to start over several times.”

Naturally. What is the book about?

“About two whiskers.”

An interesting choice.

“Whiskers are placed over the mouth.

Inspired by Dali?

“A contract with the reader. By the way, the surrealist language is so old and established that one can take the liberty of expecting that the reader understands.”

You do not think the reader finds it a little too out-of-line?

“The reader who does not feel the joy and the love of the immense relief and curiosity I feel when dejection disappears and I sit down in front of my computer is not my reader.”

That makes sense.

“I discover joy. Just imagine. Joy fills me. I can share my joy through two whiskers.”

You could probably achieve the same through just one.

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Morten Hjerl-Hansen (born 15. June 1973) is a danish blogger born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe. I lived for the first 19 years of my life in a liberal-minded, literary and academic home in North Zealand. My mother is a psychiatrist and my father is a chemical engineer. I have two siblings. Throughout childhood, "I invented near-useless things almost every day" and told my siblings "fairy tales" where they themselves were the protagonists. In 1986, I visited Houston in the United States with my family on a stay that spanned three and a half months. I started programming in 1986 and made approx. 20 major projects until I "lost the ability" in 2018. Student from N. Zahles High School 1992. Ry College 1993. Read theology 1993-1994 in Aarhus. Read philosophy 1995-2000 in Linköping, Lund and Copenhagen. Worked as Java programmer 2000 and 2001. Participated in numerous poetry readings in Copenhagen 2002-2007. Got a psychosis in 2007 "which took about 10 years to recover". Married to Else Andersen in 2010 and resides in Asnaes, Denmark. Father in 2014. Has written The Other Newspaper daily in Danish and English daily since 2013.