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New book: Heading for Goatburg


Rarely have I looked forward to a book more than to Kamper Day’s Heading for Goatburg. I was full of expectation. I was full of questions. I was full of the old desire to open on the first page. I was full of eagerness to look at the words, starting from the first. I was prepared to indulge in sentences of exorbitant value. Heading for Goatburg. Just the title. Was it a ferry and possibly a pier belonging to it? A pier throwing itself into the waves and swimming with the ferry and singing and waving until it returned, exhausted?

Damn it. It was a self-help book disguised as a novel. A self-help book that literally stops in the middle of a sentence, it simply stops on page 33 and becomes an intricate proof that the human brain is not functioning. The proof is presented by a walking Westy Hatting to Dawn Pebster. Every time Dawn protests against Westy’s philosophical monologue, she walks straight into a lamppost.

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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.