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You May Become Invisible from Eating Redcurrants


“You seem confused, Johanna. Look here, take these redcurrants.”

The Danish teacher pours up a small handful of redcurrants in her hand. The scene from the math class repeats itself in the classroom. The Other Newspaper is visiting the Zildorph Senior High School. Johanna from the 1st class is the pet of all teachers but is not particularly smart. Incessantly she is given berries by the teachers, mostly red and white redcurrants. A lot of sand is needed to raise her above the others for Johanna is really quite a small person.

Biology teacher Kioko Madsen gazes in front of him.

“Johanna is annoying, in a certain way, her critics are right. But she seems to hold some of the characteristics that society is interested in. Growth. These sorts of things. I think she will have an excellent career even if she becomes invisible. There must be some invisibility. With the way the world looks today.”

Chinese teacher Dalvad Thin disagrees.

“But Andrik Hasselmus, her classmate, will get a much happier life. A more atypical life. He picks his redcurrants himself. There is no doubt about that. He must be in love with one of the older girls. I think he’s a kind of seal now. The way he snatches the fish in the cold water. The way he gets up on the ice with a small jump.”

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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.