Mattino d’autunno, Grigori Grigorjewitsch Mjassojedov (1893)
“Every writer who is any good is the child of another writer. They may not be the child of another writer by blood, but literally the child of another writer. Our dad is the child of Richard Matheson, and has talked about that in very concrete terms. Jim Harrison is the child of Ernest Hemingway. Tobias Wolff, too. Michael Chabon says all fiction is fan fiction — that every writer, when they set out to write a book, sort of has these other books in their head that they adore, and they want their book to make people feel that way.”
— Joe Hill
So “Norsemen” was just added to Netflix, and it’s amazing. It’s a Norwegian show, originally called “Vikingane”, but they’ve reshot it (or dubbed, I’m really not sure) where everything is the same except they’re speaking in English. Honestly I wish it was just subbed, because some things are less hilarious when lost in translation, but the basic premise of the show is this: The life of vikings in Norway, except they act like Norwegians act today. Everything else is true to history, and let me tell you, this shit is hilarious. People tend to glorify Norway, but I’m not sure they’re aware how utterly awkward Norwegians are in social settings. Please, watch “Norsemen”.
Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita (1960)