Forbid Children to Read
“I have three kids. None of them read. And I have books everywhere in my home and I buy them books, and I read to them every night. It doesn't stick.”
Meet prominent Swedish author Alex Schulman reflecting upon children’s alternative ways of storytelling today, why he feels that not reading a book isn’t a catastrophe but still has a certain melancholy about it. Read more …
“There is something about opening a book, and everything around disappears. Maybe they will never experience this, and I am sad about it.”
Alex Schulman (1976) was born in Skåne in the south of Sweden and grew up in the Stockholm suburb Farsta. He has had a successful career as a journalist, blogger, television, and radio host and has produced several stage performances. Since 2012, he has run Sweden’s most popular weekly podcast, Alex & Sigge, with several hundred thousand listeners every week. Schulman made his literary debut in 2009 with Hurry to Love, dedicated to his deceased father, the journalist and television producer Allan Schulman. In 2011 he published his second book, To Be With Her, about his wife. His third book, Forget Me, about his relationship with his alcoholic mother, was named Book of the Year in Sweden in 2017.
In November of 2018, his fourth book, Burn All My Letters, was published and became a runaway bestseller. Burn All My Letters has been unanimously praised by readers and critics alike. It was featured on the prestigious critics’ list in Sweden’s biggest daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter for five consecutive weeks. Schulman made his big international debut with his fifth book and first novel, The Survivors, published in 2020. Sold to thirty-three countries and published to great critical acclaim worldwide, The Survivors has established Alex Schulman as a literary force to be reckoned with on the global stage.
Alex Schulman was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at his Danish publisher Lindhardt & Ringhof in September 2021.
Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard
Edited by Jarl Therkelsen Kaldan
Produced by Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2021
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