If you’ve ever wondered where my patronym comes from, the answer is Norway. My paternal grandfather came over in the ’30s and settled in San Francisco, where he married my grandmother, who had about the plainest English name imaginable: Betty Jane Smith.
We’re one of only two Chensvold families in the US (the other is in Iowa), and I’m the last virile male to carry on our branch of the family tree. And as I have no plans to reproduce, I can honestly claim to be the last of my kind. Without progeny, I will have to live on through my work. “He was a blogger,” it will say on my tombstone.
But back to Norway. Recently I was interviewed by a Norwegian reporter on assignment for the weekend magazine of the newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv. The result arrived in the post yesterday and is a fascinating look at the PITA trend’s growing global reach: a massive 14-page cover story on American style touching on “Take Ivy,” prepdom, “Mad Men,” JFK, Ralph Lauren, “Gossip Girl,” and the Ivy League.
Click here for a PDF of the article and to see the effort involved.
With a little knowledge of German, plus help from the Norwegian cognates and the many American terms employed, it’s actually possible to “read” the article. For example, you can probably get the gist of this:
USAs eldste herrekjede, Brooks Brothers… har en 192 ar lang historie med tradisjon og innovasjon…
It quickly gives you a headache, though. — CHRISTIAN TJENSVOLD