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Political Change through Celebration

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Most of the year, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender people are invisible to the population at large in Iceland. The Grapevine…

Happiest Nation on Earth

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This June, Iceland found out that it was, indubitably, the happiest place on Earth – fuck Disney World, Iceland blows…

Horrible Writing, Good Read, Great Eats

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There is a lot to laugh at in Delicious Iceland. Start with the dedication by former President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, who…

Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson – Dense Time

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We got this CD months ago, and we never put it on the stereo. It comes in a jewel case,…

Sushi Smiðjan

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The town of Reykjavík has been waiting for this for years, so there has been a certain amount of giddiness…

Nýhil Poetry Bookstore

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When you come to a nation that prides itself on maintaining almost 100% literacy for centuries, you expect poetry to…

Deep Political Thoughts. Keanu Reeves Deep.

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As we were scanning the listings and PR statements on the atrocious movies being imported to this fair isle from…

From Newsman to Man on the News

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Paul Nikolov has been a writer for the Reykjavík Grapevine for coming up on three years. This July, he finishes…

“He Was Just Standing There”

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On Wednesday July 5th, the news in Iceland was full of Magni Ásgeirsson, who would be competing on the reality…

The Climax of All Our Hard Work – Inside Reykjavík: The Grapevine Guide

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The Grapevine can finally firmly recommend a guidebook for getting around our hometown of Reykjavík – our own guidebook, Inside…

Almost Infamous

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“I guess Frank, the guitarist, got too drunk and he passed out onstage and he landed on me. I thought…

The Allen Iverson Election

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Welcome to Iceland. You are visiting the home of the oldest parliament in the world, of some of the oldest…

Reykjavik Gets Tropical

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The saxophonist for Zappa Plays Zappa provided us with one of the most surreal, and possibly precognizant, quotes in the…

Iceland Review

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Entering our fourth year, the Grapevine takes our collective hat off to Iceland Review, now in its 44th year of…

15 Great Minutes

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It was my deep respect for Palli, guitarist from the pop band Maus, that led me to restrain a section…

Summer Means Waxing

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I am hairy. More so, in fact, than any other higher order primate. I imagine this quality is some sort…

Good Morning, Mr. Spencer

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It’s afternoon here, 9 am in New York. The man on the other end of the line is a regarded…

Seeking Foreigners

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Once upon a time, the Reykjavík Grapevine was packed with Germans, Dutchmen, Finns, Canadians, and the occasional American crank, all…

Reinventing the Bomb

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News of the event arrived a little late in Iceland, but Stephen Colbert’s April 29th speech at the White House…

PSP for Business

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As I approached a recent interview, and realized that after a lengthy cross-Atlantic flight I would be expected to hold…

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

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The Elder Scrolls is a popular series of RPGs (role playing games) set in its own fantasy world, albeit one…

Battlefield 2

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It may not be the newest release on the market, but Battlefield 2 is one seriously hot game and as…

Minnesotans and Sex

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In my home, we had two things that we didn’t bring up in mixed company: Minnesotans and sex. Actually, we…

Kaffi Brennslan

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Kaffi Brennslan has been around for a while, and despite changing owners it has maintained a healthy reputation for consistently…

Only the Voice is Childlike

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If you’ve heard her once, you know the voice. Fragile, playful, original and, okay, childlike, Joanna Newsom sings of sleeping…


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