In Sunday’s New York Times Travel section, I stumbled across a wonderful article about literary Iceland. In short, Iceland sounds like a writer’s paradise. Consider the following:
- One in 10 Icelanders will publish at least one book.
- Iceland has more books published and read per person than any other country in the world.
- Iceland boasts a 100 percent literacy rate.
- Björk. Just because.
Speaking of brains, they are often pierced in Iceland’s wonderful ancient sagas. In Egil’s Saga, for example, the heroic lad pierces his first brain with a halberd at the age of 8. How can you not love a kid like that? Also, I’m pretty sure that Icelandic writers each get their own halberds.
Unfortunately, it turns out that moving to Iceland from the US is more difficult than I’d hoped (though it’s much easier for Europeans). But I’ve already added the capital, Reykjavik, to my list of dream book tour stops. I wonder if there’s a discount halberd shop?