the author

Francis StrandFrancis Strand is an American editor living in Stockholm, Sweden. His blog “How to learn Swedish in 1000 difficult lessons” has won both a Bloggie and a Satin Pajama award. His prose has been featured in From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Up and Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks from the Wild Web. You can contact him at francis . strand (at) gmail . com.

10 Responses “the author” →

  1. Albert Ericson

    October 1, 2010

    This is a fantastic website you have set up! I have followed your Swedish lessions for some time as well, and really enjoy your perspective on life. Thanks for sharing all of this!
    Albert, Santa Fe, NM

    • Thanks, Albert… you’re the first to comment here! Anyway, after nine years of Swedish lessons, I needed something fresh to work on. Stay tuned, I’ll be refining this more as I go along.


  2. edinawrites

    October 9, 2010

    Absolutely awesome cultural overview you started to work on. Will keep an eye on this blog. Fascinating.

  3. Loved your old blog, love this one too – “pre-Stonewall esoterica” … my favorite!

  4. I’ve also been a longtime reader of the Swedish blog and now really enjoying the new one. Keep up the good works!

  5. I am so glad I discovered this fabulous website!

  6. Hello, old friend. Interesting new site. I can relate to the effort of trying to keep up the motivation for the old one. New projects are fun. Happy New Year.

  7. Sir: Thank you for being inclusive of lesbian lives/stories as well. I haven’t really had the opportunity to further investigate your site, but do you include references to transgender/transsexual people? Also, my thanks for being inclusive of so Arabic and Asian nations, and even South America. I look forward to your first post that references an African nation, and would like to suggest Bayard Rustin:

    Thanking You Sincerely

  8. Thanks, Benji. I haven’t added anything on here in nearly two years but it definitely could use some additions and specifically entries from African countries. And there’s even only one African-American.

    • Sir: I’m not sure how I managed to miss your post on transgender people, but thanks for doing this – and hopefully there will come a day when the opportunity presents itself for you to continue this project, if you so desire. You appear to have quite an interesting life…I first came across your blog years ago, and it’s a rare blog that educates in an entertaining and informative way. I don’t really recall how and where it first came to my attention, but I’m glad it did!



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