Released: December 2008
Publisher: Lindhardt og Ringhof
ISBN number: 9788711431184
Design: Kenneth Schultz
Genre: Diary in Danish
Size: 274 pages
Reviews: ”Cynical, profound and icecold reflections of present day media culture and entertainment television.” (Berlingske Tidende, the Danish equivalent to The Times)
Weightless Man under Ominous Sky is a diary written by Martin Hall during his involvement as a judge in the Danish National Television Talent 2008 contest that ran for three months during the fall this year. From the moment he agreed to participate in the project, his focus was to write this book about the course.
The journal gathers Hall’s thoughts and experiences during the process. It reflects the author’s interest in the mainstream medias seen from an almost anthropological aspect. The release is subtitled ”A social experiment in the shadow of music hall culture” and the writing is a very subjective description of the project as a whole – an equally diplomatic and diplomanic picture of a media world as ruthless as it’s fascinating.
At the time of its release the book caused quite a scandal. It was received with reviews ranging from 5 out of 6 stars appraisals to pure condemnation by the more conservative press.