Norwegians Love Wood

A 12-hour TV miniseries shown last winter on Norway’s government channel NRK, “National Firewood Night,” was conceived as a full series, then cut to “only” 12 hours, eight of which focused entirely on a live fireplace. Nearly a million people tuned in; at one point, 60 texts came in complaining about the wood in the fireplace — bark up or bark down? “[F]irewood,” said the show’s host, “is the foundation of our lives.” A New York Times item noted that a bestselling book, “Solid Wood,” sold almost as many copies in Norway, proportional to the population, as a book’s selling 10 million copies in the U.S.