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Judith Vrancken

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December 1, 2013
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December 2, 2013
electric cigarette

Beloved reader. Please indulge me. About six months ago I quit my Facebook account. After kicking that habit, I now hungrily grasp this opportunity to immerse in an unapologetic display of whatever enters my brain and share things with you I think are so worthy of checking out! Even [more]

December 3, 2013
escaping time

The passage of time, central to all aspects of human experience, is fundamental to the perception and understanding of existence in general and in my life inherently of works of art. However, as a metaphysical concept and a popular topic within the contemporary art discourse, it had only [more]

December 4, 2013
Sint en Piet

Tonight, children all over the Netherlands will celebrate the age old Sinterklaas feast (or more formally Sint Nicolaas or Sint Nikolaas; Saint Nicolas in English). For those who don’t know, its festivities are centered around a winter holiday figure who basically looks like a roman Catholic priest with [more]

December 5, 2013
green

When it comes to partying I’m very green. Picture an almost fluorescent green like a new spring leaf (never mind my years as a 17 year old go-go dancer. Even then I preferred leaving at 1 am.) Especially after having lived in Berlin for a few years I’ve [more]

December 6, 2013
side note to self

Two days ago I went to see a show by American artist B. Wurtz at Galerija Gregor Podnar. The show really put me at work, so to say, displaying a wide variety of works and ideas that seemed fresh yet old fashioned, retro-futuristic maybe?  I was reminded of [more]

December 7, 2013
Children of Mother Earth

I must have been ten or eleven when I read Children of Mother Earth by Dutch author Thea Beckman. The book describes a utopian society in which in humans and animals exist in complete harmony. They would use a remarkable penal system: when a crime was committed, a [more]

December 8, 2013
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December 9, 2013
beauty as practice, part I

Me and many of my female friends who are approaching thirty, hovering over it, or are in the midst of their third decade have unintentionally but collectively started a silent campaign against young famous women who, seemingly out of the blue, have turned back the clock on their [more]

December 10, 2013
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December 11, 2013
London light

London light is some of the most beautiful light I’ve recently seen (‘recently’ being: this morning). It is soft and hazy because the fog is so thick yet razor sharp with coldness that it cuts right through your chest. London is like the Marilyn Monroe of cities; it [more]

December 12, 2013
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December 13, 2013
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December 14, 2013
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December 15, 2013
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December 16, 2013

As one of my best friends said wisely, he was one of the most beautiful voices in movie history. Irish bred, London schooled, Shakespearian trained. He was the man with delicate features and mesmeric blue eyes that turned Lean’s T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia, shooting him into [more]

December 17, 2013
Elegy (by Lyn Hejinian)

I am writing now in preconceptions Those of sex and ropes Many frantic cruelties occur to the flesh of the imagination And the imagination does have flesh to destroy And the flesh has imagination to sever The mouth is just a body filled with imagination Can you imagine [more]

December 22, 2013
I love Dick

“S: It’s so unfair. I guess these silent types make you work twice as hard and then you can’t escape because you yourself create the cage. Maybe’s that’s why you feel so bad. It’s like he’s watching, watching you do this to yourself. C: Misery and self-loathing is [more]

December 22, 2013
The couple

As I am writing this, I am sitting in my favorite Amsterdam café, hidden in the narrow streets of the Jordaan area. In the spirit of Christmas they are playing the soundtrack to “Sound of Music”, which is unusually appropriate in light of their usual playlist. The couple [more]

December 22, 2013
Beauty as Practice II

This is long overdue for me but I can’t seem to finish my thoughts on this as I am changing my mind.

December 22, 2013
Christmas Eve

It is Christmas Eve. I’m at my parents’ place, the place where I grew up. Being brought up in a catholic home and having a father who sings in the church choir it is evident we will go to church tonight. We are only three instead of five. [more]

December 27, 2013

The schizophrenia of living in two cities just hit me more than ever. Anyone else who’s with me?

December 27, 2013

I.

December 27, 2013

am.

December 27, 2013

cheating.

December 27, 2013

big time.

December 27, 2013
M

A friend once told me: “Never feel responsible for anybody else but yourself.” He is now partying it up in a Brasil, living up to that mantra. I wonder how happy that makes a person, to only feel responsible for themselves. Are you capable of really loving another? [more]

December 27, 2013
The Possibility of Trace

In 1935 Martin Heidegger wrote ‘The Origin of the Work of Art’[1] in which he posited the concept that a relationship could be both critical and respectful, both detached and attached, at the same time. It was not until 1978 that Jacques Derrida was to take this philosophical idea [more]

December 27, 2013
Time

Time seems to be a fundamental concept which we have to accept as a precondition of our understanding of our own life and the whole universe around us. … Even if we cannot provide a formal definition of time, something instructive and important about time can always be [more]

December 27, 2013
Nachträglichkeit

  In the middle of some unsettling events in my life, I’ve come to appreciate the notion of temporal awareness that comes close to what Freud understood as Nachträglichkeit, or deferred action;[1] events that have never been given as fully present are experienced only after the fact. It [more]

January 5, 2014
Schönefeld romance

Airport Schönefeld has reintroduced passport control and they’re doing a thorough job while at it. Today I arrived from London. After waiting in line for ten minutes (which feels like forever at an airport where the walk from plane to gate takes no longer than four minutes), I [more]

January 6, 2014
More time, this time with Heidegger

In my ever-continuing random thoughts on how the most ephemeral and hard-core philosophical topic can be approached and defined, Martin Heidegger has been a frequent guest in my notebook. In Being and Time, Heidegger actually posed the idea by revealing it as a threefold condition of Being in [more]

January 8, 2014
Derrida’s Archive Fever

From January 18 to March 4 2008, Okwui Enwezor organized the exhibition Archive Fever at the International Center of Photography in New York. According to Enwezor himself, the aim of the exhibition was “to show the ways in which archival documents, information gathering, data-driven visual analysis, the contradictions [more]

January 12, 2014
social detention

Isn’t it remarkable how friendships born out of failed relationships can lead to what a dear friend of mine poignantly called, social detention? This particular friend(ship) evolved from such a situation – although this connection is no longer actively nourished. In honor of your friends, you are inclined to make [more]

January 22, 2014

It may be the coffee- maker   or it may be the ra- diator   Aram Saroyan’s Complete Minimal Poems, 2007: p. 118  

January 23, 2014
The Long Goodbye

The New York Times hosts today’s post. In anticipation of my upcoming departure from Berlin, it’s hard not to look at my beloved city through rose-colored glasses. And on this Monday afternoon it is doing its utmost best to seduce me once again. I arrived here, almost five [more]

January 27, 2014
In Vain

First thought, best thought, or so claimed Jack Kerouac. But what if there are no thoughts at all? What if words fail and hellish consciousness is all you are left with? As I am perpetually lost for words, sometimes all there is to offer are words of others, [more]

February 3, 2014
The waiting room

You really become aware of the hours in the day, the days of your life and the years in a human life time in the waiting room of a doctor’s office. For reasons I have never understood, a waiting room always seems to have a clock that ticks [more]

February 4, 2014
Power to the Ladies

To no surprise, I have come to realize that I have many amazing women in my life. Women that have overcome incredible hardships or are going through them as we speak. Women that chose a life of security that comes with tons of commitment, honor, love, energy and [more]

February 19, 2014
Monsieur Gustave

24.02, On the train from Berlin to Amsterdam. Here’s what I love about German trains: they are punctual, they are spacious, their comfortable seats and tables make up for the fact that you are basically staring at boring landscapes for at least the first three hours of the [more]

February 26, 2014
fluid flow flew

I’ve been taking the train to my parents a lot lately, and so consequently to the house where I grew up. It is the strangest form of travel; taking me from past to future but never really to the present. As if duration and the passing of time [more]

March 14, 2014
Hanno Hauenstein

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December 1, 2013
Stories Survive

I have a fetish for print. I actually enjoy touching paper. Doesn’t it sound like a tale from the realms of magic: The fact that reading a book – inanimate signs on paper – can get you into this internally buzzing, thudding, cavorting state of mind (body)? Read [more]

December 2, 2013
Life’s A Bitch

One of my favorite rap artist’s name – correction, my absolute favorite rap artist’s name – is an anagram of that American-Intelligence-Token, which recently attained quite an amount of media reputation over here. Guess who. Right, it’s NaS, born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones. His voice accompanies me [more]

December 3, 2013
Angels In Berlin

Some days ago someone was tested positive. Unluckily for me, she’s a good friend. More than that, I was first to get the message. After half a bottle of whine and me sending out some pathetic Video-Messages to another place in the world, I started researching things I [more]

December 4, 2013
Rocket Ship Honey Love Energy

A magazine I write for (attention, explicit advertising: REVUE) came out today with its new issue on rituals – “People commonly engage in rituals with the intention of reaching a desired outcome such as reducing their anxiety and boosting their confidence, alleviating their grief, performing well in a competition, [more]

December 5, 2013
Gemalte Zukunft

Der Waffenmarkt steht vor einer Revolution – behauptet zumindest die Münchner Firma Armatix. Die Seite des Herstellers sieht nicht anders aus als erwartet – phallische Grafik, schnittiges Design auf schwarzem Grund, „Perfektion aus Prinzip“. Im Video spricht Generalleutnant a.D. Jörg Schöhnböhm, der neben seinem Bundeswehr-Inspekteurs-Job auch CDU-Politiker ist [more]

December 6, 2013
Gemalte Zukunft (2)

Maryam (Zaree), Hi! You tied me to a movie I haven’t seen. But after I read your text and saw the trailer I feel a need to catch up. Not just because I fell for some of Fellinis movies, also because the topic you speak of – the [more]

December 7, 2013
Gemalte Zukunft (3)

Viel ist gesagt, geschwallt, enthüllt worden über Gurlitt, die Raubkunst, die Deutschen. “Wir können viel nicht wiedergutmachen, aber wir können Kunstwerke und Wertsachen, die auf unredliche Weise nach Deutschland verschleppt wurden, an die Nachfahren derer zurückgeben, denen sie einst gehörten“, schlussfolgerte Götz Aly – logisch. Unabhängig davon, ob [more]

December 8, 2013
Gemalte Zukunft (4)

Today I read a personal report in the Guardian by Bim Adewunmi reflecting on her current Berlin-experiences. She describes how people here grabbed and insulted her for the fact that she’s black. Bims expectations of the city boiled down to the point where she cannot wait for her [more]

December 9, 2013
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December 10, 2013
Telefon Tel Aviv

There’s a hammer hanging in Nimrods room – a judges’ hammer. Rumors circulate about that solid piece of wood. Some say Nimrods grandfather stole it in a UN-meeting. Others say it stems from the time of Israel’s foundation and actually belongs to a museum. Recently on Skype we spoke [more]

December 11, 2013
Vernebelt

Kreuzberg vor zwei Stunden. Ich bin auf dem Weg in die Uferhallen, dicke Nebelschwaden über der Schlesischen Straße. Was als Performance zu Sex-Arbeit angekündigt ist, entpuppt sich als öffentlicher bzw. halb-geheimer und trotzdem irgendwie öffentlicher Live-Stream-Chat. Die Frau der Stunde kniet auf einer inszenierten Matratze – im Video [more]

December 12, 2013
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December 13, 2013
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December 14, 2013
Gemalte Zukunft (5)

Irgendwann Anfang der Nuller Jahre mutmaßte ich erstmals, „der Kapitalismus“ sei etwas Schlechtes. Die Mutmaßung pulverisierte im Bauchgefühlsartig-Verbunden-Sein mit Betroffenen, mit Musik, mit Freuden, mit mir selbst. Im Grunde war „der Kapitalismus“, mit mehr oder weniger Distanz betrachtet, mit mehr oder weniger komplizierten Sätzen beschrieben, doch negativer Geburtshelfer [more]

December 15, 2013
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December 16, 2013
Von wegen Gesundheit

Der Posten des Gesundheitsministers ist besetzt. Diesen Sommer sah es eine Weile aus, als würde Jens Spahn, das geschliffene Jungeisen der CDU, es werden: Er hatte die nötige Portion Chuzpe, die SZ nannte ihn einen „Mann wie eine Walze“. Geworden ist es Hermann Gröhe, einer der, Pardon, aussieht [more]

December 17, 2013
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December 18, 2013
All You Can Feel

There is no such thing as the drug. Drugs exist in all colors and shapes. The charts of attributes the word drug entails range from natural, chemical, hard, soft, stimulating to consolidating, sometimes deadly. Yet the semantic instructions to separate the medical from the mundane or the endogenous [more]

December 19, 2013
Gemalte Zukunft (6)

Yesterday I fell in love with Joy Wellboy, a band, that is: a girl and a man, who quickly managed to transform the impression of two clashy antipodes into a remarkably charming performance (them standing in front of a magical image of estragon might have contributed to that). [more]

December 20, 2013
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December 21, 2013
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December 22, 2013
Symbolism

Two days ago I managed to throw a glass of Darjeeling tea over my laptop. The incident, which later caused an eternal breakdown of my silver 4-year-old (I guess the sugar slowly wandered into the filament), in the beginning affected only the keyboard, that is: the letter “A” [more]

December 23, 2013
White Christmas

The place I grew up in is an epitomized fairytale. Things are clean, people civilized. Narrow alleys bear the ambience of the middle-ages. Seats in cafés are standardized, so that no one gets confused with the distractions of modernity. It’s a place one finds “boring” when growing up [more]

December 24, 2013
White Christmas (2)
December 25, 2013
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December 26, 2013
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December 27, 2013
La Grande Bellezza
December 28, 2013
Sex, Drugs, Rock’n’Roll

Fake blood, rotating circus screams, cake-sex-Nazi-fetish – more Nazi-fetish – a fortiori Nazi-fetish: I finally made it to the Kunstwerke-exhibition today, a three-floor-wide video-panorama of Schlingensiefs visual legacy. Since I was caught on some sort of seemingly unavoidable December-flu this week, I was quite weary while walking through [more]

December 29, 2013
Cosmo-Utopian-Transformation

People told me, my posts here tend to be quite personal and revealing: not always in a good way. Yet I feel I should write this: 2013 wasn’t a good year. Losing a friend (plus, finding out about it via Facebook) was one of most sad and formative [more]

December 31, 2013
Futurity

Yesterday – on the way to my Silvester dinner – I took the M41 bus on Sonnenallee; it was around ten in the evening, and the bus was attacked by the bombs. I sat in the back on one of those four-seater-edges, in front of me a girl [more]

January 2, 2014
Dope Mandarin

I’m hardly in touch with old people. I mean, people above the age of 70. Recently, on a train ride in the Ringbahn, I got in touch with one: A woman, who must have been 80-something. She had noticed me reading a text in Hebrew. “Oh is this [more]

January 5, 2014
Blood-Sucking Perversion

One might guess, that the combination of being under 30 and living in Berlin should amount to some widened knowledge on the panorama of fetish, the extended range of desire (at least in the arts). Moving to Berlin – about ten years ago – exposed my to film-makers [more]

January 7, 2014
Language Course

People have told me I have an indefensible lack of knowledge when it comes to American Pop-Culture. Something like a week ago – with a poor deferral of almost 15 years – I started watching The Sopranos. The way it sometimes goes with those episodes, it (totally) occupied [more]

January 7, 2014
Traum. Tage. Buch.

He held his eyes closed. Dash, Dot, Circle, set into stone with a chalk. A boy and a second boy drawing symbols in front of a castle, excerted by drizzling rain, wearing caps and masks, their scriptures hardly visible, down on the gound, gleaming, set in concrete. When [more]

January 10, 2014
Volksgeist

I learned: politics is all about how to spend your recourses. And – at least in the German model – to stick to some assumed combination of integrity, transparency and emotional readiness (Volksgeist). Otherwise people will tear you apart. In my personal list of “Relevant Things”, nationality sits [more]

January 12, 2014
Boiler-Room-Slumber-Party

Wandering between texts I should have written, bits and pieces in my apartment I should have fixed, and dinner-appointments, where the question, if what was deferred to infinity was the actual dinner or the friend I wanted to have it with, seems blurry, I got stuck on Youtube [more]

January 14, 2014
Statistics

I’ve been absent here for a little while – I went through the world without a laptop, a situation, which, even though I didn’t choose it, felt relieving in some ways. Anyway, since I’ve met many Israelis in Berlin over the last years and since I started writing [more]

January 20, 2014
Verticality

Writing about things, you would have wanted to, but didn’t actually see, seems extraneous. If I would have made it to Rotterdam this weekend, I’d have watched what they call Vertical Cinema. Why even speaking about the menace of cinema in the age of Youtube, and all the [more]

January 25, 2014
Selfie Memorandum

There have been some delicte debates about the strange liaison between memorial sites and the common exercise of smartphone-selfies. Ariel Efraim Ashbels and Romm Lewkowicz for instance collected online a series of supposedly seductive profile pics for the gay dating-platform Grindr. You see muscular topless men posing within [more]

January 29, 2014
Simon Ingold

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December 2, 2013
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December 2, 2013
Enchanté, the human energy law and Mr. Nobody

Last Saturday around noon my old friend LA called me out of the blue. He was in town for the weekend and wanted to catch up. As is often the case with LA, there was a certain urgency to his proposition. Indeed, when I picked him up in [more]

December 3, 2013
The pitfalls of aspirational talk

Every morning when starting up my Bloomberg terminal, I am greeted by a quote of the day. Today it read: “Measure not the work until the day’s out and the labor done”, courtesy of a certain Elizabeth Barrett Browning (who isn’t familiar, I must admit). Duh. Truisms leave [more]

December 4, 2013
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December 5, 2013
Doing GREAT!

We’re all doing great. Excellent, even! If worse comes to worse, we’re doing pretty decent. That’s the disease of the Western hemisphere. You can (and probably will) call me cynical, but think about it – unless you’re a shrink, when is the last time that you heard someone [more]

December 6, 2013
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December 7, 2013
The virtues of driving

I’m an unabashed driving enthusiast. Not only do I find the act of driving extremely calming. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it’s also a good use of my time. Proponents of public transport (of which there are many in Switzerland who extol its virtues with messianic zeal) often augment [more]

December 8, 2013
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December 9, 2013
Animalize it!

Judging by the abundance of animal-related posts on Buzzfeed, one has to conclude that “Puppies That Make Your Heart Melt” and “Dogs That are Not OK With Sweater Weather” are high up in the public interest. While the obsession with the “human touch” makes crime, violence, extravagance, scandal, [more]

December 10, 2013
Community à la minute

It’s remarkable how effortlessly people develop a sense of community. Not hard at all, especially if you’re a business traveller stranded at the airport. As I write this, I sit in Terminal D of Zurich International Airport. I got up at 5:45 to catch the 8:20 flight to [more]

December 11, 2013
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December 12, 2013
Oliver Twist reloaded

It’s rare that I manage to arrange a spontaneous meet with someone. I barely dare ask my friends anymore because the probability of success is so low. So when it actually works out, it’s unequivocally a positive surprise. Wednesday night was one of those surprises. I didn’t have [more]

December 13, 2013
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December 14, 2013
Is there such a thing as a classic?

“Classic” has become a ubiquitous adjective. While it’s supposed to identify something as having enduring value and merit beyond its time, it is now routinely accorded to anything that’s not quite new. At least not old enough for it to have proved its worth over a significant period [more]

December 15, 2013
Family Guy: where pop culture meets truth

Speaking of universal truth and the pop culture binge reminds me of a particular achievement of creative ingenuity that miraculously manages to combine both in a compelling fashion. It is firmly ensconced in the mainstream, yet unrelenting in its scathing critique of the same. It is crass and [more]

December 17, 2013
Eject, escape, forget

Diehard pessimists, critics of civilization and fear-mongers like to claim that reality is crueler and more depraved than the darkest corners of human imagination. I always thought that was unnecessarily apocalyptic. First of all, the statement is based on flawed logic. By definition, any outcome of human action is rooted [more]

December 17, 2013
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December 18, 2013
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December 19, 2013
In the company of men

I had planned on writing something else. In fact, I had already started writing something else. But, alas, fate intervened. In this instance, I had to make a judgment call. I choose a very recent first-hand experience over a carefully laid out argument on a more serious subject. [more]

December 20, 2013
The trouble with economics reporting

Wednesday’s Fed meeting, above all, drove home one message: economics and finance are more publicized, yet less understood than ever. In the run up to the decision, the media were all over the issue, spilling black ink by the gallons on front pages, op-eds and headlines. It wasn’t [more]

December 21, 2013
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December 22, 2013
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

This week my Alma Mater, the University of St. Gallen, announced that Alumnus Joe Ackermann, the former chairman of Deutsche Bank, would sponsor a new chair for “Business Economics and Public Policy”. On 29 September, my other Alma Mater, Yale University, announced the largest donation ever received in [more]

December 23, 2013
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December 25, 2013
The dead zone of human inactivity

There is probably no contrast between two discrete time intervals as stark as the one separating the pre-Christmas from the post-Christmas period. It’s as if, on Christmas eve, someone flicks a switch and the city goes into hibernation, giving way to a virtual dead zone of human inactivity. That [more]

December 26, 2013
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December 27, 2013
Ungrammatical happy times

As I tried to look up the viewing rate of the latest installment of “The Bachelor”, the massively popular reality show about a highly eligible single man choosing his dream girl by way of an elaborate scheme of natural selection, I was directed to an unlikely website thus [more]

December 28, 2013
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December 29, 2013
In defense of the generalist

We live in the age of specialization and highly trained experts. It’s the end result of a lasting trend that began with the division of labor in the industrialization period, which spawned all sorts of management practices in manufacturing (think Toyota’s car plants and conveyor belts) and ultimately [more]

January 2, 2014
The perennial contrarian

You can position yourself and build a reputation in basically three different ways: 1) you go mainstream and espouse average opinions, the safest and most popular choice but a recipe for mediocrity. 2) You follow your own instincts and convictions, regardless of what others say. That can be [more]

January 5, 2014
Ranking Julie

I like lists – best-of lists, worst-of lists, year-end lists, rich lists, breakup lists, auction record lists, box office charts, you name it. Yes, they’re flawed – they’re judgmental, intransparent, self-serving and often lack objectively verifiable criteria. But they put my mind at ease, at least for a moment, by [more]

January 7, 2014
The geography of friendship

Some people claim that friendship can withstand long spells of not being in touch. Those people obviously have no idea (and no friends). If you can’t spare the effort, it’s nothing short of insulting to resort to the baseless notion that friendship transcends time and space. It’s a [more]

January 8, 2014
Peter Pan is a DJ (and a model)

Friday night I went to a new club that goes by the ominous name of “Kauz”, which translates into “oddball” or “little owl”. I didn’t encounter any birds (nor anyone resembling Athena, for that matter) but I sure did run into some oddballs. And they make for a [more]

January 12, 2014
Welcome to the (Cr)App Store

Whenever I hear someone exclaim enthusiastically: “There’s an app for that!”, I go a little ballistic inside. Yes, there very likely is an app for it – and that is exactly what’s fundamentally wrong with the concept of “developer-friendly” software platforms like iOS or Android. They’re supposed to [more]

January 16, 2014
The dictate of design

If design were a form of government, it would be an authoritarian dictatorship. If it were a religion, it would be a monotheistic, intolerant one. If it were a film character, it would be Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from “Full Metal Jacket”. In short: design rules by an iron [more]

January 19, 2014
Cut Matthew McConaughey some slack

Pundits and peers are giving Matthew McConaughey a hard time for his rambling, incoherent acceptance speech at Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild awards. The web community is no less vitriolic. McConaughey’s agitated 2.5 minute monologue about thespian virtues and space travel to Neptune instantly went viral and will be used [more]

January 22, 2014
Bending history

I pity history. It’s the most abused and mistreated subject matter there is. It doesn’t help that history is a soft science that can’t rely on axioms, mathematical proofs and systems of equations to convey anything close to what we like to call truth. And it certainly doesn’t [more]

January 27, 2014
Work hard, play hard: Aye Aye sir

Alas, all the complaints about the fast life! Is it really the most pressing issue of our time? Many want to make us believe so. Countless books and articles are being written on the subject – about exhaustion, fatigue, burnouts and the unbearable pressures of the performance-oriented society. [more]

January 31, 2014
Introducing Generation HEDO

I’ll tell you a story now. The story of a generation that gets easily overlooked and technically isn’t even a generation at all. Why does it get snubbed? Because it’s a fortunate generation, a generation of great promise, ambitions and privilege. There’s a tendency not to think about people [more]

February 5, 2014
Idee #1: Wirf Geld weg!Idea #1: Throw money away!

Did you ever throw money away? I mean on purpose. Prof. Jem Bendell did it with a 20 Euro bill on his TED Talk in 2011. It was just 20 Euros, and I thought: This is super stupid! Today, after reading Tom Sedlacek, Götz Werner and Karl Marx, [more]

January 11, 2014
Idee #2 Die sieben W’s der GemeingüterIdea #2 The Seven W’s of commons

Kürzlich ging ich zu einer Tankstelle, um Luft in meine Autoreifen zu pumpen. Normalerweise gab es dort immer einen gewöhnlichen Druckluftbehälter. Heute haben sie dort eine große silberglänzende Luftmaschine. Und sie haben mir einen Euro für Luft berechnet. Natürlich wegen der Innovation. Aber ich habe mich gefragt, ob [more]

January 12, 2014
Idee #3: W wie Wasser muss frei sein!Idea #3: W like water must be free!

Was ist Wasser wert? Nun, für einen Liter abgefülltes Mineralwasser (von Evian) müssen Sie 95 Cent bezahlen. In Deutschland spült eine einzelne Person etwa 1.320 Liter Wasser pro Monat ins Klo. Damit könnte man ein gutes Geschäft machen, demnach 1.250 Euro pro Monat. Verschwendung von gutem Wasser. Aber [more]

January 13, 2014
Idee #4: W wie Wissen muss frei sein!Idea #4: W like wisdom must be free!

Vor kurzem habe ich eine Crowdfunding-Kampagne namens c3s (Creative Commons Collecting Society – eine Genossenschaft, die Creative Commons sammelt) unterstützt. Das ist eine Initiative, die versucht mehr Gerechtigkeit in unser Urheberrechts-System zu bringen. Die Regeln für das Urheberrecht machen in Deutschland seit vielen Jahrzehnten die GEMA (Gesellschaft für [more]

January 14, 2014
Idea #4: W like warmth must be free

When I walked along the beach in San Francisco in 2012 I have seen so many young people who slept there, obviously they were sort of homeless, but somehow not suffering from living without a shelter. In the streets you see selfmade cardboards serving as temporary mini homes [more]

January 15, 2014
Idee #5: W wie Wohlbefinden muss frei sein.Idea #5: W like wellbeing must be free

Beginnen wir mit einer guten Nachrichten für alle, die Sex mögen: Erektion ist ein Menschenrecht! Und aus diesem Grund darf kein Unternehmen ein Patent auf Pillen wie Viagra haben. Lange Zeit hat Pfizer einen Vorteil aus dem Leid von vielen Männern (und Frauen) gezogen. Pfizer hat sein Monopol [more]

January 17, 2014
Idea #6: W like ways must be free.

Let me begin this story with a personal revelation: I am illegal. This story begins in Laos in 1975. It’s a story about crying, remorse and tears. The Chinese electrician Sengdao fell in love with his maid Thi Tam, a Vietnamese tailoress. The unlike couple grew up in [more]

January 18, 2014
Idea #7: W like where you live (must be free)

Let us talk about land, property and real estate. Everybody pays loads of money monthly to his landlord. And those, who owns an apartment or a house still pays a lot of money to a bank. Here is my thesis: The rent we pay (and the interest we [more]

January 19, 2014
Idea #8: Where our dreams go

Recently I had a crazy idea. I thought of founding a startup. The business plan is a little weird. The idea is to found the Official Administration of the Universe. I would be the CEO of that office. Actually, I would become He-Man – the master of the [more]

January 21, 2014
idea #9: 1+1=3 or: don’t believe in figures too much

What is 3×2? A pupil answers with big eyes: 3×2 is the same as 2×3! The whole class laughed out loud and the teacher punished the poor kid to stand in the corner for the rest of the day: Take your time and think about what you made [more]

January 22, 2014
idea #10: Let’s waste dopamine like Julia Engelmann

Julia Engelmann is a 21 year old poetry slammer. Recently a friend showed me a youtube video of her, where she slammed about life. you find the full text at the bottom. She is the most popular slammer in Germany today with more than 3 million views. She [more]

January 23, 2014
Idea #11: Send letters without a stamp

Is it possible to send a letter without a stamp? Try this: Just swap the sender’s adress with the recipient’s address and put the envelope into the mail box without a stamp. It takes like one week, but the letter will be sent to the sender’s address for sure. Post [more]

January 24, 2014
Idea #12: Ask the right person! Or: Don’t trust experts!

I just come from the doctor, we made a 35 checkup, this is a prevention checkup for people older than 35 years. It’s free for me, the government pays. I wanted to have my body and my health status checked. I have a new born son and I [more]

January 25, 2014
Idea #13: How to overcome envy

Everyone knows that feeling, it comes up, when your colleague at the office gets an appreciation for something in which you probably are better. It comes up, when your best friend suceeds runs the marathon much faster than you did it (and he just took half time training [more]

January 26, 2014
Idea #14: The crowd is smarter than you!

Ladies and gents, here is a task for you: How can you find out the distance (in km) from here to the moon? No wikipedia allowed. What you can do is calling all your friends (who also are not allowed to look it up on the internet). One [more]

January 26, 2014
Idea #15: Get up before dawn

This is a very simple thing, that can restructure your day with a deep impact: Change your sleep habits. Don’t go to bed too late. And get up early. I always have a souvereign feeling, when I can make it not to get seduced by my snooze button. [more]

January 29, 2014
Idea #16: Support the supporters

“No one has ever become poor by giving”, Anne Frank once wrote in her diary. As you know Anne’s life was short. She wrote about life, love and strawberrycakes. She was 15, when she got killed from the nazis. I have read her diary when I was at [more]

January 30, 2014
Idea #17: Change your name (from time to time)

As an architecture student I remember we had a professor in our university who we called Dr. F-Weiler, because the F-Word was part of his familyname: Fickweiler. Foremost my female muslim college fellows didn’t dare to call him, because it’s simply haram. And I remember the mother of [more]

January 30, 2014
Idea #18: Give peace to someone

Peace is a big word. I found a way to give peace. Actually you can not literally GIVE peace, because peace isn’t a thing or a product, that can be given, you might say, but yes: I think I found out what it is. And I will share [more]

January 31, 2014
Idea #19: Do play – do not plan!Idea #19: Do play – do not plan!

My neighbor is pregnant. She asked me if I had an idea how to redesign the kitchen. She wants everything to be fixed before the baby comes. I have designed a lot of interiors, Cafés, apartments, offices, lounges, booths and showrooms. This is actually my expertise and passion. [more]

February 2, 2014
Idea #20: High-Five people around you!

A few days ago my father gathered the whole family at the Good Friends Restaurant in the Kantstrasse, which is probably the best chinese restaurant (my father is chinese). There was a momentous occasion: Chinese New Years Eve. Normally my father doesn’t accept people from outside the family [more]

February 4, 2014
Idea #21: Repair it!

Facts first: Over 10.000 tons of waste are shipped to chinese garbage dumps every single day. 3,5 million tons of waste do people alltogether produce everyday on earth. Despite of recycling our garbage production increases, we simply buy too much and more and more people on earth emulates [more]

February 4, 2014
Idea #22: Take the stairs!

I recently quit my contract with my fitness studio. Imagine, I have been a member since I was 18. That’s exactly half of my life, and I still don’t look like an athlete. Actually the most important thing for me is to have a flat belly. When I [more]

February 5, 2014
Idea #23: Travel more with the metro!

This is my subway story. 1986. Berlin Wall still there. S-Bahnstation Humboldthain. I was standing in front of the ticket machine. No money, no jacket, no mobile phone (they haven’t been invented yet). I must have been 9 years old or so. Tears ran over my cheeks. I [more]

February 7, 2014
Idea #24: Competition is bullshit

Hooray! Felix Loch went Gold in Sotschi. Are you watching the olympic games in Russia? A friend of mine used to be an olympic athlete. His name is Kofi, and he belonged to world’s best long jumpers. He jumped more than 8 meters. He had the sex appeal [more]

February 10, 2014
Idea #25: Talk about death (not only about life)

Yesterday someone on facebook contacted me. Something bad happened to a woman, that I am friends with. She tried to commit suicide. This leads me think about death. If people don’t want to live anymore, actually what is wrong about deciding not to live anymore? I know what [more]

February 13, 2014
Idea #26: Life is dukkha

When my grandfather passed away, his daughter decided to move into a temple and join the vietnamese buddhist association. I was thirteen, when my mother left us. She shaved her long black hair and put a grey cape over her shoulders and moved in the buddhist pagode in [more]

February 16, 2014
Idea #27: Don’t delegate – make a gate!

Are you a leader? Are you in charge of a team in your company or organisation? Then you might know these management strategies: Top Down, Down-up, Management by exception and so on. And you will probably have heard that a good manager delegates tasks. It’s good for the [more]

February 19, 2014
Idea #28: Let’s build bridges

In Berlin we have 1.102 bridges, more than Venice. 7% suffer from a disease that normally human beings know: Cancer. No joke, experts found out, that there is an acid reaction taking place in the concrete, that injures the bridge: concrete cancer (“Betonkrebs” in german). There is no [more]

February 20, 2014
Idea #29: Smile – it confuses people

She is smiling at me, constantly smiling. Does she really like me? Probably not. Actually she is also smiling at the people in the rows in the front and in the back in the same way. The stewardess, who we call flight attendant today, gets paid for doing [more]

February 25, 2014
Idea #30: Get your Couch off the wall.

A lot of people complain about their homes, because they don’t feel that comfy, although they have already spent so much money on expensive furniture, pillows, accessories and flowers. And what do people do when they don’t feel at home at their homes: They move out and seek [more]

February 25, 2014
Idea #31: Tell a story – without powerpoint

“I smell smoked meat. The smoke comes from the skin of my left arm.” This is how a Dan Brown Novel kicks off on the first page. Gooooosebump! How much goosebump makes your talk? Yesterday I joined the TEDx MünchenSalon and learnt a lot about telling stories, about [more]

February 26, 2014
Idea #32: Interview people you admire!

If you want to meet inspiring people, ask them for an interview. This is how I got the chance to meet people that I know from the newspapers: typographer Erik Spiekermann, Rapper Kool Savas, the Musicians Boss Hoss, Architect Thomas Willemeit (Graft), enterpreneur Ralf Anderl (ic! berlin), Food-Activist [more]

March 1, 2014
Idea #33: Write a Karma List.

Money is very practical, because it gives you the freedom to transform it into happiness the way you want it – as long as the things that makes you happy are buyable. Such as a Porsche, the new iPhone or a day off at Artemis. But what about [more]

March 2, 2014
Idea #34: Take care of your Karma

My friends were a bit taken aback when they saw my mother. She had shaved off her hair and was wearing a robe. “From now on, I am no longer only there for you, my son, but for all children,” she said. It was her way of dealing [more]

March 6, 2014
Idea #35: Become part of the Shareconomy!

I got famous a few years ago with blueprints for so called Hartz IV Möbel, Bauhaus inspired furniture. I do not sell the construction plans. I give them away for free. Well, that’s not entirely true. I do expect something in return: a story. People pay me with [more]

March 6, 2014
Idea #36: Develop your own Karma Economy

You can not solve the problems with the tools that caused them. This is what Einstein once said. So, when we talk about economical issues, we should try to look for some answers outside the economic box. We should not try to answer wages issues with more wages, [more]

March 7, 2014
Idea #37: Save time with the Yin and Yang-Method

This method is influenced by Confucius and Bruce Lee. It is clear that our lives are situated in a permanent field of tension between two poles: plus and minus, day and night, supply and demand, giving and taking, and so forth. Followers of Confucius speak of yin and [more]

March 7, 2014
Idea #38: Create access – not products!

You are a designer, an architect, a software developper – brief: You design products? Then do me favor: Stop it. The world doesn’t need more products. We are full of products. I proclaim the peak product. The world was never missing the nescafe nespresso cups, the E-bike, the [more]

March 7, 2014
Idea #39: the power of giving

Are you more the kind of Taker-type, Giver-type or Barter-type? For Adam Grant, one of the youngest professors at the Wharton Business School Pennsylvania (USA), there are these three characters, that rule the world. The taker-type is a career focused person who is trained to use ellbows. The [more]

March 9, 2014
Idea #40: Travel without a bag

Why is it that so many people are crazy about bags? There is a purse-mania nit just in the It-girls world, and I admit that I can feel the magic behind a cool bag. But I found out, that you travel the streets with a completely different gravity [more]

March 10, 2014
Idea #41: Listen to the Fourteeners!

This poem you need to read. It was twittered a few days ago: Our Generation (by Jordan Nichols) Our generation will be known for nothing. Never will anybody say, We were the peak of mankind. That is wrong, the truth is Our generation was a failure. Thinking that [more]

March 11, 2014
Idea #42: Not only give feedback – ask for it!

Why is it that so many people have problems in saying what they don’t like about their friends. Giving a feedback. Maybe this is a cultural thing. I know from my muslim and turkish friends and from my asian relatives that you don’t face people with critics directly [more]

March 15, 2014
Idea #43: We-we not win-win!

Face it: Win-Win is a fairy tale, invented by those who exploit others. I never heard an aboriginee in Australia talking about win-win situations, or african slaves during the golddigger era in America saying that trade with africans is a win-win deal. Karl Marx never mentioned a worker [more]

March 17, 2014
Maryam Zaree

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“The otherness”

When it comes to racism or discrimination I’m like a super Nazi. I can’t help it; it’s stronger than me. It’s physical. I’m the person you don’t want to have at a party, when someone blabbers out prejudices. I become like police. I detect it everywhere or at [more]

November 23, 2013
Freedom of speech

My father sends me this photo today of him in 1968. A weird coincidence after me reflecting on iranian youth. I call him to find out whether he agrees if I publish it or not. A discussion starts. It’s for my own protection, that I shouldn’t. I sense [more]

November 24, 2013
Acting just sucks sometimes.

I wanted to raise some real smart questions on sexism in theatre and film that I had today but I’m just too tired. So I conclude: Acting just sucks sometimes.

November 26, 2013
Weltbürger

It was too late to go to a restaurant and there is no food at home. I know I need to go shopping in order to have something to eat, but in this regard I will stay a dependet child. Psychoanalysis couldn’t solve everything. So I went to [more]

November 27, 2013
Moment to Moment

There is some good advice that you just want to oppose to until you get an idea what was actually meant by it. One of these things you hear in acting a lot is called “moment to moment”. Now the mother of my friends therapist. No, the therapist [more]

November 28, 2013
Partymaus

She was a Party animal, her cousin said. Beate Zschäpe laughs.

November 29, 2013
Forever empty

Independence is a result of self-value I think. If you give less a damn on the judgment of others then you are either stoned or you care about what you do. Things don’t serve to compensate the “forever empty” (as Louis C.K. has named it wonderfully) inside you. [more]

November 30, 2013
Bad, bad feelings.

Facebook makes people now officially and scientifically-proven unhappy. The study claims that feelings of loneliness, jealousy and self-doubt are being experienced to a very high percentage. No news. That means the majority feels terrible but keeps “liking” until they hate themselves. Of course Fb’s representation of reality undermines [more]

December 1, 2013
Anarchy

I was in Charlottenburg today and everything was very clean. People were wearing expensive winter coats and buying books in small books shops. I bought a book and walked the street aimlessly up and down and sought for someone to carry me home. But no one did and [more]

December 2, 2013
Irrelevance

“My name is Ismail Yozgat, my son has died in my arms. From 2000 until 2011 documents have been destroyed, hidden and burned. And if this was not enough the documents of Andreas T. will not be released because of irrelevance.” Andreas T., who works for the intelligence [more]

December 3, 2013
Agoraphobia

I am fascinated by what people are afraid of. It’s probably because of my parents being therapists and hearing about phobias since I’m little. Today I found out about the term Agoraphobia, pretty common fear. A friend of mine is afraid to be killed in his sleep, he [more]

December 4, 2013
Mind the gap!

Today there was a coincidental 60pages meeting in Berlin. At least there were couple of people present. They shouldn’t have met, one of us suggested. There were some beautiful dramas. In one I was involved (nothing to do with 60pages) in the other I wasn’t (probably nothing to [more]

December 5, 2013
Mind the gap 2!

Hanno Hauenstein (hallo Hanno) wrote today about how we need to paint our future again. A couple of weeks ago I saw the new Spike Jonze film “Her” at a festival and it left a bigger impact on me than I thought at first. I was never into [more]

December 6, 2013
Boviscopophobia

I haven’t left the house for a long time. I’m sick and that’s how I justify my abstinence from the outside world. Feeling tiny bit guilty but not really because I think it’s actually the best. If you are sick you are eligible to be in opposition to [more]

December 7, 2013
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Visual genital equality

I take everything back I have had enough. Head’s still spinning and bored to death. Even Berlin’s rainy days seem more attractive than my bed. Human contact show me what you got I can handle you. Easy. Moments to consider: Haven’t seen as many dicks in a row. [more]

December 9, 2013
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Unsere kleine Farm

There is a little farm in our park. Maybe it’s a zoo but I like to think of it as a farm. It always reminds me of an imaginary childhood on the countryside I never had. It was feeding time when I arrived. I heard the animal keeper [more]

December 11, 2013
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Person by person

It’s been said that time is moving in circles and every age brings new challenges. When you’re old, people around you die and you get introduced to the finitude of life, as it gets emptier and emptier around you. When you’re my age, life is about creating new [more]

December 13, 2013
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To where the rebels live

I want to pack my things and move out into more interesting times. To see my conceptions shatter, to find out where the rebels live. Conformity here makes me want to sleep. Lots unsatisfied, circling around themselves, lingering in space, waiting to be loved. Nothing to cry for, [more]

December 15, 2013
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Cynicism kills art

I saw young students on stage today and it sounded like this: Deutsche Bank is an asshole, capitalism as well, Hessel has no answers, Zizek has some but mostly a speech impediment, fair trade is a guilt relieve, we blackface but are ironical, we talk financial speculation and [more]

December 17, 2013
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December 19, 2013
On the bench outside the station I sat and waited.

Man with gold chain chewing gum in a hurry, a couple screaming at each other, two Japanese in duffle coats carrying pizza, men in boubou, women in headscarves, two Indians speaking loud, iPods, iPads, smartphones, laptops, earplugs, Chinese newspapers, Amsterdam only 29 Euros, all escalators out of order, [more]

December 20, 2013
Time in common

Five people one car. Three students and us. One future architect, one future human rights lawyer, a future philosopher and us, older than them, so future us already. A homogenous group of strangers sharing a car. It’s a question of minutes until similarities will be shared. The female [more]

December 21, 2013
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December 27, 2013
Out of focus

The question is what happened? I refused to write, me who was determined to not skip a single day. And now a whole week of empty squares I don’t even dare to look at. A line of shame. But what can you do I’m on the countryside and [more]

December 28, 2013
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Mesurer la liberté

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December 30, 2013
Ride trains

For 50 Euros no sticky floors, no smell of piss, no search for food in trash, no cheap perfumes. No running noses, no growling stomachs, no coughing, no body smells, no empty staring. 50€ and non of this misery. Just a cab, skipping the poor, directly to the [more]

December 31, 2013
Richard Kanayan

Jean Pierre Léaud the face and actor of the Nouvelle Vague had a childhood close to the one he portrays in Les 400 coup. Rebellious and always up for some “connerie” he once stated that if he hadn’t met Truffaut he can’t imagine what would have become of [more]

January 1, 2014
Beverly Hills 90210

I am definitely not an expert in educational questions and looking back at my own childhood it seems it would fulfill most criteria of what children today should be kept away from. A few weeks ago I bought a book for my Godchild. I didn’t read it myself [more]

January 2, 2014
Sans Titre

Sometimes or let’s say most of the time someone has put in words, form or action something you have been carrying with you forever. You stumble over it and go like: Yes that’s exactly what I meant. But before that you fight with finding the perfect example to [more]

January 3, 2014
Granny’s soul

Close friend, who is six years younger than me, has called me a granny lately, not a mom or an aunty but literally a granny. And only cause I thought it’s gross to wake up in the morning to go to Berghain. (It was afternoon, even grosser). It’s [more]

January 5, 2014
Magic Box

I went to see a movie today. I am not going to tell you which one cause it’s not so important. What is important is going to the movies, to sit in the dark for two or three hours, to go in as someone and leave as someone [more]

January 6, 2014
Scheitern als Chance (can’t touch this)

It should be contemporary but timeless, it should be banal but profound, it should be funny but sad, it should provoke but not disturb, it should be ironical but serious, it should be emotional but not kitsch, it should be big but not megalomaniac, it should be sane [more]

January 9, 2014
Friends

I met you when I was four and you were five. The first time I saw you was in the hallway of our building. You were living with your mom on the ground floor. I was about to move in with my mom on the top floor. Soon [more]

January 10, 2014
Stakes

Jerry Zaks, the Broadway director tells a story of when he was a young actor replacing Austin Pendleton as the character Mostel. He had to ask for the hand of one of Tevye’s daughters and was consistently rejected and humiliated by Tevye. Tevye was still being played by [more]

January 11, 2014
Welcome to my house

In the last days of my 60days I reconsidered what my father said at the beginning, about sharing information publicly like we do here and the danger that might come with it. Well I still wouldn’t go so far to talk about danger, but I did question myself [more]

January 15, 2014
ACT!

I hesitated writing since a couple of days cause I was lost in complexity concerning a question which is difficult to clarify. It’s about how protest here and today could look like and why it’s not happening. It’s about how we’ve been raised to believe a lie, and [more]

January 24, 2014
Brief der protestierenden Geflüchteten am Oranienplatz

Brief der protestierenden Geflüchteten am Oranienplatz und der Gerhard Hauptmann Schule an den Senat und insbesondere an den Innenminister Frank Henkel Wir bitten Sie, über die Forderungen unseres Protests nachzudenken. Wir glauben, dass sie schlussfolgern werden, dass unser Protest legitim ist. Eine Räumung ist keine Lösung, denn dann [more]

January 24, 2014
Femicide

The demographics expert Christopher Guilmoto from the Paris Research Institute for Development (IRD) has calculated that selective abortions and infanticide have cost in Asia alone, 117 million women’s lives. A UN report from 2010 makes only China and India responsible for over 85 million prevented woman’s lifes, in [more]

February 1, 2014
Nikolaus Knebel

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Living outside of Europe makes me realize that in most places of this rapidly urbanizing world the cities are younger than the people who live in them. In Europe, cities are always older than their inhabitants, history is being accumulated in built heritage, and cities [more]

November 30, 2013
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Pune, India. Every so often another “house of the future” comes on stage. In papers and presentations. At biennales and triennales. Made with lots of words, garnished with images of shiny, happy people, surrounded by the latest gadgets. The echoes of these projects, however, don’t last for very [more]

November 30, 2013
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Johanneskirchen, Germany. The house where I grew up is at the edge of town. A few houses down the road there is a sign that demarcates the border of the city. On the one side of the sign there are some old farmhouses, a medieval chapel, villas, row [more]

December 1, 2013
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Hatsudai, Japan. In Japan, all dimensions are extreme: what is big is huge and what is small is tiny. Tokyo, the world’s biggest city, is based on a very small-scale urban fabric. Most the 27 million people live in houses, which are smaller than 100m². Except for the [more]

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Gleisdreieck, Germany. What a name for a place. Couldn’t be more generic. Probably thought out by an engineer. Without bad intentions, of course, like always. “Gleisdreieck”, the name means “traintracks” and “triangle”, how innocent. But in Berlin, nothing is innocent, historically. “Gleis” and “Dreieck” – these two words [more]

December 7, 2013
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Ang Mo Kio, Singapore. Before branding became an issue in design practices in the noughties, and every project had to be charged with themes, there were still some places to be found, which were untouched by design intentions. Places of pragmatism. Underdetermined, open, neutral. Without doubt, Singapore can be [more]

December 7, 2013
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Dresden, Germany. Inauguration day: pictures of people happily walking over a newly constructed bridge in their city. No cars on the road yet, but from on the next day this new piece of urban infrastructure would make life in the city easier. No more detours to cross the river, [more]

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Sendai, Japan. In my first weeks in Japan I spent hours sitting on the floor of an old temple in my neighbourhood. Literally, spaced out. Never before had I experienced such a limitless space within a small compound. It is surrounded by a solid wall, but the architecture of [more]

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Al Hail, Oman. The week around national day is fireworks season in Oman. The celebrations of the country’s remarkable progress over the last four decades take place not on the ground, but in the sky. Through the spectacular show of fireworks in the sky everyone can participate in [more]

December 20, 2013
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Casablanca, Morocco. At the end of my high school years I got a book on modern architecture. The cover showed a building that looked different to anything I had seen before: an abstract composition of cubes, no windows visible from street level, all life hidden behind walls. It [more]

December 21, 2013
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Sarbet, Ethiopia. One of the main traffic junctions in Addis Ababa is called “confusion square”. Seven roads from different directions intersect here and the one and only train line of the city crosses, too. No big deal, but colloquial names of places always indicate the signs of the [more]

December 22, 2013
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Taman Negara, Malaysia. Walking in a jungle is the ultimate experience of non-spatiality. The jungle surrounds the hiker with a similar colour range in all directions, and a constant and even soundscape. When walking it is impossible to anticipate the path ahead and so every move becomes questionable [more]

December 23, 2013
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Halban, Oman. Since the technocratic hubris in architecture burst in the sixties, the self-image of modern architecture as a morally and culturally superior discipline collapsed, and architects could no longer just be architects, but had to lean on other disciplines as a source of justification for their works. In [more]

December 24, 2013
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Maerklin, Germany. For Christmas we built up the toy train set, meaning The Train Set, made by Maerklin, made in Germany. We bought it second hand this year and for our bi-lingual third-culture-kids this is a bit of a bizarre exercise, because Maerklin is the embodiment of a [more]

December 30, 2013
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Chadigarh, India. When India and Pakistan became independent the state of Punjab was divided between the two countries. Since its main city, Lahore, remained on the Pakistani side, there was need for a new capital city on the Indian side. Nehru, the first prime minister of India, seized the [more]

December 31, 2013
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OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! by Dr. Seuss Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know [more]

January 1, 2014
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Johannesburg, South Africa. Having a tennis court in the garden of our company sponsored villa was rather an embarrassment for my parents (or at least they pretended it was). It was too obviously the sign of a privileged lifestyle among a society that was utterly unjust. It underlined [more]

January 3, 2014
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Bashing Dubai for its vulgarity is an all too easy target. Of course, it is ridiculous to see copies of buildings from other cities. There is a copy of Big Ben, but this time its really big! There is a copy of the elegant [more]

January 3, 2014
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Hong Kong, China. With a bit of wit and luck we managed to invite ourselves to participate in a culture festival between the cities of Berlin and Hong Kong. While the pavilion that we built on Tamar Square celebrated the void spaces of Berlin, we invited students to go [more]

January 4, 2014
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Pirmasens, Germany. In a landscape of dark forests and narrow valleys, a landscape that could not be a more picturebook scene of a German “Wald” lays the smalltown of Primasens. Here in the back of beyond, my great-grandfather practiced as an architect and was head of the municipal [more]

January 5, 2014
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Berlin, Germany. Berlin was supposed to be all built up in a “Berlinish Style” by now. At least this would have been the expectation twenty years ago. After the fall of the Wall an almost bloody battle emerged between conservative and progressive architects, about the question how the [more]

January 6, 2014
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Reinhart Wolf: New York. I grew up in a bookish house, and cannot remember ever having gotten a present from my father other than a book. In most rooms of the house we were surrounded by shelves filled up with volumes of all sorts. But one book did [more]

January 10, 2014
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Rem Koolhaas: S,M,L,XL. No other architect puts more emphasis on not being an architect than the most influential architect of our times: Rem Koolhaas. In almost every text, interview, or lecture he makes it a point that he actually is a journalist. For him, writing a book is at [more]

January 11, 2014
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Dieter Wieland: Grün kaputt. In the eighties there was an apocalyptic mood in Germany. Whether or not the environment was treated better of worse than today is hard to say, but certainly the take on the situation was much less optimistic then now. The world was seen as being [more]

January 12, 2014
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Hans Ibelings: Supermodernism. At the end of the last century, a new ism was proclaimed. The Dutch architecture critic Hans Ibelings wrote a book about his observations of a paradigm shift in architecture triggered by globalization. The assumption is that, if anything can happen anywhere at any time, [more]

January 13, 2014
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Dirk Baecker: Organisation als System. This title doesn’t sound like holiday literature, does it? I read it over a long weekend holiday in Arba Minch, a small town near the border between Ethiopia and Kenya, which is a rather unlikely place to have an enlightening encounter with a [more]

January 14, 2014
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Bijoy Jain: Studio Mumbai. It was about time for an Indian architect to step forward and break out of the standard mould of how things are done in our profession. The way we think and make architecture is still defined by the practices of the Western world (including [more]

January 15, 2014
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Robert Gernhardt: Gesammelte Gedichte. There are endless, and futile, attempts to define quality in design (or lets rather say in anything we make). The easy ways out are to either find a safe ground on hard facts and restrict the verdict to judging by counting, or to seek [more]

January 16, 2014
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Geert Mak: In Europa. Complex circumstances can best be described through simple structures. One of my design teachers told me that when you are stuck with a difficult matter make a sketch of it every hour, it will clear up things for you. Similar frames are set by [more]

January 17, 2014
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Johann Wolfgang Goethe: Faust – Eine Tragödie. Published by Frederick Ungar, New York. The title page of this edition is stamped with: “Censored. Office of Intelligence & Censorship. Prisoner of War Camp. Camp Forrest, Tenn.” On the last page is another stamp: “Sold by PW Canteens Fort Niagara, [more]

January 18, 2014
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Miyajima, Japan. The last ferry had left for the mainland. I had missed it on purpose. The place was just too beautiful to leave, and I wanted to spend the night on the island. Except for a few monks in the monastery, I was probably the only person staying [more]

January 19, 2014
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Peter Handke: Die Stunde, da wir nichts voneinander wussten. There are many examples of urban places, which are devoid of any people. Some exist on paper only, luckily. But others are for real. Unfortunately, there are too many of these kind of places where one feels like one [more]

January 20, 2014
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Munich, Germany. It was a birthday party, our children said. Actually it was rather a re-birth that was celebrated as a big public event, when the river Isar was re-naturalized within the urban area of Munich. The river Isar is an element of the urban landscape in Munich that [more]

January 31, 2014
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Oslo, Norway. There was snow all over the sloping planes. And people: climbing up to the top just for the sake of it, and coming to see each other. The opera in Oslo is located on a peninsular within a bay. The square that usually goes along with [more]

February 1, 2014
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John Cage: Silence. As much as I tried to force myself to like it, I never enjoyed listening to John Cage’s compositions. But I very much enjoyed looking at his notations as graphics. I also like imagining an audience listening to a pianist to whom Cage assigned the task [more]

February 2, 2014
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Florence, Italy. Florence was the first city I visited on my own, when I was just about old enough to get through passport controls at a border. Needless to say that the trip left a deep impression. On my second visit, 25 years after the first, I could finally [more]

February 3, 2014
Laurenz Bolliger

József Attila

The cabdriver had a moustache and looked friendly. He wore a brown leather jacket and a neat white shirt underneath. I like friendly cabdrivers, and so we talked, and his accent was soft and lyrical and full of warmth. It sounded familiar, and I asked him where he [more]

November 22, 2013
Jerry Garcia

It was cold and wet, cars swooshed by splashing rainwater up my legs, and I was drenched to the skin. As I was pedaling down one of the most unpleasant streets in Berlin, the city seemed to exist of nothing else but big nasty SUVs fighting me in [more]

November 23, 2013
Sunday Paper

Last night, after a wonderful evening with lovely friends, we were sitting in the U2 recapturing the topics we had discussed over dinner. We found that we agreed with our friends’ standpoints and that we loved their company and their wine, too. It was late, and we were [more]

November 24, 2013
Goodnight

The sky looked crisp and blue and the houses outside our window were gleaming in sunlight. You could almost think they were rejoicing. The beginning of the day was promising. It’s been a while since we had been blessed with such a light, bright and clear and simply [more]

November 25, 2013
Up or down?

Again, Alexanderplatz. I’m going up, up, up on the escalator from the third to the fourth floor in one of the big classy buildings overlooking the square. I’m in a rush, and there are a lot of people. Next Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent, and we [more]

November 26, 2013
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November 27, 2013
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I’m not gloomy, mind you. I love the ocean breeze from the tracks high above, wave after wave, swoosh and swoosh and swoosh, and the glittering sunlight reflecting on the street. I’m holding a drink in one hand and a good read in the other, sunglasses, t-shirt, naked [more]

November 28, 2013
Gallows humor

The executioner at the reception looked at me with a deadpan face. “What’s this weather you brought with you? Quite unexpected.” – „Agreed“, I said. “I usually bring tons of sunshine.” He handed me the padlock. “Happy workout”, he said. I thanked him and took the padlock and [more]

November 29, 2013
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November 30, 2013
‘Tis the Season

This morning I sat down with a coffee thinking over the day and went through the list of things to be done. There were insurance policies to be understood, a beef with the landlord to be settled and one with the health insurance company, the tax declaration to [more]

December 1, 2013
Lust for Life

It just so happens I was obliged to take a few cabs today. The rides were quite unspectacular. Just an unknown guy driving his Mercedes Benz while listening to some silly station’s speedy shit. But one ride was different. The taxi driver was listening to some silly station’s [more]

December 2, 2013
Alabama

Always great fun to have dinner at the Kater. Tonight, we were sitting beneath a tiny clock that looked like a cat – it was ever so sweet – and we saw the U-Bahn rushing by and we counted the time. The Kater is deemed to vanish, and [more]

December 3, 2013
Been All Around This World

She was a southern girl, she was beautiful and wild. She fled her home in the poor and mountainous canton of Ticino close to the Italian border, and she moved north. Moved to where the people spoke in harsh tongues and looked pale and worked hard. She liked [more]

December 4, 2013
And It Stands in the Grey of the City I

There’s a Christmas tree in the foyer of the big square building where I go to work. It’s been there since last Monday, I think. I don’t remember exactly, just that it was there some morning. Bang, it popped up from nowhere and seemingly out of the blue, [more]

December 5, 2013
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December 6, 2013
Welcome Home!

We’d already had a few, even one with the girl behind the bar who was mixing the drinks, she was in such a bad mood we felt we had to invite her, but she said that she wasn’t allowed to, so we said, c’mon and learned she was [more]

December 7, 2013
On Time

Lately, I never seem to find enough time to read DIE ZEIT. There are somewhat high and frightening stacks of past editions loafing about in a dark corner of the apartment. Heaps of time reminding me of the absence of time in our time.

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And It Stands in the Grey of the City II

It’s still very small and frail, kindly supported by two sturdy wooden posts and strong ropes. You almost overlook it on your way when passing by. Only a miniature memorial stone embedded by low concrete kerbs in the form of an arrow points to it. In fact, I [more]

December 10, 2013
The Star

Our granddad was a quiet man. He loved to smoke his pipe after lunch on long, lazy Sunday afternoons, and we liked the sweet smell of the puffs in the air, it had something very relaxing about it, and it smelled much better than the acrid fumes from [more]

December 11, 2013
Hey Now

It’s been a long day, it started out with a guy coming to read the meter at the crack of dawn, he seemed tense and nervous, and I felt sorry and thus wanted to give him a hand, when he, like, climbed onto the bathtub and then onto [more]

December 12, 2013
Of Apples, Now and Then

Friday evening, seven o’clock, hectic times in one of Germany’s biggest organic food stores. I had just won a fight with a preppy couple in quilted jackets over the last hulled wheat bread with sesame seeds. Triumphantly, I walked on and steered my way through tons of trolleys [more]

December 13, 2013
The Business of Swissness

Apparently, the Swiss don’t like their national anthem anymore. Pointing to the verse “Betet, freie Schweizer, betet!”, they dub it “too religious, over-ornate and antiquated”. They say it is “stylistically unwieldy” and they emphasize the argument by quoting words such as “Alpenfirn”, “Strahlenmeer”, “Sternenheer”, “Nebelflor” and “Abendglühn”. They [more]

December 14, 2013
And All the Night’s Magic Seems to Whisper and Hush

When we’re both at home, we usually have a cup of hot tea before going to bed. In recent years, I’ve taken to lemon verbena. I buy the elegantly pointed leaves sun-dried and whole, and the light-green infusion, almost translucent, tastes immaculate and innocent, and there’s only a [more]

December 15, 2013
If I Had An Orchard, I’d Work Till I’m Sore

As I was driving through the cold, dark streets, I thought it’d actually be nice to be someplace else, someplace warm, and then I thought, but I would miss my city and its dire winter and its short gray days, and then it occurred to me that I [more]

December 16, 2013
‘Tis the Season

This morning I sat down with a coffee thinking over the day and went through the list of things to be done. There were insurance policies to be understood, a beef with the landlord to be settled and one with the health insurance company, the tax declaration to [more]

December 17, 2013
Nightfall of Diamonds

It was good to meet a friend and sit in a warm and crowded place surrounded by strangers who seemed happy and relaxed, and it was good to talk and drink Saxonian beer and forget the outside world for a moment. My friend had come to town on [more]

December 18, 2013
And Zen Nothing

Just a few more days to go. But wait! Have we written all the cards, thought of all our friends, wished everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, have we bought all the presents, ingredients, decorations, and, most importantly, baked all the cookies? I have managed [more]

December 19, 2013
Stressi stressi

Lange geschwiegen und meine Arbeit gemacht und nichts zu sagen gehabt. Aber jetzt kann ich nicht länger auf dem Mund sitzen. Ich schäme mich für meine alte Heimat, die gerade drauf und dran ist, sich selbst ins Ausland zu schießen. Am kommende Wochenende kann sie es verhindern. Ich [more]

February 7, 2014
Sprachlos

Was soll man da noch sagen?

February 9, 2014
Roman Moriceau

a la jim

   

December 10, 2013
trattoria da Tomaso, Milano

Milan, behind Garibaldi train station, just in front of the unfinished “vertical forest’” buildings. in this district where everyhting is changing, you find this great popular place, where the time has stopped, where magicians come for diner to show they new tricks. The amazing food of sir Tomaso. Via de [more]

December 12, 2013
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou

Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou is a nun currently living in Jerusalem. She grew up as the daughter of a prominent Ethiopian intellectual, but spent much of her young life in exile, first for schooling, and then again during Mussolini’s occupation of Ethiopia’s capitol city, Addis Ababa, in 1936. Her [more]

December 15, 2013
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January 6, 2014
Mayonnaise

1 large egg yolk 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste 3/4 cup canola oil Combine egg yolk, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Whisk until blended and [more]

January 6, 2014
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January 8, 2014
Rocky

The garment’s style and form can be traced back to Medieval Europe when the normal clothing for monks included a long, decorative hood called a cowl attached to a tunic or robes,[1] and a chaperon or hooded cape was very commonly worn by any outdoors worker. The hooded [more]

January 10, 2014
Steve Albini says new Shellac LP is done

Steve Albini (image source: http://www.lastfm.fr/music/Steve+Albini/+images/438915)  

January 11, 2014
Animal slaughtered worldwide

– 58 110 000 000 Chickens – 2 817 000 000 Ducks – 1 383 000 000 Pigs – 654 000 000 Turkeys – 649 000 000 Geese and Guinea fowl – 517 000 000 Sheep – 430 000 000 Goats – 296 000 000 Cattle – 24 [more]

January 15, 2014
93.220.75.45

60 hostages filed under Marcus Steinweg

We have your password

November 18, 2013
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On caring

November 18, 2013
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Dieznet

November 18, 2013
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Happy napping

November 18, 2013
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JUSTICE

November 18, 2013
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ALL WORK AND NO PLAY

November 18, 2013
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CYBORG MANIFESTO

November 18, 2013
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WE ARE THE BLACK BLOG

November 18, 2013
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TRY FIGHTING US

November 18, 2013
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GOTCHA Get a beer, Mäx.

November 18, 2013
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The usual suspects

November 18, 2013
60 hostages – filed under Eva Wilson

… the nature of my game

November 18, 2013
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eniYRR2N2f4

November 18, 2013
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_gAVZBKoMI

November 18, 2013
60 hostages – filed under Bob Last

Stockholm Syndrome  

November 18, 2013
60 hostages – filed under Victoria Nelson

You’re never gonna catch me… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_-64DIXTlQ  

November 19, 2013
Iphgenia Baal

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OMGOMG

ANSAS ON A POSTCARD

November 18, 2013
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November 19, 2013
FREE BUJU

COPY+SEND: United States Supreme Court C/O Attorney Chokwe Lumumba 440 N. Mill St. Jackson, Mississippi 39202   Hon. Supreme Court Justices:   I am writing this letter in support of Mark Anthony Myrie AKA Buju Banton.   Mr. Myrie has filed a petition in this court seeking review and [more]

November 20, 2013
POPS ON BAAL

My fear is that when slavery was abolished in the mid-1800 and my great grandfather was given a name I fear that he was some kind of religious freak who because of that was given some biblical name to keep him happy. Other than that I have no [more]

November 21, 2013
Gigi’s Bedside Table

ciao iph! hey double bitch! che freak. 21.11.12 Haddon House, 10 Hanson St, London W1W

November 22, 2013
Lames

Don’t Listen to Gangsta Rap on Easyjet.

November 23, 2013
Fuk the Internet
November 24, 2013
Rhetorics + Ethics

He presents a woman so filthy that her ears are ridden with worms and her eyelids act as a fly-trap for the insects which swarm around her bleary eyes.

November 25, 2013
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David Baum

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November 15, 2013
GefahrDanger

Weißt Du, als Kind fürchtete ich nichts mehr als den Fuchs. Unten im Wald hinter dem Park unter dem Schloss hatte ich beim Spielen ein verbeultes altes Warnschild gefunden. „Vorsicht Tollwutgebiet“ stand darauf zu lesen und ich malte mir wunderbare Dinge aus, die man wohl anstellen dürfte bei [more]

November 16, 2013
November

Gegen 19 Uhr verließ ich das Bratwurstglöckl. Die Kellnerin, die aussieht wie Prinzessin Shrek, schickte mir einen Kussmund hinterher. Im Stehausschank traf ich Stummel, der mir sein neues Monokel zeigte und mit mir noch einen Schnitt trinken wollte. Er bedauerte, dass er seinen Schnupftabak nicht eingesteckt habe. Ich [more]

November 17, 2013
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November 24, 2013
Der Weinberg

Draußen auf der Terrasse tänzelt Weinlaub. Dunkelrot, braun und dunkelbraun gescheckt, und schon so vertrocknet, dass es bei einem heftigen Windstoß zerbröselt und als aufgeregte bunte Wolke davonstaubt. Einmal hatte ich einen eigenen Weinberg. Er lag über dem Kamptal und gehörte früher meiner Großmutter. Schon als Kind wurde [more]

November 25, 2013
Das große Yolo

(frei nach Christian Morgenstern) Kroklokwafzi? Semememi! Seiokrontro – bidunowa: bialzha hotty hulalemi: quasti basti Babo… Yolo yolo yolo yolo yo! Harakets Matata miromente asap zes rü rü? Niveaulimbo, leiolente klekwapufzi lü? Yolo yolo yolo yolo yo! Simarat Swag malzlpempu silzuzankunkrei (;)! Chabo dos: hdgggdl Lempu Diggi Playa Sei [more]

November 25, 2013
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November 27, 2013
Ach, Dietl

Einmal hat jemand Helmut Dietl ins Ballhaus Ost mitgeschleppt, wo ich irgendeinen Bühnenunsinn aufgeführt habe. „Das Helmut Berger-Komplott“ hieß der Abend. Die wunderbare Staatsschauspielerin Dagmar von Thomas las aus Helmut Bergers Memoiren und ein paar Ballhaus-Schauspieler und ich hatten Liedtexte und Gedichte dazu vorgetragen, die etwas über die [more]

November 28, 2013
So schaust Du aus, München
November 28, 2013
Rauch

Ischgl, Tirol, so genanntes Winteropening mit Stargast Tamara Ecclestone, hochschwanger, Babybauch hinter kiloweise Pelz. Metrosexuelle Trash-TV-Moderatoren und deren Kolleginnen im Billionaire Girl-Look, wie sie Dir in Instyle zum Nachmachen empfohlen werden. „Regt sich da keiner auf, dass man überall rauchen darf?“, fragt eine Reporterin den Barmann. „Naaa, mir [more]

November 29, 2013
Schellingsalon

Ich sitze im Schellingsalon und beobachte die Billardspieler. Die Bedienung ist eine Frau und sie hat einen Schnurrbart. Ein Kind mit einem besonders schönen Schmetterling im Gesicht kommt, und es sagt, wie man am besten am einarmigen Banditen gewinnt. Der Vater, sagt sie, säße am Tisch und sei [more]

December 1, 2013
Bernhard

Les touristes qui vont à Vienne visitent la Hofburg parce que c’est là où la princesse Sisi avait habité. Et ils visitent la Berggasse parce que c’est là où Sigmund Freud avait analysé ses patients. Et ils visitent la Ziegelofengasse parce que c’est là où Falco avait écrit [more]

December 2, 2013
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Ötztal

Auf dem Ötztal-Bahnhof in Oetz steht ein älterer Herr und blickt traurig in die Ferne. Es ist Professor Doktor Hans Haid – und das „Professor“ und das „Doktor“ muss man unbedingt dazu sagen, denn es gibt im Tal noch einen anderen Hans Haid, der ist Direktor des Heimatmuseums [more]

December 4, 2013
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December 10, 2013
St. Urban

Der heilige Urban war von 222 bis 230 Papst und Bischof von Rom. Heute ist er als Patron von Maastricht, Toledo, Troyes, Valencia Grünberg, als Schutzheiliger der Weinberge, des Weines, der Weinhauer und Küfer beschäftigt. Trotzdem oder vielleicht deswegen soll er seine Fürbitter auch vor Trunkenkeit beschützen. Die [more]

January 3, 2014
Julian Schmidli

On Bullshit

Probably you all knew the following verdict for a long time: Life is full of bullshit. Well, not me (although I had a feeling). I wasn’t aware of the magnitude of bullshitness in my life until, a few months ago, I finally read Harry G. Frankfurt‘s essay «On [more]

November 13, 2013
In the Air Tonight

Last night I went to a concert by the upcoming Swiss band Pablo Nouvelle. It was a mesmerizing, nostalgia-inducing experience. There was something about the venue, small and snug, and apparently the only music-place you can smoke inside in all of Switzerland. There were exactly so many people to fill [more]

November 14, 2013
On Bullshit Jobs

A few weeks ago I got a job offer. The kind of shiny-new-job that is supposed to save journalism. Except that it won’t. Because no one has a clou what they’re talking about. You see, there is a gap between the generation of the bosses (in their 40ies [more]

November 15, 2013
Brainslag

I like the german word «Entschlacken». Schlack is the kind of sticky slag you’d find, if you melted an entire building: an impure mixture of iron, copper, glass and the likes. It is the state I sometimes feel like after a really busy week. Schlacky. Saturdays, for that [more]

November 16, 2013
Timetravel or Mr. Gurlitts Treasure

In today’s issue of the german magazine DER SPIEGEL you can find an astonishing, sad story about a man, fallen out of time. He grew up during the Nazi era, son of a go-getting art dealer. When his father died (and later his mother), he inherited a treasure [more]

November 17, 2013
On Running

There is something about running. The combination of repeating a simple body movement and reaching a higher state of flow. The sky above, the ground below, getting on, letting go. It’s like recalibrating your brain. I don’t like going to the gym for that matter. There are eyes [more]

November 18, 2013
Waldo Finds Himself

What really can get you through a cold, rough day: humour. It can be silly, it can be dark, it can be sweet or nasty. If laughter prevails, so will you.

November 19, 2013
Judging Books for Non-Readers

A lot of people mistake appearance for quality. The better something looks, the richer the form, the better it is. Or so they think. This is interesting when it comes to writing or the market of thoughts in general. A book – finely printed paper, carefully bound and [more]

November 20, 2013
Kennedy and Conspiracy

Tomorrow John F. Kennedy will be dead for 50 years. Don’t get me wrong, but I am no fan of anniversaries. They often celebrate a part of the past in a glorifying tone that makes me feel uncomfortable. The past is reduced to a few well-narrated lines whilst [more]

November 21, 2013
The Difference Between Addiction And Connection

There is a certain mutual agreement taking over a lot of people’s minds, and it says that technology is bad for you. You can look at bookshelves and bestseller-lists and you will find all kinds of books, essays and guides claiming it. Some say, the internet rewires our [more]

November 22, 2013
On 1:12 and Bullshit

Today I went out to vote and on my way I still couldn’t decide what to vote for. Here’s the dilemma: the people of Switzerland are voting on the so-called «1:12-Initiative». Coming from the left, the initiative, in a nutshell, wants to oblige companies to not pay higher [more]

November 23, 2013
Democracy and Bullshit

On a regular Swiss voting-sunday, taking place every few months, you can experience the magic of democracy in its full perspective. Even in the smallest towns in the backcountry you can see people practicing their citizen-rights, waiting in line at the voting polls. There are thousands of people [more]

November 25, 2013
Everything Is Interconnected

Yesterday I went to a fabulous performance of «Rigoletto» at the opera in Cologne. It was my first time seeing a Verdi-Opera and it blew my mind. I was lucky to go with a friend and opera-aficionado, who briefed me on the train ride. Opera is all about [more]

November 25, 2013
Preconceptions

There is nothing wrong with having preconceptions. In a way they are intuitive predictions of how someone will be, based on the experiences we’ve had before. Oftentimes they prove to be right. So we stick to them. I love it, when my preconceptions are proven to be wrong. It [more]

November 26, 2013
On Writing & Failing

I adore this quote: «The reader walks away from real art heavier than she came to it. Fuller. All the attention and engagement and work you need to get from the reader can’t be for your benefit; it’s got to be for hers. What’s poisonous about the cultural [more]

November 27, 2013
On Developing a Bullshit-Detector

To fight bullshit in your life, what you need most is what Ernest Hemingway called a «built-in, shock-proof shit detector». Something inside of you that makes the alarm go off immediately: Bullshit! Bullshit! A signal to bridge the noise. A Geiger-counter for nonsense. You can train that detector [more]

November 28, 2013
Sex, Lies And Bullshit

I just lied to you. This will not be about sex. But I lied to you on purpose. You see, there is a subtle difference between lies and bullshit. Because, as Harry G. Frankfurt puts it, «it is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the [more]

November 29, 2013
Are smartphones killing conversation?

You know the situation: You sit at a table with some friends (or your family, or at work). You’re having a conversation. And every so often someone reaches in his pocket and starts typing on his smartphone. It doesn’t disturb the conversation but it kind of feels intruding: [more]

November 30, 2013
Gertrude says

«In the inside there is sleeping, in the outside there is reddening, in the morning there is meaning, in the evening there is feeling. In the evening there is feeling. In feeling anything is resting, in feeling anything is mounting, in feeling there is resignation, in feeling there [more]

December 1, 2013
You will miss almost everything in this world

This is a truth, so sad and beautiful, that some days it almost kills me: You and me and all of us will miss almost everything in this world. When I was a child, I felt like time was endless. Days were these undiscovered spaces. I was an [more]

December 2, 2013
An den Sollbruchstellen des Lebens

Ich habe einen Freund, der kann Geschichten erzählen wie kaum einer. Er erzählt sie nicht von Anfang bis Ende, nicht von hinten nach vorne, sondern gleitet am Rande des Unerzählbaren entlang, wie ein Fischer auf dem Hades, mal hüben, mal drüben, durchhangen von Nebelschwaden der Melancholie, erzählt in [more]

December 3, 2013
On Deadlines

Douglas Adams says: «I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.» Woosh.

December 4, 2013
The New Truth

Recently I read an interview with a poet from the tuareg tribe. Apart from the striking beauty of his unimaginable existence in the middle of the Sahara desert, I found a quote that made me think. «A good story is always true, even if it never happened», the [more]

December 5, 2013
Ni un dia sin poesia

I once read a graffiti in the subway of Barcelona: «Ni un dia sin poesia» Not a day without poetry, it says. And it is so true: Some lines of Emily Dickinson, Nicanor Parra, Mascha Kaleko or Walt Whitman can save my day. No more words needed. Zum [more]

December 6, 2013
Die Tragik in den Gegensätzen

Margret Boveri, so umstritten wie sie war, trifft mit diesen Zeilen doch ziemlich zeitlos ein Gefühl dieser Tage: «Ich fühle mich fähig, entgegengesetzte Elemente in mir zu beherbergen und jedem zu seinem Recht zu verhelfen. Der Preis dafür ist, daß ich auf die Frage, ob ich links oder [more]

December 7, 2013
Exit Strategy

Do you sometimes think about leaving it all? Pursuing an exit strategy, not coming back? For me, there is something calming about it. I was at the country-side over the weekend, visiting family and friends, reflecting my life in the light of others. We hiked onto a hill [more]

December 8, 2013
What I wish my mama had told me

Woody Allen says: «You can’t ride two horses with one behind.» By now I must be riding a whole herd.

December 9, 2013
I Wish I Knew How It Would Be To Be Free

Most of you know me as a calm, rational person, but I have an obsession to confess. I am obsessed with people. Not everyone, just certain kinds, very special kinds of people. Persons that make my heart bounce around instantly like a squash ball without the gravity. They [more]

December 11, 2013
On A Mote Of Dust Suspended In A Sunbeam

There is something startling about natural scientists. A friend of mine recently dated a post-doc physicist, who needs 11 hours of sleep and says he wouldn’t even start thinking a thought without a timeframe of minimum five hours with no disturbance. They often have something philosophical about them, [more]

December 11, 2013
On Cokeheads

Lately I seem to be surrounded by cokeheads. In the train, in bars, even in work related places. You recognize them from afar: Their galvanizing body movements, like the ministry of silly walks on speed. The constant fiddling with their noses – sniffing, puffing, snorting. The stray gaze [more]

December 12, 2013
Killing Werther Effect

A friend invited to a conspirative meeting with strangers (where I bumped into 60pages-fellow Simon), so I joined in for a pinot noir. And how refreshing it felt: straight-talking to people, unknown to me to that minute, cutting the crap. We plowed through the topics – the definition [more]

December 14, 2013
Faux Amis

I often ask my parents for advice. They’ve known me since, well, always and they often do a great job. But what they totally fail with is predicting my future. They tend to draw from their own experiences, and honestly, those are outdated. The circumstances of my generation [more]

December 14, 2013
Don’t call it binging

This smart pick by Theresia Enzensberger made me think of how I consume pop culture. Theresia concludes with the observation, that people apparently like to binge on pop culture, referencing House of Cards and the new Beyoncé album. I think, in that sense I might be a binger. [more]

December 16, 2013
Michael says

Michael Haneke says: «I’m interested in seeing films that confront me with new things, with films that make me question myself, with films that help me to reflect on subjects that I hadn’t thought about before, films that help me progress and advance. Those are the kinds of [more]

December 16, 2013
Average Is Over? Get Over It

Are you one of the chosen few? Find out with this test. You better be ready! Ready? Okay, here we go: How many times – within one day –  do the two pointers of a clock cross each other? I I V Do you know? Come on, do [more]

December 18, 2013
Bullshit Bingo

Back at journalism school we used to play a game called «Bullshit Bingo». Everyone got a paper full of business lingo or political phrases, and we would watch speeches or read PR magazines out loud. Everytime you heard a word from your list, you could cross it out. [more]

December 20, 2013
Consider the Hummingbird

When the year comes to an end, a lumbering sadness overcomes me. It is checking a checkbox, knowing it was not all done. I haven’t done everything I wanted to. I haven’t lived or laughed or kissed enough. I have wasted time, arguing with people, being angry at [more]

December 20, 2013
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

… and to you all, marvelous smart bright shrewd 60people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BaqIManacQ

December 24, 2013
Zwischenjahreszeiten

Zwischenjahreszeit. Zwischen den Jahren, zwischen den Zeiten. Katapult in die Vergangenheit, zurück in die ehemalige Heimat, Heimat noch immer, Heimat auf ewig. Auf der Eisbahn, schlaksig die Beine, trocken der Atem, wie eine Wolke aufgewühlten, gefriertrockneten Staubs aus den Tiefen des elterlichen Estrichs. Alle kreisen hier, die coolen [more]

December 26, 2013
Home for Christmas 2

Zwischenjahreszeit, Karussell der Erinnerungen, Schleudersitz der Gefühle, zweiter Teil. Dieses Gefühl. Nach Hause zu kommen, in das Zimmer, in dem man aufwuchs, wo alles so klein ist was mal so gross schien, im zu kleinen Bett zu liegen, Waschmittel wie vor zehn Jahren, einen Atem voll nehmen, die [more]

December 26, 2013
The Reversion Of Privacy And Publicity

These days I’m a visitor at Chaos Computer Club Congress #30C3 in Hamburg, the biggest european meeting for hacks and hackers. Germany has recently become a haven for internet/information activists, guesting people like Laura Poitras or Jacob Appelbaum. No surprise the issue around the governmental eavesdropping on literally [more]

December 28, 2013
Data Will Help Us

The biggest buzzword in 2013 was «Big Data». It was everywhere, especially in the speeches of all the bullshitters. And as with everything buzzy, a counter-movement has emerged, claiming «Big Data» is harmful. In the light of the NSA-scandal: an obvious point to be made. As for me, [more]

December 31, 2013
Fireworks aka War Reenactment

On New Years Eve in Hamburg, fireworks are omnipresent. You can buy them everywhere and in huge stocks. Arsenals of rockets on sticks, packs of small paper balls filled with black powder, «Chinaböller» by the dozens, whole blocks of assorted, orchestrated mini-rockets that look like some modern air [more]

January 2, 2014
Der Teufel im Detail

Der deutsche Schriftsteller Wolfgang Herrndorf schrieb oft über den Tod, seit er 2010 an einem Gehirntumor erkrankte, feinfühlig und wortgewaltig. Unter anderem diese sehr lustige Passage: «Wenn ich es mir aussuchen könnte, würde ich am liebsten bei einem Flugzeugabsturz sterben. Aber auf gar keinen Fall im Bett. Vielleicht [more]

January 4, 2014
Humor, Bullshit and the N-Word

At the moment there is a discussion going on in Switzerland about a really serious subject: humor. It all started with the mayor of our capital-city, an elderly guy from the left, and his ambitions in stand-up-comedy. His jokes didn’t really work, so no one bothered, except for [more]

January 5, 2014
Just Monkeys on an Organic Spaceship

Science sometimes blows my mind. It puts things back into perspective and, after a hard day at work, refreshes my curiosity. No one could be better at this than the fabulous guys of Radiolab: fresh, witty and incredibly entertaining. In their latest podcast, for example, they explain why [more]

January 6, 2014
Nerd for Life

I am a nerd. «A nerd (adjective: nerdy) is a person, typically described as being overly intellectual, obsessive, or socially impaired.» says Wikipedia. And yeah, I am exactly that. Even more: I am a nerd for life. It starts at the edge of my bed. Piles of books, [more]

January 8, 2014
The Perfect Dance

There is something odd about the concept of time. It suggests that every hour, every minute, every second have the same length. That life is countable and everyone has got the same amount of it. To me, this feels wrong. Time is like the perfect dance. A prompt [more]

January 9, 2014
The Sound and Smell of Memories

I know people who remember everything. They remember what they were wearing when we met, every time we met, they remember everything we talked about, every silly little joke. They remember everything about their childhood, every punch they’d taken, the names of the punchers, the shape their bloody [more]

January 12, 2014
Jonathan says

Jonathan Harris, writer, visionary, artist, published a very moving, personal essay about his achievements in life. The internet-wunderkind, always striving for sense in a connected world, has come back to his original talents and gives precious advice: «We have these brief lives, and our only real choice is [more]

January 13, 2014
Options

I’ve been wanting to write about love and bullshit since the beginning. I guess, by now any moment is as good as this one. I am always bewildered of how many arguments and explanations people come up with when it comes to love. I have stopped trying to [more]

January 18, 2014
On Contemplation

In my first pick I described the very nature of bullshit, concluding by citing Harry G. Frankfurt: «Bullshit is unavoidable whenever circumstances require someone to talk without knowing what he is talking about.» This often is the case with people who are required to talk all the time: [more]

January 22, 2014
There Are Ways

How to live a life with less bullshit, a happier, a better life? At the end of these loosely connected essays, this might be the most important of all questions. I found a rather beautiful answer in a speech by George Saunders. He deeply encourages everyone to harness [more]

January 25, 2014
Predicting Love

Today I stumbled upon the funniest, nerdiest love-story in a long time. Before I’ll tell you all about it, let me lose a few words about finding love in the 21st century. Have you ever heard about Tinder? It’s a social dating app on your phone that uses [more]

January 25, 2014
Dark Is The Night

Manchmal, wenn die Gedanken nicht zur Ruhe kommen, wenn die Hände sich nicht vom Buch lösen können, festgekrallt in dieser nächtlichen Zwischenwelt, wenn der Blick durch das Fenster über die Häuserreihen meiner Stadt schweift und an einem einsam leuchtenden Fenster hängen bleibt, da frage ich mich: Wer sind [more]

February 2, 2014
Rilke says

Rilke says: «Don’t take away my demons because my angels will depart as well.»

February 13, 2014
Kenza Aloui

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Holy Connection

Hello everyone, This is my first post on 60pages. I met David Iselin, who invited me to participate to the 60pages project, about a year ago, in a place some people tend to call “Holy Land(s)”. To be honest, we did not really meet in any holy place. [more]

November 14, 2013
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Baking is what you should do with your life Baking is what you should do with your life

Yesterday I met with my friend Sophie, she used to intern with me in Amnesty’s office in Tel Aviv. We have not seen in each other in a year, and she invited me to a concert of oriental klezmer in a cool concert hall of Paris, because she [more]

November 17, 2013
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Nasty words

About a year ago, my mom sent into exile a selection of books to our new house in Tangier. She said it was a random selection, but most of them belonged to me of course, probably because of this tendency I have to drop my books in my parents [more]

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When I grow up, I (don’t) want to be a princess

 As I decided to try living as a free spirit right after graduation (organizing my very own festival) instead of sweating for someone else, I quickly had to find a source of funding that would bring my Bohemian aspirations and my consumer life-style together.  So I took this [more]

December 24, 2013
MäX

mäX60

me Mäx: #60 i äm. number 60 = mäX. got it? blögger six-oooohh. crossfoot six this is me, 4 u to cut out: my shädes: my car: mäx’ shoes: me pen: me ring: me mäsk: me coat: me mäx: me furs: me at home: me christmas @ mom’s: [more]

November 6, 2013
me mäX

this is Mäx:   not Mäx:   not Mäx:   not Mäx:   not Mäx:   not Mäx:   this is Mäx:   this is Mäx: try it: Mäx, not Mäx, not Mäx, Mäx, Mäx, Mäx, not Mäx

November 6, 2013
Mäx/not Mäx

Mäx: Mäx: Mäx: not Mäx: not Mäx: Mäx: not Mäx: Not Mäx: Mäx: Mäx: Mäx: not Mäx:

November 6, 2013
notMäx

Five new HACKERS join FBI’s ‘most wanted’ list Have you seen any of these men, in person or online? The FBI is offering up to $50,000 for information leading to any of the above. Seen them on Google+ or Facebook?

November 6, 2013
nothing from MäX at the moment ––––––––––(he is getting painted)
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painting MäX

3 sessions, each longer than 1 hour, to get my painting. Glad I hadn’t been naked. And here it is: Cool, isn’t it! Very! Thx Christoph! (He’s famous says Rälph, famous painter from NY, Abstract City and shit, says Rälph, lots of awards says Rälph. And Rälph must [more]

November 10, 2013
dying by numbers 1/3 Schoenberg/ Rälph1

    Shouts going out to Mäx and Christoph! Here is my first pick: Arnold Schoenberg had (like me) triskaidekaphobia––the fear of number 13. I always had it. Schoenberg’s triskaidekaphobia might origin in the thirteenth song of the cycle Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten, from 1908. Moses und [more]

November 10, 2013
dying by numbers 3/3 Tesla/ Rälph2

Number 3 determined Nikola Tesla’s Life. Tesla washed his hands 3 times, Walked around the block 3 times before entering a building, took 18 napkins when he dining in a restaurant, dining alone. (18, because numbers that were divisible by 3, were his favourites.) Impoverished and alone, the [more]

November 10, 2013
dying by numbers 1/37 Pauli/Rälph3

In 1958, Pauli fell ill with pancreatic cancer. When his last assistant, Charles Enz, visited him at the Rotkreuz hospital in Zurich, Pauli asked him: “Did you see the room number?” It was number 137. Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung were obsessed with the power of the number [more]

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mother

Annä, well it’s Anna, Anna is the mother of Rälph and Annä, no Anna (sorry Anna) cuts my hair. Mäx has loads of hair, like the Prefab Sprout guy, style hero, all grey, he doesn’t hear, see or feel anything anymore, but listen to Billy: [jwplayer config=”audio” mediaid=”16617″] [more]

November 15, 2013
Anna 2

Here’s my second haircut (with massage) Ümlaut/ poem goes on: poem,  goes on: poem,  goes on: poem,  goes on, by Anna, Rälph’s mother 7 Bäume, Äste, Gräser. Grüne Blätter bräunen. Gärtner, Mörder, Päderasten. Kärnten, Österreich. Ötzi, Kernöl, Röslein. Küsschen? Nö. 8 Hände, Münder, Möbel. Königinnen können gönnen. Völlig [more]

November 15, 2013
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Mary Staub

On the Manhattan Bridge

On the Manhattan Bridge, a steady stream of cyclists silently make their way to work at 8 a.m. on Monday morning.  A middle-aged businessman with toddler daughter in bright pink cat-eared helmet. Toddler girl securely fastened in rear bike carrier, nodding off.  Beard-sporting hipster on fixed-gear bike. Kryptonite [more]

November 4, 2013
At the Polls

Inside the red-brick Brooklyn schoolhouse, you’re greeted by a waft of indistinct odors—Freshly brewed coffee? Multi-day-old sweat? Oven-fresh sweet breads? The rubber of basketballs? The menthol, camphol, and mint oil of tiger balm? At noon, at the polls, the atmosphere is jovial, casual, communal, congratulatory. At the top [more]

November 6, 2013
In the News

I opened the newspaper this morning to yet another story of an ordinary young man doing what used to be an extraordinary thing (in a public place). A 20 year-old man with AK-47 walked into the Garden State Plaza mall in northern New Jersey late Monday night, terrifying [more]

November 7, 2013
At the Library

At a small library branch, in Brooklyn, I see him all the time. Who is he? What’s he working on? A man perhaps in his late 50s. Or maybe early 60s. He wears a weather-worn red baseball cap, inscribed with NY. He sports battered sneakers. He dons a [more]

November 8, 2013
On the Beaten Bike Path

Free coffee! Free coffee! I used to see them maybe twice a year, usually at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge in Manhattan or mid-way across the Brooklyn Bridge. But recently they’ve been making more frequent appearances and show up on some slightly less-beaten paths. Today they set [more]

November 9, 2013
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Among the Enemies of the People

Do you want an on-stage cushion seat? It’s thoroughly comfortable. It has a backrest. And they’re our most popular seats for the shows that have them.  A non-toxic, washable paint will be used during this performance and may splatter on audience seated on stage. Please note, the Brooklyn [more]

November 11, 2013
At Age 97

What does one wish for at age 97? Mary Anthony wishes to see Kyoto. Because it’s old. Like it used to be. Not like the rest of modernized Japan. (Mary Anthony has never been to Japan except on layovers.) Alternately, she’d like to go anyplace cold and old. [more]

November 12, 2013
On the F Train

On the F train at noon, heading from Brooklyn into Manhattan…. ….a young Hispanic woman in her 20s in checkered rain boots (they predicted sleet) listens to music on headphones (audible beats), scrolls through messages on her iPhone, and nurses a Dunkin Donuts coffee…. ….. a young couple [more]

November 13, 2013
In the Eyes Immigrants

My adult immigrant students of English as a second language recently told me about their first impressions of New York. Trees, clean air, canned food, shopping carts, fall leaves, low buildings, tall buildings, a lot of activity, and much, much more. Why are all of the trees without [more]

November 14, 2013
At CVS in November

Walk into your local CVS drugstore anytime in November and find yourself bombarded with a tri-polar holiday disorder. Pilgrims or pumpkins? Turkeys or trees?  Wreaths or witches? Goblins or gingerbreads? Piled high in bins of reduced-priced good are ghosts and goblins, witches and werewolves, orange-and-black M&Ms, plastic spiders, [more]

November 15, 2013
From Valentino Pier, Red Hook, Brooklyn

Today, as is often the case, the sunset views from Valentino Pier in Red Hook, Brooklyn, were awesome; and, once again, the vastness of these views served as superb backdrop for some significant mental musings. We really should have a word in English for Gschlirkwolke such as these, [more]

November 16, 2013
By Way of Cowbells

Cowbells. In Brooklyn. Really? Over the years, I’ve come to associate the sound of cowbells mainly with one of two things. Cows. In Switzerland. And ski races. On TV. Cows, from when I was a child and would lie awake at night in bed with the window open [more]

November 18, 2013
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At the United Nations of Graffiti (a.k.a 5Pointz)

A little over a year ago, giant alien faces, hovering helicopters, googly eyes, bubble letters, Charlie Chaplin, cartoon creatures, hearts and swords and sailors and statements of a wide variety adorned the warehouse walls at 5 Pointz, in Long Island City, Queens. For more than 20 years, 200’000 [more]

November 20, 2013
At the Forefront

Six months from today, some adults will no longer be able to legally buy cigarettes in New York City. Those 18 to 21. Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed legislation that will raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21. And the minimum purchasing price for a [more]

November 21, 2013
Along the Gowanus Canal

The controversial Whole Foods supermarket along the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn has gone from topic of years-long debate to near-reality. After more than five years’ delay (due to community opposition—traffic, artists neighborhood, upped real estate prices), the Gowanus branch of this ‘natural-only’ supermarket is slated to open in December. [more]

November 22, 2013
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On Thanksgiving Eve (?)

Reflection, introspection, contemplation, meditation. These are supposedly what tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, is all about. So how did the day become synonymous with giant pop-culture balloons where companies blatantly market their brands? Not to mention shop-till-you-drop Black Fridays which have crept in upon Thursdays. The more commercial, the better, [more]

November 28, 2013
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Under a Hybrid Oak

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Bridging Countries

With immigration-reform advocates fasting on the National Mall for more than three weeks now (a first group of fasters was replaced by others yesterday), immigration reform is once again at the forefront of national consciousness here. The debate, of course, revolves around ‘undocumented immigrants’. Pathways to legalization? Border [more]

December 5, 2013
During Hurricanes (Collaborative Improvisation Is All We Have)

I just finished reading Sheri Fink’s gut-wrenching book ‘Five Days at Memorial’, which delves into the agonizing decisions some medical professionals were forced to make at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina disrupted the power supply to that facility. Generators provided only spurts of electricity, [more]

December 6, 2013
In a Bird Cage

Biking past Sara Delano Roosevelt Park at the confluence of the Lower East Side and Chinatown in New York City this early Saturday morning I was reminded of many a weekend early lunch break I spent listening to the caged birds sing. I heard them there today again. [more]

December 8, 2013
In Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

    

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At a New York City College

Walk into Hunter College of the City University of New York on the Upper East Side, here, and you’re bombarded with more sites, smells, and sounds than 42nd Street-Times Square during rush hour. Serving more than 20’000 students, and part of a university system (CUNY) that serves some 270’000 students, Hunter College [more]

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At Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

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December 22, 2013
From Across the Atlantic (a mayor-elect)

Having returned from my current home in New York City to my childhood home in Switzerland for the holidays, I’ve been struck over the past two days by the frequency with which people here ask me about New York’s mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. People here have a curiosity unbounded [more]

December 23, 2013
Ashley Passmore

Behold

Behold!  This is a picture I took of a student of mine taking an abstract aesthetic photo of the sky from the Garden of Exile at the Jewish Museum of Berlin.  I took this because I wanted to record how my (American, Texan) students responded to a memorial [more]

November 4, 2013
Family resemblances

It all began with this, a little blurb I found about a little Bavarian town on the Jewish Museum of Berlin’s website.  The town is called Schopfloch, which has the unfortunate, nonsensical approximate meaning of “hair hole.” There have been so many metaphors and bon mots to describe [more]

November 5, 2013
Ask not for whom the bell tolls

Ringing bells are part of the German soundscape. Germans hardly ever notice them, foreigners in Germany almost always do. After years of hearing them, Glocken just elicit a sort of contemplative feeling among Germans.  To an immigrant like Avrom Nahum Stencl, who left his native Poland and his [more]

November 6, 2013
VersteckspielHiding and seeking

  Identity is a powerful concept.  In its strongest sense, according to Rogers Brubaker, identity is believed to be universal and mostly the same over time.  We can be unaware of our own identity: it can be revealed to us at a later date, or we could be [more]

November 7, 2013
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I remember the guy working the front desk at the Hotel Alex in Berlin – the night I was there with 23 American students at the end of a two-month study trip I was leading.  It was very late at night on the 3rd of July, and that [more]

November 8, 2013
Remember November

“Schieß doch, Jude!”  That’s what Daniel Josefsohn always says.  Of course he means with a camera.  His camera. You see, he’s a photographer in Mitte and he’s gotta survive, after all, amidst all that Mitteschmerz because Germany is giving birth to its new identity there. And so in [more]

November 9, 2013
When in doubt, tell jokes

Kommt der Jude heim und wird von seiner Frau gefragt, welchen Namen er von der Polizeibehörde bekommen hätte. Er: “Schweißloch”. Sie empört sich: “Was? Wofür haben wir so viel Geld ausgegeben?” Er: “Was meinst du, wieviel Überredungskunst mich das W gekostet hat?” In 1787 in Austria, in 1808 under [more]

November 11, 2013
Curiosity killed the cat meme

You don’t need to know your meme – your meme is doing just fine without you. Once born, your meme will continue to grow and mate with another meme (or many memes, because love is colder than death in the meme-world). And then your meme might die and [more]

November 11, 2013
Rhineland Shul Tour 2013

This year, I decided to visit three synagogues built around the year 1000 on the Rhine, which later became the center of Jewish learning and culture in Europe in the Middle Ages.  For the record, these shuls are in Köln, Worms and Speyer.  Yes, Speyer. Here are the [more]

November 12, 2013
My Namenstudien

In his essay, Hidden Name, Complex Fate, Ralph Ellison recounted his process of discovery as a child in a Negro neighborhood with the name of Ralph Waldo.  Those in the ‘hood who possessed the spark of recognition at the string of names, Ralph + Waldo, and then measured [more]

November 13, 2013
On the Force of Daniel Josefsohn: A Triptych

What is this here? A picture of the Wailing Wall, from the men’s section because in this holy space, the men and women are divided according to the strictures of Orthodox Jewish law. The men standing there are engrossed in prayer, as most usually are at this location. [more]

November 15, 2013
Aus Dafke

habe ich diese bekannte Erzählung von Brecht ins Jiddische übersetzt. Und sie klingt auch schon besser. Auch wenn Brecht selbst einmal schrieb, dass Jiddisch keine “so voll entwickelte moderne sprache” sei wie Englisch und Deutsch. Trotzdem wirkt er inspirierend auf Jiddischisten aus aller Welt, wie das Video-Interview mit [more]

November 16, 2013
Der fliegende Holyländer

If you are ever on the Rhine during tourist season, you will encounter what I did: the ship called the MS Heinrich Heine. It was for work, my Rhine boat cruise. And it was not on the MS HH. With students who were seeing the Rheintal for the [more]

November 16, 2013
Kaiser Ephraim Yossel

Ephraim Yossel I was stuck on this name when I tried translating a poem by Yehuda Leyb Teler, called Hitlers araynmarsh in Vin [Hitler’s Invasion of Vienna] from 1940. Young Yehuda, the boy born in Tarnopol, Ukraine (part of Galician Austria), fled to New York with his mother [more]

November 18, 2013
Lasst uns alle Sephardim sein!

Now that Yona Metzger was arrested today, there’s really no leadership of the Ashkenazi (German) Jews both in Israel and around the world.  Yes, I know Rabbi David Lau took over the position of Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel when the Metzger scandal first erupted over the summer [more]

November 18, 2013
People of the Cloud

I don’t carry many books with me. That’s not a badge of honor but a fact after moving house 36 times in my adult life. And it’s not as if I don’t read. Now that the cloud is our digital repository of memory both literary and real, I [more]

November 20, 2013
Dear Enzensberger

It’s true we want to charm you with our readymade expressions. And with our curry. Because we have a favor to ask of you. The truth is, we need you more than you can ever know. The reason? Sometimes when we write our own words, we can’t look [more]

November 20, 2013
Nightmare on Elm Street

50 years ago today JFK was killed in Dallas. As a kid, I heard about this event through the eyes of my parents who were at the impressionable age of 18 when the shots rang out from the book depository and into Kennedy’s head, according to the story. [more]

November 22, 2013
On the Origins of Jewish Satire in Germany

Modern Jewish satire began in regions of Germany and Austro-Hungarian Galicia in the first two decades of the 19th century, later spreading to Russian territories in the 1830s and 1840s and extending into the 1860s and 1870s throughout Eastern Europe. It originated with the traditionally educated adherents of [more]

November 23, 2013
Dermonkuchen

Mohnkuchen, Neues Museum Café, Berlin, December 1, 2011. Taken by me, the botanist of the sidewalk. Took this photo because I cannot order Mohnkuchen (poppy seed cake) without thinking about Paul Celan’s book, Mohn und Gedächtnis (poppy and memory) and I thought it was so fitting to record [more]

November 24, 2013
A miracle happened there. Just don’t ask me when!

Messianists have a strange relationship to history. Where we see current events in the news, messianists are interested in the same events but only in order to furiously gather clues and prophecies for a final end or a final return. There is nothing fundamentally new in the news [more]

November 25, 2013
Project for a Soul Food Restaurant in Berlin

Soul food restaurant in Berlin. If you landed on this site because you googled that phrase: soul AND food AND berlin with Boolean search terms, let me welcome you. Now for the bad news: there is no soul food restaurant in Berlin. Not the kind you will find [more]

November 26, 2013
On Rama Burshtein’s film, Fill the Void/ למלא את החלל

Before I saw this film last night, I admit I had fallen into a trap. The kind of trap where I assumed this film would be about an Orthodox community in Israel who, for the convenience of keeping the family together, decides to go machmir or do a [more]

November 26, 2013
Profile of the Enlightener as a Young Man: A Steckbrief

Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment) is a one-generation phenomenon.  A maskil (an adherent of the Enlightenment) has certain characteristics: he is male, he comes from beis medresh (traditional house of learning), and he has learned Talmud on a high level. Somewhere along the way (usually when a teenager), he becomes [more]

November 28, 2013
A Bintel Blitsbrivlekh – An advice column is born

It all started with one of my first posts on the immigrant Avrom Nahum Stencl listening to the church bells of Berlin. The emails started to come. People asking for advice. First a trickle, emails here and there, and then last week they became a daily occurrence.  Strangers [more]

November 28, 2013
A Bintel Blitsbrivlekh #1 – Israeli in Berlin

Dear 60pages.com, I have been in Germany happily since 2011. Despite everything, Germany is a real democracy because there is a complete separation of religion and state and it’s totally annoying that I cannot get married to my boyfriend in Israel if he’s not Jewish. Nor can I [more]

November 29, 2013
A Bintel Blitsbrivlekh #2: Juden für Jesus

Worthy 60pages.com blogger, I am a man who has already lived half my years and I can say that I have never had any peace. I was born in Russia on the Black Sea near Georgia. My parents were poor and when I was quite young I went [more]

November 30, 2013
Religion, New Media, and Globalization

In order to predict what the encounter between a religious community and new media looks like, one must look at that religious community’s historical relationship to both religious authority and the interpretation of sacred text. In a text-centric religion like Judaism, it may seem that there is little [more]

December 1, 2013
Hospital Confidential – Vienna Edition

Once when I lived in Vienna near the Schloss Belvedere, I had a Viennese writer friend call me on my cell. “I can’t meet with you today,” he said, “I am in the hospital.” Thinking something terrible had happened since I had seen him the week before when [more]

December 2, 2013
Blood and the proto-gene

On November 15, 1898, the Viennese Jewish writer, Richard Beer-Hofmann published a poem, Schlaflied für Mirjam (“Lullaby for Mirjam”), dedicated to the birth of his daughter in 1897. The poem first appeared in the German periodical Pan, and it was reprinted over the next few years in several [more]

December 4, 2013
A Leopoldstadt Tableau

I have uncles and aunts in the second district. The last snows trickle down from the rooftops onto Leopoldstadt. The gutter laps up the erev pesach water. Birds carry straw like crosses to a great old window of the Schiffshul. Jews wet their fingers at the washbasin. A [more]

December 5, 2013
Inherited Memory

Scientists at Emory University claim they have found evidence of the inheritance of memory from previous generations in mice whose “forefathers” had been trained to be afraid of the smell of cherry blossoms and who appeared to remember this fear. This is another example of current research in [more]

December 5, 2013
A bintel blitsbrivlekh #3 – Regenbogen Rabbiner

Dear Editor, I am the grandmother of a twenty-one-year-old boy, a Berlin-born boy with all the finest qualities, and I am writing to you about our problem with him. Our grandson met a boy about six months ago, a boy a few years older than he. They fell [more]

December 7, 2013
A bintel blitsbrivlekh #4: A German Greenhorn

Dear 60pages.com Editor, I haven’t been in the country very long, and I ask you to clarify a certain matter for me. I was brought here by my brother-in-law, with whom I get along very well, but we have a difference of opinion on one thing. I think [more]

December 7, 2013
Oyklahoma

If you like piles of rusting metal and open fire pits, you are gonna love Oklahoma. Because you can drive for miles and miles through what feels like empty space. A place where, in an instant, perhaps after a wrong turn, you can go from being a traveler [more]

December 8, 2013
E. Jelinek and the Immersion Drive

Today I am thinking about Elfriede Jelinek and how she has been positioning herself in the past 15 years as an author, both in her writing and in her public persona.  What I find in Jelinek’s collaborations with Christoph Schlingensief in the first decade of the 21st century [more]

December 10, 2013
Morgen komme ich und esse Menschen: Jelinek is processed by the Container machine in the year 2000

I really knew very little about her. I suppose my perception of her was colored by a media-driven image: Elfriede Jelinek the socially phobic, feminist, Jewish-but also Catholic, Marxist intellectual who gladly and stridently voiced her opinions to journalists about the FPÖ and Haider, always at a distance. [more]

December 11, 2013
Next year in Mainz / Leshana haba’ah b’Mainz!

Maybe you’ve heard about the idea of “other Zions.” This is the movement in the history of Jews where, despite the biblical narrative of return to the land of Israel, Jews founded new “father lands” in the period of their dispersal where Jewish states of autonomy were able [more]

December 12, 2013
What makes a “later generation Holocaust film”?

Later-generation Holocaust films are no longer driven to document the entirety of the atrocity, rather they seek the “devil in the details.” The 2007 Austrian film, Die Fälscher (2008 Oscar, Best Foreign-Language Film), did just this by taking the perspective of a rather limited population of camp inmates: [more]

December 13, 2013
A bintel blitsbrivlekh #5: Put an Organ In It

Dear 60pages.com, I am a proud Muslim from a family with a rather long tradition of religious scholars. I have read about the history of Jews in Germany and how they were able to adapt to German life in the 18th and 19th century through a process of [more]

December 14, 2013
It’s not transnational literature, but it is something else that is very important: Yiddish in German literature

How did a non-territorial Germanic language like Yiddish “migrate” into German letters at the start of the 20th century?  The status of Yiddish, known somewhat derisively as “Jargon” for most of the 19th  century, was seen as a second-class language both within the learned Jewish community and among [more]

December 16, 2013
Their feet will become fins again

A Zionist movement that transplanted Jews to a new land, according to Theodor Herzl, would instigate physical and psychological transformations in Jews once they adapted to their new environment.  Herzl’s faith in Darwin’s description of the effects of the environment on organisms was a central feature of his [more]

December 16, 2013
The Jewssian German take on the circumcision debate: Anna Sokhrina’s Beschneidung

Last year’s ruling on circumcision in Köln and the subsequent absurd debate on the matter ended with a parliamentary protection for religious communities in Germany against prosecution for the practice. During that debate, there was one argument that stuck in my mind.  This was the idea that, in [more]

December 17, 2013
Joy in Work, Jewish Work

Reflections after seeing the documentary, Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment, 2010 There was a time, in the shadow of the pogroms of Russia in the late 19th century, when the situation of the Jews in Czarist Russia became so intolerable that their sufferings could only improve through [more]

December 18, 2013
Bloggerim and the Jewish satire of today

My previous forays into the role of maskilic literature in Judaism in the early 19th century, I hope, will set the stage for what is significant in the new iteration of Jewish satire in the Internet age.  While traditional maskilim used the varied genres of the printed word, [more]

December 19, 2013
Nice work if you can get it: Bogumil Dawison in the German theater

The idea that Jewish theatrical genius was a product of Jewish evolution was a common presumption in the late 19th century and early 20th century.  In his 1869 ethnographic study of the Jewish “tribe” (Stamm), the Viennese rabbi, Adolph Jellinek, points to Dawison as a prominent representative of [more]

December 20, 2013
The Language of Others

Christoph Schlingensief’s play, “Sterben lernen,” was performed in December 2009 in Zürich.  The play gives the audience a primer on “how to die” using the example of the main character, Mr. Andersen, who discovers he has terminal cancer and has to deal with his grim prognosis: 60 minutes [more]

December 21, 2013
K-Pop, mmmmmkay?

While you were trying to decide which type of horseradish to order from the Gefilteria in order to complement your homemade sushi, that term globalization has undergone some kind of meme upgrade. There’s glocalization, maybe you have heard about that. It’s a term from Roland Robertson and it [more]

December 22, 2013
Pet peeves

Holocaust selfies? http://www.jspace.com/news/disturbing-trend-worst-holocaust-selfies/ These people are stupid and naïve. But they aren’t a “disturbing trend.” And I am not outraged. How can I be if they are taking pictures in the Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas? I mean, the place is strange and the history it references [more]

December 23, 2013
It gets besser: Amish edition

I am sitting right now in the center of the ex-Amish community, Columbia, Missouri, USA. How did it come to be this way, a center for people who break away from their Amish community? No one really knows, just some people who left the community themselves with some [more]

December 24, 2013
Nitteler on the Roof

Some of the first Yiddish words recorded are nitl and levkoches. Nitl, from the Latin natal=birth, sometimes written Nittel, is a holdover from the Judeo-French spoken before the emergence of Yiddish proper in and around the year 1000. It means Christmas. Like most first Yiddish words, these were [more]

December 25, 2013
A bintel blitsbrivlekh #6: Die Suche nach Minderheiten

Dear 60pages.com, Not long ago I had a lovely, fleeting encounter with a fellow student, Gülgün. She was beautiful and from Istanbul and spoke German because of her studies at the German School there. Later, she studied Economics, also in German and she never wanted to return to [more]

December 26, 2013
A Leopoldstadt Tableau, pt. II

My uncles and aunts from the second district: pointy beards and white ties, heavy chains on high bosoms, used to bring to the borders of the Seret[1] train cars with provisions, sermon-gifts, candies for the kids, the lilac of the Kaiser’s riches. The aunts, like turkeys with excited [more]

December 28, 2013
Little Werner is dead

His body was found. Did we see an ethereal light shine in the sky that led to his corpse? Did his wet nurse sell him to the Jews for ritual murder? Was little Werner taken on Gründonnerstag (or is it Weiß-, or Heiliger?) right after he received the [more]

December 28, 2013
Jewish is not historical and Turkish is not contemporary in Germany

If there’s a new “grammar of migration” in Germany and the “Turkish turn” is the Anlass (according to Leslie Adelson[1]), then surely there is a place for some apocryphal literature to that new rulebook. And by that I don’t mean spurious writing but rather non-canonical, constitutional stories. Like [more]

December 29, 2013
What’s Globalization? Let’s ask the Dönme

What’s cosmopolitanism? Today, cosmopolitanism denotes a supranational existence. In the modern period, however, prior to the development of nation states, cosmopolitanism meant being connected to more than one place, perhaps to several places at once. Cosmopolitans had allegiances that extended beyond political boundaries. And yet they didn’t just [more]

December 30, 2013
In the New German, English is a “lifestyle diglossia”

It doesn’t really matter at this point how it all started, English in German. Of course it’s related somehow to the occupation. But even that seems like old history now. English doesn’t exactly have prestige. It’s more like a functionality in advertising that makes it a privileged language [more]

December 31, 2013
Herzl’s Turkish Delight in Jerusalem

Theodor Herzl went to Jerusalem in 1898 and worried that he might be arrested by the Turkish authorities. Just like Shabbatai Zvi. He got sick while he was there and he was frustrated by his efforts to get meetings with the Sultan. His trip to Jerusalem also took [more]

January 1, 2014
Tejano Tableau (feat. Jews and Austrians)

It looks staged but it is not. It’s a shot of people who are waiting to go on stage. The showplace is a small town parade in southeastern Texas called Fiestas Patrias Mexicanas in the dusty remnants of a train station outpost town called Bryan. About 25,000 people [more]

January 1, 2014
Yiddish Farm

Are Jews a race or a religion? Today, this is a question that is less about solving this age-old question than one that seeks to position the person being questioned politically.  What do I mean when I say it is all politics? It is politics not religion that [more]

January 2, 2014
Guel Riz

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November 11, 2013
Friends

All good things start with good friends, good food, good drinks and lots to talk about. I presume that writing for this blog is going to be a good thing and so this started with a good friend, some tasty food and Raki. Imran and I met for [more]

November 13, 2013
Pants in Parliament

Odd Title, true. (reminded me immediately of the Mel Brooks classic ‘Men in Tights’) But this is what I thought after I read an article on the DTN Website today about the next taboo which has been lifted in turkish parliament: A few days after the headscarf ban [more]

November 14, 2013
LOVE LOVE LOVE

Today was a good day! The energy of this city kicks big time right now and with music all the way from morning till now it really made a fantastic day!! With no words left in my brain I let the music talk. Started the day with SOUL [more]

November 15, 2013
Autumn

As the days are getting colder and lights are turned out round 5pm my desire to stay home and cuddle on my sofa become bigger and bigger. Listen to great music, knit my shawl for winter, watch a movie I’ve seen a hundred times again and again. Favorite [more]

November 16, 2013
CRAZY

After writing so romantically about my favorite Top 5 movies last night and thinking about which one to watch… I suddenly (ok, not that suddenly) found myself in the middle of the dancefloor of the hidden club called QUIT in the heart of Pera in Istanbul, chanting the [more]

November 17, 2013
Seymour

From Seymour, an Introduction: “In this entre-nous spirit, then, old confidant, before we join the others, the grounded everywhere, including, I’m sure, the middle-aged hot-rodders who insist on zooming us to the moon, the Dharma Bums, the makers of cigarette filters for thinking men, the Beat and the [more]

November 18, 2013
Lucky

Had a minor hangover and the most lovely day around town yesterday. Happy Happy to be enjoying a warm and sunny autumn!!

November 18, 2013
Live

Istanbul as a city is vast, chaotic, energetic, ass-kicking at times and simply beautiful at others. What strikes me most is the energy which keeps people going. It can be immensely frustrating to live here when you have to travel every day 2 hours to get to work [more]

November 20, 2013
The Medium is the Massage

or is it the message?! While researching, brainstorming, looking mainly in the internet ( and my brain) for new ideas to work into new concepts for my projects, this rather old but still relevant quote by Marshall McLuhan came across my mind. ( After being quoted for a [more]

November 21, 2013
1993/1994

I saw this pic of River Phoenix today and it got me wandering from there. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTp-gBfGVvU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpoqzt2EHaA Lollapalooza Festival 1994

November 22, 2013
Big City Lights

Looking for an apartment in Istanbul is a tricky thing. After having decided where to move to I am now contacting landlords and real estate agents and making appointments to visit the flats. It’s going to take a while for some reasons but every now and then I [more]

November 23, 2013
Funday

was a Sunday! The Sun made it my Day. Yes Yes Yes! The Sun- always the sun!  

November 24, 2013
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Fade to Grey

After having a maaahvellous weekend with lots of sunshine and happy tunes, a sunday dinner with lovely friends and way too many drinks and cigarettes, monday replied with an awful headache, the worst hangover and the absence of the sun. Awful day! Tuesday (today) and the upcoming Winter [more]

November 26, 2013
Germany

Today a friend of mine here wrote me an SMS, telling me that I can now have the dual citizenship in Germany ( referring to the ongoing negotiations of CDU and SPD not to forget the CSU regarding the upcoming coalition and the negotiations about the dual citizenship). [more]

November 27, 2013
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Neither status nor a pager

While working on a new project today I somehow ended on a trip down memory lane/ extended stream of consciousness whilst thinking of communication back in the days and nowadays. Here we go: I started texting with one friend on Whatsapp in the morning, skyped with another then, [more]

November 29, 2013
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December 6, 2013
Conservatism kills

Three different topics which seemed to have no connections in the first place got linked to each other somehow in my head. It made me think loosely about Mandela, utter assholes, injustice, refugees from Syria in Istanbul, the responsibility of all of us to help somehow, dumb ass [more]

December 8, 2013
Conservatism kills Apendix

After I posted the last pick I found an article on The Independent Newspaper online: ‘From terrorist to tea with the queen’. The quote by Margaret Thatcher that I cited was a translation from german to english in my words. The term ‘Wolkenkuckucksheim’ I described as Lala Land, [more]

December 8, 2013
Long Gone

No matter what you think of there is already a song out there, it seems. I was thinking of last Saturday and the Thanksgiving dinner feast a good friend of mine threw and made like 12 friends very happy and thankful for the great food. It was the [more]

December 9, 2013
But the very next day you gave it away

It’s this time of the year, for almost 30 years. Three decades and it always feels like the first time. The song and especially the video is ingrained in 40 western-european somethings. No matter what you listened to after the age of 14, even if it was hardcore, [more]

December 10, 2013
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December 19, 2013
Boats against the current

My 60 Pages term comes to an end today and I look back with joy and sadness. Joy that I had the chance to be part of it for a short while and sadnees because I coulnd’t write as much as I wanted to write. When I started [more]

January 13, 2014
Theresia Enzensberger

Auf Montage

Diskussionen auf Wikipedia sind faszinierend. Wenn man sich geduldig durch jeden „Versionsunterschied“ klickt, stößt man nicht nur auf allerlei Albernheiten, auch Uneinigkeiten innerhalb eines ganzen Berufsstandes können zum Vorschein kommen. Der Eintrag „Cutter (Film)“ kann mit beidem glänzen. Am 4. März 2009 gab ein Nutzer, dessen Profil daraufhin [more]

November 4, 2013
NSA Inside Jokes

“Date Modified: 24.01.1984” – Looks like my computer is adapting to current events.

November 5, 2013
Mistery

Gestern Abend, Karstadt am Hermannplatz. Verzweifelter Versuch meinerseits, der Verkäuferin mit herzlichen Floskeln ein Lächeln zu entlocken. Natürlich vergebens. Ich glaube fest daran, dass die von Deutschen oft so monierte „falsche Freundlichkeit“ der Amerikaner im Servicebereich den Verkäufern selbst etwas Gutes tut. Schließlich produziert das Gehirn auch Endorphine, [more]

November 6, 2013
Print is not dead
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Risk Averse

Gestern Abend, Tagesrandverbindung (ein Wort, dass ausschließlich von Bankern benutzt wird, aber an DDR- Wörter wie „Jahresendfest“ erinnert) Berlin- München. Neben mir ein älterer Geschäftsmann, der gerade eine Deutschlandkarte des Handelsblatts auffaltet. Auf der Karte steht „Zukunftschancen Deutschland“; die verschiedenen Regionen sind in unterschiedlichen Farben markiert – Rot [more]

November 9, 2013
Lucky

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November 10, 2013
Ad(dition)s

Ich weiß nicht, ob das ein neues Phänomen ist, aber in den letzten Jahren sehe ich immer wieder Fälle, in denen sich Menschen aktiv gegen Werbung wehren. Außer dem Klassiker, bei dem die grinsende Fratze auf einem Plakat mit einem Schnurrbart verziert wird, gibt es auch noch kreativere [more]

November 11, 2013
Zwitschermaschine

        Looks like Twitter was invented in 1938

November 12, 2013
Transparent

If you’re in Berlin, go see this exhibition at Import Projects. I promise it’ll be worth it. Beny Wagner investigates the notion of ‘transparency’ in a project entitled Invisible Measure. Take it away, press release: “From the use of transparent materials in architecture beginning at the turn of the last century, to [more]

November 13, 2013
Quix

Nostalgia is a nice feeling, I grant you that. It still is a little odd to me how readily people feel it these days, especially about media. It might have something to do with how fast things are outdated, now but I’ll spare you my amateur take on [more]

November 14, 2013
Party im Kaufhaus
November 15, 2013
Hacking Hollywood #1

Ich liebe amerikanisches Fernsehen. Und nein, ich rede nicht nur von den „guten amerikanischen Serien“, in die das deutsche Feuilleton so verliebt ist. Ich schaue mir jeden Blödsinn an. Jedes Jahr im Herbst gibt es die „Fall Premiers“ und ich untersuche gewissenhaft zumindest die Piloten. Dieses Jahr war [more]

November 16, 2013
Hacking Hollywood #2

2. Eine weitere neue Serie mit dem überlangen Namen Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ist die Erfindung von Joss Whedon, der mit Buffy seinen bislang größten Erfolg hatte. Die Prämisse ist völlig abstrus, sagt aber schon eine Menge über die Haltung der Serie aus. New York wurde von Aliens [more]

November 17, 2013
Hacking Hollywood #3

3. Hostages basiert auf einer israelischen Serie mit demselben Namen und hätte eigentlich ein Film sein sollen. Der Plot (eine Ärztin, die den Präsidenten operieren soll, wird in ihrem eigenen Haus als Geisel genommen und gezwungen, ihn mit einer tödlichen Injektion umzubringen) ist zu einfach, um auf zehn [more]

November 18, 2013
Dear Anglosphere

Dear Anglosphere,   there’s this rumor out there that the English language is easy. It’s not. I mean, how do you explain to a non-native speaker that the word diaper is spelled like that? It looks like a crazy mistake. It looks like it should be pronounced dee-aper. [more]

November 20, 2013
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Hacking Hollywood Nachtrag

Amy Zegart mit einem Vortrag (und einer Studie) darüber, wie die Darstellung von Geheimdienstagenten in Hollywood die Wahrnehmung von realen Geheimdiensten beeinflusst.

November 22, 2013
Happy?

In der letzten Woche gab es gleich zwei interaktive/innovative Musikvideos: Bob Dylans Video, bei dem man sich, wie bei einem Fernseher, durch 16 Kanäle klicken kann, auf denen jeweils ein anderer Schauspieler Like a Rolling Stone synchronisiert und Pharell Williams’ Video zu Happy, das 24 Stunden am Tag läuft [more]

November 23, 2013
“Neuköllner Atzen”

Trotz, Selbstironie und Unsinn, so wie sich das gehört für eine gentrifizierte Gegend.

November 24, 2013
What the Foucault
November 25, 2013
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November 26, 2013
Kennedy

Eigentlich sollte ich jetzt schon in Hamburg sein, um die zauberhafte und talentierte Sophia Kennedy mit ihrem Produzenten Carsten “Erobique” Meyer bei dem Abschlusskonzert ihrer Tournee zu sehen. Leider hat mir mein Körper einen Strich durch die Rechnung gemacht und stattdessen schnäuze ich mich alle zehn Minuten. Ich fühle [more]

November 27, 2013
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THX

Once a year, on Thanksgiving, I really start missing living in the States. It’s weird to be homesick for a country that you only lived in for four years. It’s like you don’t really have the right to. When I arrived there, in 2007, I had no idea [more]

November 29, 2013
Still…

…one of my favorite things on Youtube I’m gonna have a and a now.

November 30, 2013
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Von Quoten und Glasdecken

Es gibt kaum etwas Anstrengenderes, als mit einem Gegner der Frauenquote zu diskutieren. Obwohl sie ja nun im Koalitionsvertrag steht, wird diese Diskussion wohl noch einige Male auf uns zukommen, wenn es dann um konkrete Gesetzesentwürfe geht. Letztes Jahr veröffentlichten Kenneth Ahern und Amy Dittmar von der University [more]

December 2, 2013
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Eine Botin aus den 1970er Jahren

Seit ein paar Tagen blättere ich in Heften, die mir meine Mutter aus München mitgebracht hat. Fünf Exemplare der „Schwarzen Botin“, eine feministische Zeitschrift mit satirischem Unterton, die 1976 von Gabriele Goettle gegründet wurde und in der Frauen wie Silvia Bovenschen, Elfriede Jelinek, Meret Oppenheim und Roswitha Kaever [more]

December 4, 2013
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Politische Aufputschmittel gesucht

Mit Schrecken stelle ich fest, dass ich unter Ermüdungserscheinungen leide. Vorgestern wurde die neueste „Enthüllung“ im „NSA-Skandal“ bekannt. Ich setze diese Worte in Anführungsstriche, weil mich schon das Vokabular der Berichterstattung ermüdet. Was ist bloß passiert? Noch im Sommer habe ich jedes neu veröffentlichte Dokument gewissenhaft durchgelesen. Ich [more]

December 6, 2013
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December 8, 2013
The horror! The horror!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYKIUu5fg3U Hilfe! Auch der Flughafen München hat jetzt seinen eigenen ‘Markenfilm’, inklusive lip dub, virtueller Flugbegleiterin (1:28), bongo-spielendem Inder (? 1:38), einem ausgestopften Leoparden (2:16), rotem Teppich (2:36), Brautpaar auf dem Flugplatz (3:16), Kellner in Lederhosen, der ein leeres Bierfass trägt (3:52) und Schuplattler (4:15). Immerhin wurde hier [more]

December 9, 2013
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December 10, 2013
Kunst und Habgier

  (via www.ulrichmoritz.de) Es erscheint fast sinnlos, etwas über einen Künstler zu schreiben, über den sich schon so viele Schriftsteller eloquent Gedanken gemacht haben. Ulrich Moritz hat seine Werke jahrelang nur an einen kleinen Kreis von Sammlern verkauft, die ihn dann letztes Jahr in einer Ausgabe des ZEIT Magazins [more]

December 11, 2013
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December 14, 2013
Pop Culture Binge

This time of year is dominated by ‘best of’- lists, which is unfortunate and hugely annoying, but NPR’s list of songs in 2013 actually reminded me of one thing I really enjoyed this year: Jay-Z’s video shoot at Pace Gallery. I know, I know, it wasn’t something that [more]

December 15, 2013
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December 16, 2013
To Binge, to Glut, to Swill?

Julian Schmidli objected to me using the term “bingeing” when it comes to pop culture and I agree with him. After all, I watched all seven seasons of The West Wing in what must have been two months and when I started watching Battlestar Galactica, I didn’t fare [more]

December 17, 2013
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December 18, 2013
Alles schon mal da gewesen

  Wie einem jeder selbsternannte Generationenspezialist bestätigen kann, leben wir in einer Zeit, in der die Menschen dazu tendieren, sich unangreifbar machen zu wollen. Beliebte Mittel hierfür sind Ironie, Referenzen, Diskurskritik oder Obskuritäten. Ich bin leider nicht in der Lage, mich auszunehmen – das hat mir die tägliche [more]

December 19, 2013
Storytelling

I have this pet peeve: I hate it when others recount a movie to me. My father tries to avoid watching movies for some reason and my mother loves to give him very detailed, elaborate summaries of whatever last Lars von Trier she saw. These accounts can last [more]

December 20, 2013
#urbanproblems

Yesterday, this tiny plane brought my family and me to the Norwegian mountains. I was convinced that eight days in comparable solitude were going to do wonders for this essay I’m trying to write. When you wake up at ten in the morning, however, and the light is [more]

December 23, 2013
Klassekampen

In Norwegen gibt es eine Tageszeitung mit dem schönen Namen Klassekampen. Laut eigenen Angaben erreicht die Zeitung täglich 50 000 Leser, aber schon allein die verkaufte Auflage ist beeindruckend: 16 353 in einem Land mit ungefähr 5 Millionen Einwohnern (nur so zum Vergleich: das ist weniger als in [more]

December 27, 2013
Lufthavn

When I posted that picture of the tiny plane the other day, there was one thing I didn’t tell you about: I’m scared of flying. It’s a little embarrassing, and most of the time I manage to ignore it, clinging to a newspaper with sweaty hands, pretending to be [more]

December 29, 2013
Small Utopias

In the spirit of starting a new year, the conversation at dinner last night revolved around small utopias: little changes that really wouldn’t be that hard to achieve and yet would never actually be implemented, mostly thanks to the idiocy inherent in power. I, for example, would like [more]

January 2, 2014
Last but not Least

Wenn ich richtig gezählt habe, und das weiß ich nicht, weil Zählen nicht zu meinen großen Stärken gehört, dann ist das heute mein letzter Post für 60pages. Deswegen möchte ich ihn einem Thema widmen, das mich in den letzten Jahren sehr beschäftigt hat. Vier Jahre war ich in [more]

January 3, 2014
David Knowles

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November 5, 2013
Origins

It’s hard to start. That’s why I skipped yesterday and started on day two. So I’m late but I also began on a rest. And it’s the tunes that begin with a rest that really swing. Origins are a human obsession. We all want to know how something [more]

November 6, 2013
We’re Going To Do It

We’re going to do it. Yes we are. It’s going to happen. And when it does it will happen fast. You’ll have to staple your eyelids to the top of your skull to catch it and even if you do you’ll be really unsure and insecure when you [more]

November 7, 2013
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November 9, 2013
Some Acronyms

  NVM LOL BRB STFU OMG LMFAO DOA SOB GOD ETA ETD DDR GDR NYC PDX IDGAF IDK RN CU GR8 L8R FU NBD ASL SWM WAR FAN LKG DL QT RAM WOW MOM CAT OIO BDSM STI FDA COB BYOB RSVP TODO BOB OWS 411 LD YOU [more]

November 10, 2013
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November 11, 2013
Why Haven’t We Seen An Image Of The Whole Internet Yet?

www.whyhaventweseenanimageofthewholeinter.net

November 12, 2013
It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

itseemedlikeagoodideaattheti.me

November 13, 2013
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November 15, 2013
Don’t Do It

1: You could, like, go all heat-death-of-the-universe on the whole affair.   2: Like lightly defuse it in a really micro way? Like the difference between a whole neighborhood’s worth of fourth of july fireworks and a pipe bomb? Clustered versus dispersed?   1: No, I guess that’s [more]

November 16, 2013
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December 2, 2013
Roman Holiday

“Do you know how to get to the beach?” I ask Diana as she buckles her helmet snugly around her chin. I don’t know her name is Diana yet but she answers in a thick Italian accent and points me towards the grouping of hotel and residential towers [more]

December 3, 2013
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December 11, 2013
George Landow

http://ubumexico.centro.org.mx/video/fluxfilm_25_landow.mpg

December 12, 2013
Charlie Chaplin and Mahatma Gandhi, 1931
December 13, 2013
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December 19, 2013
…17

… 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 Incredible Amazing Essential Unforgettable Magical Fun New Best Worst Outrageous Important Must Need Want See Now

December 31, 2013
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October 28, 2013
Heute zweimal um die Erde

25 years ago, on the 29th of october 1988, the east-berlin newspaper “berliner zeitung” writes about the start of the unamnned soviet spacecraft “buran” at baikonur. buran (russian: Бура́н) translates snowstorm. the picture below the note “heute zweimal um die erde” is labeled “Tyuratam Space Assembly and Launch Complex. Courtesy [more]

October 29, 2013
Geheimfavorit

the concept of national football selections competing is highly problematic. not only that “nation” itself should not be supported as prime category of identity at the expense of social agreements, it’s for example simply awkward to have angela merkel or any politician in the dressing room of the [more]

October 30, 2013
Licht aus!

honestly i don’t care about halloween. it didn’t exist when i grew up and anyway i was wondering about it’s tremendous role in the us-tv-shows i used to watch as a kid. suddenly it knocked on my door first time years ago and especially german suburbs became more [more]

October 31, 2013
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November 1, 2013
Sesam öffne dich!

it has been the second time this year that it works: visiting an architectural sight i read texts about/in front of them and they wondrously open! a text about ulrich müther’s rescue station on the island rügen this spring suddenly brought the appearance of his widow asking “what [more]

November 2, 2013
Devotionalien Venedig. Devotionalien Neapel.

     

November 3, 2013
Gurkenflieger

due to the highly industrialized agriculture around the town where i grew up, almost all the flat land there is covered with plastic film for long periods the year. maybe because of that hidden landscape and because i don’t care about agriculture, i never really noticed the gurkenfliegers, [more]

November 4, 2013
Landesvater

ministerpräsident is the title worn by the head of the government in any german federal state. his power more or less depends on the size of population and the economic contribution to all of germany’s gnp. according to the way the ministerpräsidents interpret their authority, germans sometimes call [more]

November 6, 2013
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November 21, 2013
California uber alles

50 years ago today jfk was shoot in dallas. 34 years ago the campaigns for 1979 san francisco mayoral elections reached top with except of “sister boom boom”, a transvestite nun running for the “nun of the above”-party, dead-kennedy’s singer jello biafra as one of the mayoral candidates. [more]

November 22, 2013
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November 25, 2013
wo ist die mitte der republik?

i’ve just been at saturn electronics store on alexanderplatz, a place i like for many reasons. first there is the building itself that completely ruined the urban set up that was original planed. if you’re sensible enough, it gives you an idea of what would happen if the [more]

November 26, 2013
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November 27, 2013
Och, nö…
November 28, 2013
zur sache schätzchen

: dear uschi, in markus lanz‘ show you said, that we as east-germans are not qualified enough to earn wages of at least 8,50 € per hour. we think that this must have happened because you don‘t know east germany and its inhabitants. with this petition we invite [more]

November 29, 2013
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December 2, 2013
ikea berlin, potsdamer straße 50

last weekend matthias lehrberger raised the question of “strategies to transform postmodern stupidity to higher forms”. something i lost concentration on after all that followed and that i tried to recover from the entire sunday whilst 2002’s “equilibrium” crossed my way. this somehow 1984/matrix-mash-up is not something that [more]

December 3, 2013
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December 8, 2013
spd-mitgliedsnummer 702200274 mitgliedervotum

today chairman of german social democratic party, herr gabriel, via e-mail reminded again to not forget about my vote for or against the treaty for a grand coalition with the christian-conservatives. thank you! this weekend johanna uekermann, who origins from the same local party chapter as i, won [more]

December 9, 2013
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December 17, 2013
babo obama

the hague, guantanamo, the gulag… definitely babo will not go to sochi, sends billie jean king instead… billie jean king. [by dbking cc-by-2.0] the bee gees. [wiki commons via discogs.com] barack obama. [by white house (pete souza) cc-by-2.0] vladimir putin. [kremlin.ru cc-by-3.0]

December 18, 2013
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es ist das ende eines Jahres – ein weiteres folgt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFwUXUMq_zs

January 1, 2014
das wow signal

well, if aliens ever visit us i think,this event would be more important then the voyages of christopher columbus… …that din’t turn out well for native americans. wow-signal-pic: the ohio state university radio observatory and the north american astrophysical observatory (public domain)

January 7, 2014
eintausendsechshundertdreissig kilometer

just try to understand i’ve given all i can borderline feels like i’m going to lose my mind you just keep on pushing my love over the borderline with a credit to hosental /// boris kramarić  

January 8, 2014
zweitausendsiebenundsechszig kilometer

i keep a close watch on this heart of mine i keep my eyes wide open all the time i keep the end out for the tie that binds because you’re mine, i walk the line

January 9, 2014
zweihundertneunundvierzig plus dreihundertachtundfünfzig plus siebenhundertzweiundneunzig kilometer

don’t push me ’cause i’m close to the edge i’m trying not to lose my head it’s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how i keep from going under  

January 10, 2014
siebenhundertsiebenundsechzig kilometer

on the borderline, she’s a danger sign on the borderline, getting out of line on the borderline, but it feels so good on the borderline, on the borderline on the borderline, borderline

January 11, 2014
neunzig plus zweihundertneunundsechszig plus tausendvierhundertsiebenundfünfzig plus siebenhundertsechs kilometer

doo oo oo yeah a but I try and tell ’em straight, tell ’em a wrestle my hand doo oo oo yeah a simmer down my darling… I hope yeah doo oo oo yeah I don’t put down a crossing lines doo oo oo yeah a riverside stop [more]

January 15, 2014
Soohyun Chang

Perfect Storm

So, the whole thing begins with the unprecedented storm in London today.  There has been 4 deaths in the report and the tree in front of our house got a real neat hair cut after the gush of wind this morning.  As i was watching 3 TV-atenas dancing in [more]

October 28, 2013
Efficiency of Love

It feels like i am in a baseball field when i am dealing with my emails and text messages:  just keep hitting the balls as fast as it flies in.  In the past years, I am proud to have developed a way to make the most efficient way [more]

October 31, 2013
Crystallize

As part of the South Korean state visit (welcome president Park), a venue was held in the Old Billingsgate along the landmarks of Thames.  On the ground floor were displaying cultural / industrial products from Korea, naturally headed by multiple images of Psy (Gangnam Style).  Hidden under this [more]

November 15, 2013
Open Sourceopen source

In my old architecture school, we had people locking up their models and drawings before they went home so that others will not freely copy their genius ideas.   In the year 2004 i first heard about MIT’s open courrseware (http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm), where this prestigious school has opened up [more]

December 9, 2013
Marcus Steinweg

ART PRODUCTION

There is an irreconcilable difference between art and culture, and so art must needs defend itself against culture and its imperatives. He is an artist who engenders a conception of art that has never yet existed in this precise form. The only works of art that count are [more]

October 28, 2013
NOT NATURAL!

Art exists only as an assertion of form which accelerates beyond what is well-known, while refusing to allow itself to be assimilated to any kind of nature. The alliance with the natural is necessarily regressive. It enters a coalition with a metaphysics of the origin which is at [more]

October 28, 2013
MEDITERRANEAN ECSTASY

To think the childhood of philosophy, Greece, means not much more than pointing to the Mediterranean and to the peoples which triumphed over it. Of the philosopher it can be said what Hegel said of the Hellenic people: that they are at home on the water of the [more]

October 28, 2013
BACK TO CHAOS

Chaos is the lack of ground or the abyss. It is the dimension which forever precedes the Logos, reason, language and communication. The Logos refers to this abyss. It points to it. The abyss of the Logos cannot be thought as ground. The Logos glides over its own [more]

October 28, 2013
HYPERBOREANS 2

The hyperborean subject inhabits the universe of facts without assimilating itself, like the hypochondriac subject, to the order of facts. The world of facts is the world of objective unfreedom, the world of determinants, laws, definitions. It is the world that has already been decided, the universe of [more]

October 28, 2013
BACON WITH DURAS

In 1971 Marguerite Duras met Francis Bacon in Paris. They spoke about painting and writing. It was a matter of the experience of accident shared by writing and painting. Bacon said, “I do not draw. I begin by placing a lot of spots (taches). I wait for what [more]

October 28, 2013
EXPERIENCE OF THE UNEXPERIENCABLE

Do art and philosophy share a concept of experience of this sort, one aiming at an event that is excluded, by definition, from the apparatus of established realities but emerges, as what is excluded, in the space of fact? How can we assert such an emergence without hypostatizing [more]

October 29, 2013
EMPTY PAST

That the world is indefinite means that it remains open towards its inconsistency which describes its state of immanence that Maurice Blanchot has associated with the topoi of an empty past. Only in the opening towards non-determinacy can there be freedom, in the acceptance of the contingent character [more]

October 29, 2013
SUBJECT WITHOUT SUBJECTIVITY

Transcendence is the essence of a subject without essence. The subject is the ecstatic subject of a primordial self-transgression and self-surpassing. It is the subject of this ontological nakedness and poverty, to be nothing but a subject of emptiness, indeterminacy and lack of essence. This subject appears in [more]

October 29, 2013
THE UNTHOUGHT

Michel Foucault consigns thinking to its indeterminate future as much as its complex arché, “an unthought which [thinking] contains entirely.” Let us quote the following important passage in full: “The unthought (whatever name we give it) is not lodged in man like a shrivelled-up nature or a stratified [more]

October 30, 2013
APORIAS OF LOVE

Neither the romantic narrative, nor its disenchantment in the postromantic sequence of a love identifying as a phantasm hit its aporetic core, which identifies them as lived difference. With Alain Badiou, love can be thought as „encounter and thinking“, as „asymmetric egalitarian becoming“ or „procedure for a truth [more]

October 30, 2013
RESISTANCE

The work of art draws its power from its resistance against forces that reduce it to an effect of what already exists.

October 30, 2013
PROBLEMATIC X

Part and parcel of the infinity of love—which names its punctual intensity, not its temporal extension—is that the loving subject is not immortal = finite. The finitude of its life gives meaning to the infinity of love. I love, I die: this certainty can give rise to love, [more]

October 30, 2013
UNCANNY

Established reality is supposed to be familiar but it is uncanny.

October 30, 2013
FLYING

Flying implies all the risks of lifting off, of speed and crashing. Flying demands the courage to an unknown movement into the unknown. Flying is the form of movement of philosophy, of another philosophy withdrawn from evidence, from light and enlightenment, from the imperatives of facts, from the [more]

October 30, 2013
WITHOUT EXIT

There is art only in the here and now of the one world without exit: the world of fact. Art is not an escape from it; it frames its aspiration to autonomy amid the world of determiners in order to escape in an opening toward heteronomy its phantasmatic [more]

October 30, 2013
NO HIGHER WORLD!

Theodor W. Adorno never ceases to insist on the possibility of aesthetic autonomy in its opening toward its own impossibility. This renders him the advocate of a possible impossibility. Part and parcel of art is its “rejection of empirical reality.” Art departs the “empirical world” not by fleeing [more]

October 30, 2013
DEFINITION

The definition of art that I attempt to give culminates in the assertion that art asserts a consistency owed to its opening to inconsistency.

October 31, 2013
DISMISSED

To affirm the other as being constitutive for me means to touch his or her truth, which seems to be inseparable from mine. Coincidence of two aporiae, because this is a bonding of two incommensurabilities: the incommensurability of the other as the other and the incommensurability of a [more]

October 31, 2013
A NOTE ON PAUL CELAN

The work of art stands its ground amid a world to which it cannot assimilate. The act of creatio is not so much a heroic act as one of embarrassment. “Go with art into your very own narrowness. And set yourself free”: the sentence from Paul Celan’s Meridian speech [more]

October 31, 2013
PROBLEMATIC EVIDENCE

In On Certainty from 1949-1951, Ludwig Wittgenstein showed that there is no reasonable ground not to put one’s trust in what is groundless. The language game and the form of life on which our social and scientific evidence is based are without ground. They themselves cannot be grounded [more]

October 31, 2013
QUOTE 2

Heiner Müller: “Experience can only be had blindly.”

October 31, 2013
MYSTIFICATION

The demystification of the world has led to the mystification of the demystified reality. Enlightenment has engendered its own obscurantism; facts are now the new religion. They bring consistency and reliability. That is the meaning of the word and its function: to guarantee familiarity. The opening toward the [more]

October 31, 2013
MUSEUM-MACHINE

The definition of art has to open up to the question concerning the museum. If one reads the article which Georges Bataille contributed in 1930 in the Documents on the concept of the Museum, one can only be disappointed. From Bataille, the theorist of the heterogeneous, one would [more]

November 1, 2013
CLOSED EYES

The question concerning the subject (What is a subject?) — the question concerning art, the question concerning writing, the question concerning philosophy (What is art? What is writing? What is philosophy?) must open itself to the question of blindness. It is as if there were a subject — [more]

November 1, 2013
AUTONOMY IN HETERONOMY

The artwork has the power to disturb through clarity, to suspend the subject’s certainties, “to suspend reality,” as Gilles Deleuze once said. There has never been art that entered into a coalition with reality. Art is resistance against that which is, not in the name of what ought [more]

November 1, 2013
HEIDEGGER WITH ADORNO

In his lectures on Philosophical Terminology, Theodor W. Adorno insists on the connection of identity and the thinking of identity with the principle of synthesis and the concepts of the whole and the one vis-à-vis the dangerous uncontrollability of the non-identical, the diffuse and the many which resists [more]

November 1, 2013
RIFT IN THE STRUCTURE OF REALITY

In his Aesthetic Theory, Theodor W. Adorno quotes the passage from Hegel’s lectures on aesthetics where the earlier philosopher says of the artist that, “as a free subject,” he attempts “to strip the external world of its inflexible foreignness” in order to impress “the seal of his interiority” [more]

November 1, 2013
BOUNDARY-BLURRING

Art “refuses definition,” writes Theodor W. Adorno, but it equally calls for one. Art hardly exists other than as the work on its concept, the work of determining what art is and ought to be. In opening up toward what it has long been embedded in, the dimension [more]

November 2, 2013
CONTINGENCY & LOVE

Like any acceleration, the head over heels dynamics of love hold the risk of missing and drifting. Love is experience and experiment. It is a test of reality. In this way it suspends the established values and brings forth new categories. Contingency delimits the space of determined events [more]

November 2, 2013
INBETWEEN IMMANENCE AND TRANSCENDENCE

In a commentary on Deleuze’s last essay, “L’immanence: une vie” (1995), Giorgio Agamben arrives at the following diagrammatic conclusio, which schematizes a certain sequence in modern philosophy:   TRANSCENDENCE                                       [more]

November 2, 2013
SKOTEINOS

From the outset philosophy has caused anxiety. What caused the anxiety was the lack of anxiety, philosophy’s courage, because philosophy is a movement full of risks. It is a movement of love (philía, philein) requiring courage and resolve. People have tried to subject it to ridicule. People were [more]

November 2, 2013
WHAT IS A DIAGRAM?

The diagram stands between order and chaos – just like the subject. It is wrong to think that the object did not do anything but to oppose chaos. As long as we define chaos as universal incommensurability, which, instead of describing a mad world, indicates this one and [more]

November 2, 2013
ABSOLUTE NEGATIVITY

In the history of philosophy, chaos has many names. It is the divine, the noumenal and the sublime, the untimely, the uncanny, nothingness or freedom, the infinite, becoming or the exterior, contingency and pure multiplicity, the dimension of the ethical, of the mystical, of the miracle and the [more]

November 3, 2013
OPENING TOWARD CLOSURE

If the entire onto-theological tradition, at least in the orthodox reading, has privileged an onto-theology of two worlds over the alternative of immanence, if there is in it a turn in faith toward a beyond and toward a life after life, then its structure can be identified as [more]

November 3, 2013
THE FASCINATING OBJECT

An object that fascinates—what kind of object is that?  What does fascination mean?  Fascinationm marks  the split between  subject  and  object.  To be precise,  it  confronts the  subject with its objectness. It heterogenizes the subject, reconciles  it with basic heterogeny. Fascination objectifies the subject;  it hollows  it out, [more]

November 3, 2013
SUBJECT WITHOUT SUBJECTIVITY 2

To philosophize means to take on the identity of a subject without subjectivity (and that means also without identity). It means to resist the comfortable indolence of securing one’s identity in cultural, social, political and other models. Philosophy is resistance through opening up. And what the philosophical subject [more]

November 3, 2013
BACK TO CHAOS 2

Chaos has the status of a radical outside, but it shares the one territory with the subject which is the world of immanence, the world without an outside, i.e. without an exterior.

November 3, 2013
THE EXPERIENCE OF ART

The experience of art is the experience of the conditions of its possibility as much as of the affront to these conditions the work represents. The concept of art condenses the paradox of a performance that must turn against its own possibilities for the sake of the impossible [more]

November 3, 2013
CATASTROPHIC SUBJECT

“The human being”, says Martin Heidegger, is “in its essence itself a katastrophé […] – a turning-about which turns it away from its own essence. Among beings, the human being is a complete, unique catastrophe”. The meaning of this statement, of course, resides in the circumstance that the [more]

November 3, 2013
SOME QUESTIONS

How is the place of the work within the social field to be determined? How do the production of art, art criticism, art studies, and philosophy relate to one another? Is there a political commission for an artwork? Is art necessarily critical—critical of institutions, the market, ideology? Or [more]

November 3, 2013
APORIAS OF LOVE 2

The aporia leads towards a threshold which the human subject cannot cross. Contrary to the idea that with it, loves comes to an end, aporia is a part of love. The aporias of love prove to be the conditions of its possibility, if love means to resist narcissistic [more]

November 4, 2013
THE SUBJECT AS STAGE

The subject is not a self which can be certain of itself as it could be certain of a fact. It is the  scene of self-experience which proves to be the experience of inconsistency insofar as it experiences the lack of a stable self as the condition of [more]

November 4, 2013
INNER TURMOIL

To be a subject means to surpass and transgress the horizon of facts in order—in the assertion of a new form, the form of the subject—to give space to the experience of a primordial inner turmoil, which is the truth of the subject. I call this inner turmoil [more]

November 4, 2013
INDISPONIBLE ELEMENT

Theodor W. Adorno quotes the passage from Hegel’s Lectures on Aesthetics where the latter says of the artist that, “as a free subject,” he seeks to “strip the external world of its inflexible foreignness,” impressing on it “the seal of his interiority” in order to “enjoy in the [more]

November 4, 2013
NINE THESES ON ART

1. Art is that which generates a concept of art. 2. The artwork implies a surpassing and transgressing of its factual conditions. 3. An artwork is something other than (merely) a document of its times. 4. Art articulates a difference from the texture of facts. 5. The artwork [more]

November 4, 2013
QUOTE 3

Marguerite Duras: La mer est  une force illimitée où le ‚moi’, le regard se noient, en se perdant pour retrouver leur propre identité.

November 4, 2013
THIRD NOTE ON THE COLLECTIVE

What I call a collective is the dream-figure of a lawless community of subjects who put their trust in nothing but their singularity and ontological loneliness, a trust which, like all trust, is without ground, blind. One could formulate the difference between the subject of we-subjectivity and the [more]

November 5, 2013
COMPOSSIBILITY OF THE POSSIBLE AND THE IMPOSSIBLE

Theodor W. Adorno never ceases to insist on the possibility of aesthetic autonomy in its opening toward its own impossibility. This renders him the advocate of a possible impossibility. Part and parcel of art is its “rejection of empirical reality.” Art departs the “empirical world” not by fleeing [more]

November 5, 2013
THERE IS NO PURE SUBJECT

Within the horizon of Michel Foucault’s analytic of finitude that supplants the “metaphysics of the infinity,” Gilles Deleuze writes, man is “traversed by an essential disparity, almost an alienation by rights, separated from itself by its words, by its works, and by its desires.”  It would be wrong [more]

November 5, 2013
OBSCURANTISM OF REASON

We can speak of a subject once the willingness appears to substitute for the esotericism of the quest of self-discovery a self-invention; that is to say, once a little of the courage to address oneself as something other than an object comes into play. With the death of [more]

November 5, 2013
DERRIDA WITH AGAMBEN

Can there be an equality of subjects who can rely on nothing but the absence of substantial guarantees? What would this community of equals be? Would it not be at first the community of those who participate in the incommensurable? In the incommensurable which is another name of [more]

November 5, 2013
SENSE OF LOVE?

It is not always easy to make sense of love, as absurd as it seems, as resistant against every meaning. One is based on a rift, which Jacques Derrida describes as the difference between the who (qui) and what (quoi) of love: “Is love the love of someone [more]

November 5, 2013
RUPTURE AS POLITICAL CATEGORY

Rupture designates the rupture with established presences. It serves notice on co-operation with firm realities whether they be positive (plainly legitimating) or negative (plainly negating). The rupture is already rupture with this positive-negative model, rupture with plain affirmation as well as with plain negation in order finally to [more]

November 5, 2013
SELF-LITERARIZATION

If, in love, there is a moment of criticism of ideology, it lies in the necessity to open the rhetoric addressing the other, which is controlled by stereotypes towards a space of a language yet to be invented, which expects as little convention as possible of the singularities [more]

November 5, 2013
EVA ILLOUZ WITH JEAN-LUC NANCY

Everybody knows that to love demands the transgression of the narcissistic „narrative of the victim“ (Eva Illouz), which declares the subject to be an object of a structure of determinants. Because this transgression isn’t easy, Jean-Luc Nancy distinguishes between „good“ and „bad narcissism“. Good narcissism would be nearly [more]

November 6, 2013
BACK TO THE FUTURE

Every genuine artwork comes from the future, never from the past. Poor art can be recognized by its sentimentality, nostalgia, admiration of the past, in short, by its inability to make the future precise. Instead of competing with documentation and historical work, it is always a matter of [more]

November 6, 2013
TWO CONFORMISMS

Because inequality exists there is something to be thought. Because the world — the spectrum of institutionalized realities — is a world of unequals (not only of unequal subjects), it is not only a living space but a space of thinking opening up the possibility of holding up [more]

November 6, 2013
CRITICAL AFFIRMATION

The “affirmative essence” (Thodor W. Adorno) of art must turn against its own distorted image, against the idealist temptation to locate art somewhere beyond the world of fact. Affirmation is not naïveté or approbation. Affirmation is invention and construction. The affirmative intensity of the work of art includes [more]

November 6, 2013
THE DECISIVE POINT

Art shares with philosophy that they are both: affirmation and resistance. Affirmation does not equal approval. Affirmation means saying yes to reality in its incommensurability-value. Being open to the world as it is. That is why such affirmation implies a certain resistiveness, a resistance against a schema of [more]

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Hidden Mother by Linda Fregni Nagler
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dünya dinlemiyor Phil Collinsthe world won´t listen

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The first cut is the deepest (never finished project)The first cut is the deepest

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O.T. on the way for HERBSTSALON at DEBORAH SCHAMONIHERBSTSALON at DEBORAH SCHAMONI

http://deborahschamoni.com

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December 19, 2013
Maira Weidmann

Nichts zu verbergen

„Wer nichts zu verbergen hat, der hat bereits alles verloren.“ Ich hörte diesen Satz gestern in Günther Jauchs Sendung auf ARD. Er gefiel mir auf Anhieb. Nicht nur deshalb, weil er mir sofort klar machte, dass meine bisherige Einstellung in Sachen Datenschutz und Abhörskandal noch etwas naiv ist, [more]

October 28, 2013
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October 29, 2013
Die Kurzhaarfrisur

Das Schweizer Fernsehen zeigt im Moment wieder die glücklichste Sendung der Welt: Landfrauenküche. Eine achtteilige Sendereihe, die Bäuerinnen und ihren Alltag porträtiert und zum regionalen Kochwettbewerb aufruft. Das Interessanteste an dieser Sendung wächst allerdings nicht im Garten der Teilnehmerinnen, sondern auf ihrem Kopf. Die Kurzhaarfrisur. Wer die Sendung [more]

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October 31, 2013
All good things come to an end

For example the beautiful Neil Young cover “Into the Black” by The Chromatics. The song of their LP “Kill for Love” ends after 5 minutes and 22 seconds. When a song really catches me, I listen to it over and over. And nonetheless suddenly the magic of the [more]

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Fabian Wolff

I’ll Be Your Mirror

To honor the dead is not to pretend they haven’t died, or that nobody has died, ever, or to make sure they’re safely buried or to think that a few gentle words and two coins on their eyes alone make for a proper send-off. With that in mind [more]

October 28, 2013
All That

Some wisdom from my childhood: apart from the really obvious, the worst thing you can call somebody is “Stalinist”. (I grew up in Pankow, the wall had just come down.) To this day my mother insists on this, not just because Stalinism was a dictatorship, it was also [more]

October 29, 2013
Give Me A Hand

This is maybe the nicest thing about “Ravenous”: only after 80 minutes or so does it start to suggest that its main subject – cannibalism – might be a metaphor for something. I’m not sure for what though – homophobia, slavery, Manifest Destiny, all of the above. It’s [more]

October 30, 2013
Daisies

I’m in a room and Jim Jarmusch is in the same room. My inner teenager screams: in the same room, the same building, the same city. The same planet. (A slightly fake looking globe like in “Night on Earth” probably.) He’s trying to make tea. There is no [more]

October 31, 2013
Go Watch The Geek

No plants on TV anymore. When did that stop being a thing? After “The Tonight Show” moved to Los Angeles Johnny Carson always was surrounded by green stuff. A forest, a jungle even, sometimes the cheesy wallpaper that it just was. “You have to understand, it was the [more]

November 1, 2013
Flow

It is the word “etap” that gets me. I know that word – I know it from Solzhenitsyn, I know it from Applebaum, I’ll probably soon know it from Shalamov. I know it from history. And there it is again, today. Etap was the transport of prisoners from [more]

November 2, 2013
Six Nuits d’un Moraliste Réticent

So Koestler spent time in Paris in 1946 – right when Maurice Merleau-Ponty wrote a scathing parody or review of Koestler’s “The Yogi and the Commissar” for “Les Temps Modernes”, the magazine founded by Sartre. Camus was around, of course, as was de Beauvoir. They all hung out. [more]

November 3, 2013
Video Videoed the Video Video

I stayed up all night to watch the YouTube Music Awards, because I’m supposed to talk about them on the radio in, oh, three hours and also because I wanted to know. I found them to be a quite depressing affair, but exhilarating at times. They took place [more]

November 4, 2013
Another Saturday Night

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is in its 39th season now. The show has many rules – most of them laid down by evil Buddha Lorne Michaels. The two most important ones seem to be that 1) every episode hosted by a woman of color will be strong and [more]

November 5, 2013
The One with the Self-Referentiality

Just to dispel any notion that this here publishing endeavour is some sort of cult or pyramid scheme: I recruited another writer to join #60pages and I got no stinkin’ shirt. Just the gratification that my friend’s great ideas will be heard and read by people. Which, nice, [more]

November 6, 2013
Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell

“I just don’t enjoy pretty faces in leading roles” my friend Polina says. We’re eating bagels, ’cause we Jews. More specifically: Jews from the 50s. Whenever she’s in Berlin we meet up, to work on things and to eat the Jew-iest things we can find. But not like [more]

November 7, 2013
O rally?

Another thing that #60pages might be: an oral history in the making. An oral history of things that were very rarely actually said out loud, but still. Or maybe I’m just thinking that because I’ve been wondering why they’re everywhere lately. Oral histories, I mean. We’re living in [more]

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Eat Kosher Salami

There is this story of stolen art going around – do I want to say “still” because it’s been like a week? I hope that one day maybe Lawrence Weschler will write about it. Anyway: It’s been referred to as a Nazi-Schatz which makes me think of the [more]

November 10, 2013
2:30

Even if Gabriele Tergit hadn’t been a good writer she’d be interesting to read just because of the times and places she found herself in. But she was, so it’s even better. She wrote everything – short prose, long prose, straight journalism, not so straight journalism – as [more]

November 11, 2013
Like A Prayer

So the best German novel of the last year – either the last 12 months, or of 2012 entire – is “Eskimo Limon 9” by Sarah Diehl. And it’s a wild beast of a novel too. A beautiful sprawl, about many things at once – and yet it [more]

November 12, 2013
Running on Fumes (Part I, maybe)

So “Gravity” – which I saw last night – is perfectly fine. It is a film that seems to be centered around small moments: a great visual interpretation of the song “Space Cowboy”, a dog and a baby, or a joke so fine that I almost believe that [more]

November 13, 2013
Can It Be That It Was All So Totes Awes Then

20 years and some odd days ago two albums were released: „Midnight Marauders“ by A Tribe Called Quest and „Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)“ by the Wu-Tang Clan. If memories of the Golden Age – be they first-hand or passed down – make you giddy or sweetly nostalgic: [more]

November 14, 2013
Ira Glass Sat Out Kosovo

Strange headline, maybe. It sounds like a particularly desperate song by a garage-punk revival band from Portland from the early 2000s. But there is more to it than that. I won’t bore you with what my life was like in 2008 when the mortgage crisis started. Let me [more]

November 15, 2013
Bouquet of Gin Blossoms

Don Draper must have smelled like a ferret. All those heavy suits, the booze sweat, the old smoke. That’s not a new observation – though I don’t think it’s been addressed on the show. I’m just thinking about it because on this week’s “Brooklyn Nine Nine” there was [more]

November 16, 2013
Trav’lin (I.)

It’s easy to not be a Berlin asshole in Berlin. You know the type: complaining about Swabians and expats and basically everyone and everywhere that is not Berlin. Who cares, ultimately. Maybe it’s not so easy to not be that outside of the city though. Like when I [more]

November 17, 2013
“I Still See The X”

Below is what may be the most disturbing video on YouTube that nonetheless is completey PG. Well, almost. Anyway: In 1987 during the broadcast of an episode of Doctor Who this guy hacked the signal and managed to be on the air for a full 2 minutes. (Earlier [more]

November 18, 2013
Running On Fumes (Part II)

There is nothing worse – nothing, I tell ya! – than starting a negative review with “I’ve tried, Artist X. I’ve really tried.” So I’m even gonna be pretend that I’ve tried to like “Arcade Fire”. But I have listened to them, quite closely in fact, at various [more]

November 19, 2013
Fight My Liar

I went out, to get some lightbulbs. I wasn’t sure which size and what Watt power. I wanted to surprise myself. I wasn’t feeling weird, like, at all. There’s a Gentleman’s club not far from where I live that I passed. For the first time I noticed the [more]

November 20, 2013
The Listicle In Yoo (I Used To Love T.N.R.)

That’s probably a really common thing but there was a time when things that announced themselves as aggressively high-brow were quite appealing to me. I knew about The New Yorker, yes, but when I learned about The New Republic I was quite charmed. Because of the age, yes, [more]

November 21, 2013
Gapping the Bridge

In 1938 L. Ron Hubbard went to a dentist. He was just a pulp writer at the time, who worked so fast that he used butcher paper to type on, which he then cut up and sent to his editors. The dentist put him under. Hubbard felt himself [more]

November 22, 2013
Teacher Teacher

When I search for “60pages” on Twitter – which amounts to ego-googling these days, because obviously it is I and I is it – I very often find schoolgirls and – boys who complain about homework and their workload: “still 60pages to read till tomorrow”. They’re mostly French, too. [more]

November 23, 2013
Facing The Silk Robe

I guess I am a Millenial – please bear with me; but also I don’t care if you do because I’m a Millenial – but I think I have a pretty decent understanding of how things used to be, sometimes even from my own memory. Like, I have [more]

November 24, 2013
Autumn Cleaning

Florence “Shotgun“ Nightingale The goat is the animal that is least likely to be a metaphor when it appears in a novel or a film. Nobody eats gooseberries There’s a lot of Thomas Mann in European literature, but not much Europe in Thomas Mann. Or anything else, for [more]

November 25, 2013
Autumn Cleaning II

Can mouthwash get you high We should only start showing high school pictures of celebrities once they’ve hit 30. Everything before that is creepy. More like Lacan’t (note: this will actually be a text one day) How do you make your own mouthwash The lost Beach Boy Picketfence [more]

November 26, 2013
8 Nights of Funukka (I)

This is the single greatest film about Hip-Hop, more specifically Hip-Hop from 1987 to 1993. Which according to some is the only Hip-Hop that counts anyway. On the surface „Fear of a Black Hat“ just takes the structure of „This is Spinal Tap“ and transfers it to the [more]

November 27, 2013
8 Nights of Funukka (II)

“More ideas in the ten first minutes than other films have over the entire running.“ has become somewhat of a cliché, sadly, but it can still be true. “Youth of the Beast“ is one of these movies. It’s full of little twists and turns, both stylistically and narratively, [more]

November 28, 2013
8 Nights of Funukka (III)

“Coulda woulda” is always a fun and sad game to play. “Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam” (At night, when the devil came) is one of the most “coulda woulda” things in film history. On the surface it’s decent enough, maybe even intriguing considering its history. It’s one of [more]

November 29, 2013
8 Nights of Funukka (IV)

Actually “Wattstax” is quite a weird thing. It’s mostly a concert film, about the Wattstax concert that took place in Watts in August of 1972, the seventh anniversary of the riots. There’s some other stuff, like interviews with Stax locals about their lives and above all Richard Pryor [more]

November 30, 2013
8 Nights of Funukka (V)

Bill Burr. “The New Louis CK”. Very funny: everybody is wrong, including me. Machine gun, hard worker. Just great. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcGSsT4BAOc

December 1, 2013
8 Nights of Funukka (VI)

Carole Lombard makes me curious, Fredric Marc makes me excited, Music by Oscar Levant seals the deal and Written by Ben Hecht makes me giddy: “Nothing Sacred” is one of those movies that builds up almost impossible expectations during the credits. It’s a newspaper picture, a genre that [more]

December 2, 2013
8 Nights of Funukka (VII)

When Preston Sturges made “The Sin of Harold Diddlebrook” in 1947 it was at the tail-end of what may be the most amazing stretch of comedies in film history. It had started with “The Great McGinty” seven years earlier, the first film he directed. By then the Sturges [more]

December 3, 2013
8 Nights of Funukka (VIII)

This, right here, is one of the most wonderful movies. One of the most wondrous. It seems to come out of nowhere, it shines brightly and then flickers away, only to re-appear again and again. It’s the lost highway and the light in the darkness. Sedmikrásky. Two young [more]

December 4, 2013
Quiet Storm

There’s a storm a-comin’, so I went to the corner store to get supplies. Like, some chocolate milk. The corner store is a supermarket, so I couldn’t really expect to see people board up their windows and doors. Or maybe they did, on the third floor of their [more]

December 5, 2013
Muddy, Not Murky

Before you bury someone you need to dig up some earth – some dirt, as it were. In the case of Nelson Mandela it’s other people who get dirty. And some fabulous dirt it is too. There’s a poster going around made in the 80s by the FCS, [more]

December 6, 2013
Evidence Of An Elegant Elephant

There is a very nasty and very sad book by Otto Weininger called “Geschlecht und Charakter”, Sex and Character. It’s a nasty book because it blames women – or “the Feminine“ or just “the Woman“ – and Jews (the feminine being par excellence) for many of the world’s ills. [more]

December 7, 2013
On Texts Starting With “On”

Tom Scocca writes: “Here is a piece of writing that has attained a certain length. Share it, this quantity of reading.” He’s talking about Longread culture. He’s talking about many things in his essay “On Smarm“, published by Gawker and puzzled over these last few days like a [more]

December 8, 2013
In the Desert

What’s a good movie anyway? I don’t know, but I’m pretty confident in saying that “The Counselor” is a good movie. Maybe even more than that. So I don’t know why people aren’t talking about it more. Maybe if this was 2008 and people suddenly cared again about [more]

December 9, 2013
Declaration of a Principle

Nothing but these two thoughts. Yes, Leon Wieseltier once wrote that “displaced and unglossed quotations […] bristle smugly with implications”, but maybe this time it’s different. I don’t feel they are displaced. I. “Nature is very exact in the matter. Grief hurts just as much as it is [more]

December 10, 2013
A Talking Moose!?!

In front of the Landesbank, not far from the Fernsehturm, you very often see people recruiting other people, for the Malteser or Amnesty International. Sometimes it’s Scientology offering free “stress tests”. The Amnesty and Malteser folks will step in your way and even follow you for a meter [more]

December 11, 2013
A People’s Guide To People

(Not to be confused with “A People’s Guide to Peoples”, about the screenwriter and director David Webb Peoples.) So there are all these categories we try to put people in. Some of them have historical origins, some don’t. Most of them are pretty useless now – devoid of [more]

December 12, 2013
Before-After

Today I bought a Yahrtzeit candle. The place where I usually get them didn’t have any left. (Yes, you read that right, “them”. I could just buy them in bulk, but I won’t.) So the owner explained the way to a different shop. “And then you get to [more]

December 13, 2013
Ones We Can Depend On

I guess it’s tempting that every time you have a group/collective/society you look back and think of them as creative geniuses who were also great pals and just hung out a lot. That of course very very rarely was the case. But of course we’d like to think [more]

December 14, 2013
It Ain’t Necessarily So

Maybe that’s a really obvious truth. But there are some people so influential, who’ve left a mark so indelible you can’t even see it. Some people would add: and those that came first, so super-influential, also feel a bit pat now. Or trite. I don’t think so. I [more]

December 16, 2013
Party Music

I must have listened to “Ignition (Remix)” by R. Kelly many hundreds of times. It’s a great song: goofy, fun, a killer bass line. Just a stone-cold jam, of which Kelly has quite a few: “Sex in the Kitchen”, “I Wish”, “Shut Up”. If I ever threw any [more]

December 17, 2013
The Adventures of Miss Dis and Cott Boy

Let’s talk about dismissing artists for moral reasons, and be honest about it. I wrote a long text about R. Kelly yesterday – please, do read it, I beg of you – and the struggle to dismiss artists you like. (Just to be clear: the struggle in that [more]

December 18, 2013
Trickster

“There comes a time in any Jew’s life where he has to say goodbye to Woody Allen” would probably have been the first sentence of this text three years ago. And it actually is in 2013 as well, and 60pages wasn’t around then anyway. So I have manoeuvred [more]

December 19, 2013
va-t’en

What if you’re having one of the most meaningful, therapeutic, religious, cathartic, pain- and beatiful film experiences of your life – and somebody in your aisle (not the person sitting next to you) is laughing out loud, but not because of shittiness or derision or “irony” but because [more]

December 20, 2013
Mais si tu dois partir,

Answer to the question posed yesterday – and it really was a question, despite the lack of a question mark – is as follows: you go back the next day to see what’s what. The Coen Brothers’ latest is a great film about, among many other things, what [more]

December 21, 2013
Good Thing

I like best things. Not “better” things – this film is better than this film – but best things. I will often say: this or this is one of the best things. Of course you have to draw the line somewhere, because otherwise everything would be the best [more]

December 22, 2013
Povorót

Tolokno is free, and maybe we can see how important that is because she herself says that it’s really unimportant. Maybe this is not a time for theory though.

December 23, 2013
Feel Like

(h/t: Kliph Nesteroff) Okay, don’t worry, this ain’t gonna be another one of those “What does a Jew like you think of Christmas?” posts. Really. Cause the truth is simple: Christmas is the best. Just the best. “Completely flawless” as another Jewish friend has put it. Especially if [more]

December 24, 2013
More Like Lacan’t.

There are some things I’m quite happy to not know anything about. I hope that doesn’t sound ignorant – even though that’s probably the very definition of ignorance. I’m mostly talking about French theorists after early Foucault. I know enough about Althusser, Deleuze, Derrida and Badiou to confidently [more]

December 25, 2013
Jens-Christian Rabe

Occasional Contemporary Wisdom #412Occasional Contemporary Wisdom #412

Terry Richardson says: Friends don’t let friends twerk.

October 22, 2013
Occasional Contemporary Wisdom Pt. 413Occasional Contemporary Wisdom Pt. 413

Aesthetical problems bodybuilding solved long ago. By command: Never sacrifice form for weight!        

October 23, 2013
Umpire State Of Mind Pt.1Umpire State Of Mind Pt.1

Korn says: “Paranoid And Aroused” Can’t stand the music (there are simply not enough oppressed aggressions inside of me I suppose). But in terms of contemporary mentality I must say: They got a point there. Paranoid and aroused – don’t you feel it too?

October 25, 2013
Flimsy AdviceFlimsy Advice

Mr. H from F says: “Das jähe Sichlichten ist das Blitzen.” Or is it just the other way round?

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Trash, TreasuresTrash, Treasures

Ernst Bloch said: “I just know Karl May and Hegel. Everything else is just an impure mixture between the two of them.”

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November 14, 2013
Umpire State Of Mind Pt.2Umpire State Of Mind Pt.2

Don Winslow says: “I’ve lost the ability to be shocked long ago.” Is that a good thing? Or just unconditional surrender?

November 15, 2013
Timeless Butler Wisdom Pt. 1Timeless Butler Wisdom Pt. 1

Eugene Allen, a White House butler for more the 30 years, says: “The room must feel empty when you’re in it.” Shouldn’t we remember that next time someone babbles about that contemporary fetish named charisma?

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November 21, 2013
Truth, HappinessTruth, Happiness

Pharrell says: “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof / Clap along if you feel like happiness is a truth.”

November 22, 2013
Truth, PrejudicesTruth, Prejudices

Today I like the idea of being  the worst enemy of my own prejudices.

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December 1, 2013
Contemporary Western IdeologyContemporary Western Ideology

Tomi Ungerer on what it takes to be successful: “Discipline, pragmatism, enthusiasm.”

December 2, 2013
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Clear ConscienceClear Conscience

A veteran holiday resort host says: German tourists very much act like their own cliché. They really reserve their sun lounger early in the morning and they like to live ecologically aware even on vacation in Egypt. That’s why there is waste separation in so many Egyptian hotels. [more]

December 3, 2013
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LoyalityLoyality

The Dutch anthropologist Joris Luyendijk asked London bankers, traders and brokers what they do regret the most about their job. Many of them answered: That they once had been loyal to a bank they worked for. No bank happened to be loyal to them later on.

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Nikolai von Rosen

Training for Christmas Eve

This year, a revival of the famous 1966 Method Acting Festival of Belgrade, Montana will happen in Berlin. Like the original, it will take place on Christmas Eve. In preparation for the event, some Berlin residents were invited to take part. For the untrained, like me, a crash [more]

October 21, 2013
The Rosenthaler Platz Converses

Today, our crash course on Method Acting was both a lesson and an exercise. We met at the Rosenthaler Platz where a lecturer in German literature from the Humboldt-University gave us some background to the famous novel Berlin Alexanderplatz, by Alfred Döblin. Of course, the Alexanderplatz gave the [more]

October 22, 2013
City Method Acting

Our course in Method Acting turned more and more into a discussion on urban semantics. Here is an example for a strange semantic situation, which we worked on today. Our subject, the Method Acting, brought us to the questions: who is acting, what is present, and how does [more]

October 24, 2013
Weekend Reloaded

Dear friends. Here comes the ultimative task in our Method Acting class. Two of us got an original New York City Taxi for the next 48 hours to work with. One of them is me. You can call me day and night, here is my phonenumber: XXXXXXXXX911

October 25, 2013
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Frederick Matthias Alexander

My weekend with the original NYC-cab brought a lot of surprises. The most memorable is the actor, who was part of the entourage of Lady Gaga. His career lead him into the inner circle of L.A. society, but without further reputation in the history of film. He played [more]

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October 30, 2013
Wolfgang Pauli

Before the Method Acting will immaculate my thoughts again, let me introduce a historical person. His name is Wolfgang Pauli, an extraordinary physician of the 20th century. He was famous for his research in quantum theory. He published some of his research the normal way, by writing books [more]

October 31, 2013
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November 1, 2013
Wolfgang Pauli Street Rear Window

Before Method Acting will take over control please let me offer one last image to you. The Wolfgang Pauli Street is under construction, the main function of the Wolfgang Pauli Street is moved to the rear development. By this, the Rear Window became the belle etage, where you [more]

November 2, 2013
Rear Window Technics

There is an apparatus made out of two. The smart phone and the binocular as an untechnical innovation. It is not technics, it is rather a systematical misuse of two monadic systems. Films should be made this way. For my Method Acting experience I will try not to [more]

November 3, 2013
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Dancing Structure

There is a new building in Berlin, finished in 2012, that brings the discussions of the last years to a crucial point. Is it innovative or is it just a playful interpreation of the good old facade logic of contemporary investment architecture? During my 72 hours in the [more]

November 6, 2013
City Sundial

While spending 72 hours at home I did not witness any crime in our neighbourhood. Instead I found out, that the city works as an astronomical calender. Some distinctive buildings or structures in the city seemed to be strongly related to a moment of sunrise or sunset. The [more]

November 7, 2013
Sun-raying the city

The sun is not only good for measuring the time (see yesterday), it also shows hidden things. Working like an X-ray, the insights of the city become visible. Today the sun was raying Tour Total. The inner structure of the building becomes visible, and with this the utilisation [more]

November 8, 2013
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November 9, 2013
No Method Acting today

Like me, Tour Total was not training today. We have not been training for the Method Acting festival on Christmas Eve. Tour Total has not been dancing naked in the sun. Today Tour Total rested in the grey bed of the sky.

November 10, 2013
Method Acting Museums

There is a new style in architecture: Method Acting. Not only Tour Total is playing Monte Verita, also this stunning building appeared recently in Berlin. It is described on the website this way: “… The individual stories project at various depths and angles from the wall alignment in a [more]

November 11, 2013
Method Acting Architecture vs. Epic Theatre

Here you can see an image of a new building by Edouard Francois, a master of semantics shifting Architecture. Three structures stacked: a 1920´s row-housing situation, a block of the 60´s and cheap prefabricated houses of the 80´s. Housing that imitates archetypes of 20th century housing. Self explaining, a triadic ballet of housing [more]

November 12, 2013
Epic Theatre Buildings

Following the latest style, the phenomena of Method Acting Buildings, I lost the track yesterday. And ended up with the method of an Epic Theatre. Edouard Francois entered the stage as the master of Epic Theatre Architecture. But what about the Epic Theatre itself, the Berliner Ensemble. Will [more]

November 13, 2013
Altea

Method Acting Architecture? Today Altea, tomorrow Alea.

November 14, 2013
Alea

2012 was a good year for Method Acting Architecture in Berlin, but what about 2014. Alea 101 is going to be finished by then. In the moment, it is a building site, a well organised building site. The yellow stripes on the scaffolding become a motif itself, it [more]

November 16, 2013
More Method Acting

How could I forget to talk about Casa Camper. It is one of Berlins pearls of Method Acting Architecture. Until today it makes me feel uncertain. Is it acting like this or is it acting like that? It is an example of double role acting, the mastery of Method [more]

November 16, 2013
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November 19, 2013
Emergency Room

Let us continue the research into Method Acting in architecture. Here comes another building, one of my favourites of the glorious year 2012: the Ärztehaus. It is not easy to decipher, which role it took on. What about the column, is it bearing the load of the building? [more]

November 20, 2013
Show must go on
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Müllerstraße

The Method Acting Architecture is always close to the point, when it get converted into Tourette Architecture. It is a fine line to walk on. One of the radial streets of Berlin is like a walk on this line: Müllerstraße. I will walk this way on the next [more]

November 23, 2013
Müllerstraße (top view)

The strange building that I praised yesterday, here it comes again, as top view.

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Müllerstraße III

What I always wanted to visit: The building, that is part of the Schering-Area, standing at the corner Müllerstraße-Sellerstraße. On the ground floor and the 1st floor it is hosting a Commerzbank. But what about the roof? Is it a little landscape, shaped over the decades by some employees [more]

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Müllerstraße IV

The car parking that is vis à vis the Schering-factory. My first impression was, that it belongs to the company. And maybe there is a connection in the underground between the two sides of the street, that I could not see. It is on my list for further [more]

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60pages influencing Müllerstraße

The interesting roof situation on top of the Schering-building seems to be under construction and is probably changing. I found the former situation on google maps and posted it some pages ago. When I returned to Müllerstraße for further research I was very surprised to find out, that [more]

December 7, 2013
Müllerstraße V

Müllerstraße is a cosmos in itself. It is hosting a lot of attractions, not only the Schering factory (now Bayer) but also the glorious Erika-Heß-Eisstadion. A construction as simple as crazy, five times the same: E R I K A.

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Müllerstraße Phantasma

Here comes another surprising picture from Müllerstraße. You remember: this radical radial powerline, heading towards Mitte. No comment on this house, just respect.

December 14, 2013
Müllerstraße radical radial

As mentioned yesterday, there was this idea to focus on the radial streets of Berlin. As main theme for the International Building Exhibition that was planned for 2020. To focus on the radials: radically. Look at this playground in Müllerstraße, hidden behind a parkhouse, will it fit into [more]

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Xifan Yang

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China as seen by North Koreans

Going to North Korea for holidays has become fairly popular in China these days. I guess for many Chinese, it’s a bit like visiting a cousin in prison who you were really close with but at one point winded up on the wrong path in life: You kinda [more]

October 23, 2013
On Chinese grannies

There is a certain coolness about Chinese grannies that I’ve always admired. These Shanghainese ladies for example gang up in my neighborhood every day – they just sit, drink tea, sit, play mahjong, chat and sit. After dinner they go a public square and dance to old Chinese folk [more]

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Opening Soon

I live in downtown Shanghai. In the past two years that I’ve been here I get the feeling my neighborhood is slowly turning into one single luxury shopping mall with a couple of luxury hotels, a streets and office/resident blocks in between. Within a circle of three kilometers [more]

October 27, 2013
What China thinks about the NSA bugging Merkel’s phone (1)

I wouldn’t be surprised if top party officials at Beijing’s government headquarter Zhongnanhai are toasting each other these days with ridiculously expensive French wine over the fact that Merkel’s phone has been bugged by the NSA. A decent bit of Schadenfreude should be involved: The more international media [more]

October 28, 2013
Airpocalypse

Winter is coming soon and that means “super smog” is back in Beijing. This picture was taken on the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, probably recently. I don’t know the time and photographer, found it today here.

October 29, 2013
What China thinks about the NSA bugging Merkel’s phone (2)

And here we are. What a gift for the Chinese propaganda ministry. State television CCTV explains with pleasure why Merkel being a “Handykanzlerin” makes her an easy target for the NSA. China Daily has to say: […] Chinese experts said the disclosure shows the United States is making the most of its intelligence capabilities to secure its supremacy in the world, and the scandal will weaken its global credibility. […] Shi Yinhong, a senior expert on US studies at Renmin University of China, said, “Perceivingitself as a superpower, the US holds the arrogant attitude that it is not a big deal to steal othercountries’ information”. […] Guo Xiangang, vicepresident of the China Institute of International Studies, said Washington […] will never give up surveillance of other countries, including its allies. […]

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Total Makeover

Another blog about malls. But then again, Asians really take the whole concept of a shopping to the next level. Yesterday I came back from a trip along the coast of Myanmar where I barely saw any people for a week. I made a 24-hour-stop in Bangkok and [more]

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Everyone is corrupt

I’d like to share two reads that give a quite depressing insight on corruption in China. Since Xi Jinping took over, the government has been launching a nationwide campaign against corruption that, on the surface, seems to be effective: Media reported that luxury sales dropped and posh restaurants [more]

November 11, 2013
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Shanghainese

“What’s life like in Shanghai?” I am often asked by friends in Europe. It’s everything at the same time: fast-forward and backwards, exciting and depressing. It’s hard to nail it. And much easier to tell with pictures. I really like “Shanghai Blink”, a new coffee table book by [more]

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Airpocalypse #2

Unless someone/something forces me so, I would never move to Beijing. I consider this city as unhuman and unliveable. Needless to say why: The traffic + the air. Friends in Beijing keep calling me ignorant and refer to the intellectual scene and the cozy hutong bars. They are [more]

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No talking, please

While having dinner at a Shanghai hotpot restaurant last night I couldn’t help but take a paparazzi shot of this couple (sorry guys): She is watching a movie on the iPad (next to the bowl with the salad), he is doing whatever on his iPhone. The perfect date, [more]

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Hazardous (Airpocalypse #3)

I need to take back what I said the other day – about never wanting to live in smoggy Beijing. For a change, this week I would need go to the capital to breath properly. Right now air pollution in Shanghai has gone off the charts, for the [more]

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Marcus Steinweg

JOY

Maurice Blanchot describes the experience of emptiness as a “feeling of happiness” that assails the subject as a “ravaging joy”. Joy of an opening that opens toward its closure, so infinite is this emptiness that contains not the least positivity. An emptiness that closes the space of the [more]

November 8, 2013
QUOTE 4

Jean-Luc Nancy: Collectivity means collected people : that is, people taken together from anywhere to the nowhere of the collectivity or of the collection. The co- of collective is not the same as that of communism. This is not only a matter of etymology (munire versus ligare) . This [more]

November 8, 2013
BAD REPUTATION

Philosophy is the triumph of the impossible over the possible. Therefore it has a bad reputation (of being out of touch with the world, unrealistic, ‘abstract’, over people’s heads, etc.) because it refuses to calm down in the present and instead to put it into question and in [more]

November 8, 2013
UNCRITICAL CRITICALITY

We expect art to be critical: critical of institutions, society, art itself. Simultaneously, there is no art that exhausts itself in critique. Even the most critical art has affirmative traits. How can we think the possible coexistence of critique and affirmation? What, actually, is critique and what does [more]

November 8, 2013
UNCRITICAL CRITICALITY 2

Ludwig Wittgenstein speaks of the embeddedness of the subject in a language game, meaning that the affirmation of a frame of reference or system precedes even the utmost skepticism, critique, and doubt: “All testing, all confirmation and disconfirmation of a hypothesis takes place already within a system. And [more]

November 8, 2013
UNCRITICAL CRITICALITY 3

We must, says Wittgenstein, rely on our forms of life and language games, we must accept them like the ground on which we tread. Yet this does not mean that we had a reason to leave ourselves a last ground, a final certainty, because each life form and [more]

November 8, 2013
OPENING

When Adorno writes, “in the midst of art, the social thorn grows back,” he says that the opening toward the socio-biopolitical sphere of facts belongs to art, whether art wants it or not. Art cannot succeed in locking itself into an l’art pour l’art aestheticism or immanentism. But [more]

November 8, 2013
PRECONDITION

The transcending of its conditions is the precondition for art. The transgressive transcending of these conditions is affirmative because it holds itself open to the beyond of realities as possibilities. An opening that tears the subject from its embrace with reality.

November 8, 2013
LOVE OF FREEDOM

At no point is philosophy a flight from reality. On the contrary, philosophy can be a movement of flight but what it flees is not reality. Philosophy flees the ghosts and phantasms that step in front of the appearance of the real. It flees the consolations, illusions, mere [more]

November 8, 2013
INFINITESIMAL QUANTUM

The first object of critical inquiry is its own conditionality: the impossibility of the unconditional; that is, the impossibility of undisguised freedom or authenticity. When Adorno, in his book on Husserl, insists that “the real life process of society is […] the core of the contents of logic [more]

November 8, 2013
PHILOSOPHIZING

To philosophize is to love in an exaggerated, restless and excessive way by fleeing from the ghosts of unfreedom into reality for the sake of freedom. Philosophy does not flee reality. It flees into the heart of reality.

November 8, 2013
I AM NOT WHAT I AM

The subject’s entanglement with reality indicates its being-in-the-world. Reality is another name for world, with world meaning two things here: firstly, the hyperbolic totality of what is (German Seiendes, as opposed to Sein, lit. being) in its ontological indifference; secondly, the homogeneity of the universe of facts as [more]

November 8, 2013
OVERSIZED

The oversized terms of the metaphysical tradition (justice, truth, freedom, etc.) are markers of inconsistency because what they denote does not have a 1:1 representation in the field of constituted facts, since by definition it represents the threshold of the spectrum of representation and therefore destabilizes it. The [more]

November 9, 2013
NARCISSISTIC FEAR

„The romantic“, Georges Poulet writes, „is a human being discovering him or herself as the center”–just like the narcissistic subject. Falling back on the narcissistic imaginary has a stabilizing function. It bridges the abyss of non-sense by filling it with meaning. The narcissist lives his life trying to [more]

November 10, 2013
LOVE OF TRUTH

What distinguishes the love of truth from the belief in truth is that the subject of the love of truth (the philosophizing subject) does not presuppose truth as substantially given. Only in touching truth does truth constitute itself. Truth means nothing other than the untouchable, the beyond of [more]

November 10, 2013
BACK TO DERRIDA

Because Jacques Derrida “parallels the critical moment of deconstruction […] with an affirmative” (Christoph Menke), he defines deconstruction as “deconstruction of critical dogmatism” (J.D.). That is, it’s an activity open toward the affirmation of the event or the unforeseeable, the incommensurable, which is why he can say “that [more]

November 11, 2013
SELF-IMPLICATION

Freedom exists solely in the self-extensions toward non-freedom. The same holds true for critique: it can only operate on affirmative grounds, not from a safe outside or a distance that imagines the schöne Seele of the constituted realities, but in factually being contaminated by the subject of its [more]

November 11, 2013
ANTIGONE 4

As headless as this crazy child may be: Antigone is aware of her own precision. Consistently she overhears Ismene’s voice, representing the general doxa. What speaks through Ismene is established reason. Ismene knows nothing but caution, contemplation, comparison. Antigone, however, verges on the delusion of the subject. Her [more]

November 11, 2013
ANTIGONE 5

One cannot help but to compromise oneself. One is already compromised. No subject is ever intact (or, as Adorno puts it: „None is tabula rasa.“ There is no integrity untouched by the facts. The incommensurable measure of freedom, which Antigone allows herself despite Creon, articulates itself only in [more]

November 11, 2013
ANTIGONE 6

Antigone’s desire is desire for autonomy, embedded into the heteronomous, an autonomy from this world, if you will, one turned towards the heteronomous as the mundane nomos. Something like self-determination can only exist with a window towards heteronomy, in the here and now of codified reality. Freedom is [more]

November 11, 2013
ANTIGONE 7

One cannot sacrifice one’s life to the unliveable without being a lofty idiot. The philosophical perspective into which the antigonistic subject puts itself is not transcendence. It’s neither about higher values nor about a divine law superior to a human one. It’s not even about a childish heroism, [more]

November 11, 2013
ANTIGONE 8

Could Antigone’s evidence lie in this non-idealistic conception of freedom: in a claim of freedom, which runs through all the stages of objective non-freedom? There is the appeal for a certain kind of resistance and freedom connected to Antigone. Antigone barricades herself from the established order, in order [more]

November 11, 2013
PRECISE PASSIONS

A truth which does not need to correspond to given criteria can only be a lawless truth. Blind or headless truth to which a child spiralling out of control commits. A truth founded not on any knowledge, which therefore remains unproven and unjustified. That’s what we call evidence: [more]

November 11, 2013
PERSISTENCE

Persistent at the heart of reality is an element that is explicit to it.

November 12, 2013
CONFLICT

To speak of a subject, no matter whether it be to deconstruct its modern form and its traditional predicates (self-consciousness, freedom, independence, autonomy, etc.) by demonstrating its transcendental derangement, or whether it be to confront it with the ineluctable obligation to judgement, resoluteness and its rational grounding, demands [more]

November 13, 2013
SECOND NOTE ON DECONSTRUCTION

Deconstruction expends itself as the desire for a faceless future which includes also the desire for a new responsibility and justice; it falls over itself in the expectation of that which no expectation accommodates. It exists only as this somersault, as an ebullient movement into the unknown, as [more]

November 15, 2013
LIGHT

Philosophy, insofar as it represents the event of a culture of logos that has lasted more then two and a half millennia, associated itself from the outset with light (with the platonic sun, the Christian lumen, the Aufklärung, the enlightenment, the Lumières, the Husserlian evidence and the Heideggerian [more]

November 15, 2013
QUOTE 5

Jacques Derrida: “A just, appropriate decision is always necessary immediately, at once, right away. It cannot first go about getting hold of infinite amounts of information, the limitless knowledge of the conditions, the rules, the hypothetical imperatives that could justify it. Even if it had such a knowledge, [more]

November 16, 2013
PASSIVE CONSUMPTION

There is no active consumption. In the objectivity of the consumer, the subject becomes controllable. It is disciplined, calmed down, tranquillized and put out of action. The subject of capitalism as this receiver-subject is a subject reduced and restricted to its capacity to consume. It does not decide [more]

November 16, 2013
PETIT FAITALISM

The world of facts is a sphere which by definition excludes truth in order to enable social, political, cultural, that is, identifiable reality. Realities or factual truths are truths that are not truths. The space of facts is constituted through the pathological exclusion of truths because truth is [more]

November 16, 2013
THE REAL

The lacanien real is the name for that which does not belong to the space of facts. The real names the border and the constitutive exterior of the factual dimension. The real is more real than reality. It is what inscribes a fundamental inconsistency into „realistic“ calculation, the [more]

November 17, 2013
HOW? HOW? HOW?

How to back out of the alternative of finitude and infinity, reality and ideality, the possible and the impossible? How to think an opening that opens toward something not-given—toward the nothing itself—; how to affirm this opening toward closure without depriving it of its characteristic openness? How to [more]

November 17, 2013
QUOTE 6

Gilles Deleuze: „Moi, je veux sortir de la philosophie par la philosophie.“ 

November 17, 2013
NOT FINALLY DETERMINED ANIMAL

The onto-political concept of the refusal introduced by Maurice Blanchot is anything other than reactive. It is aggressive. It corresponds to the law, not of unity, of consensus and of satisfaction, but of a “necessary division and an infinite destruction”. In it an echo of Walter Benjamin’s destructive [more]

November 17, 2013
QUOTE 7

Ludwig Wittgenstein: “What can i rely on?”

November 17, 2013
FUCKING COMPLEX!

Perhaps every engagement with the work of Maurice Blanchot, who is both a writer (doubtless in a new sense established by him himself) as well as a philosopher and political thinker, has to be an engagement with the undecidability between politics and ontology. How can the relationship between [more]

November 17, 2013
NONEXISTENCE

Every real artwork verges on the realm of nonexistence. Nothing divine emerges from it, no infinite depth, but the fragility and the precariousness of reality itself. No beyond—nothing transcendent appears in the apparition of nonexistence. By including nonexistence into existence itself, the nonexistence of positive transcendence reveals itself [more]

November 18, 2013
SPIRIT OF REVENGE

What is the highest ethical ideal according to Nietzsche? That human beings free themselves from the spirit of revenge. Freedom begins where the will to revenge and punishment turns into the will to responsibility, i.e. to freedom. To want to revenge oneself means to want to be unfree [more]

November 18, 2013
ANTIGONE 9

Antigone is this raving dreamer, who tries to protect herself against the symbolic imperatives and the temptations of the imaginary in order to develop a self-assured demand which is a kind of law of all the lawless, the ‘law’ of those who come into conflict with the law, [more]

November 18, 2013
WHY MARGUERITE DURAS?

1. Because in every moment of her writing Duras circles the “origin” of the origin. 2. Because this circling is related to an unrelated emptiness. 3. Because circling around the empty origin is touching truth. 4. Because to touch a truth means to relate to the namelessness of [more]

November 19, 2013
QUOTE 8: MAURICE BLANCHOT

“I was a child, seven or eight years old, I was in an isolated house, near the closed window, I looked outside — and at once, nothing could be more sudden, it was as though the sky opened, opened infinitely toward the infinite, inviting me with this overwhelming [more]

November 20, 2013
QUOTE 9

Theodor W. Adorno: “Relativism, no matter how progressive its bearing, has at all times been linked with moments of reaction, beginning with the sophists’ availability to the more powerful interests”.

November 20, 2013
WHY MICHEL FOUCAULT?

1. Because Foucault is the thinker of the subject of a certain self-derangement. The subject leaves its traditional position. It becomes the subject of a movement of decentralization. The subject is the subject of a powerful self-marginalization. It is the subject of self-exceeding. It goes through the experience [more]

November 21, 2013
CLASH

The clash of two blindnesses, of opaque pre-reflective matter with the opaque self of a subject without subjectivity, marks the scene of birth or beginning of another, non-Cartesian subject that unites the darkness of its origin with the veiling of its horizon, a singular subject that is equally [more]

November 21, 2013
ON MELANCHOLY

Melancholy presents the subject with an account for its subjectivity. The subject has to pay for what cannot be paid for. What cannot be paid for is the name for the subject’s initial encounter with loss. For there is something resembling a subject only as the subject of [more]

November 21, 2013
A NOTE ON NIETZSCHE

For Foucault, Nietzsche is the philosopher who has broken with the modern concept of philosophy, with philosophy as a movement of totalization with a universal claim. Since Nietzsche, thinking is satisfied with establishing the particular. It is itself perspectival instead of assuring itself of its origin and its [more]

November 22, 2013
TEMPTATION OF THE NAMELESS

It is obvious that there cannot be any beginning before the beginning. So what is before it? And what name do we want to give to it? Philosophy is nothing other than this temptation of the nameless. Philosophical desire circles around a void which would be misrecognized if [more]

November 23, 2013
LEIBNIZ LECTURES

In his Leibniz lectures in the summer semester of 1928, Metaphysical Principles of Logic, Martin Heidegger touches on the “question of ethics”. Fundamental ontology as developed in Being and Time is not the whole of metaphysics. It has to be supplemented by a metontology. Only the unity of fundamental ontology (which [more]

November 24, 2013
QUOTE 10: JACQUES DERRIDA

“J’habite une douleur.”

November 25, 2013
NO MISSING

Because the subject does not have any transcendental or religious, that is, substantial determination, it cannot miss its destination.

November 26, 2013
FAILING LOVE?

The “tragedy” of love, its failure does not describe its course in the sense in which one says that a relationship has ended ‘tragically’ or ‘has failed’. It is the origin of the movement of love as a movement of mutual distancing from the self. The subjects of [more]

November 26, 2013
RENE CHAR

J’habite une douleur Le poème pulvérisé (1945-1947) Ne laisse pas le soin de gouverner ton coeur à ces tendresses parentes de l’automne auquel elles empruntent sa placide allure et son affable agonie. L’oeil est précoce à se plisser. La souffrance connaît peu de mots. Préfère te coucher sans [more]

November 27, 2013
KANT WITH NIETZSCHE

The first sentence of the preface to the first edition of the Critique of Pure Reason from 1781 sketches the outlines of problematic subjectivity. “Human reason has a particular fate in one genus of its knowledge: that it is troubled by questions which it cannot dismiss because they are posed [more]

November 28, 2013
DECISION & SELF-DECONSTRUCTION

If undecidability is a part of decision, as Jacques Derrida has shown, then this means for the subject of decision that it is a subject in the space of undecidability and also the subject of undecidability. The question concerning this subject and its relation to other subjects would [more]

November 29, 2013
ACROBATICS

The withdrawal of the human being has already begun. The subject in human being is accelerating on the line of departure from the human being. It draws the trace of an exertion which tries to turn the world and the self upside down by giving way to an [more]

November 30, 2013
AMBIGUOUS POSITION

The philosophy of modernity since Descartes, since the Enlightenment, since Kant has been put into question as such a practice of violence insofar as the concept and the demeanour of construction (for instance, of systems) and of erection (of a transcendental subject) are invariably combined with the authority [more]

November 30, 2013
PAIN

There is no etymon for the pain; it has neither meaning nor core.

December 1, 2013
SECTION 42

Section 42 of Being and Time cites the 220th fable of a certain Hyginus, as Martin Heidegger says, “by way of pre-ontological evidence for the existential-ontological interpretation of Dasein as care”: 
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December 2, 2013
WHAT IF…?

What if democracy existed only as an opening to the dimension of its negation? What if democracy had to open itself to a negativity (or positivity), to a danger and a threat, to an absolute alienness and incommensurability in order to constitute and assert itself as democracy, as [more]

December 3, 2013
INDETERMINACY

To detach oneself from one’s narcissism means to subscribe to an indeterminacy which evades control.

December 4, 2013
Fabian Schöneich

VorwortVorwort

Es gab mal einen Film, einen Hollywoodstreifen, denke ich. Auf jeden Fall gehörte einer der Darsteller zu denen, die man kennt, auch wenn man nicht viele Filme schaut. Deswegen gehe ich mal davon aus, dass man ihn als Hollywoodstreifen bezeichnen kann. Die Handlung war ganz nett, vielleicht etwas [more]

October 21, 2013
Tweets (und die Fortsetzung von #1)Tweets (und die Fortsetzung von #1)

It was an autumn day today. Warm like spring. A perfect day for bananafish and for Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day”. (31 characters remaining) I bought Super Tattoos on my way home. Bubble gum and a tattoo in one for only CHF 0.20. (52 characters remaining) It’s a blue [more]

October 22, 2013
IseIse

once upon a time there was the Ise shrine and every twenty years some monchs full of tears renewed the Gekū and the Naikū because they are into Shinto and like you #3 Wie gesagt begann alles so ziemlich in der Mitte der Woche. Es begann an einem [more]

October 23, 2013
Food exchange (und #4)Food exchange (und #4)

Italian food is available almost everywhere outside of Italy. German bread becomes more popular in Europe as well as in the States or other countries where either expats or natives, fascinated by the dark character of this German bakery product, open up a bakery. There is this certain [more]

October 24, 2013
Tokyo Tuna AuctionTokyo Tuna Auction
October 25, 2013
Erea (und #5)Erea (und #5)

In front of my house there is bar called Erea. It is a very strange place. It’s not a very nice or charming bar and the people going there seem mysterious. I have no clue what they are doing or what they think or believe. But it seems [more]

October 26, 2013
spontaneous, emotional, random, or rational (und #6) spontaneous, emotional, random, or rational (und #6)

How is it possible to make a good decision? A decision that actually proofs to be the right one. To make a choice in general is not the easiest thing existing. Too many things are relevant. Making a decision can be an act of creation. People invent a [more]

October 27, 2013
Who knows Dr. Norden? Who knows Dr. Norden?

Dr. Norden is a German physician based in Munich and he is famous for taking good care of his patients. He never reduces a patient down to his medical condition. For Dr. Norden the human being, full of feelings, is always the center of attention in his own [more]

October 28, 2013
HackersHackers

Fight with the best, die like rest.Fight with the best, die like rest.

October 29, 2013
A classic (und #9)A classic (und #9)

#8 Nach einiger Zeit war klar, wie es um beide steht. Sie konnten es nicht ändern, sich nahe zu sein. Sie waren sich sehr ähnlich, zumindest ging er davon aus und das mochte er. Nach einiger Zeit, sie sahen sich weniger und machten weniger miteinander, änderte sich nichts [more]

October 30, 2013
obvious Venice …obvious Venice …
October 31, 2013
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Personal cosmology …Personal cosmology …
November 2, 2013
PICCOLO mondoPICCOLO mondo
November 3, 2013
KROSAKROSA

A friend of mine is in Vietnam. That is a fact. A hurricane is approaching the east coast of Vietnam. Another fact. You can’t change one or the other fact but you can find information about it online. There is skype connecting you to your friend and there [more]

November 4, 2013
#60#60

In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 60 pages. In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 60 pages.

November 5, 2013
Going outside …Going outside …

Why not moving out of cities. Spending your time in a quiet place, not influenced by the hectic outside. There is small but existing possibility of having some time thinking and doing. You can sleep longer, have long walks, the best and freshest produces. In the best case [more]

November 6, 2013
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The generation …The generation …
November 11, 2013
new start and 38 pages left …new start and 38 pages left …

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for now, let it go, and go ice skatingfor now, let it go, and go ice skating

carving, laughing, skating now! carving, laughing, skating now!

November 14, 2013
Die MelancholieDie Melancholie
November 15, 2013
mehr Melancholie …mehr Melancholie …

Sei mir gegrüßt, Melancholie, 
Die mit dem leisen Feenschritt 
Im Garten meiner Phantasie 
Zu rechter Zeit ans Herz mir tritt!
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November 15, 2013
Beer Street and Gin LaneBeer Street and Gin Lane

Issued in 1876 by English artist William Hogharth “Beer Street” and “Gin Lane” were two drawings used to accompany the states campaign against Gin. Back in the days England faced a huge alcohol problem. The authorities connected the high level of crime to the consumption of certain beverages, [more]

November 17, 2013
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November 18, 2013
Our thumbs got smart long before our tongues woke up.Our thumbs got smart long before our tongues woke up.
November 19, 2013
dependency …dependency …

Imagine there is something that makes you dependent. Something you want to do even if you feel it’s not right for the moment. Anyhow, it feels good. At least it is a good feeling doing it. It makes you feel relaxed. It helps you. It supports you. It [more]

November 20, 2013
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November 24, 2013
The party is over. Let’s party.The party is over. Let’s party.
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November 27, 2013
pushing, pushing …pushing, pushing …

Ideas rise from the deepest most hidden part of your soul. They come not announced and neither there is a way of pushing them to come. They appear, out of the blue, like a mermaid could come out of the blue ocean. And, suddenly they are here. But [more]

November 28, 2013
and one day there will be luxury for everybody and towers of goods will be the center of attention in a world full of happinessand one day there will be luxury for everybody and towers of goods will be the center of attention in a world full of happiness
November 29, 2013
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December 1, 2013
I Wandered Lonely …I Wandered Lonely …

I wandered lonely as a Cloud That floats on high o’er Vales and Hills, When all at once I saw a crowd A host of dancing Daffodils; Along the Lake, beneath the trees, Ten thousand dancing in the breeze. The waves beside them danced, but they Outdid the [more]

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December 19, 2013
Stanley Schtinter

Stenberg

Ned Kelly, the Irish Australian bushranger: played by Mick Jagger in Tony Richardson’s 1970 film adaptation; by Heath Ledger in Gregor Jordan’s 2003 update. June 21st 2012: Jonathon Stenberg decapitates his neighbour Ned Kelly after an ongoing dispute over land. June 23rd 2012: During an unprecedented manhunt for [more]

October 21, 2013
Stenger

Susan Stenger: Irish American composer and voice artist. In an empty row on a crowded plane. Late boarders take the remaining seats: mother, father, screaming child. Hard luck. But then the mother pulls out a tablet and gives it to the little girl. Touchscreen silence. “Amazing…” whispers Stenger. [more]

October 22, 2013
S.

MoL forgets. Enlisted Agent S. first in the months leading up to the fall of the wall. Couldn’t manage it alone. Meant to take it to Leeds but lost the funding. MoL says Leeds is a theme park, and Paris a swear word. Buzz word: Brody. MoL moved his [more]

October 23, 2013
F.

Liberated as free from industry. Lost, forgotten. Made in impossible circumstances. Mutant. Banned. Too much. Temporary holding place for films you can’t guarantee. Available by donation. Sample projections extend the architecture of a Flawed space. LFS is a subsidiary purge. Purge distribution. Purge DVDs. Purge Stoke Newington.   [more]

October 24, 2013

History skips over damaged areasHos

October 25, 2013
Anna Karenina

The gob behind the girl chewing gum takes a working holiday down the west coast. Happens to be in Hollywood for the red carpet premiere of Anna Karenina (formerly a book by Tolstoy), credited to an ex-student of CSM living in James Dean’s first loft-style apartment. Limo downtown [more]

October 26, 2013
L.

Once identified as a sympathetic character, you can and will commit the worst deed without losing the audience’s respect.

October 27, 2013
British Sounds

Mastertech’s first job in Britain was slapped in Nine Hours to Rama.

October 28, 2013
The Last Movie

Poll taken tonight at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) confirms The Last Movie as the best movie of all time, and the most liberated film made in 1970 and 1971.

October 29, 2013
LFM

“Berlin: a film for the ear” appears in a lightly defined pentagram (ballooned) on a promotional poster for the album by Lou Reed. Necessary compromise made by RCA after rejecting the working title of Babylon. By 1973, the libfilm audience are beginning to lift out of the three [more]

October 30, 2013
Ariel Castro

Breaking Free: Escape in Cleveland (2013). Written by Ariel Castro, Directed by ABC news. Starring Amanda Berry. Duration: 12 years. Castro is noted as leaving a student on the school bus, and cursing at them. On September 3rd 2013 his contract was terminated. Liberated Film Store; Purge Stoke [more]

October 31, 2013
You wan’ DVD?

Some people got no choice, And they can never find a voice… That they could even call their own, So the first thing that they see, That allows them the right to be, They follow it. You know what it’s called? DVD. Out of the chip shop and [more]

November 1, 2013
DLA

The Liberated Film Store confuses CCTV footage used in this morning’s LAX shooting, with Chris Petit opening a door to morning during the shooting of Flight to Berlin.

November 2, 2013
M23

This Morning, M23 declared a ceasefire with the A23. The motorway runs from south of Hooley in Surrey, where it splits from the A23, to Pease Pottage, south of Crowley in West Sussex where it rejoins the A23. The northern end of the motorway starts at junction 7 [more]

November 3, 2013
S23

Charles Byrne: the Irish giant. Born 1761. Arrives London April 1782. Exhibit at Cox’s freak show, Spring Gardens. Ratings waning within a year. Fandom of John Hunter (The Godfather of modern surgery) consistent. Byrne keeps growing. April 23 1783: Byrne at the bar pick-pocketed of his life savings [more]

November 4, 2013
HS2

Helmet Scott taught a course on film in the hyper-inflationary Weimar Republic, and frankly, Hackney, Peckham, and.. Ripon “this feels quite similar.”

November 5, 2013
HS3

Hitler invested heavily in speed, and in 1939 sent BMW to compete in the Isle of Man TT. War was declared three months later, and supercharged engines are eventually banned. Manx cat patches are exclusive to the Liberated Film Store.

November 6, 2013
Z23

To the Zapatista, “The important thing is the spectacle that you make out of an event in the media, as opposed to the event itself.”

November 7, 2013
Adebolajo

An off-duty soldier is murdered on May 23rd 2013. Fragments are available online within hours. The material is rendered before court, and spin-offs confuse the verdict. An unsuccessful sequel follows in July of the same year (Adebolajo: HMP Belmarsh).

November 8, 2013
BA (1)

The Punishment Begins How is One to Live if One Doesn’t Want to Die? A Hammer Blow to the Head Can Injure the Soul A Handful of People in the Depths of Silence A Reaper with the Power of Our Lord Love Has Its Price Remember — An [more]

November 9, 2013
BA (2)

The Sun Warms the Skin, but Burns it Sometimes Too About the Eternities Between the Many and the Few Loneliness Tears Cracks of Madness Even in Walls Knowledge is Power and the Early Bird Catches the Worm The Serpent in the Soul of the Serpent The Outside and [more]

November 10, 2013
Soledad Miranda

In the wake of Berlin Alexanderplatz (Petit’s introduction notes the possibility of Fassbinder turning 70 in 2013): “freely adapted to our times,” Franco left this year in what would have been Soledad Miranda’s 70th. She died on a Lisbon highway in 1970 at the age of 27. Soledad [more]

November 11, 2013
Dorner

Christopher Dorner: Self Immolation. Anon, USA, 2014.

November 12, 2013
LFS EVE
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14 BOXES (2)

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November 15, 2013
LFS 707

Copyright on sale of the revolution belongs to Ono. Photograph belongs to Purge with thanks to Mind. Black on black hand embroidered ’70’ patches are available exclusively at the Liberated Film Store. Spandau Barry ‘7’ patches also available, also exclusive to the Liberated Film Store.   Q.            Who [more]

November 16, 2013
Children of Men

Children of Men use their characters as government run media, hence the cast of Clooney and Bullock in .CoM sequel. A turd, scratch or tone persists long after the credits role in most examples of Liberated Film passing. Often, the image lifts off completely.

November 17, 2013
Rob’s Discovery Network

“I’d like to see where Travis Bickle is today.”

November 18, 2013
Libération

[jwplayer mediaid=”17766″] A man with a gun bursts through the revolving doors of a TV station on the outskirts of Paris. An old man with a walking stick will climb up a flight of stairs to the street. The gunman steps around the old man, menaces the TV [more]

November 19, 2013
Libération (2)

The gunman behind several recent attacks in central Paris is caught and named. Convicted in 1998 for links to Bonnie and Clyde. A manhunt had been under way since Monday morning, when the gunman critically wounded a photographer at the offices of Liberation. The gunman was sentenced to [more]

November 20, 2013
Libération (3)

Court psychologists dub the gunman as an individual with “mythomaniac tendencies”.

November 21, 2013
Dibbs

Dibbs drops his camera in the abattoir slurry. A year later, to the day, his gate slips on the Kings Road. Something else about the film and the gutter.

November 22, 2013
Chief
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November 24, 2013
HS4

“When my mood gets too hot and I find myself wandering beyond control I pull out my motor-bike and hurl it top-speed through these unfit roads for hour after hour.”

November 25, 2013
Wolfe
November 26, 2013
No Strings Attached

NSA planned to discredit radicals over web-porn use. Huffington Post published a document, leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, identifying two radicals said to be vulnerable to accusations of “online promiscuity”. An official said this was unsurprising. A campaign group called it frightening.

November 27, 2013
Liberated Filmmusic

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November 28, 2013
Ballard’s Alfredo Garcia

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November 29, 2013
Beirut

A woman lay on the street, apparently dead, in front of a flower shop. Through the viewfinder it all seemed removed from reality. It was hard to focus on any one thing. Thirty years later, I’m surprised to find the flower shop is still there.

November 30, 2013
Adebolajo (with a vengeance)

Alleged killer of Fusilier Lee Rigby handed a letter explaining his attack to the woman who stroked the body of the fallen soldier. “Sometimes the cowardly and foolish could be those dearest to you, so be prepared to turn away from them.”

December 1, 2013
43

The fourth term of Sylvester’s Sequence, one more than the product of the previous terms (2 × 3 × 7).

December 2, 2013
Leerpost

Brian May noticed that the scrollkeeper cronjob tries to fetch a DTD for processing its configuration file via HTTP. However, this fails if the host is not connected to the Internet or has to use a proxy. Jochen Dross explained that this is caused by the docbook XML package which doesn’t [more]

December 3, 2013
Leerpost (2)

The premise that an end-reel moment can redeem all that has gone before.

December 4, 2013
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December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela

After a long televised battle, Nelson Mandela is finally released on December 5th 2013. In less than a month, Long Walk to Freedom (“It is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”) will open in cinemas across the United Kingdom. The director, Justin Chadwick, starred as [more]

December 6, 2013
Stavros

Cinema is the liberating application in the margins in search of the proper world.

December 7, 2013
EWS

The Liberated Film School booked a hooker from Eyes Wide Shut to shout Cromwell down.

December 8, 2013
LFT

Change which seems impossible; challenges apparently too great to overcome; the ultimate responsibility of the filmmaker. Define the way future films are made. Mobilise and manipulate technical and social possibilities to create 100 more, better things, that everyone knew and were casually hoping to see.

December 9, 2013
LFT (2)

The same film can’t be made twice. The film as a tangible byproduct and accurate representation of event could act as a warning for and responsibility of future filmmakers.

December 10, 2013
LFT (3)

“Act like you’re in a movie or something. You can’t be scared of shit. You have to be hard. Don’t be scared of anything.”

December 11, 2013
LFT (4)

No disaster film, but disaster as film.

December 12, 2013
LFT (5)

The journalist is the scriptwriter answering to the specific political bias of the paycheck. The film adaptation goes further to revise any inconsistencies in the original broadcast.

December 13, 2013
Gravity

According to a recent poll, Gravity is the least Liberated Film ever made, and possibly the worst movie of all time.

December 14, 2013
Film travelling under the cover of autobiography

“Never ask what you did. It’s better not to know,” said O’Toole. Lawrence ends in the opening of Lean’s Arabia.

December 15, 2013
LFT (6)

Fuck you John Williams.

December 16, 2013
LFT (7)

Fuck you Woody Allen.

December 17, 2013
Penultimate

Penultimate is the original and easiest-to-use handwriting app that combines the natural experience of pen and paper with the flexibility and syncing of forevernote. Lose the paper, keep the handwriting, and remember everything.

December 18, 2013
60

Fragments of an inner projection. Memories of our old universe in the black studio of our imagination. Full of lonely marionettes of human beings, changing figurines of the ego, endless material for monologues, mono-plays and tragedies on celluloid. Dances of death, dialogues of death, dialogues in the land [more]

December 19, 2013
Nimrod Kamer
He's a shameless and flaccid video journalist and scrivener, known for Nimrod In Cannes (2012) (VICE), Fake Obama Birth (2012) (VICE), #Thinkfluencer (2013) (Guardian). He writes for Huff Post, WIRED and had his TED Talk on Gawker. Bing him.
Obama’s Birth VideoObama’s Birth Video

Vintage Obama: Many folks in the US still call themselves Birthers and are convinced that BHO was born in Kenya and not in Hawaii, back in 1961. All they need is the birth footage, preferably in 8mm, to Q.E.D their theory. I gave it to them. The baby I’ve [more]

October 14, 2013
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Atheist TempleAtheist Temple

A few heretics in North London decided they want to pray for a non-God together agnostically in harmony. I met them. The pastor: Nimrod on twitter @nnimrodd 

October 16, 2013
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Two State Solution = 2 IsraelsTwo State Solution = 2 Israels

I went to E1 in the West Bank, to see how much of a discount I can get on a family flat, as a British Jew. Jew diligence – Nimrod Kamer, @nnimrodd

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NepotismNepotism

I pretended to be Jack Nicholson’s son. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQOHUEwJjfE

November 13, 2013
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Annika von Taube

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du kannst den post aber bearbeiten und sichtbar schalten – einfach das custom field empty löschen

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October 15, 2013
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Sieg über Sonne

Im Oktober 1913 kommt in St. Petersburg die erste und einzige futuristische Oper zur Uraufführung: „Der Sieg über die Sonne“. Sie ist Auswurf eines künstlerischen Gipfeltreffens namens „Regierung des Erdballs“, das sein im Titel formuliertes Ziel nicht erreichen wird. Und das, obwohl die berühmtesten Künstler ihrer Zeit dabei [more]

October 17, 2013
Paletten-Kapital

Präsentation der Produkte von RLF bei Andreas Murkudis. Auf einer Europalette zwei Stapel mit Postern. Der Anblick motiviert zu einer Handlung, die im Umgang mit Postern auf Paletten als selbstverständlich begriffen wird und folgende Gleichung voraussetzt: Europalette + Posterstapel = mitnehmbar, kostenlos Ein Posterpaletten-konditionierter Besucher nimmt sich also [more]

October 18, 2013
Tod durch Regenschirm

Eine junge Frau sitzt in der Tram. Schräg gegenüber, ihr zugewandt, eine andere Frau, älter, schwarz gekleidet, in einer Hand einen zusammengerollten Regenschirm. Aus dunklen Augenhöhlen wirft sie stechende Blicke auf die junge Frau. Die rutscht unbehaglich auf ihrem Sitz herum, murmelt, „Schon klar, wenn Blicke töten könnten.“ [more]

October 19, 2013
Jugend ohne Alter

Endlich haben Menschen, die schon seit ein paar Jahren bis Jahrzehnten aus der Pubertät heraus sind, eine Erklärung und Legitimation dafür, sich immer noch so zu fühlen und zu benehmen, als steckten sie mittendrin: Das Internet hat dafür gesorgt, dass Jugend nichts mehr mit Alter zu tun hat. [more]

October 20, 2013
Gegen das Wir

Dieser Beitrag bezieht sich auf das Projekt 60pages als solches. Es ist der erste und einzige Beitrag dieser Art von mir. Danach wird alles wieder so sein wie vorher. Damit es so weitergehen kann, wie ich es will. In ihrem Beitrag von gestern stellt Eva Wilson die gleichen [more]

October 21, 2013
Bechern aus Keramik

Manche Leute glauben, es werde deshalb so viel mehr getrunken in der Kunstwelt als in anderen Welten, weil man den ganzen Kunstquatsch nüchtern gar nicht ertragen kann. Nun sind aber auch andere Welten nur alkoholisiert auszuhalten, da muss man sich nur mal bei Medizinern oder Journalisten umschauen. Dass [more]

October 22, 2013
Innere Schönheit macht krank

Auf mikroskopischen Aufnahmen wirken Bakterien und Viren erhaben. Sie verkörpern die Schönheit, die im Schrecklichen liegt. Es macht einem Angst und Freude zugleich, dass man so etwas Erstaunliches im eigenen Körper hat. In einem Körper vielleicht, der von außen eher nicht so toll aussieht, wimmelt es nur so [more]

October 23, 2013
Kein Ende in Sicht

Unendlichkeit ist anstrengend. Weil sie nie aufhört. Deshalb wird man ja auch verrückt, wenn man sich mit dem Weltall beschäftigt. Gedanklich. Was komischerweise gegen Unendlichkeits-Blues hilft: die Bilder anschauen, die das Hubble-Weltraumteleskop vom Weltall macht. Bilder von Planeten, Cepheiden, ganzen Galaxien. Sie geben der Unendlichkeit ein Gesicht. Es [more]

October 24, 2013
Reflexionen im Sonderangebot

Beim Wohndesign-Onlinestore Monoqi gibt es heute Reflexionen im Angebot. Für 259 statt 290 Euro pro Reflexion. Da ich meine Reflexionen nicht zu verkaufen pflege, zumal ich sie in der Regel eh nur für den Eigengebrauch anstelle, bin ich relativ uninformiert, was den gängigen Marktwert von Reflexionen betrifft. Sind [more]

October 25, 2013
Die Britischen Spinnen

Vor ein paar Tagen wurde ganz England von einer schrecklichen Angst erfasst. Grund war eine Giftspinne, die mehrfach gesichtet worden war und der man die beunruhigende Fähigkeit zusprach, sich so rasend schnell zu vermehren, dass eine Apokalypse nicht auszuschließen war. Bis sie wieder Entwarnung gaben, breiteten englische Medien, [more]

October 26, 2013
Die 60 von Babylon

Die Sache mit dem Turmbau hängt den Babyloniern heute noch nach. Man glaubt, sie waren geltungssüchtig und maßlos. Und schuld daran, dass sich die Welt mit Fremdsprachen herumschlagen muss. Dabei waren die Babylonier hochkorrekte Leute. Sehr auf Pünktlichkeit bedacht. Kein Wunder, sie hatten die Pünktlichkeit ja selber erfunden [more]

October 27, 2013
GEMA gegen Frauen am Steuer

Dass Frauen in Saudi-Arabien kein Auto fahren dürfen, weiß ich schon lange. Dass dies von vielen Männern (auch außerhalb Saudi-Arabiens) begrüßt wird, auch. Neu hingegen war mir bis gestern, dass auch die GEMA etwas gegen saudi-arabische Frauen am Steuer hat. Am Wochenende protestierten Saudi-Araberinnen gegen das Fahrverbot für [more]

October 28, 2013
S wie Schnell

Heute vor 175 Jahren wurde die Eisenbahnlinie Berlin-Potsdam eröffnet. Heute vor 175 Jahren geschahen noch jede Menge anderer Dinge. Aber dafür ist jetzt keine Zeit. Was vor 175 Jahren geschah, ist eh nicht verantwortlich dafür, dass heute keine Zeit ist, insofern ist es heute nicht nur unmöglich, sondern [more]

October 29, 2013
Dekorationsvorschläge

Morgen ist Halloween. Da verkleidet man sich. Ein Kostüm tragen, für nicht wenige Menschen der pure Horror. Es soll aber ziemlich viele Menschen geben, die sich gern verkleiden. Der Verkleidungsmarkt jedenfalls boomt, das sieht man an all den Kostüm-Verkaufsplattformen im Internet. Zu Halloween verkleidet man sich klassischerweise als [more]

October 30, 2013
Heizkörperfarbener Nagellack

Etwa 24 Stunden lang glaubte ich, den perfekten Nagellack gefunden zu haben. Vielmehr den perfekten Nagellack-Farbton. Dass der Lack selber nicht perfekt ist, weiß ich, weil ich schon 20 Lacke dieser Marke besitze. Sie decken nicht perfekt, sie splittern, sie greifen die Nägel an. Aber die Farbtöne sind [more]

October 31, 2013
Heute fällt aus
November 1, 2013
Lebensweg im Straßenverkehr

Eine Straße. Ein Passant. Im Begriff, diese zu überqueren. Er macht ein paar Schritte auf die Straße und sieht einen Radfahrer kommen. Der Radfahrer sieht den Passanten auf die Straße treten und berechnet anhand dessen Bewegungsgeschwindigkeit den zu erwartenden Überquerungsverlauf. Der Radfahrer ermittelt, an welcher Stelle auf der [more]

November 2, 2013
Periodischer Machtverlauf

Je mehr Frauen von sich zeigen, desto stärker macht sie das, glaubt man bei American Apparel. Weshalb die weiblichen Models bei AA gern möglichst spärlich bekleidet sind. Die männlichen Models haben zum Jeanshemd immer noch eine Hose an, die weiblichen oft nicht mal ein Höschen. Jetzt hat man [more]

November 3, 2013
Finstere Tage

Letzte Nacht war Sonnenfinsternis in Turkana, Nordkenia. In ganz Afrika hat es seit 40 Jahren keine mehr gegeben. Die letzte Sonnenfinsternis, die ich bewusst wahrgenommen habe, war am 11.8.1999 in Berlin. Es war nur eine partielle, aber sie war trotzdem beeindruckend. Ich betrachtete sie durch einen schwarz eingefärbten [more]

November 4, 2013
Werbung an Laternen

„Laternenmasten können Geld verdienen“, weiß man beim Werbeflächenvermarkter mediateam Stadtservice. „Werben Sie an Laternen“, fordern Die Draussenwerber, die Spezialisten für lokale Außenwerbung in Berlin. Wen interessiert es, ob Laternenmasten Geld verdienen können oder nicht? Ich meine, schön für die Laternenmasten, aber ich stehe keinem von ihnen nahe genug, [more]

November 5, 2013
Die Schönheit der anderen

Auf Sad and Useless erschien gestern folgender Beitrag: „Best Pictures from Russian Dating Sites“. Er ist treffend betitelt, denn er versammelt die besten Fotos von russischen Dating-Portalen. Also die schlimmsten. Dass es sich um Bilder von russischen Portalen handelt, merkt man abgesehen von den musterfreudigen Wandbehängen im Hintergrund [more]

November 6, 2013
Pferde aufs Podest

Neulich suchte ich im Internet nach etwas, das ich gern kaufen würde, wenn ich es bräuchte (nicht zu verwechseln mit Dingen, die ich gern kaufen würde, wenn ich sie mir leisten könnte). Bei meinen Recherchen stieß ich auf folgendes Angebot: „Hier finden Sie ein Podest für Zirkuslektionen für [more]

November 7, 2013
Eine Nachricht pro Woche reicht

Auch heute ist wieder viel im Internet. Viele Menschen finden ja, zu viel. Man weiß ja gar nicht mehr, wo man zuerst hinschauen soll. Wegschauen geht aber auch nicht. Denn wenn man mal einen Moment weggeschaut hat, ist schon wieder alles voll mit neuem Zeug, das man anschauen [more]

November 8, 2013
Das Motorrad der Stunde

Die Ducati 1199 Panigale ist ein Superbike der Extraklasse. Herausragende Leistung, brillante Technik, unverkennbarer Charakter, einzigartiges Design. Und Unisex. Erhältlich zum Beispiel bei Motocorsa.

November 9, 2013
Ein Bild von einem Duft

Für die Konservierung von visuellen Erinnerungen gibt es Fotos, für die Konservierung von olfaktorischen Erinnerungen gibt es – bald vielleicht auch eine Lösung. Riechen ist ja eine viel stärkere Stimulanz als Sehen. Bilder wecken Erinnerungen an etwas, Gerüche erwecken Erinnerungen zum Leben. Leider sind Gerüche flüchtig, das liegt [more]

November 10, 2013
Protesticles

Die Story mit der höchsten Verbreitungsrate in den Sozialen Netzwerken ist heute wahrscheinlich die Nummer mit den Eiern, die gestern auf das Pflaster vom Roten Platz in Moskau genagelt wurden. Und zwar von dem Mann, dem sie gehören. Um sich einen Nagel durch den eigenen Hodensack zu treiben, [more]

November 11, 2013
Der erste Schnee

Gestern fiel in New York der erste Schnee des Winters. Immer fällt irgendwo gerade Schnee, in manchen Regionen sogar ständig. Aber der erste Schnee in New York bedeutet ein Ereignis von saisonaler Tragweite für alle Menschen, deren kulturelles Koordinatensystem sich innerhalb zentralwestlicher Gefilde bewegt. Wenn es dagegen am [more]

November 12, 2013
Kaffeerevolution

Kaffee gehört zu jenen Produkten, die mit jedem Schritt in ihrer Verarbeitungskette an Wert gewinnen, und zwar in einer Höhe, angesichts der man sich am Ende dieser Kette fragt, warum man so blöd ist, 3,20 Euro für einen Kaffee auszugeben. Zumal der Anteil, den die Erzeuger des Grundproduktes [more]

November 13, 2013
Krieg gegen Weihnachten

Immer wenn einem langweilig ist, muss man einfach nur „Sarah Palin“ googeln. Da kommt immer was Gutes bei raus. Jetzt kommt gerade was zu Weihnachten. Oder vielleicht eher gegen Weihnachten. Wobei Sarah Palin nicht gegen Weihnachten ist, sie ist im Gegenteil sogar sehr dafür, sonst hätte sie ja [more]

November 14, 2013
Der Leser liest alles

Niemand kann alles lesen, was an Text bis heute produziert worden ist. Seit mehreren Tausend Jahren wird geschrieben, wobei sich das Alphabet als schriftliche Darstellung einer Lautsprache bis heute bewährt hat. Das Lateinische Alphabet ist bislang noch das am weitesten verbreitete, der höchste Anteil des weltweiten Textaufkommens ist [more]

November 15, 2013
Warum man einen Schuh verliert

Neulich lag auf dem Gehweg an einer Straßenkreuzung direkt neben einer Ampel ein Schuh. Es war ein schwarzer Pumps aus Lackleder, beziehungsweise wahrscheinlich eher aus Lackplastik. Er sah jedenfalls aus, als hätte er nicht mehr als 29,90 Euro gekostet. Wäre es ein wertvoller Schuh gewesen, dann wäre der [more]

November 16, 2013
Der schlimmste Winter seit 1947

Der Express vermeldet, dass sich Großbritannien auf den schlimmsten Winter seit 1947 einstellen muss. Ohne zynisch klingen zu wollen: Da kann man nur froh sein, dass ein Großteil der aktuell lebenden Bevölkerung Englands 1947 noch nicht auf der Welt oder in einem Alter war, in dem man schlimme [more]

November 17, 2013
Spiel des Jahres: Koalitionsverhandlungen

Neulich fragte mich ein nichtdeutscher Freund, ob ich ihm die Sache mit den aktuellen Koalitionsverhandlungen in Deutschland mal erklären könnte. Die Frage war mir peinlich. Nicht, weil ich sie nicht beantworten konnte, sondern weil meinem Freund von vornherein klar war, dass ich dazu nicht in der Lage sein [more]

November 18, 2013
Welttoilettentag

Heute ist nicht einfach nur der 19. November, heute ist auch Welttoilettentag. Seit 2001 wird dieser Aktionstag begangen, auf Anregung der Welttoilettenorganisation. Aber erst in diesem Jahr wurde er von der UNO-Generalversammlung zum „Welttoilettentag der Vereinten Nationen“ erhoben. Nun gibt es ja jede Menge sinnlose Aktionstage, den Weltknuddeltag, [more]

November 19, 2013
Tatort Audiodeskription

Der Bildschirm ist Blau Das Augenpaar eines Mannes späht nach links nach rechts geradeaus Um das rechte Auge schließt sich ein Fadenkreuz Das Fadenkreuz reißt auf, dahinter erscheint die verschwommene Silhouette eines Mannes Er hält sich die Hände schützend vors Gesicht Rennende Beine auf nassem Asphalt Aus einer [more]

November 20, 2013
Lichtspiele

Viele Kinos heißen Odeon. In der griechischen Antike bezeichnete ein Odeon einen runden, überdachten Raum für Konzertaufführungen. Wie ein Amerikaner namens Thomas Tally darauf kam, 1896 seinen Filmvorführraum als „odeon“ zu bezeichnen, ist nicht überliefert. Mit den antiken Horten der Hochkultur hatte sein mit klapprigen Stühlen ausgestatteter Raum [more]

November 21, 2013
Zu viel Sinn in Google

Manchmal stelle ich Google Fragen, auf die ich keine Antwort will. Grundsätzlich hat Google natürlich auf alles eine Antwort, auch auf die Suchanfrage „suchanfrage ohne suchergebnis“ gibt es ungefähr 230.000.000 Suchergebnisse. Aber ein Suchergebnis ist eben nicht automatisch eine Antwort. Mein Ziel ist es, Google eine Frage zu [more]

November 22, 2013
Fehl und Fehlen

Gestern habe ich einen Fehler gemacht. Ich habe gefehlt, im zweifachen Sinne des Wortes. Ich habe eine Leerstelle hinterlassen und das war falsch. Zu fehlen war ein Fehler. Den ich nicht wieder gut machen kann. Es sei denn, ich kann die Zeit zurückdrehen. Vielleicht geht das. Das erste [more]

November 23, 2013
Vorwärts, Satan

Die Digitalisierung der Musik war natürlich Satans Werk, hat er so doch bessere Möglichkeiten, seine Botschaft unters Volk zu bringen. Mithilfe von Software lässt sich jede Audiodatei rückwärts abspielen und auf mögliches Backmasking überprüfen. Für das Rückwärtsabspielen von CDs brauchte man einen speziellen Player, und in Zeiten von [more]

November 24, 2013
Das Fernsehen tanzt nicht mehr

Das MDR-Fernsehballett soll abgeschafft werden. Damit stirbt nicht nur ein Stück Fernsehgeschichte, sondern auch eine Idee: dass Fernsehen eine Bühne sei. In seinen Anfängen sollte Fernsehen nicht real sein, sondern das Gegenteil davon. Scripted Reality hätte in den Sechzigern nicht funktioniert. Dass es das heute tut, ist kein [more]

November 25, 2013
Tag und Nacht das Gleiche

Als Kind fand ich das Wort „Tagundnachtgleiche“ sehr interessant. Ich dachte, wenn es Menschen egal ist, ob Tag oder Nacht ist, dann nennen sie das Tagundnachtgleiche. Im Winter gibt es manchmal Tage, da weiß man nicht, ob es noch nicht hell oder schon wieder dunkel ist. Tag oder [more]

November 26, 2013
Keine Zeit

Wenn es schnell gehen muss: Fertigpizza Ungebügelt in den Schrank Kurzhaarschnitt Plagiieren Ich lass’ das jetzt so

November 27, 2013
leerpost
November 28, 2013
Beziehung mit Planet

Mir ist aufgefallen, dass ich Wetter, Weltall und Zeit sehr gern mag. Das war mir bislang nicht bewußt. Aber wenn man jeden Tag über irgendetwas schreiben muss, 60 Tage lang, dann wählt man sich wohl etwas, das einem nahe ist, zu dem man eine Beziehung pflegt. In diesem [more]

November 29, 2013
Die NSA muss besser werden

Wenn man am Flughafen in Miami bei der Passkontrolle durchfällt und ins Hinterzimmer zur extrasorgfältigen Personalienüberprüfung gebeten wird, fragt man sich, ob die NSA die Sache mit der Überwachung wirklich so gut im Griff hat. Wäre dem so, könnten sich die USA ihren absurden Einreisekontrollapparat an Flughäfen dann [more]

November 30, 2013
Radio macht alles kaputt

Morgens um 5 vor 10 ist die Welt sehr schön. Sie besteht aus einem Pool, der groß genug ist, dass man darin Bahnen schwimmen kann, darum ein paar Palmen und einige wenige Menschen auf Liegen, die sich kaum bewegen, kaum reden und kaum auffallen. Was gut ist, denn [more]

December 1, 2013
Lebensgefährliches Einkaufen

Heute ist Cyber Monday. Der schönste Tag des Jahres für Leute, die gern online shoppen. Onlinestores hauen heute ihre Waren zu Preisen raus, bei denen man nicht mehr von Sonderangeboten sprechen sollte, sondern von Sonderbarangeboten: Irgendwo muss die Sache einen Haken haben, wenn ein Fernseher, der vorher 1000 [more]

December 2, 2013
Den Ball am Rollen halten

Rollerball ist eine fiktive Sportart, die zudem nur in einer fiktiven Zukunft ausgeübt wird, nämlich im gleichnamigen Science-Fiction-Film von 1975. Rollerball ist so brutal, dass die Karrieren der Spieler höchst kurzlebig sind – wer Glück hat, scheidet aus dem Spiel, wer Pech hat, aus dem Leben. Das ist [more]

December 3, 2013
Schmerzen Schlafen

Eine von vielen möglichen Folgen von Schlafentzug: Kopfschmerzen. Schlaflosigkeit kann behoben werden, zum Beispiel durch die Einnahme von Melatonin. Eine von vielen möglichen Nebenwirkungen von Melatonin: Kopfschmerzen. Soll ich jetzt Melatonin nehmen, um besser zu schlafen, aber mit Kopfschmerzen aufzuwachen oder soll ich schlecht schlafen und einfach so [more]

December 4, 2013
Wo das Land zuende ist

Man sollte meinen, es gäbe viele Orte auf dieser Erde, die „Land’s End“ heißen. Denn es gibt ziemlich viele Landzipfel, die von Engländern entdeckt oder besetzt wurden, als Britannia noch Herrscherin über die Wellen der Weltmeere war. Tatsächlich gibt es aber nur ein einziges Land’s End, und das [more]

December 5, 2013
Hundetrainer verschenken

Dass jedes Jahr Weihnachten ist, und zwar jedes Jahr zum selben Datum, ändert nichts daran, dass ziemlich viele Menschen jedes Jahr aufs Neue von Weihnachten überrascht werden und auf den letzten Drücker irgendwelche Geschenke besorgen, deren Auswahl zeitmangelbedingt entweder banal, lieblos oder unpassend ausfällt. Auch ich werde zu [more]

December 6, 2013
Soziopathen zu mir bitte

Gerade las ich einen Bericht darüber, welcher Typ Mensch bevorzugt Opfer von Soziopathen wird: der empathische Typ. Offensichtlich bin ich nicht empathisch. Jedenfalls hatte ich es noch nie mit einem Soziopathen zu tun. Mit Intriganten, Schizophrenen oder einfach nur Blödmännern schon, aber Soziopathen scheinen ein anderes Kaliber zu [more]

December 7, 2013
Die Sonne benimmt sich komisch

Es wird kein Wiedersehen mit Ison geben. Der Komet zerfiel, weil er der Sonne zu nahe kam. Von wegen Sonne ist ein Lebensspender. Allerdings schwächelt die Sonne gerade: Die Zahl der Sonnenflecken ist viel niedriger als normal, sie sind weniger aktiv, und das Magnetfeld der Sonne spielt total [more]

December 8, 2013
Wie man Eidechsen verscheucht

Verscheuchen oder verjagen, wo ist eigentlich der Unterschied? Verscheuchen tut man wohl eher kleinere, harmlose und vor allem scheue Tiere, die bei einer Handbewegung oder einem Zischlaut schon das Weite suchen. Verjagen tut man eher Tiere, die sich nicht so leicht was sagen lassen, die einem lästig sind, [more]

December 9, 2013
leerpost
December 10, 2013
Lückenbüßer

Wer Buße tut, gelobt Besserung. Wer eine Lücke büßt, füllt sie aus und macht damit alles besser.

December 10, 2013
Mehr essen als erinnern

Die Tamale ist ein lateinamerikanisches Gericht aus Maisteig und anderen natürlichen Zutaten. Hot Tamales ist eine US-amerikanische Süßigkeit aus Zucker und anderen unnatürlichen Zutaten, die nach Zimt schmeckt und irre süchtig macht. Hot Tamales gibt es seit 1950, und seit es sie gibt, haben sie sich, von der [more]

December 11, 2013
Brittani Sonnenberg

In Praise of Empty Elevators

By empty, I mean an elevator with nobody else in it but you. Virginia Woolf once sung the praises of a room of one’s own; she may as well have been speaking of elevators: tiny rooms with a wall of illuminated buttons and, more often than not, a [more]

October 14, 2013
The Mother We Share

Last week I was waiting for the light to turn at a crosswalk, listening to the new CHVRCHES album, when I felt that prickly sensation of being watched. I looked around and saw a boy, eight or so years old, dark hair, round eyes, staring up at me. [more]

October 15, 2013
Wounds, Not Miracles

Every Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 I go to high school. The school is in Wedding, in a grand old pre-war building, with echoing halls, fluorescent overhead lights, and Koreans who can’t find their classrooms. I ignore their beseeching looks – I’m late to class myself – and take [more]

October 16, 2013
Begins With ‘O’

Yesterday, I was sleepily putting coffee on the stove, listening to my favorite radio station. I like loud music in the morning, a tradition that began at a coffee stand at Fudan University, in Shanghai, that served Nescafe mixed with hot milk and tapioca pearls. The two girls [more]

October 17, 2013
What Weather Is

On the balcony opposite, straggling flowers, left for dead after months of near-claustrophobic care – watering twice a day, gentle whispering (they hated that; never wanted to know what the woman was thinking), plucking (humiliating human preoccupation with tidiness) are thrown into diagonal lines by the wind. The [more]

October 18, 2013
An Unsentimental Education

Alice Munro is badass because her characters are passionate but never sentimental. Children leap to their deaths and drown the dog while they’re at it. Nieces coolly despise their maiden aunts and then get bitch-slapped by a revelation from the aunt’s bastard child at the aunt’s funeral. Everyone [more]

October 19, 2013
New Evidence that East Germany Invented the Partner Look

These days, the partner look is all the rage on the streets of Beijing, as the newly fashion conscious Wall Street Journal reported a couple weeks ago. Just to set the record straight, I felt it important to point out that the forward thinking folks at the Leipzig [more]

October 20, 2013
Edifying Activities You Wish Were Over Already When You’re Still in the Middle of Them and then You Feel Lame

1.  Orchestra Concerts. You love classical music. You love performances. You love getting dressing up. So why, two minutes into a symphony from Beethoven, do you inevitably begin wishing they would just hurry up and be done with it? Why train your eyes on the conductor’s sheets of [more]

October 21, 2013
Cut From the Same Cloth

“If you want to do things by yourself, why get married?” –Nancy Featherstone In response to my post about the partner look in East Germany, astute 60 Pages reader Jane Fränzel, a globetrotting Mandarin whiz and a blur on the dance floor, pointed me to an intriguing Guardian [more]

October 22, 2013
Heights

(For Laura) On the whole, I would say I’m not all that afraid of death. On a scale of 1 (can’t wait to be dead!) to 10 (eating only kale to stave off the Grim Reaper), I’m a 5 (I avoid both dodgy neighbourhoods and kale shakes). As [more]

October 23, 2013
And Then There Were None

It is our third day in Gasthof Kohlern, a small, isolated hotel in Süd Tirol, tucked into a mountain’s gentle slope. All 17 rooms are full, and breakfast and dinner are served in the large front dining room with blond pine floors and picture windows overlooking the valley. [more]

October 24, 2013
Deutscheleute im Wanderurlaub (Germans on Hiking Trips)

Co-written with Erwin M. Schmidt. The German hiker is a special breed. Below are some key indicators for spotting the species in their natural habitat. If 3 out of the 5 descriptions below apply, chances are that you’ve spotted a German hiker! They wear lots of gear. Not [more]

October 25, 2013
American Tourist Narrowly Escapes Mauling

Or: Local Pigs Complain of Prejudice, Unfair Treatment This morning I was chased by pigs the size of pimped-up Harleys down a small forest path. The pigs made as much noise as motorcycles, grunting in a menacing pissed-off-pig-fashion, not unlike growling motors. I had spotted them early on, [more]

October 26, 2013
Closure

Today the hotel we are staying in closes for the season. There is an air of giddiness among the staff, coffee refill requests are cheerfully ignored, the unimaginative flirtatious comments of 50-year-old German men are met with no indulgent smiles from the young Polish waitresses, just an impatient [more]

October 27, 2013
How to Fight

Paul Gauguin, The Vision after the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel) Stay low on defense. Move your feet. Don’t be lazy. Box out. Grab the rebound with two hands. You can’t debate feasibility. Go after efficacy instead. Speak clearly and don’t be afraid to make eye contact [more]

October 28, 2013
Outdo Yourself

The best beverage on earth is 100 Plus. Tragically, it is only available in Singapore and Malaysia. I could say 100 Plus tastes like carbonated grapefruit Gatorade, but to do so would be like trying to describe Shakespeare’s genius by listing the alphabet. 100 Plus and The Tempest [more]

October 29, 2013
Goethe Fail

Yesterday, the sky outside the Wedding Volkshochschule was distractingly beautiful. The overhead lights were off, and as Reinhard, our philosophy teacher, attempted to explain the difference between Trieb (instinct) and Instinkt (instinct), the saturated late-afternoon sunlight melted on the wall of a nearby brick building. The room’s dimness, [more]

October 30, 2013
Getting to Yes: A Hair-raising Halloween Tale

They rode the subway to the final station. Aside from an old alcoholic drinking beer and talking to his large, mournful German shepherd mix, trying to cheer him up, they had been the only ones on the train for the last three stops. They climbed the exit stairs, [more]

October 31, 2013
The Fort Lauderdale Sheraton

Last night, the rare female taxi driver picked me up, cackling as soon as I opened the door. Her dyed blond hair was gelled tight to her skull, the rest tumbled down in a peroxide ponytail. “Where’d you come from?” she yelled as I climbed in, like I [more]

November 1, 2013
Perambulate: Like Regulate, but Less Cool

(Naaadjaa! Ich liebe dich. Spray paint on cement. Anonymous.) Bergmannkiez, my neighborhood, is not fun at night. The few bars are either trying too hard or not trying at all; your best bet is lingering over wine or grappa at La Bionda, the Italian restaurant at the corner of [more]

November 2, 2013
“Eyes Shallow as Paint”

Courage is easy on a summer night. Your skin needs no protection: the sun is down, the wind is warm. There’s a loud party across the street, the song that’s been playing nonstop on the radio since June drifts in through the open windows. Long into the night, [more]

November 3, 2013
Reliably Unreliable Narration

I love contemplating narration, the way soccer fans love dissecting a breathtaking goal and the crisp passes that led to it. In what voice does the story unravel? Or does the story unravel the voice? Does the narrator emerge more whole at the end of the telling? Or [more]

November 4, 2013
Music for the Elderly

A few days ago, the good folks at FLUX FM announced the National’s imminent concert, or, as they put it: “music for the elderly.” I shudder to think of what equally sensitive words they would have chosen to mourn Lou Reed’s passing. Last night, with the help of [more]

November 5, 2013
The End of Philosophy

Yesterday was my final philosophy class, which I celebrated by taking the wrong subway and arriving half an hour late. The Korean girl had just delivered a presentation on choice, to which nobody was responding, despite Reinhard’s gentle prompting. I asked for a copy of the handout she’d [more]

November 6, 2013
The Woes of Employing a Personal Secretary

It looked like a cruel day from the window. Pedestrians were grimacing against the wind, and even dogs on walks looked aggrieved. But when I stepped outside, it was downright balmy. I had so many layers on it felt like Florida. Suspiciously warm weather prompts a kind of [more]

November 7, 2013
How Do I Build My Yacht?

Before I arrived at the apartment in Hamburg where my husband Erwin and I are spending the weekend, the question “How do I build my yacht?” had never crossed my mind. Luckily, there’s a book here that goes into great detail on the subject: the helpfully titled How [more]

November 8, 2013
Art and Lethargy

Ejnar Nielsen, Die Blinde. Gjern, 1896/1898 Why is art so hard to look at? Sometimes it feels like regarding a too-bright landscape at midday, the sun glinting off of every surface. Or being in the mall, Rihanna singing at a harmless volume, drifting from clothes racks, feeling sweaters. I know [more]

November 9, 2013
The Consulate Lawn

I’ve got that pre-solo trip nervousness, that top-of-the-waterslide gulp. The very notion of a writing residency – self-imposed exile for a month, away from my adopted city, back to my passport country – suddenly seems preposterous, like taking a naked walk at midnight around the neighborhood. What’s the [more]

November 10, 2013
Planeclothes

Dressing for the plane: a supposedly simple task, but one I’ve never pulled off to my satisfaction. Right now, for example, despite having switched outfits three time this morning, to optimize for warmth, comfort, and pockets, I screwed up in a crucial area: socks. My sweatpants, I only [more]

November 11, 2013
Re-Entry

Yesterday, after clearing customs, I entered the Charlotte, North Carolina airport with the manic joy that always characterizes my first hours of return to the United States. Luckily, everyone was playing their part: the kid in front of me at customs squeaked, as the officer stamped his passport, [more]

November 12, 2013
The Sheets

I’m sweating lightly, taking a breather after a fierce game of ping pong. Having lost the last two matches, I’m reminded of how competitive I am; moans and curses always escape when a shot goes wild. Somehow, I care. That attitude is arguably good for ping pong and [more]

November 14, 2013
The Regular

This afternoon, I was sitting in a van, as the driver went to the drive-thru bank. The interaction with the teller went something like this: Hey Josephine. Hey Bee. You want quarters. Yes ma’am. You need anything else? We’re starting up the Christmas pageant rehearsals this week, so [more]

November 15, 2013
Talking Smack

Last night I was playing ping pong with a white-whiskered German, a murmuring Brit, and a long-legged Floridian. The German, a painter from Bayern, had perfected the art of talking smack, a skill set I never would have credited him with upon first glance. He stood inches from [more]

November 16, 2013
What a Blessing

This morning I went to brunch in town with two fellow VCCA residents at What a Blessing. That’s right; the name of the bakery is What a Blessing, and if you walk in wondering what kind of blessing they’re talking about, there are bible verses pasted all over [more]

November 17, 2013
Magic Eye

On the train from Newark to New York after a flight from Virginia. Substituting misty dripping woods and lounging cows with tired, concrete-colored industry, the odd pastel box car. It looks like Shanghai outside: the unbending gray, the smog giving up the fight and dissolving into dusk. A [more]

November 18, 2013
Guys, Guys– New York Subway Entertainers

1.The drum circle: Chairs and bongos suddenly materialize in the middle of the subway car. For reasons of acoustics that are beyond me, the drums are barely audible over the rattle and shudder of the hurtling train. 2. The gospel quartet: Four black men in dapper, church-like attire [more]

November 19, 2013
You Got a Foreign Accent

Today, after an unforgiving sprint across the Charlotte Airport to catch my flight back to Virginia, I walked across the sunny tarmac to the tiny plane. An airline worker in a fluroescent vest led me there, a tall man with a broad smile and kind eyes. “Where you [more]

November 19, 2013
Things Just off the Road in Lynchburg, Virginia

A shock of bamboo, twice my height, hiding the house behind it. A sign: State Maintenance Ends Here A man, wearing hunting gear from head to toe, except for a small portion where his midriff sticks out, like a teenage girl who’s planned her outfit accordingly. He holds [more]

November 21, 2013
Sing Along

Last night, I sat down with two fiction writers and one painter to sing. There were two guitars, one banjo, and lots of sheet music. We started with some classic bluegrass numbers and moved into the blues and then some Gram Parsons country. Most of the songs I [more]

November 22, 2013
Freethrows

What isn’t like shooting freethrows? The more I think about it, almost everything feels like standing at the painted line, the ball in your hand, the ref’s whistle in his mouth, your teammates tensed, ready to lunge. The safety dribble: your little signature, your lucky pebble, your last [more]

November 23, 2013
Chatting Offline

I never knew a residency would be a riot of conversation. But sharing three meals a day with twenty other people, who are constantly cycling in and out, means that when you’re not writing, you’re talking. The meals determine the tenor of the talk. Breakfast is gentle, people [more]

November 24, 2013
The Unsolved Mysteries of Amherst County

I’ve been taking a walk every day in Virginia, on the backroads behind the residency. On these walks I pass various insolubles. After nearly two weeks here, I am getting no closer to the answers. It’s particularly frustrating because I’ve started rereading Sherlock Holmes and have a higher-than-usual [more]

November 25, 2013
Foamhenge

Today I waived my firm anti-guided-tour policy and joined a band of visual artists from the residency to check out the Natural Bridge caverns, a forty-minute drive from VCCA. It took a while to get inside the caverns, as one artist required hundreds of thumbs from a wax [more]

November 26, 2013
Helping vs. Hurting

It has poured the entire day, a relentless, thudding rain that is rare in Berlin, where it spits and then stops and then spits again. This morning, the mountains were shrouded in cloud and fellow residents seem to have disappeared, too; I’ve only seen the odd painter poking [more]

November 27, 2013
Shaky Omniscience

(William Blake, The Temptation and Fall of Eve) It’s a creative writing workshop mantra that even if a character doesn’t know something in a story/novel, the writer needs to know it. But is this really true? Is there any way that the character’s ignorance and the writer’s ignorance [more]

November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving Drive-Thru

Thursday morning, 6am: Taxi picks me up from the residency. Taxi company is a husband and wife team, and they’ve both showed up today out of solidarity/sleeplessness. It’s still night outside. I snuggle into the back seat and they take off, murmuring gently between them, the radio on. It’s [more]

November 29, 2013
Ever=Sweet Butter

My Midwestern side of the family lives in northwest Ohio, on neat acres of farmland that grow corn, wheat, and soybeans. The terrain is profoundly flat, divided into mile-long squares, demarcated by the county roads. If you set off down one of these roads, you can see the [more]

November 30, 2013
Fire Drill

Last night a fire drill was conducted at my grandparents’ assisted living home. Ten minutes before the drill, a staff member had entered the recreation room where we were eating Pizza Hut supreme thin crust and announced, apologetically, that the room would be crammed with all of the [more]

November 30, 2013
Happy Carter

Last night, Cora Tabb of Tabb’s Cabs picked me up from the airport, along with a buoyant Sweet Briar freshman. As we were exiting the airport, the freshman announced that she wasn’t headed to Sweet Briar College, but to an address in Lynchburg, to spend the night in [more]

December 1, 2013
Easy on the Eyes

I feel I’ve been remiss in not sounding more shocked about how beautiful everything is here in Virginia. Not because I was expecting it to be unbeautiful, but because the beauty, even if you have an intimation of it, shakes you anyways. So here, in no particular order, [more]

December 3, 2013
The Preposterous Pedestrian

I learned to drive when I was 27. That means 12 intervening years of embarrassment, in which silly, vaguely slapstick scenes ensued as a result of being vehicle-impaired. I nearly ran over a cop at the London airport, who insisted I move the car when my mother was [more]

December 4, 2013
At Home (Away from Home)

The home closest to my heart is a retirement community in northeast Georgia, just south of Highlands, North Carolina. It has the slightly unbelievable name of Sky Valley. Most of the houses in Sky Valley were built in the 1970s, a combination of ranch and chalet styles, with [more]

December 4, 2013
Rapunzel’s

Utopias are funny places. They emerge unexpectedly; any plans to create them crumble. They are like fine weather or a close, sudden friendship: inarguable and generous. Settings can be utopic one day and banal the next. In Berlin, I consider Tempelhofer Feld, an airport that has been converted [more]

December 6, 2013
What Weather Is, Cont’d

This morning, I stepped out into Florida. The air was warm and moist. Ambling along the street, peeling off my layers, I stopped and sniffed: the rising temperatures had unlocked the smells of the woods and pasture to either side. I was still in Virginia, but it was [more]

December 7, 2013
Lap Scarf

Today four fellow residents and I busted out of VCCA to attend the local Lynchburg Christmas Craft Fair. We meandered from stall to stall, lingering over pottery and bound leather journals, but for me the standout was a bow-tie stand. The vendor, who was also the designer, was [more]

December 8, 2013
Residencies: Can You Pickle That?

My husband Erwin enjoys taking long train rides when he travels to his hometown in Romania. He says it makes more emotional sense for journeys to be long, enduring ordeals. That hopping on a four-hour-flight dodges the greater truth of how far Romania is from Germany. And how [more]

December 8, 2013
The Former Dominatrix

This morning I hailed a cab from Tegel Airport in Berlin, treating myself to a quick ride home. I was in an unholy mood after 17 hours of travel. I hardly ever sleep on planes – watching TV and movies is too alluring – but I always pay [more]

December 10, 2013
The Citizens’ Hotline

Yesterday, I showed up to my weekly sing-along, held in a friend’s apartment, to find that her kitchen looked more like a war room than a piano bar. Apparently, the downstairs neighbor had threatened to go to the landlord to complain about the music, and the group was [more]

December 10, 2013
Precocious

This morning I noticed two essential differences between the US and Germany. 1) Pre-schoolers are taken on strolls through graveyards and 2) German squirrels have shockingly long ears. I discovered the first item as I was walking through the cemetery near my house. I’ve been looking for wooded places [more]

December 11, 2013
End of Days

Today is my last post for 60 Pages, and it feels like the end of basketball season in high school: you’re relieved you don’t have to go to practice anymore, but then you feel a little empty when you walk by the gym, hungry for a ball in [more]

December 12, 2013
Alexander Giesche

you have to hurryyou have to hurry

Man muß sich beeilen, wenn man etwas sehen will, alles verschwindet… Paul Cézanne PHOTOS BY DANIEL MAYER If you want to see something, you have to hurry. Everything disappears. Paul Cézanne PHOTOS BY DANIEL MAYER  

October 15, 2013
REFLEKTOR (RGB)REFLEKTOR (RGB)

Trapped in a prism, in a prism of light Alone in the darkness, darkness of white We fell in love, alone on a stage In the reflective age (Arcade Fire) http://vimeo.com/74355104

October 15, 2013
THEM!THEM!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2PLls02gOU

October 16, 2013
Luigi Serafini’s THE CODEX SERAPHINIANUS Luigi Serafini’s THE CODEX SERAPHINIANUS

Buongiorno (good morning) Mr. Taylor! thanks for your kind words of appreciation. My english is not as good as yours… it’s rather pidgin (as spoken in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea), but I’m ready to discuss with you about books and/or other topics by using all the idiomatic [more]

October 17, 2013
FINSTERWORLDFINSTERWORLD

„Es wäre so schön, wenn man jemand anderes und trotzdem man selbst sein könnte.“

October 18, 2013
The OutsideThe Outside

  Night is this apparition: everything has disappeared. It is what we sense when dreams replace sleep, the dead pass into the deep of the night, when night’s deep appeares in those who have disappeared.   Maurice Blanchot „The Outside”  

October 19, 2013
KITTY SUNDAYKITTY SUNDAY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9mgJphN94U

October 20, 2013
New York Trilogy

`Our words no longer correspond to the world. (…) Every time we try to speak of what we see, we speak falsely, distorting the very thing we are trying to represent. (…) Consider a word that refers to a thing -`umbrella’ for example. When I saynthe word `umbrella’, you see [more]

October 21, 2013
MEETING THE FUTUREMEETING THE FUTURE

https://vimeo.com/77507188

October 22, 2013
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October 25, 2013
AIRCONDITIONAIRCONDITION
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October 28, 2013
the second law of thermodynamicsthe second law of thermodynamics

https://vimeo.com/58614208 The great obsession of the nineteenth century was, as we know, history: with its themes of development and of suspension, of crisis, and cycle, themes of the ever-accumulating past, with its great preponderance of dead men and the menacing glaciation of the world. The nineteenth century found its essential mythological resources [more]

October 29, 2013