Phoning with grandma: Marcel Proust’s connection problems

Culture Phoning with grandma Marcel Proust already knew our annoying connection problems As of May 11, 2020 | Reading time: 3 minutes Marcel Proust processed a traumatic telephone conversation from 1896 Source: Getty Images Does modern technology really help to keep in touch with older relatives? Marcel Proust already tells of a failed long-distance call […]

Volker Ullrich: Chronicle of the last week of the Third Reich after Hitler’s death

Siegfried Unseld was one of the first to know. As a marine radio operator, the then twenty-year-old Suhrkamp publisher was one of the radio squads that transmitted messages from the naval commander-in-chief, Grand Admiral Dönitz, in the last few weeks of the war. Unseld’s radio station at Dönitz’s improvised headquarters in Plön in Holstein was […]

Aura and Corona: If we only consume art at home

Culture Historical misunderstanding How Corona democratized art As of April 27, 2020 | Reading time: 3 minutes You can also enjoy theater and opera at home. But without the magic of the stage Source: REUTERS In the age of mass art, works lost their aura, wrote Walter Benjamin in 1935. It has been remembered since […]

The Easter walk as in Goethe’s “Faust” is actually forbidden

literature “Faust I” The Easter walk as with Goethe is actually forbidden Status: 1:19 p.m. | Reading time: 3 minutes The opposite of social distance: Illustration of the Easter walk (“In front of the gate”) in the “Faust” Credit: Hulton Archive / Getty Images “The river and streams have been freed from the ice”, but […]

Carnival: A Guide to Corona Times

NAfter all, celebrating Carnival sick is a classic, as you know not only in the Rhineland. No wonder, since the Jecken session always coincides with the flu season. This year, however, the carnivalists face a particular danger with the corona virus. The easiest recipe against Corona would of course be to skip Carnival this year. […]

Corona and carnival: a guide for highly infectious times

NAfter all, celebrating Carnival sick is a classic, as you know not only in the Rhineland. No wonder, since the Jecken session always coincides with the flu season. This year, however, the carnivalists face a particular danger with the corona virus. The easiest recipe against Corona would of course be to skip Carnival this year. […]

Handke’s “The Second Sword”: What the author needs a bazooka for

Peter Handke’s neighbors live dangerously. At least if they have dogs that with their “often not and never-ending roaring and screeching” disturb a writer’s afternoon. Then he can not defend himself against the “idea” to blow up the respective local house with a ‘bazooka’ – although I have no idea what that is in detail […]

“Serpentines” by Bov Bjerg: “What sick shit!”

Bov Bjerg wanted to know a few topics a day or two before our meeting that I want to talk to him about. So that he does not have to be annoyed afterwards that the clever answers have not occurred to him spontaneously. He brought notes with him to an interview in a café in […]