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3 x Edward Yang

Edward Yang, one of Taiwan’s most important directors is especially known for his masterpiece “Yi Yi”, in my opinion one of the finest Asian films ever made ( together with “Maboroshi” by Hirokazu Koreeda and “Tokyo Story” by Yasujirō Ozu.) But there are also some rare and hard to get earlier works by Yang that […]

Tractatus versus Poetry

“The whole sense of the book might be summed up in the following words: what can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence. ( Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus ) Fair point, but what about poetry ? What about things that are only […]

Slinkachu

During a music festival last week I was introduced to the art of Slinkachu, a street artist who creates fascinating miniature landscapes via his miniature people he positions out in the streets.

The book of disquiet

One of the great books of the 20th century by Fernando Pessoa. My desert island choice ( together with Dostojevsky’s “Brothers Karamazov” and Arno Schmidt’s “Bottom’s Dream”.) Upon re-reading I came across this truly cool review, and what an inspiring channel that is.

Underrated

Robert Altman’s 1969 thriller “That cold day in the park” is one of the more neglected movies by this great American director. For movie buffs it is interesting to observe Altman’s interest in female psychology, which the director later explored in 1972’s “Images” and 1977’s “3 Women” further. The storyline is as simple as it […]

400

That’s the approximate number of dances Schubert wrote throughout his life. Together with his songs these pieces contain some of his most idiomatic music. They are especially noteworthy in their relationship to Austrian folk music combined with an endless melodic variety and subtle, often surprising harmonics. When I first came across these works it felt […]

Genius

Needless to say that Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli was one of the most stunning pianists of all times. The sophistication of his playing, the complete lack of outward effects and sentimentality and his unmatched pianistic abilities are the stuff of legends. His best time was from the 1940ies into the 1960ies, nearly everything from that time […]

11 minutes

One of my favorite You Tube channels is “Sommer’s World Literature to go”. Most of these videos were originally presented on a sister channel in German, but now Sommer goes English !! Approximately one work of world literature per month will be posted ! Here is “Crime and Punishment” by Fjodor Dostojevsky. In 11 minutes. […]

Fantasy

Franz Schubert wrote 3 major Fantasies, all seminal works that belong to the top of the genre. The first one in chronological order is the so called “Wandererfantasie” Opus 15, a highly virtuosic work for solo piano, based on the song “Der Wanderer” was composed in 1822. Schubert, who was only a moderate pianist could […]