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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 […]


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.

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. […]

A little story

A few days ago I read the story on the Slippedisc blog by Norman Lebrecht about Polish dancer Franciszka Mann, who shot a SS Officer in Auschwitz on 23rd of October 1943 minutes before she would have been sent to the gas chambers. Here is some more background information. About Franciszka Mann: The SS officer […]

Les Fleurs du Mal

Unpublished frontispiece for Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal First separate edition of the suppressed poems not found in the first edition

Adolfo Arietta

Adolfo González Arrieta (b. in Madrid, August 28, 1942) is a spanish filmmaker, considered as the pioneer of independent film both in Spain and France, due to the artisan quality and the unique spirit of freedom of his films. He usually uses variations of his name in the credits of his films, such as Udolfo […]

Sans Soleil

“Sunless” is a 1983 French documentary directed by Chris Marker, a meditation on the nature of human memory, showing the inability to recall the context and nuances of memory, and how, as a result, the perception of personal and global histories is affected. In a 2014 Sight and Sound poll, film critics voted Sans Soleil […]

Beauty in emptiness

Is there beauty in emptiness ? It may be in the eye of the beholder, but I always liked photographs without people. The equivalent in fine art would be Giorgio Morandi, who I am very fond of. And looking at Emmanuel Monzon’s stunning photographs I would emphatically endorse the fact that empty spaces can transport […]

Cops ( 1922 )

Buster Keaton was once perfectly described by Orson Welles: “Keaton was beyond all praise, a very great artist, and one of the most beautiful men I ever saw on the screen. He was also a superb director. In the last analysis, nobody came near him (…) I wish I’d known him better than I did.s […]


Dvorak’s Requiem is rarely performed and an underrated masterpiece. Composed in 1890 it is a deeply spiritual work. It needs to be heard. ( A woman in Berlin 1945, after having committed suicide. The suicide rates spiked dramatically in 1945 as many women were afraid of being abused,raped or killed by Russian soldiers who had […]