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For all those who want to explore one of 20th century’s argueably greatest novels: I do recommend to stick to this excellent Audiobook version from an Irish Radio 1982 production. All the different characters incl. the inner monologue are spoken by different actors and it makes the whole affair far more digestible. It is well […]

Sylvia Beach 1962

One of the most important figures in Paris literary life was Sylvia Beach ( 1887-1962 ), owner of the legendary Shakespeare & Company bookstore, which became a focal point for many writers, artists and intellectuals. She published the first edition of James Joyce “Ulysses”, one of the most influential books in 20th century literature. Here […]

Music in the Castle of Heaven

This monumental Bach biography by John Eliot Gardiner is a must read for all interested in Bach’s music, particularly when it comes to the more vocally inspired works such as the cantatas, which Gardiner performed all 200 in 2000 during the so called “Bach pilgrimage”. Surprising for me was the in depth historical research Gardiner […]

Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize for literature for “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. Here is an example of his art, “It’s alright, Ma ( I’m only bleeding ), one of his arguably greatest songs. And the 2016 Nobel Lecture. Food for thought.

Arno Schmidt

Finally an English version of an excellent film about Arno Schmidt, one of Germany’s most important postwar writers, and certainly my favorite “Wortmetz” ( wordsmith ) of them all.

Martin Walser

For German speaking folks: here is a 3 hour interview with one of the most important German authors, who turned 90 in April this year. Highly recommended.

Virginia Woolf

One of my favorite authors, a writer alongside the ranks of Joyce, Beckett and Proust. And here is a rarissimum of some kind: a recording with her voice. Fascinating talk about language and words… !!


The 10 Zappa books have arrived !!! Walter Aue, a 87 year old writer living in a tiny village in East Germany has written over a period of 2 years essays relating to any imaginable subject regarding culture, which often took him across the world during his fascinating rich and interesting life. These particular […]

Elizabeth Gill

It is always a great delight for a British mystery enthusiast like myself to discover new and obscure writers from the Golden Age of crime mystery. The more obscure the better ! Now Elizabeth Gill has been reprinted, a British autor who only lived for 32 years. ( 1902-1934 ) Hence her output is small: […]