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This must be the most interesting all-round  website in English language for all matters regarding  cultural and political affairs. Founded by the late Dennis Dutton, a former colleague of mine at the University of Canterbury and a world wide renowned cultural philosopher ( I most highly recommend his seminal book ‘The Art Instinct’ .  ). […]

Sebald und Kant

 For German speaking folks: ”Jetzund kömpt die Nacht herbey – Ansichten aus dem Leben und Sterben des Immanuel Kant” is the title of the only so far unpublished film script by the German writer W G Sebald. The WDR ( West German Broadcast ) has produced a radioplay based on this script by Claudia Johanna Leist. A remarkable […]

Thomas Bernhard

A collection of interesting Film documents about Thomas Bernhard, the most  important postwar German speaking  writer  in the 20th century. His last major novel ”Ausloeschung” is one of the true great books  of modern literature.  

Bill Bryson

For a light hearted  and funny read try Bill Bryson’s “The Road to Little Dribbling “, an utterly charming book about England.The man is clearly in love with that particular subject ( so am I, it is by far the most inspiring and wonderfully eccentric country in Europe ) and it is ideal for creating many smiles […]

W G Sebald

It was one of the privileges in my life having  been in contact with W G Sebald and exchanging letters over the subject of music shortly before his untimely death. Sebald comes from the same background as I do , the so called ‘Oberallgaeu’, where the city of Sonthofen sits at its very centre, he was […]

Ulysses for us all

For the few souls out there who are interested in Joyce’s Opus magnum “Ulysses” ( ‘Finnegans Wake’ being the almost too cryptic successor and probably not in the same league due to its extreme private language ), there is a splendid work by one of the most eminent Joyce scholars: Declan Kiberg : “Ulysses and Us: The Art […]

David Foster Wallace

It probably doesn’t even need mentioning but  David Foster Wallace (1962-2008 ) was one of the most original voices in American literature of the last decades.         His untimely death due to suicide at the age of 46 silenced a mind with an extreme sense of astute observation, equipped with a profound sense of […]

Paintings in Proust

Recommending books is a tricky business, and tastes are wildly different. Interest in serious literature can be a conversation killer these days, intellectual discourse  increasingly getting frowned upon. But  for those who have munched their way through one of the greatest novels in literary history, the “A la Recherche du temps perdu ” by Proust,  here is […]

Golden Age

Between roughly 1920 and 1950 was the time of the so called  Golden Age of the Crime Novel  which I have been interested for  many years now. One of its most interesting representatives was “Locked Room ” specialist John Dickson Carr. The meeting of the Internet based John Dickson Carr society in London was quite […]