On the Death of Siegfried Lenz ? ?You have to justify your life?

Siegfried Lenz, one of the great writers of German post-war literature is dead. He died on 7 October 2014, surrounded by his family. He was 88 years old.... more more

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Functions like DNA

Monday 31 October 2011

In 2007 the rap duo Kinderzimmer Productions disbanded with rapper Henrik von Holtum, alias MC Textor, publishing a ranting manifesto against the rap scene in the Tageszeitung. But Kinderzimmer Productions is back with a new live recording of their old songs - with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Nina Apin from the taz talks with MC Textor about rap, classical music and the question of aging gracefully.
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"We only have ourselves to draw upon"

Wednesday 26 October, 2011

TeaserPicIf geniuses still exist in Germany, then Friedrich Kittler, who died at the age of 68 on 18 October, was one of them. The literary scholar and media theorist wrote as much about drugs as he did about weapons, and he was as interested in war as he was in love. One of his PhD students is a Eurofighter pilot in Afghanistan. Andreas Rosenfelder talked with him in his Berlin apartment at the beginning of the year.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Elet es Irodalom lauds three biographies for honestly settling acounts with the communist era. In Rue89 Daniel Cohn-Bendit demands: Federalise Europe! La vie des idees reveals tactics used to muzzle the private press in Egypt. Die Welt is incredibly bored by a new online database of Nazi art. Il Sole 24 Ore reminisces on the better days of the Italian economic miracle, and in Babelia, philosopher Jose Luis Pardo has a sure recipe for capitalizing on current market slumps.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 18 October, 2011

TeaserPicIn the NZZ, Najem Wali praises Boualem Sansal for immunising himself against the hypocrisy of Arab intellectuals. In Le Monde Pierre Nora explains that colonialism was in fact a discourse of the left. Nazis should be on the stage, says Peter Esterhazy in Elet es Irodalom, but not, please, with state funding. Who writes about the poor today, Sibylle Lewitscharoff asks in Literaturen. In La regle du jeu, Marc Lambron compares tartar with AC/DC, and Eurozine pitches democracy against purity.
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Surveillance on demand

Monday 17 October 2011

The Chaos Computer Club's sensational find of a German government trojan has shed light on an extreme case of state surveillance. Spokespersons of the club, Constanze Kurz and Frank Rieger suggest that this is not an isolated case of enforcement overstepping the limits of the law. In an interview with Joachim Güntner they talk about the promise of efficiency, the antagonism of freedom and security, and the society of digital control.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 11 October, 2011

Berliner Zeitung lauds Tranströmer as Nobel Prize laureate while bemoaning the general state of  poetry and cheap romantics. Neue Zürcher Zeitung wonders how remote Iceland could have developed such a flourishing early book culture. Magyar Narancs is hopeful that Hungary's recent political disasters are helping to sharpen the slogans of reform. In L'Espresso, Umberto Eco continues to barb Berlusconi with thinly veiled references to Napoleon. Philsopher Javier Goma Lanzon prefers pious lies to misanthropic honesty in Babelia. And La Regle du Jeu sings the praises of the Coucou de Rennes.
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Just one pyramid

Monday 10 October, 2011

Activist and author, Andri Snaer Magnason is among the Icelandic guests of honor at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair. His book and film "Dreamland" is both an ecological call to action and a polemic. "The politicians took one of the most beautiful parts of Iceland and offered it to unscrupulous companies," says the author in a critique of his native country. By Daniela Zinser
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Dark side of the light

Monday 3 October 2011

In their book "Lügendes Licht" (lying light) Thomas Worm and Claudia Karstedt explore the darker side of the EU ban on incandescent bulbs. From disposal issues to energy efficiency, the low-energy bulb is not necessarily a beacon of a greener future. By Brigitte Werneburg
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