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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"Sit, Wagner!"

Thursday 23 March, 2006

Spike Lee's most recent film "Inside Man" is a thriller set in a post 9/11 New York. In an interview with the intrepid Katja Nicodemus, Lee talks about American cluelessness, his waning rage and the beloved dachshund of his youth, "Schnitzel".
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Prospect's blunder

Monday 10 October, 2005

Prospect magazine's list of the world's top 100 public intellectuals speaks tellingly about the provincialism of today's global media, but says nothing about the ideas behind today's global world. By Arno Widmann
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Intimately connected to the Zeitgeist

Wednesday 24 August, 2005

American author Jonathan Franzen discusses his German literary influences, American playfulness and his "moral mission". An interview with Bernadette Conrad
(Photo © David Shankbone)
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Google Print, or knowledge is power

Monday 23 May, 2005

With Google Print, Google aims to realise the age-old dream of making all knowledge available at any time to anyone. But the notion that a single machine, company or algorithm is able to organise all freely available knowledge in a position of overwhelming dominance is hard to reconcile with the principles of cultural diversity. By Rüdiger Wischenbart
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Thanks from the new Czar

Friday 11 March, 2005

On Tuesday, Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov was reported to have been assassinated by the Russian secret service. Philosopher Andre Glucksmann says "Thank you, Messrs Chirac, Bush and Schröder", on behalf of Czar Putin.
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Einstein's legacy

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

What can we learn from Albert Einstein today? Trust in the free flight of conceptual imagination, mistrust of any kind of authority and knowing when you can safely go to bed. By Yehuda Elkana
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