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We happened to be surfing around TV stations this evening and stumbled over a 1980s comedy series called Kir Royale, which had been filmed in Munich. Tonight’s episode was “Adieu Claire”, about a fictitious famous composer named Friedrich Danziger, very … Continue reading
I’m going to let you in on a little secret — at the end of October I traveled to Washington D.C., where the American Translators Association was holding their annual conference, not to attend the conference but to take the … Continue reading
Lately I have been affected by a certain variety of writer’s block. It goes like this: I get an idea, find a few nice pictures, write up a few paragraphs to go with the pictures, and then read about the … Continue reading
In the recent New Yorker article Northern Lights: Do Scandinavians Have It All Figured Out?, Nathan Heller describes Michael Booth’s book “The Almost Nearly Perfect People” (Picador) as “essentially observational; it aspires to a comic genre that might be … Continue reading
This post brings us to another kind of railroad: the Underground Railroad, neither a railroad nor underground, the unofficial “tracks” of which were laid in the early nineteenth century. Dieser Beitrag bringt uns zu einer anderen Art von Eisenbahn: Der … Continue reading
I’m not actually a train buff in the traditional sense of the term. Then again, when I write that, it brings to mind Nick Hornby, in the Bob Dylan chapter in his book “31 Songs” I’m not a big Dylan … Continue reading
Da und dort in Amerika: Ruinen von heute A recent photoseries at the Suddeutsche Zeitung (g) featured images of abandoned, neglected shopping malls and referred to the genre as “ruin porn”. Our neck of Pennsylvania has its own share of … Continue reading
Just poking around the internet for information on the Via Raetia (the Roman Road from northern Italy to Augsburg) and exactly where it would have joined the Via Julia (the Roman Road from Salzburg to Augsburg). I found this, and … Continue reading
In Munich today, we found ourselves in front of this: A perfectly respectable monument of the composer Orlando di Lasso (who died in Munich in 1594) has been re-purposed into a memorial to Michael Jackson, who did not die here, … Continue reading
Hier ruht Marie Zöhrlaut aus Milwaukee, Amerika *20. Nov. 1831 †20.Apr. 1893 (Just in case you need to find out what happened to your great-great-great Aunt Marie, who left the country and was never heard from again…)