Category Archives: literature

A Idea of Mine

I have a confession to make. Beyond all the other things I am doing right now – singing, translating, assisting in a bookselling business – I have a project in mind for the future. I want to put together a … Continue reading

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Nazi Bedtime Stories

The next estate dissolution in which we took part involved the sale of a rather large piece of land in the middle of Munich. A rich textile-industry dynasty family had a villa there with a spacious guest house, and basement … Continue reading

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Weekend Mountain Blogging: Mittenwald, Scharnitz, Seefeld

I needed to go to Mittenwald because of something I’d promised to do, and since I had the day free it seemed like a good idea to get some hiking in along with some sights. As there’s only so much … Continue reading

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Euro-exotica, or The Reason I Don’t Read Expat Lit

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

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Hardy’s Map

While packing for a long train trip to Styria, I pulled a couple of books of the shelf to help pass the time. Thomas Hardy’s “The Return of the Native” was I book I supposedly had read in high school … Continue reading

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Cybertouring Austria 3

KC Blau shares with us a few of her favorite (Austrian) things.

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The First Hours of the War of 1914

(The following is a chapter from Die Welt von gestern, or The World Of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig. It captures perfectly, even in translation — not mine, except for some minor changes — the feel of that time, that evening, … Continue reading

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Innsbruck, Dürer and “Ern Malley”

Liebe Leserinnen und Leser, hier findet ihr Information über diese Geschichte. This is a postcard that was found in an old book, used as a bookmark by the previous reader. It’s Albrecht Dürer’s Hof der Burg zu Innsbruck (Innsbruck Castle … Continue reading

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An Encounter at a Cemetery

‘Tis the season to blog about, among other things, cemeteries, here at the end of October. This short story was written by Herr Winfried Werner Linde and posted on his blog Zeitzünder last July, and he has kindly given me … Continue reading

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Best spam ever.

I think this is the best spam that has ever been sent here to The Practice Room. Best if you read it aloud, or at the very least try to imagine James Lipton from the Actors’ Studio reading it to … Continue reading

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