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Thinking in Extremes

An exhibition called Benjamin und Brecht/Denken in Extremen officially opens at seven o’clock this evening at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. It draws material from the… 405 more words

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Showing the D-Day spirit on 1st April 2019

Brexit reminds me of D-Day, not the invasion of Europe in 1944, but Decimal Day on 15th February 1971, the day when Britain said goodbye to pounds, shillings and pence. 111 more words

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Creative Reading

For the past month (23 August to 22 September 2017), in the continued search for creative ways of reading, I have noted down a small section from each day’s books. 658 more words

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Verlag Volk und Welt: publishers for the citizens of nowhere

Yesterday’s thoughts about the Frankfurt Book Fair in the early 1970s find echoes in today’s reading of Max Frisch’s Aus dem Berliner Journal, a record of the Swiss writer’s time in Berlin in 1973-4, published by Suhrkamp in 2014. 153 more words

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Speaking out at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Some thoughts at this time of year when publishers are getting ready to travel to the Frankfurt Book Fair. It’s easy-peasy. You plan your appointments by email or messaging; send your display and sample copies by courier; pop on a cheap flight; pay with your debit or credit card; use your own phone to keep in touch around the world. 317 more words

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My father carried many things in his pockets

I remember that my father carried many things in his pockets and reflect that most of these either no longer exist as everyday objects, have been replaced by technology or are socially unacceptable. 145 more words

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Reading three books at a time

Lately I have been trying a new kind of reading. I take three books and read them regularly at different times of each day, planting thought seeds for the coming hours and encouraging synaptic serendipity. 133 more words

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