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Andrew
Duesseldorf, Germany
www.germanjoys.com
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This Buzzfeed article recently came to my attention: "We asked attendees at the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference if they had any messages for the predominantly white publishing industry." Males are the targets, even though 70% of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at German Joys
Stefan N.'s lawyer has issued a statement, saying they've identified the person who he says drugged him: This unfathomable and, entirely out-of-character, incident and Stefan’s arrest stemmed directly from Stefan himself being the victim of a crime upon him. We... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at German Joys
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The Economist gives us German-Americans some respect: German-Americans are America’s largest single ethnic group (if you divide Hispanics into Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, etc). In 2013, according to the Census bureau, 46m Americans claimed German ancestry: more than the number who traced... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at German Joys
"Prejudice is prejudging any question without having sufficiently examined it, and adhering to our opinion upon it through ignorance, malice or perversity, in spite of every evidence to the contrary." -- William Hazlitt (source of quote) Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
B.R. Myers discusses his 2010 book The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why it Matters, in this speech (link to unembeddable video). An informed and contrarian discussion of North Korea's national ideology and propaganda techniques. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at German Joys
A while ago I visited Zürich and bought this book, Vom Essen und Trinken im alten Zürich ('On Eating and Drinking in Old Zürich'). I saw it at a flea market and just liked the quality -- thick, glossy paper,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at German Joys
Here is a review from ClassicsToday (website highly recommended) of the Leipzig String Quartet's performance of Schönberg's String Quartets Nos. 2 & 4: Soprano Christiane Oelze’s pure intonation and ethereal tone ideally combines with the deep, bittersweet sonorities of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at German Joys
Erica Goode looks at mass-killers-for-fame, the modern-day Herostratuses: He was described, in the immediate aftermath of the Germanwings crash, as a cheerful and careful pilot, a young man who had dreamed of flying since boyhood. But in the days since,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at German Joys
One day, we will look back on the spasms of social-media shaming that are currently in vogue and wonder: what were we thinking?!? I try to make it a habit to think 'what were we thinking?'while we still are thinking... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at German Joys
The Washington Post writes an article about Germans' odd protectiveness of Andreas Lubitz: Had the crash happened in the United States, pundits might be screaming for the heads of the psychiatrists who did not ground Lubitz, or furiously condemning the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at German Joys
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One of the many fascinating things about Hermann Löns, the German naturalist and folk poet (Heimatdichter) is that for a time he studied malacology, which is the study of molluscs. There's a Latinate German word for this as well (Malakologie),... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at German Joys
William Langewiesche interviewed in Vanity Fair: Is it unusual for an investigator or prosecutor to make such a bold announcement so soon after a crash? Yes, it’s unusual, and, in a way, it’s a little inexplicable. The French system is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at German Joys
Germany follows France in ripping off Conan O'Brien. The German gag's not bad, though. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at German Joys
This is a video prepared by the CIA in the early 1980s to teach Ronald Reagan about the Soviet media's portrayal of the USA: Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at German Joys
Hexagon in a comment, points me an article (g) in Die Welt (thanks hex!) which argues that German documentary archives show that the oft-discussed 'forced loan' some Greeks want Germany to repay shouldn't be considered a loan, but rather a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at German Joys
The issue of war reparations to Greece is becoming more mainstream in Germany, as Reuters reports some leading SPD and Green figures cautiously suggesting that Germany should re-open the question of reparations. One of the standard responses of German conservatives... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at German Joys
WARNING: A confessed murderer and cannibal is on the prowl in Japan! Here's an interview with him: Everyone knows who he is, actually. In fact, he's a minor celebrity. So I really want you to help me catch an article... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at German Joys
Bill Morris on why Americans don't read (European) writers in translation: On a crisp morning last October, I paused in front of one of the many magnificent bookshops that dot the city of Cologne. In the display window was a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at German Joys
This is a new German documentary about Jens Soering, the German national who was convicted of a 1985 double-murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in Virginia, where he still is. Here are two trailers, the first in German, the second... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at German Joys
A British postgraduate musicology student loads up the arquebus with a gigantic clot of academic jargon and unloads on Wolfgang: Within the boundaries of Saidean Orientalism, a work is deemed more ‘Orientalist’ if it purports to be authentic. Mozart’s Die... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at German Joys
Watch all 16 minutes, there will be a quiz tomorrow. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at German Joys
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Thousands of Kosovars want to flee their crumbling country and come to Germany, the Times reports: In a region plagued by aging demographics, it is Europe’s youngest territory, with 27 the average age of its two million citizens. Kosovo would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at German Joys
This is what you will read on the side of a 6-pack of beer from an American brewery in San Jose, California. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at German Joys