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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 2 days ago at German Joys
Germany follows France in ripping off Conan O'Brien. The German gag's not bad, though. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago 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
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
American economist Mark Blyth got an award from Germany's dying center-left Social Democratic Party for his writings on the failure of European austerity policies, and decided to explain to the German Social Democrats exactly how they managed kill their own... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at German Joys
I am working on an op-ed piece and perhaps an article about journalistic coverage of the German criminal justice system which I hope to publish on paper, in German, in some German newspaper. The subject is going to be what... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at German Joys
Being the Friend of Nature™ that I am, I'm gonna plant some bee-friendly plants on my balcony this weekend. To find out which ones to plant, I visited (bee-rescuer). One of the main pages is labeled Dein Einsatzort: Balkon!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at German Joys
After an exhaustive analysis of all the evidence surrounding the Michael Brown shooting, the U.S. Department of Justice concludes (as I predicted long ago) that federal charges against Darren Wilson aren't justified, since his story of what happened is supported... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at German Joys
You might notice I've been on a Japan kick recently, so here's a pice from Aeon in which Andrea Appleton describes Japanese insect love: Insects have been celebrated in Japanese culture for centuries. ‘The Lady Who Loved Insects’ is a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at German Joys
This is a song about a birch tree which decides it needs a change of scenery (Tapetenwechsel, literally change of wallpaper) and starts wandering around. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at German Joys
First of all, a huge thank-you to all the people who responded to the last post. Whenever I think 'blogging is so 2007, why bother anymore?', something like that last comment thread happens. Although I have to say, I do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at German Joys
Over Christmas I visited Japan. Highly recommended and, thanks to the weak Yen, not at all expensive. I've posted some travel shots on my Flickr account for those who are into that sort of thing. I thought I'd ask the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at German Joys
There's a recent mini-trend in which Americans inspect European parenting habits with admiration. Pamela Druckerman has made a cottage industry of explaining no-nonsense French parenting habits. European children become adults, in short, by being treated increasingly like adults. They get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at German Joys
Ask many American expats and they'll tell you that they feel more free living in Germany than in the States, the land of the free and home of the brave. One of the many reasons: in America, your boss can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at German Joys
A translator opines on the difficulty of rendering Aurochs into English: Walser was prophetic about 100% Germanness. A good decade after his 1917 story, German scientists—Heinz Heck in Munich and his brother, Lutz Heck, in Berlin—started a program to breed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at German Joys
Since an 18-month old unvaccinated child in Berlin just died of measles, this new SciShow clip seems timely. The point is that parents who don't get their kids pricked aren't necessarily 'stupid', they're just letting their thinking be guided by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at German Joys