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Andrew
Duesseldorf, Germany
www.germanjoys.com
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A few days ago, I half-chopped off a fingernail trying to open one of those Satan-designed plastic shell cases with a knife. Blut! Überall Bluuuut! Blood everywhere! I put a band-aid on the hideous mess and refused to look at... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at German Joys
Yes, it takes an English comedian to actually draw America's attention to its own cynical brutality: Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at German Joys
Both the BBC and the German media (g) have reported on the $23.6 billion verdict a Florida jury handed down against R.J. Reynolds tobacco company for damages she suffered after her husband died of lung cancer. The jury found that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
Tim Parks on the market for American books in Europe: How does it happen that a reader begins to feel at home with the literature of a foreign country? The simplest scenario is when we begin to think of ourselves... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
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(World map by average IQ, from here). In the new atheism debates, you sometimes see two people -- most prominently, Christopher Hitchens and Tony Blair -- sparring on the subject of whether religion does more harm than good. I'm not... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at German Joys
Hire a troup of actors to give dramatic readings of Goethe and Schiller in corporate cafeterias during lunch. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at German Joys
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LiartownUSA has branched out into crossword puzzles, and the first one's pretty hard. In fact, I've been at it for days now: I've solved most of it, but these clues still have me stumped: Dutch raccoon holiday Popular govt. perfume... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at German Joys
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Look at the German men in those photographs. Erect, athletic, courteous, stylishly-dressed, sexually chaste* and happy. They surely bore, with pride, real Teutonic names like Wolfram, Ekkehard, Adalbert, Friedhelm, Karlheinz, Ulf-Wotan, or Eike-Siegfried. Names that evoke crystalline mountain lakes, Wergeld,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at German Joys
The New York Times notes China's softening stance on the death penalty: Last month, China’s Supreme People’s Court overturned the death sentence of a woman who brutally killed and dismembered her husband. The landmark decision to send the high-profile case... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at German Joys
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Everywhere you go in Europe, you see eyesores like this: Ever since some moron decided that attaching pieces of metal to public walkways was a thing, the scourge has proliferated. There are so many locks on the Pont des Arts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at German Joys
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at German Joys
I hope you like the redesign. Until recently, Typepad only gave you two options: the center column could be either 500 pixels wide, or no border at all. I chose no border because 500 pixels is too narrow for many... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at German Joys
Whitney Kimball looks at why American visual artists don't profit from resales the way European artists do: U.S. copyright law protects “published” works, and a work of art is not “published,” simply made and sold—so once a work of art... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at German Joys
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Pentecost (Pfingsten in German) celebrates the time when 'suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.' Appropriately, on Pentecost Monday, usually known as Whit Monday,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at German Joys
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Via Fifteen Minutes of Love. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at German Joys
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The New Republic analyzes Borges on soccer: In his lifetime, he saw elements of fascism, Peronism, and even anti-Semitism emerge in the Argentinean political sphere, so his intense suspicion of popular political movements and mass culture—the apogee of which, in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at German Joys
I've got a bleg. A few years ago I was in a Japanese restaurant here in Düsseldorf, and on the wall was a quotation (in German) that went something like: 'Every speech in praise of the heroism of a fallen... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at German Joys
In the latest installment of Sartor Resartus, we take an anxious, hyperventilating look at the German death-machine industry: DÜSSELDORF -- The hulking white block of the Rheinmetall headquarters dominates the Derendorf neighborhood of Düsseldorf, Germany. Although the building is shrouded... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at German Joys
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Time was I could barely post a cultural trivia contest before it was answered in comments. Either I've been picking much too difficult questions or my blog audience has become a lot more ignant. You people, frankly, have disappointed me.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at German Joys
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A few pictures of the destruction wrought by the recent deadly storm in Düsseldorf in and around one of the city's main parks, the Volksgarten: Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at German Joys
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This is the official logo of the convention center in Essen a city of 567,000 people in Germany: If you're a native English speaker, or even a mildly competent ESL speaker, you may have noticed that 'place of events' is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at German Joys
First, Carl Douglas' evergreen 1974 hit 'Kung Fu Fighting': And now, the near-simultaneous and deeply regrettable German ripoff 'Kung Fu Leute', from the hapless 'Kandy', who looks like he was dragged in off the street to read lyrics from a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at German Joys
Still no response to the last trivia contest, so here's a new one. You're going to love this. Tell me the name of any full-length movie drama (not a short or documentary) that stars an actor or actress who was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at German Joys
"There is an old joke that goes 'the Anglo-Saxon philosopher will accuse the continental of being insufficiently clear, while the continental philosopher accuses the Anglo-Saxon of being insufficiently.'" From here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at German Joys