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Andrew
Duesseldorf, Germany
www.germanjoys.com
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From Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential: Butter. I don’t care what they tell you they’re putting or not putting in your food at your favorite restaurant, chances are, you’re eating a ton of butter. In a professional kitchen, it’s almost always... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at German Joys
Johannah King-Sluztky, citing Schoenberg and Weill, sort of argues that Sprechstimme is white people rap: Rap-talk-singing is as white as it gets, but it doesn't have to ironize or foil blackness. White people rap-talk-singing pre-dates hip hop by seventy years,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at German Joys
The BBC has a short piece on Faust, who were supposed to be the German Beatles but turned into something more rich and strange: However, a second stroke of fortune befell them when Richard Branson, young head of the fledgling... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at German Joys
Here in the West, we are all benefiting from an unprecedented, steady drop in many kinds of social dysfunction, including crime and teen pregnancy. And it's likely to continue. The explanation, I'm increasingly convinced, is the fact that the West... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at German Joys
Ahh, America, land of few regulations, especially in Alaska: Alaska’s first in-state law school will open March 2015, according to the not-always-reliable Internet. But ask an array of state agencies and one of the institution’s alleged staff members about the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at German Joys
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Yesterday out biking, I came across this oddly charismatic pile of junk on the Hermann-Harry-Schmitz (g) Straße: A pack of thin womens' smokes, a few stuffed animals, a record, and a picture. Let's have a closer look at that picture:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at German Joys
Probably not what most of the world associates with the phrase 'young Europeans': Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at German Joys
As a proud owner of a copy of the official National Socialist guide to summer camping (Freude, Zucht, Glaube -- Joy, Discipline, Faith), I was intrigued by this film, recently restored by the National Archives of the USA: The curator... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at German Joys
As you can see, this blog now has a tiny icon that shows up on tabs and lists, the three chevrons of the former East Germany's prize plaque for order, discipline, and cleanliness. These things are called favicons and they're... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at German Joys
This summer, I'd kind of like to spend a few weeks in rural Scandinavia. I've never been to Finland and need to make a pilgrimage to Ainola, so I thought I might as well choose Finland. I'm looking for a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at German Joys
And now to one of the most amusing sources of cross-cultural misunderstanding there is. One fine day, a co-worker and I were chatting in my office in German and she casually said: "Damn, my herpes is back. What do you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at German Joys
Stichwort -- literally, stab-word or sting-word, is common in German, but it's hard to define. Originally, it refers to the words on the top of the pages of dictionaries which show the reader about where they are in the alphabet.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at German Joys
In the July 17th London Review of Books, Judith Butler reviewed Jacques Derrida's On the Death Penalty, Vol. 1. She noted Derrida's reliance on a key passage in Freud's Civilization and its Discontents: A brief passage in [Freud's] book proves... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at German Joys
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 Jul 22, 2014 at German Joys
Yes, it takes an English comedian to actually draw America's attention to its own cynical brutality: Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 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 Jul 21, 2014 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 Jul 21, 2014 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 Jul 20, 2014 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
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