Question: When does remixing become second-hand living?

Posted by Anne on February 13th, 2010

Germany has been rocked by scandal this past week, as Helene Hegemann, the 17-year old writer of an astonishing novel called Axolotl Roadkill, has been shown up by Munich blogger Deef Pirmasens (Gefühlskonserve) to have lifted whole passages of her book from the writings of one Airen, a blogger in Berlin. Her publisher had asked […]

What could be prettier

Posted by Anne on January 29th, 2010

J.D.Salinger died yesterday. “I’m not afraid to compete. It’s just the opposite. Don’t you see that? I’m afraid I will compete – that’s what scares me. That’s why I quit the Theater Department. Just because I’m so horribly conditioned to accept everybody else’s values, and just because I like applause and people to rave about […]

S is for Dr. Seuss

Posted by Anne on December 19th, 2009

Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904-1991) is pronounced “Zeus” in English, like the Greek god. And he is a, if not the, godhead in the pantheon of English literacy. In a hilarious reading of Green Eggs and Ham, the Rev. Jesse Jackson called him a “latter-day saint”. He was a third-generation German-American who grew up […]

E is for eating

Posted by Anne on December 5th, 2009

Nobody spotted the dwarf yesterday, eh? Pity, such a sweet little one, I wonder where George found him. Now for advent calendar day 5: “Eat your words!” (Nimm alles zurück!) … and Milo does. The Phantom Tollbooth (1961) takes him into a parallel world where you have to eat words to use them. — I’m […]


Posted by Anne on September 25th, 2009

Far, far away is a beautiful island of enchanting lakes and green, dreaming pastures. In other lands, the houses were lonely or crowded or crippled or else could not breathe. The birds heard their sighs, and flew to them crying: ‘Travel with us to the isle of contentment.’ Three little towers first had the courage […]

Englischlernen mit Blogs is as easy as 1,2,3

Posted by Anne on July 29th, 2009

If you are practicing English online by yourself, here are three lovely blogs written especially for you to start with. Each one is special in its own way: 1. Der Englisch-Blog Dieser Blog von Markus Brendel ist auf Deutsch geschrieben und erklärt täglich entweder einen Ausdruck oder eine Frage aus der Grammatik. Gestern hat Markus […]

Question: What’s your summer read?

Posted by Anne on July 27th, 2009

I’m strapped for time this week, with lots to do before we take off for Drummond Island. Three weeks with my husband! I can’t remember when we last had a break like that. I think it was ten years ago when we last went to the States together, just before we moved here to Munich.  […]