Maurice Sendak, writer and illustrator of immortal children’s books, turns 80 today. He finds that children’s experiences in particular—joy and discovery, fear and suffering—are among the purest and strongest ones there are. And children recognize that he is truly talking to them. For me, “Where the Wild Things Are” picked up where “Beauty and the Beast” left off. In Sendak’s cosmos, monsters are moody, melancholy beasts that a child can tame and overcome. Max’ order, “Let the wild rumpus start!” is quite possibly the best invitation to a party ever. (Sendak has fans at Lesekreis.) Sendak is still going strong…
Peter Rühmkorf (25.10.1929-8.6.2008): Idealist, romantic, left-wing ironist. RIP, great poet. Surfing around the internet I’m stunned: Rühmkorf has not been translated into English?! OK, here goes nothing: Continue reading Goodbye Peter Rühmkorf
Two very different scenes – street theater and pixels – and yet somehow they are mirror worlds inhabited by the same kinds of dreams. We love puppets of all kinds, don’t we, especially those who seem to really come alive when we pull the strings. Who’s controlling whom? A little creepy (unheimlich) and wierd – but magical wonders. Come see the amazing little girl giant and her virtual cousin. Continue reading Animating girls
Thanks to Lesekreis for the tip: The New York Times has opened its vaults and put its historic issues online: Continue reading NYT TimesMachine: History for everyone
A launch party on the streets of Manhattan: Google took their new product, featuring visuals by big name designers from Jeff Koons and Philip Starck to Dolce & Gabbana and Akira Isogawa, to one of the most interesting areas of New York, the Meatpacking District, and projected the artwork onto the buildings.
What a nice night out! Continue reading iGoogle Artist themes launched
In this episode of The Dragon’s Den, a reality TV show that airs (gesendet wird) in many countries – here in Canada (CBC) – the Patil children are selling a stake (Anteil) in their father’s recipe for Rasam soup to the Dragons, a panel (Podium) of venture capitalists who invest their own money in the products presented on their show. Continue reading Dragon’s Den: Rasam Soup