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Food for thought

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I like to think of books like dishes…depending on the time of the day, the weather, the mood and the needs.  Sothese books are at the moment in my pantry and in my fridge…

Neil Mac Gregor – Germany Memories of a Nation

We’ve missed the exhibition at the British Museum, but not the one at the Martin Gropius Bau. The book is  bliss…”Anyone who wants to understand Germany should read this” said Anthony Beevor. True. This is my morning & evening commute book. Perfectly portioned chapters, it is nice to start the day having learnt something more about Gutemberg, Schinkel or Rauschenberg.

Anne-Marie O’Connor – The lady in gold

On new year’s eve we watched the eponymous movie, starring Helen Mirren. During my early January New York trip I did find shelter in the Neue Galerie on Museum Mile…the only place in Trump-ed NYC where I felt really in a positive mood (together with the Guggenheim). I’ve been fleissig and read also “Gustav Klimt, painter of women”. And in Frankfurt at the Staedel, since it was my birthday, I have made plans for being even more fleissig and tuck into….

Wien 1900 – Kunst und Kultur – Fokus der europaeischen moderne

…because sooner or later, a trip to Vienna has to be made! So this is a book to be read on the sofa, while taking notes…

Yes yes, I am a bit biased…watched a bit too much stuff such as “Sacher – Geschichte einer Verfuerung”…but more importantly…I am continuing to read my favorite Mitteleuropean author…that is….

Stefan Zweig – The world of yesterday

I had already savoured an antipasto of this book when reading Wes Anderson’s The society of the crossed keys. Now I am reading it as a main course. It is incredible. It is a key to understand the contemporary Zeitgeist (read the interesting Economist article if you have a chance…it was a pleasure to read it, it’s been two years since we started to re-read Zweig, at home…).

Norman Ohler – Blitzed. Drugs in nazi Germany

Book discovered in a well-stocked Hugendhubel in Frankfurt. Very easy to read, due to to the fast-paced narrative of the book. Well-documented account of the massive use of drugs on civilian population and military. With all the social media rubbish going round now, post-faktisch Scheisse, and other more vicious propaganda polluting the vote on both sides of the Atlantic, it looks as a very sensible theme.

I guess that once I am through with these I will need to turn to Simonetta Agnello Hornby or Elena Ferrante 😉


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