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‘Waves’ by Eduard von Keyserling (GLM IX)

Keyslering’s diaries are interesting end a couple of years ago there was an excellent exhibition-I think in Liebermann’s House in Berin. He is thought of as something of a snob. Sounds interesting this however.

Intermittencies of the Mind

Waves by Eduard von Keyserling was first published as Wellen in 1911. This Dedalus Books edition was first published earlier this year and was translated from the German by Gary Miller, who also includes an informative introduction to the book. I must admit that I hadn’t heard of Keyserling until I read Tony Malone’s brilliant translation of Schwüle Tage (Sultry Days) from last year’s German Literature Month. In the introduction to the book Miller makes the point that Keyserling forms a link between nineteenth century realism and twentieth century modernism in literature; his work is sometimes described as ‘literary impressionism’. Keyserling was a rather odd-looking, sickly aristocrat from present day Latvia, whose books are largely about German aristocracy before the First World War; although limited in scope his depiction of these social elites were not uncritical.

Waves takes place in a seaside village somewhere on the Baltic Sea. We are…

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Schwesterschiffe der „Fürth“: die „Plauen“

Love these old ships. The world of Conrad and so on.

Das kurze, aber bewegte Leben des Frachtdampfers „Fürth“

Plauener Spitze in alle Welt

Dieser Blogartikel fasst die Geschichte eines der Schwesterschiffe der „Fürth“ zusammen, des Dampfschiffs „Plauen“.

Vor einiger Zeit hatte ich hier im Blog bereits die „Reichenbach“ vorgestellt. Bei diesem Schiff fehlt derzeit noch der Beleg, nach welcher Stadt Reichenbach das Schiff benannt wurde: Reichenbach im Vogtland oder Reichenbach am Eulengebirge. Siehe dazu: Schwesterschiffe der „Fürth“: Die „Reichenbach“

Im Fall der „Plauen“ ist diese Frage eindeutig zu beantworten.

Die Stadt Plauen

Die Stadt Plauen hatte wie viele andere Industriestädte ihre Blütezeit vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg. Bei meinen Recherchen habe ich zu meiner Überraschung festgestellt, dass die Stadt 1912 über 125.000 Einwohner hatte! Und wer hätte gedacht, dass die Vereinigten Staaten damals sogar ein Konsulat in Plauen unterhielten.

Bekanntestes Exportprodukt der Stadt war die Plauener Spitze („Plauen-laces“ im Englischen). Plauener Spitze war auch in Australien ein Begriff und sicher ein gutes Argument für die Benennung eines…

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Café Central

Great place- history and literature created there!!

Viennese Mademoiselle

A typical day in my life would include waking up and turning on the coffee maker. A breakfast would be concluded by a piece of toast with something on top and off to uni or work we go. Yet, there are those special days when I have nowhere to rush to and then, my friends, I go for a brunch with my close ones.

Brunching deserves its own post, so some day I will write about that on the blog too. However, today we are heading for one specific place and manily Café Central. One of the “institutions” when it comes to coffee culture in Vienna and a favorite place to many authors and artists throught the past hundred years. Whenever you think of a traditional coffee house around the city, this would be it. So without further adew let’s get to it.

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Inktober Day 22

Lovely little sketch- great!


Agostino Pepoli Museum, Trapani, Sicily

The museum, adjacent to a convent, has a garden area surrounded on four sides by cloistered walls. It is a quiet place though the silence was broken on the day of my visit by a school group that had come to study Trapani history.

Inktober was created by Jake Parker in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

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