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Bücher 2021

Andrew Taylor The Ashes of London HISTCRIMEFIC **
Andrew Taylor The Fire Court HISTCRIMEFIC **
Andrew Taylor The King’s Evil HISTCRIMEFIC **
Jan Jacobs Mulder Joseph, der schwarze Mozart LIT (unratable)
Bill Bryson Notes From A Small Island: Journey Through Britain
James Ellroy L.A. Confidential CRIMEFIC ***
Alain de Botton The Art of Travel (reread) **
E.M. Forster Howard’s End (reread) ******

Currently reading…
Daniel Mason The Piano Tuner
Wolfram Eilenberger Zeit der Zauberer – Das große Jahrzehnt der Philosophie 1919 – 1929
Sharon Dodua Otoo Adas Raum

Currently listening…
Bill Bryson A Short History of Nearly Everything

On the »to read« pile
Albert Camus Die Pest LIT
Paul Auster Talking to Strangers: Selected Essays
Anthony J. Cascardi The Cambridge Companion to Cervantes SB
Italo Calvino Die unsichtbaren Städte LIT

Currently in the shopping cart
Pierre Hadot The Inner Citadel: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

little i knew not

late for bela. we were almost late.
in november drizzle 
lost and kissing,
darkness slowing our gait.

wishing, when I play
i play like booker
angry, and incredulous
words in vain,
that I knew,
knew little not.

rushing past us rows of languid lights.
vowels inhaled –
words in vain,
in the darkness,
of november rain.

poetry slam-dunk

Oh my sloppy joe, forlorn,
rippling with mirth, 
down my chin you ran, 
like a plantain.

Once upon a hot summer ragu
In the blue bayou.
Of mint and thyme
And bristly porcupine

speak, if you must
smile, only just…

Your skin – soft and golden
In the august sun – slow and swollen
Sesame and quints
Saucy vitamins.

But my memory 
fades as the twilight 
till just the secret melody lingers 
in the bare boughs –

and whispers to me, 
whispers of charles mingus

Rains will surely come
and wash you away
or on a ship you’ll depart 
to return never
into the haven of my heart.

But perhaps on a rainy day –
Dark and gaunt –
I may forget

To remember never that day
in september.

finish

seeking chaos – sandpaper for the soul that i have polished to an indifferent, non-stick finish, repelling disturbances – irrational, inconclusive, incoherent, outlandish. 

Bücher 2020

* Monika Maron Munin oder Chaos im Kopf LIT
* Ian McEwan Machines Like Me LIT ****
Alain de Botton The Course of Love (Audio-book) ***
Alain de Botton The Art of Travel REF **
Lea Singer Der Klavierschüler LIT ****
* Salman Rushdie Quichotte LIT ***
H.G. Wells Experiment in Autobiography BIO ****
* H.G. Wells The Time Machine LIT **
* Georgi Gospodinov Physik der Schwermut LIT ***
Henning Mankell Mörder ohne Gesicht (in deutscher Fassung) DETFIC
Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep ***
Renee Patrick Design for Dying: A Lillian Frost & Edith Head Novel DETFIC **
Renee Patrick Dangerous to Know: A Lillian Frost & Edith Head Novel DETFIC **
Renee Patrick Script for Scandal: a Lillian Frost & Edith Head Novel DETFIC **
* Annie Proulx Das grüne Akkordeon LIT ****
R. N. Morris The Gentle Axe DETFIC *

Currently reading…

Albert Camus Die Pest LIT

On the »to read« pile

Paul Auster Talking to Strangers: Selected Essays
Anthony J. Cascardi The Cambridge Companion to Cervantes SB
Italo Calvino Die unsichtbaren Städte LIT

Bücher 2019…

Herta Müller Herztier LIT ***** + *
Tom Holland Rubicon SB
Richard Harris Dictator (second time around, to complete the trilogy begun backwards) LIT
Oliver Sacks The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat LIT ***
Mary Stewart Crystal Cave (The Arthurian Saga, Book 1) third or fourth reread, i lost track… LIT
Sibylle Berg Vielen Dank für das Leben LIT **
Mary Stewart The Hollow Hills (The Arthurian Saga, Book 2) LIT
Mary Stewart The Last Enchantment  (The Arthurian Saga, Book 3) LIT
Siri Hustvedt Summer without Men LIT ****
Luciano de Crescenzo Die Geschichte der griechischen Philosophie Band 1 + 2 SB ***
Étienne de La Boétie Von der freiwilligen Knechtschaft des Menschen SB
Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm Kinder- und Hausmärchen LIT
Lukas Rietzschel Mit der Faust in die Welt schlagen LIT **
Alexander Sergejewitsch Puschkin Jewgeni Onegin ( annual reread) LYR (unrateable)
Alain de Botton The Consolations of Philosophy (reread or rather: bedstand companion) SB
Jane Bowles Two Serious Ladies LIT ***
Beryl Bainbridge According to Queeny LIT ****
Amor Towles A Gentleman In Moscow LIT **
Nick Hornby Funny Girl  LIT **
Damon Galgut Arctic Summer LIT***


Miss Gregory is not my cup of tea. 100+ frustrating pages of the first book of the Wideacre Trilogy is all i could endure.
Angelesen: Sibirische Sommer mit Dostojewski von Jan Brokken. Frau Karnovsky schreibt sehr richtig, dass Brokkens Schreibstil eine Geschmackssache sei. Dieser Stil schmekct nach einem amtlichen Bericht: soweit enfernt von Literatur war nur Frau Rossbacher, bisher.

Wishlist/Prospect reading

To compliment my current compulsion
Samuel Johnson The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

To feed my five-year-old monkey
Tom Holland Dynasty 
Mary Beard SPQR, Women and Power

To dip my toes in the Mediterranean
Roberto Bolaño 2666


On the »to read« stack

Dorris Lessing The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five
Zeruya Shalev Für den Rest des Lebens
Susan Sontag Stories
Jimena Canales The Physicist & the Philosopher

Wishlist/Prospect reading

To compliment my current compulsion
Samuel Johnson The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

To feed my five-year-old monkey
Tom Holland Dynasty 
Mary Beard SPQR, Women and Power

To dip my toes in the Mediterranean
Roberto Bolaño 2666





Legende
LIT = Literatur Fiction
SB = Sachbuch N(on)F(iction)
CO = Comic Graphic Novel
LYR = Lyrik Poetry
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