Thursday, September 24, 2020

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

A blissful repose of nothingness

We can regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness.

Wir können unser Leben als nutzlos störende Episode in der seligen Ruhe des Nichts betrachten.

Arthur Schopenhauer (22 Februar 1788 – 21 September 1860)

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

Friday is Skyday

Looks as if ...

... there were someone dancing.


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Beers & Books III

An Ian McEwan
would have been fitting, too.
But then a spell was put upon me.

John Burnside *19 March 1955

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Saturday Night Music – Mahler's Symphonie No. 8

Symphony No. 8 (first performance on 12 September 1910, in Munich).   

Gustav Mahler (7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911)


Clément Marot (23 November 1496 – 12 September 1544)

Friday, September 11, 2020

Friday is Skyday

First my eyes detected
a birds head and beak,
focusing on the whole ...

... it was a baboon.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Beers & Books II

I would give all my fame
for a pot of ale.

Henry V: Act 3, Scene 2

 Shakespeare's sonnets

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Beers & Books

In August I mentioned at Andrew's that I had bought a "bunch" of different bottles from the other side of the Channel and that  some for me "strange" names inspired me to what might become a little series: Beers'n'Books.

Alright, here we go.

some people
brewers even
will never learn.

[That must do, 'cause otherwise ...]

Ralf Rothmann *10 May 1953

Im Frühling sterben*

*To Die in Spring. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN 9780374278144, 2017

Monday, September 07, 2020

Little swallow

I do feel a great sadness.

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Already "Changing of the Tone" again

As everyone knows yesterday, September 5th, was 'Changing of the Tone' in Halberstadt. Just in case you happened not to be amongst those connoisseurs in St Burchardi who all excitedly earwitnessed the thrilling moment, and therefore feel inconsolable: the spheric sound will not change until February 5th, 2022.
So when arriving on February 4th you will be able to kill two b ... ahem ... to hear two tones of the John-Cage-project ORGAN² ASLSP within 24 hours.

Well, and in cage case you can't get enough, what about quickly booking one of the remaining 620 years and get your name "eternised" on a metal plate. Costs only 1200 Euro.

As mentioned twelve years ago, personally, I intended to book the year 2525, but then I thought I should retreat in favour of
Zager and Evans. Since I have been ranging between 2632 and 2222, but right now I think I shall ask them to offer 2641. I'd really like listening to the silence, after all the noise.

In honour of John Cage I have been writing this post, as I did in 2008, if not as slowly as possible, at least very very slowly.
And I am quite sure that not only those amongst you who can't read fast will appreciate my gesture.

PPS: For those who wish to buy one or more of the words written above: There will soon be a price-list available.

PPPS: Solvent Omnium-lovers who wish to book one or more posts to be published from October onwards, with immediate effect can offer their bids. Just don't be shy - bid high.

John Cage (5 September 1912 – 12 August 1992)

Organ2/ASLSP (As Slow as Possible)

The official website

New York Times article from May 2006

Friday, September 04, 2020

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Laughing Lhursday*

Fortune favours fools,
or as a German saying goes,
"The dumbest farmers
harvest the biggest potatoes".

Sometimes a saying
can be a great comfort.

* [For first time visitors]: Typo in the title? Nah. It's just that
I would not let a tiny T spoil an avantgardistic alliteration.

Waiting for Godot

Samuel Beckett 13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989

Waiting for Godot

Wish he could celebrate his 80th

Eduardo Galeano (3 September 1940 – 13 April 2015)

Wednesday, September 02, 2020


Another day, another view.

Tuesday, September 01, 2020