Monday, November 29, 2021

Rare visitor

A buzzard taking a rest ...

... this morning in Seanhenge.


Sunday, November 28, 2021

The 19 years young Maria Farantouri


Maria Farantouri * 28 November 1947

Beers & Books CLXIX – Alberto Moravia

The ratio of literacy to illiteracy is constant,
but nowadays the illiterates can read and write.

Alberto Moravia (28 November 1907 - 26 September 1990)

Thursday, November 25, 2021

End Violence [...] Now!

My baker said it by using
a German idiom:
against women
does not come
into the bag

And in 13 other languages:
to violence against women!
Living in freedom
without violence

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Beers & Books CLXVIII – Arundhati Roy

The trouble is that once you see it,
you can't unsee it.
And once you've seen it,
keeping quiet, saying nothing,
becomes as political an act as speaking out.
There's no innocence.
Either way, you're accountable.

Arundhati Roy *24 November 1961

Beers & Books CLXVII– Ricardo Piglia

A body is a body,
but only voices are capable of love

Ricardo Piglia (24 November 1941 – 6 January 2017)

Monday, November 22, 2021



Dmitri Hvorostovsky (16 October 1962 – 22 November 2017)

Friday, November 19, 2021

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Beers & Books CLXVI – Marcel Proust


Remembrance of things past
is not necessarily the remembrance of things
as they were.

Marcel Proust ( 10 July 1871 –  18 November 1922)

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Beers & Books CLXV – Banksy

“Art should comfort the disturbed
and disturb the comfortable.”


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Beers & Books CLXIV – One Thousand and One Nights

One Thousand and One Nights


From the very beginning of this blog I was not keen to make many "friends".
The more thankful I am that I "found" a few.
When Jams who died eight years ago, aged 54, I thought I can't give up blogging because of Claude; when Claude died this year, aged 92, I thought, ...

... but now it happened.

There is an Ending

Andrew aka "my" Don QuiScottie has announced it.

Thus, time for "his" Seanso (Panza)  to follow.

Not as rigorously, though, as there are quite a few authors and their books scheduled; and now and then I might answer comments in case there are some.

As a man and a donkey do know more than a man, to completely delete Omnium is not planned, so far, either.

May most of the time be happiness upon you.


Sunday, November 14, 2021

On John McGahern

John McGahern (12 November 1934 – 30 March 2006)

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Friday, November 12, 2021

Beers & Books CLXIII – John McGahern

The best of life is life lived quietly,
where nothing happens
but our calm journey through the day,
where change is imperceptible
and the precious life is everything.

 John McGahern (12 November 1934 – 30 March 2006)

Beers & Books CLXII – Rodin


He who is discouraged after a failure
is not a real artist.

Auguste Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917)

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Beers & Books CLXI– Luigi Malerba

Scrivo per sapere che cosa penso.

Luigi Malerba (11 November 1927 – 8 May 2008)

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Beers & Books CLX – Ivan Turgenev

In the end, nature is inexorable:
it has no reason to hurry and, sooner or later,
it takes what belongs to it.
Unconsciously and inflexibly obedient to its own laws,
it doesn't know art,
just as it doesn't know freedom,
just as it doesn't know goodness.

Ivan Turgenev (9 November 1818 – 3 September 1883)

Monday, November 08, 2021

Sunday, November 07, 2021

Beers & Books CXLIX – Antonio Skármeta

Poetry belongs to those who use it,
not those who write it!

Antonio Skármeta * 7 November 1940

Beers & Books CXLVIII – Albert Camus

Life is meaningless,
but worth living,
provided you recognize it's meaningless.

Albert Camus (7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960)

Saturday, November 06, 2021

Beers & Books CXLVII – Robert Musil

... there is a particular propensity
in the world for people,
wherever they appear in great numbers,
to permit themselves collectively everything
that would be forbidden them individually.

Robert Musil (6 November 1880 – 15 April 1942)

The Man Without Qualities

Friday, November 05, 2021

Thursday, November 04, 2021

Laughing Lhursday*

Rocket drive,
indicator flowers.

As soon as all police cars will look like this prototype
there will be no crime on this planet.

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

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

In the Fog*

Strange, to wander in the fog!
Alone each bush and stone,
No tree does see the other,
Each is alone.


Strange, to wander in the fog!
Life is loneliness.
No man knows the other,
Each is alone.

 Hermann Hesse, November 1905

* For a change, but the first and fourth stanza, translated by me.

Tuesday, November 02, 2021


On top of the mighty fir
Standing sentinel
over Seanhenge

Monday, November 01, 2021

Beers & Books CXLVI – Stephen Crane

A serious prophet
upon predicting a flood
should be the first man to climb a tree.
This would demonstrate that he was indeed a seer.

Stephen Crane
(November 1, 1871 – June 5, 1900)