In the past two weeks my writing output (I did not want to say "literary") was badly affected by the collapse of my old Mac, bought in 2009. This was the tool for my writing before and after a first (disk) failure, back in 2018. I was then lucky enough to find a local expert … Continue reading Of a broken box and a small town
I have long suspected that the ancient deities - some more powerful than others, but who is it to judge? - take more than a passing interest in the life of this city, when they awake from their deep slumber, in the depth of the marvellously resurrected temples that the reconstructed museums of the island are. … Continue reading Prelude
Until 28 August the Stadt Museum exhibition, "Stadt der Frauen", offers in sound and pictures twenty biographies of talented, heroic, sometimes outrageous, human beings, who lived in Berlin, all women. As is the case almost everywhere in the world, it is mostly men who have written Berlin’s history. In politics, culture and architecture, they have … Continue reading Berlin, Stadt der Frauen #stadtderfrauen
Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. Blunt lies to the people, Does it matter to them the powerful? Who will prove them wrong? But History will judge, she who knows, and never forgives the cheats, the liars. Image: Still from The Third Man, (1949) Robert Krasker, via inneroptics
The Atlantic rain hammers the windows, in the grey skies the birds are still, hesitant. Is it the impossible memory, the fear to forget, to ignore, someday to face the nightmare, in our lives? Those who deny, wrote Primo Levy, are ready to start again. Is it possible? But then we know, in our … Continue reading Low Light #HolocaustMemorialDay
I read that Gustave Flaubert thought the "Communeux" - the revolutionaries who fought the losing battle of the Paris Commune in 1871, and got massacred - had wanted to "return to the Middle Ages". Yet he was a discerning writer and observer of the French society... This prompted some musing on the role of writers in our troubled … Continue reading #WritersWednesday: Blank Page, a reflection on Gustave #Flaubert
In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Undo." "This is the one event I'd erase," you said without hesitation, "Just think about it, that was the source of all maledictions. Before then, there was a chance, for millions of people there, and across the world. After that, wars, genocides, persecutions... All the way right … Continue reading #DailyPost: Undo
In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Embrace the Ick." "You know who I mean, those desk generals, those corrupt politicians, those oligarchs and their media lackeys - they who don't hesitate to send young people to the grinder, to lie, to hire thugs to do their dirty work..." "So, why do you think they have their … Continue reading #DailyPrompt: Embrace the Ick #Auschwitz70 #Evil
Secrets of a most secretive city…
By Theadora Brack
Calling all saints and sinners: Snuggle tight because it is time to crack open my slim, spellbound volume of spirited adventures in Paris for another retelling. For tricks, I’ve added a few new tales and photographs. I’ve also got the flashlights, pillows, and blankets, along with the marshmallows and bubbly for toasting. Here are eleven of my favorite spooky grounds.
Now, let’s go raise some spirits!
1. The Unknown Celebrity of the Seine
Among the artsy clutter that once adorned nearly every artist’s lair was a plaster face with a mysterious smile. These were cast from a famous death mask called “L’inconnue de la Seine,” made from an unknown 16-year-old who washed up on…
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"You got used to this now, but remember, this was once a divided city, still is, in subtle ways..." She is right, my friend from the East: once, the river, and a hideous wall, had marked the boundary of a different world, different from this side, and different again from what the official statements said, … Continue reading #DailyPrompt: Welcome Stranger