July 22nd, 2016

Deutsche Welle: Donald Trump stellt NATO-Bündnistreue der USA infrage. “Dass Donald Trump rhetorisch irrlichtert, ist nichts Neues. Doch jetzt legt er Hand an eine eherne Verpflichtung der USA. Das könnte zum Bumerang werden. Denn wer will einen Hasardeur als Oberbefehlshaber der Supermacht?”

Diese Woche in der Zeit

July 21st, 2016

Die Zeit 30/2016

Rassismus in den USA: Giftmüll aus der Leitung. “Ein Skandal um verschmutztes Trinkwasser im US-Bundesstaat Michigan zeigt, wie Afroamerikaner noch immer systematisch benachteiligt werden.” Von Heike Buchter.


July 20th, 2016

Zeit Magazin: Der Bus, mit dem ich die Welt entdeckte. “Nichts hat das Leben der Schriftstellerin Hatice Akyün so verändert wie der Duisburger Bücherbus. Jetzt hat sie seinen Erfinder getroffen.” Von Hatice Akyün. (Zeitmagazin Nr. 30/2016, online 20. Juli 2016)

Comics as Literature

July 19th, 2016

Literary Hub: Why Calvon and Hobbes is Great Literature. “On the Ontology of a stuffed tiger and finding the whole world in a comic.” By Gabrielle Bellot.

“Calvin and Hobbes feels so inventive because it is: the strips take us to new planets, to parodies of film noir, to the Cretaceous period, to encounters with aliens in American suburbs and bicycles coming to life and reality itself being revised into Cubist art. Calvin and Hobbes ponder whether or not life and art have any meaning—often while careening off the edge of a cliff on a wagon or sled.”

Link via MetaFilter: “Oh, blood-red eyes and tentacles! / Throbbing, pulsing ventricles!”.

“You can’t be sure where any search will lead.”

July 17th, 2016

The Atlantic: Champagne in the Cellar.
“How I used the internet to find the man who saved my parents’ lives in a Budapest basement during World War II.” By John Temple.

“It all started with a question, one my parents had been unable to answer for 70 years.

What happened to the French doctor they had taken in during the Russian siege of Budapest? He was an escaped prisoner of war. They were just trying to hang on. Together, they hid in a cellar, beneath the feet of German soldiers who had made the home their headquarters.”

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