Category Archives: Books and Reading

“Welch wunderbarer Schatz”

Deutsche Welle: Überraschung: Der “Räuber Hotzenplotz” kehrt zurück. “Seit 56 Jahren treibt der “Räuber Hotzenplotz” in den Geschichten von Otfried Preußler sein Unwesen. Jetzt, fünf Jahre nach dem Tod des Schriftstellers, gibt es ein neues Abenteuer des schrulligen Halunken.”

“Preußlers Tochter Susanne Preußler-Bitsch fand im November 2017 im Nachlass ihres 2013 verstorbenen Vaters eine bisher unbekannte Geschichte über den kauzigen Schurken und wird diese im Juli 2018 veröffentlichen.

Als sie auf das bereits 50 Jahre alte Bühnenstück stieß, das den Namen “Die Fahrt zum Mond” trägt, wusste sie sofort, “welch wunderbaren Schatz”, sie da in den Händen hielt. Viele Fans des Kinderbuchklassikers mögen mittlerweile erwachsen sein, ab dem 17. Juli 2018 können sie womöglich ihren eigenen Kindern von den neuen Abenteuern des Räuber Hotzenplotz vorlesen.”

Letting Mother Nature do it’s job

Isabella Tree: Back to the wild! How letting Mother Nature reclaim prime farmland and allowing cattle and ponies to run free produced breathtaking results. (Link to the Daily Mail, but I promise, it’s a worthwhile article.)

National Geographic: Can Rewilding Bring Nature Back to Modern Britain?. “Rewilding Britain aims to deliver a more dynamic countryside. The author is a zealous participant in a growing movement.” By Isabella Tree. (Published July 15, 2015.)

Here’s the website of Knepp Wildland including a 15 minute video.

Links via MetaFilter.

I, too, grew up in Germany in the 1980s

Catapult: Children of ‘The Cloud’ and Major Tom: Growing Up in the ’80s Under the German Sky. “In the sky you could watch history happen as though on the world’s most massive TV, and history’s wreckage could rain down on you at the park with your friends.”

Even though I’m about five years older than the author, many of his descriptions reminded me of my childhood experiences.

Link via MetaFilter.

Stephen Hawking has passed away

NPR The Two-Way: Stephen Hawking, Who Awed Both Scientists And The Public, Dies.

“There aren’t very many scientists who achieved rock-star status. Stephen Hawking, who has died at the age of 76, family members told British media early Wednesday, was definitely a contender.

“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,” the family statement said, according to The Guardian. “His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him for ever.””

Link via Garret.

Many more links and stories about Hawking in this MetaFilter thread: A brief history of a man.

I read his most famous book “A Brief History of Time” (Eine kurze Geschichte der Zeit) years ago, but think I’ll re-read it now.