Tag Archives: classics

The German Book Award or Let’s all praise middle class mediocrity

The 2012 German Book Award has been awarded to Ursula Krechel for her novel Landgericht (District Court) and it turns out that I am psychic. Yes, it’s true. I predicted last month that Ms. Krechel would win the award. But … Continue reading

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Death threats for reviewers, sexed-up classics, judging books by their covers and a dead German singer

We’ve all heard about the Stop the Goodreads Bullies uproar by now (I’m not dignifying that site with a link – google it if you must). And now a film critic has received death threats – for daring to give … Continue reading

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The double standard of content is alive and well

For me, awarding the Nobel Prize for Literature to VS Naipaul has always been one of the big “what the fuck” decisions of the Nobel committee and one of the very few that I vehemently disagree with. Because by all … Continue reading

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