Monthly Archives: May 2018

Prague

Prague Castle from the Charles Bridge Karel Boromějský Orthodox Church

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Uniqueness and Exceptionalism

This [US] is a unique, exceptional country. Russia is unique, but not exceptional. —Mike Pompeo, Senate confirmation hearing A few minutes ago I was in the Markgräfliches Opernhaus in Bayreuth, one of the last all-wood 18th Century opera houses in … Continue reading

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Wahnfried

I find myself wondering how much of my attitude towards high culture was shaped by Bugs Bunny cartoons. Surely the American culture I was exposed to disdained opera as foreign, effeminate, pretentious, suspect.

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Goethe’s Wohnhaus

Goethe’s house is quite large and very sensual. Wooden floors creak in every room, which are filled with paintings, drawings, busts, decorative plates. Outside the garden is filled with herbs and flowers. Birds chirp, an owl hoo-hoos. Visitors are offered … Continue reading

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Eine andere Welt ist möglich

I loaded a washer and took a stroll this morning. This house is directly across the street from the Fürstengruft, with Goethe and Schiller’s sarcophagi. The other graffiti was all tagging, “fickt euch” and such. News sites report the Obamas … Continue reading

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Buchenwald

Jedem das seine. Arbeit macht frei. Coercion of the imprisoned into self-torture causes its own unique agony, as Mitchell and Jessen made millions proselytizing. I reflect on agency at places such as this. “But what can I do about Guantánamo? … Continue reading

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Wo ist das Konzentrationslager?

I can’t really remember, but it was somewhere along this road in 1997 that I asked a resident that. Petra was really embarrassed – “you just don’t ask people such things.” That’s kind of my life in a nutshell. The … Continue reading

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Die Drachenschlucht

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Goldener Löwe

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Johann Swaschnik’s

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