Book Review – “Berlin Alexanderplatz” Alfred Döblin (1929)

August 15th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Yes! It’s quite astonishing that this was written in 1929 – its a funny, experimental, modern, witty, varied collage.

Also, the cover for the 1st edition is pretty special:

Book Review – “Being Ecological” Timothy Morton (2018)

April 17th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Hmm… I was looking forward to this, but it was infuriating. The last chapter is ok, but the whole book, which is not very thick anyway, could have been reduced to an essay. The writing is so frustrating, repetitive, in need of serious editing… I know it’s philosophy but some of the sentences made zero sense. He also has a habit of inventing terms, that are basically just a word said twice – ‘stranger strange’, ‘truthy truth’, ‘expanded care, care with a care/less halo’. There is a serious lack of notes, the analogies often don’t work… Basically we are not separate from our world, we are part of it, don’t be scared by that, embrace it. I think. Thinky think.

James Sowerby – Exotic Mineralogy (1811)

March 1st, 2018 § 1 comment § permalink

Suggestions in Design – John Leighton (1881)

March 1st, 2018 § 1 comment § permalink

L’ornement polychrome – A.Racinet (1869)

February 27th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Der Ornamentenschatz – Heinrich Dolmetsch (1887)

February 26th, 2018 § 1 comment § permalink

Statues – from A.Raguenet’s “Matériaux & documents d’architecture classés par ordre alphabétique, paraissant le 15. de chaque mois: Volume 1” (1872)

February 22nd, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Book Review – “The Book of Dust” Philip Pullman (2017)

December 1st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Yes, very enjoyable. The boat is the best character.

Book Review – “The Story of the Jews – Finding the Words” Simon Schama (2013)

December 1st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Yes. He always writes better than he TV’s.

Dura Europos Synagogue

November 3rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Dura Europos – a town in modern day Syria, abandoned in the 3rd century, covered in sand and rediscovered in 1885. A synagogue was found there, covered in wall paintings, which is pretty rare in the world of synagogues. ISIS is in control of the area at the moment, and they apparently destroyed and looted a vast amount of the town. I doubt the synagogue would have remained untouched – however, it appears it may have in a way, as most of it was removed and taken to the National Museum of Damascus decades ago.



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