Für den Fall, dass es jemand noch nicht gelesen hat – die Glosse auf der Titelseite der aktuellen SZ-Wochenendbeilage (10./11. Jan. 2009) ist ein höchst amüsanter Text aus der Feder von Dr. Georg Ringsgwandl, dem “Valentin des Rock’n ‘Roll”, wie ihn die ZEIT einmal nannte. Er trägt den Titel “Angriff der Käuze” und behandelt sprachlich […]

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For nostalgia’s sake – a videoclip about Aberystwyth and its university. There wasn’t any bungee jumping in my days there (Sept 1979 to April 1980), but apart from that, all the good things seem to have been kept.
If you don’t know yet where Aberystwyth is – have a look at this map. And don’t forget […]

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Nicht einfach eine Liste, sondern Empfehlungen, die auch begründet werden:
January Magazine: Best Books of 2008: Fiction
In der Spalte rechts sind die “best books” aus den anderen Kategorien verlinkt.

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Harold Pinter, who was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 2005, died on 24th Dec. 2008.
I’ve read a couple of Harold Pinter obituaries in the meantime, but the one in the Economist seems to me to convey a good idea of what the writer was like: Harold Pinter, playwright and polemicist.
Because he could be […]

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(1) Recommended:
Happy Christmas by Geoffrey Pullum.
NB: It’s “Happy Christmas” – maybe “merry” is getting a little dated? 😉
(2) “Christmas under fire (1940)” – well worth watching because this is what many people in Britain still remember when they think of “the Germans”:

[Another valuable find at the Open Culture blog.]

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If you haven’t heard of Rebecca Carrington – Cellist, singer, impressionist and comedian – well, have a look:

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In today’s New York Times, Wendell Jamieson writes about the classic Christmas movie, James Stewart and Frank Capra’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, and emphasizes how it’s not mainly a sugary-sweet feelgood movie, but
a terrifying, asphyxiating story about growing up and relinquishing your dreams, of seeing your father driven to the grave before his time, […]

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