Montag, Dezember 31, 2007

The Keep

This is the best book I read in 2007, and one of my favourites of all time. I saw the movie in the 80's - loved the movie - but the book gives more details, builts up really slow, never boring, always makes you wonder what will happen next. Not only a very good story, but also very good characters: Nazis, Germans and Jews. If you wonder what happens when a Jew holds a silver cross to fend off evil: read the book.


Mittwoch, Dezember 26, 2007

Vulcan's Hammer

Pretty good book about Men versus Machine, Men versus Men and Machine versus Machine.

"Every time you read a gauge or a dial or a meter, every time you ride in a car or a ship, aren't you putting your faith in a machine?"

Philip K. Dick


Samstag, Dezember 22, 2007

Breakfast of Champions

What is the purpose of life?

To be
the eyes
and ears
and conscience
of the Creator of the Universe,
you fool.

Kurt Vonnegut


Donnerstag, Dezember 06, 2007

a man without a country (2)

"If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance tot he radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something."

Kurt Vonnegut
a man without a country (2005, p. 24)


Samstag, Dezember 01, 2007

a man without a country (1)

"We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we're hooked on."

Kurt Vonnegut