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SEX How Did It Our Red Brothers?

My friend Jack Glover has written the ultimate book … IT HAS A LONG TITLE, and it deserves it: „The Sex Life of the American Indian“. Didn’t we want to know, since we saw our first Western Movies, what happened inside the Teepees? Why they so eagerly „stole“ white girls (according to the scripts). Did … Continue reading »

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CITIES How New York was made …

„Gangsters & Gold Diggers“ by Jerome Charyn tells it!WHAT AN ENTERTAINING BOOK! I discovered it late, since Jerome Charyn wrote it in 2004 already: „Gangsters & Gold Diggers“. It’s by far the most amusing and surprising story of Broadway, and therefore of New York, written as a clever readers menu: in about 20 biographies of … Continue reading »

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BOOKS What A Strange Agatha Christie …

Hercule Poirot commits murder and dies – pardon me? I WASN’T HAPPY WITH THE ENDING of the „Curtain“, the last Hercule Poirot story, published in 1975. The celebrated author, Agatha Christie, was 85 by then and felt that time was running out for her. She died not even a year later. But did this enormous … Continue reading »

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BOOKS The New Theroux Is A Treasure Trove …

Unexpectedly, we all can learn a lot from his „The Tao of Travel“! THE AMERICAN WRITER PAUL THEROUX (born 1943) is not an easy person, I always had trouble with him, mainly for his snobbish attitu- de. Just remember his outrageous obituary  for my old friend Bruce Chat- win. But I have no trouble with … Continue reading »

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BOOK Leave Through The Windows of Alber Elbaz

He is the best decorateur behind glass – and now you can see it … HE IS A FASHION DESIGNER, YES – but he decorates the best shopping windows, they say. That’s why a book has been published, a most beautiful volume, showing the display art of Alber Elbaz. What a man, what a career: Born … Continue reading »

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BOOK Up The Danube From The Black Sea

Nick Thorpe’s voyage against the flow from Romania to Germany THIS RIVER SAYS MORE ABOUT WORLD HISTORY THAN ANY OTHER STREAM – THE DANUBE! Say I and the British author Nick Thorpe probably too. It took him a whole year to cover the 2680 km or 1665 miles from the delta at the Romanian coast … Continue reading »

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SURVIVAL In Case You Need A Prison Guide …

An ex Goldman-Sachs secretary wrote one … – very useful!Her name is Joyti Waswani and her crime was to steal more than US$ 5 million from secrets accounts of the world’s most influential financial broker Goldman-Sachs in New York. But she was cought, tried and went to prison. Not very long because she decided to … Continue reading »

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GERMAN BLOG! Neues Mallorca-Buch – von mir

Es war Zeit für meine persönliche Liebeserklärung an die Insel …Ich liebe die Insel – und das seit über 50 Jahren. Mit „Lexikon der Inselgeheimnisse“ gelang mir vor Jahren ein Bestseller, der 5 Auflagen erlebte und das meistverkaufte moderne Mallorca-Buch ist. Inzwischen floss viel Wasser den Torrente de Pareis hinunter und deshalb schrieb ich ein neues … Continue reading »

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LITERATURE The Book To Look … (No. 33)

The strange story of the last page – or a dozen last pages!You would think that the most important part of a book (or any story) is the beginning. Because you have to catch the reader and open your own narrative. Obviously it’s not so. The ending seems to be the part authors have the … Continue reading »

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LITERATURE The Book To Look … (No. 16)

Start reading „Madame Bovery“, after you turned the last page …It was/is Gustave Flauberts most famous book: „Madame Bovary“, published 1857/58. But the manuscript was too large to print. The French writer, the most hailed of his time, had to agree that 4500 pages (!) of his masterpiece had to be deleted, that the final … Continue reading »

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