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The Book to Look

What A Wonderful Tattoo Book …

AN UNBE- LIEVA- BLE VO- LUME! A modern bench- mark book! Never done before in this com- plexity and irretrievable for another writer. The title: „Die magischen Tattoos of Myanmar“ – The magical tattoos of Myanmar (= Burma). The author: Prof. Dr. Jürgen C. Aschoff, a German neuropsychiatrist, tibetologist, photographer, author, publisher and antiquarian. It … Weiterlesen »

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Ever Heard Of Daniil Granin?

  I DISCOVERED HIM MUCH TO LATE, in the year of his death, this Daniil Granin (1919-2017). He was for ages the president of the Soviet Writers Union, responsible for the ostracism of his colleague Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. And he enjoyed such a privileged status, even under Stalin, that he could travel wherever he wanted, got … Weiterlesen »

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BOOKS This One Is Unbelievable …

I HAVEN’T SEEN A NICER BOOK, published in our days (2016)! 320 pages filled with over 400 illustrations, some never seen before. Taken from the sketchbook of the most famous explorers, adventurers and travel writers of the last 400 years! Title: „Explorer’s Sketchbook“. A large volume, measuring 19,2 x 27 cm or ca, 8 x … Weiterlesen »

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SEX How Did It Our Red Brothers?

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 the Apaches kiss? Was fellatio and cunnilingus known by the … Weiterlesen »

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CITIES How New York was made …

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 criminals, dancers, singers, actors, writers and politicians. Well … Weiterlesen »

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BOOKS What A Strange Agatha Christie …

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 age and the closeness of death justify to take … Weiterlesen »

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BOOKS The New Theroux Is A Treasure Trove …

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 his books, they are good, the earlier ones especially, since Theroux is no … Weiterlesen »

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BOOK Leave Through The Windows of Alber Elbaz

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 in 1961 in Casablanca, a Moroccan jew, emigrated to Israel, designer for Geoffrey Beene, … Weiterlesen »

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BOOK Up The Danube From The Black Sea

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 of the Black Sea through the 8 not always easy … Weiterlesen »

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SURVIVAL In Case You Need A Prison Guide …

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 give her loot back, but she remained long enough … Weiterlesen »

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