Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Ben Schott explains the German language and discusses his book Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition, a dictionary of newly coined words that explore the idiosyncrasies of life as only the German language can. German allows you to construct specific words for a secret love of bad foods, the inability to remember jokes, Sunday-afternoon depression, the urge to yawn, the glee of gossip, reassuring your hairdresser, delight at the changing of the seasons, the urge to hoard, or the ineffable pleasure of a cold pillow.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Since the violence in Syria began, the country's First Lady Asma al-Assad, known for having a cherished place in her husband's inner circle, has been silent about the uprising. A new graphic video released this week by two UN ambassador's wives addresses the woman called "the real dictator" of her family directly, calling on Asma as a woman, a mother, and wife to the most powerful man in the country to "forget the image — and end the violence." Huberta von Voss-Wittig is the wife of the German ambassador to the United Nations, Peter Wittig. She explains why she thinks this video could make a difference.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
As German synthpop pioneers Kraftwerk perform a series of eight career-spanning concerts at the Museum of Modern Art, we examine the history of this pivotal force in electronic minimalism. Joining us to discuss is German singer and major Kraftwerk fan, Theo Bleckmann. (And you never know - maybe a couple of robots will show up, too.)
Saturday, April 02, 2005
The German poet Goethe was 23 years old when he wrote his first novel, which he composed almost entirely of letters. The Sorrows of Young Werther spoke to readers, especially young men, in a way no book had ever done before, inspiring a crazed following and a ...
Saturday, October 09, 2004
The German poet Goethe was 23 years old when he wrote his first novel, which he composed almost entirely of letters. The Sorrows of Young Werther spoke to readers, especially young men, in a way no book had ever done before. It inspired a crazed following and a rash of ...