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Alles nach Plan  





"Alles nach Plan? Formgestaltung in der DDR," now at the Kulturbrauerei in Berlin


                  What's New
In memoriam: Götz George (1938-2016), award-winning film and TV actor best known as Tatort Kommissar Horst Schimanski.  (Deutsche Welle, 6/26/16; The Hollywood Reporter, 6/27/16) Pity the Brits: "A people admired by many Germans as essentially cautious, sceptical, small-c conservatives had flamboyantly gambled their economic future."  (The Guardian, 6/28/16) GDR design groupies, the Kulturbrauerei has an exhibition for you!  (Deutsche Welle, 4/12/16)


                  Remembering the eminent scholars of central European history in the postwar US
In memoriam: Fritz Stern (1926-2016): historian of modern Germany, long-serving professor at Columbia University, trusted advisor to policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic.  (The New York Times, 5/18/16; Deutsche Welle, 5/19/16; The Guardian, 5/23/16; The Economist, 5/25/16) In memoriam: Carl Schorske (1915-2015): "famous historian, Princeton University's Dayton-Stockton professor emeritus, amateur musician, friend, and matchless Mensch." (The New York Times, 9/17/15; Senior Correspondent, 9/17/15; The Washington Post, 9/17/15; The New Yorker, 9/28/15) In memoriam: Peter Gay (1923-2015). He escaped from Nazi Germany and became one of the most distinguished American scholars of European intellectual history.  (The New York Times, 5/12/15; The Guardian, 5/24/15)


                   Music
"Tonight at six I will listen to the Furtwängler concert on the radio," Hermann da Fonseca-Wollheim wrote to his wife Käthe, while imprisoned at Buchenwald. "Why don't you, too, turn on the radio on Sundays, so we can think of each other fervently."  (The New York Times, 5/4/16) "Once again, if you have a little time for Nena, she’ll sing a song for you." Genau jetzt!  (Slate, 4/13/16) In memoriam: Roger Cicero (1970-2016), popular jazz vocalist who represented Germany in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest.  (Deutsche Welle, 3/29/16)


                  Art & Design
"Making Heimat: Germany, Arrival Country" knocks down walls at the Venice Architecture Biennale. (Metropolis, 5/25/16; The New York Times, 5/26/16) Since the Pergamon Altar on Berlin's Museum Island will be under renovation until 2019, here's the next best thing.  (Deutsche Welle, 5/25/15) Consider the short but fruitful history of Black Mountain College, where Bildung met Erziehung in rural North Carolina.  (Los Angeles Review of Books, 5/16/16)


                  Books & Ideas
Daniel Blue's The Making of Friedrich Nietzsche gives us a portrait of the artist as a (very) young man.  (The Spectator, 4/30/16; Literary Review, 6/2016) Author Thomas Bernhard "is a gleeful butcher who makes the best charcuterie from the most forlorn and desiccated roadkill." Read Goethe Dies (translated by James Reidel) and find out more.  (The Nation, 5/5/16) Klaus Mann—"writer, lecturer, provocateur, world traveler, anti-Nazi militant"—is the subject of a new biography by Frederic Spotts.  (The Guardian, 3/6/16; The Weekly Standard, 3/28/16; The Irish Times, 4/16/16; The Barnes and Noble Review, 6/6/16)


                  Film
In memoriam: Götz George (1938-2016), award-winning film and TV actor best known as Tatort Kommissar Horst Schimanski.  (Deutsche Welle, 6/26/16; The Hollywood Reporter, 6/27/16) Maren Ade captivated Cannes with her new film, Toni Erdmann, "the world’s first genuinely funny, 162-minute German comedy of embarrassment."  (The Hollywood Reporter, 5/13/16; The New York Times, 5/22/16) Look Who's Back (Er ist wieder da): "yes, this movie exists, and despite (or perhaps because of) its genre-defying weirdness, you won’t be able to look away."  (Slate, 5/13/16)


                  Theater
From the land of "long entertainment," Wagner's Ring Cycle is the original binge-watching experience.  (The Washington Post, 4/14/16) See a recreation of the Lichtburg rehearsal space and much more, in a Bonn exhibition devoted to the work of Pina Bausch.  (Deutsche Welle, 3/4/16) See and hear how Wagner's "Ring" was forged, in a new exhibition at NYC's Morgan Library & Museum.  (The New York Times, 1/28/16; The New York Review of Books, 2/25/16)


                  History
Alfred Rosenberg's diary was lost for nearly six decades—and then it reemerged in a small publishing house in upstate New York.  (The New York Times, 3/30/16; The Guardian, 5/5/16) In memoriam: Fritz Stern (1926-2016): historian of modern Germany, long-serving professor at Columbia University, trusted advisor to policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic.  (The New York Times, 5/18/16; Deutsche Welle, 5/19/16; The Guardian, 5/23/16; The Economist, 5/25/16) "Altenwerder had to die so that Hamburg could live": how a historic fishing village became an automatic container port.  (The Guardian, 5/11/16)


                  Et Cetera
Pity the Brits: "A people admired by many Germans as essentially cautious, sceptical, small-c conservatives had flamboyantly gambled their economic future."  (The Guardian, 6/28/16) Jan Böhmermann chats with the editorial board of The New York Times.  (The New York Times, 5/4/16) What is (organic) German? The migration crisis has intensified an age-old debate.  (The New York Times, 5/26/16; The Economist, 5/28/16)