Donnerstag, 19. Mai 2011

Berlin

Schaut euch dieses Video an und bildet euch eine Meinung. Der gute Mann spricht meiner Meinung nach genau das aus, was schon längst mal gesagt werden musste. Traurig, aber wahr.

Mittwoch, 27. April 2011

Die Kreutzersonate


Ein weiteres Prachtstück, das ich gerade lese ist Die Kreuzersonate von Tolstoi. Ein wunderbares Buch. Eine wahrhaftige, wunderbar zu lesende Sittenpredigt. Um mal vom Buckrücken zu zitieren: "Die meisterhaften Charakterisierungen machen diese, von ironischen Untertönen durchzogene und psychologisch subtil gestaltete Erzählung zu einem unvergeßlichen Lesegenuß." Ich bin jetzt knapp bei der Hälfte und bin schon hin und weg. Mehr dazu wenn ich fertig bin. Hier ein wunderbares Lied zum Einstimmen. Die Erzählung Tolstois basiert nämlich auf Ludwig van Beethovens Violinsonate Nr. 9.

The Good Psychologist


I am usually a very slow reader. Not because I am such a busy person or because I'm lazy. It's just that reading is for me some sort of recreation time. A little bit like going to the gym exhausting yourself. I sit down with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and get lost in a story, a different world or become a different character. For at least a few hours it lets me forget all my troubles and all the work I haven't finished or haven't even started. I enjoy that a lot and because I don't want it to stop I tend to read very slow and let every single letter dissolve on my tongue. It really is a great feeling and I'm sure everyone has experienced it before.

But it was different with this novel by Noam Shpancer. It was just completely different this time. I opened the book and only a couple of days later I finished it. It's deeply moving, so I really devoured the book. Let me tell you more about the story:

Though the title sounds like it might be ironic, the book in fact delivers a tale of a midwestern therapist who is the picture of professional ethics and compassion. He has well-articulated ideas about what compassion means within the therapist-client relationship. Time and practice have earned him wisdom.
We enter the psychologists office and "serve as flies on the wall" while he meets all sorts of patients. We eavesdrop on his telephone conversations and witness his few rendez-vous with Nina, a psychologist from another city, with whom he has a child. We attend his university lectures on the basics of psychotherapy in which he gives a number of memorable examples on what constitutes a good psychologist.
The good psychologist, he tells his students, is not infatuated with humanity. The good psychologist, he says, deals with story and identity, and he who deals with story and identity deals with memory. The good psychologist knows that change is in itself therapeutically valuable. We also follow the good psychologist into a local strip club, where he holds therapy sessions with a clinically depressed nude dancer.
Identified only as "the psychologist," Shpancer's protagonist has arrived at an unspecified stage in life - probably late middle age - without a wife or the grown children you might expect him to have. His energies have seemingly gone into his work. But, we also learn, "the psychologist has not yet solved the problem of sex."
Shpancer clearly enjoys intellectual exploration, and psychologically curious readers will revel in it, too. His protagonist has a knack for tossing out challenging questions.
There are many more twists and turns to this story and every single page is worth the time. Go for it and read it! :)

Dienstag, 12. April 2011

buch buch buch

Mensch, ... erst wenn man sich nach Ewigkeiten mal wieder hier eingeloggt hat mrkt man, dass man tatsächlich ein halbes Jahrhundert (gefühlt) nichts mehr geschrieben hat. Schade irgendwie, denn man vertut seine Zeit mit lauter Schwachsinn, aber sich mal für solche schönen Dinge wie den eigenen Blog Zeit zu nehmen hat man einfach zu selten die Muße.

Aber das wird sich wieder ändern. Klar, das sage ich eigentlich immer, aber was ist das Leben ohne gute Vorsätze :) !

Zu lauter Verärgerung bin ich auch gerade etwas krank, naja ... was soll's.

Trotzdem habe ich ein paar interessante Dinge mit euch zu teilen. Ich habe zwar selten geschrieben, aber dafür hatte ich endlich mal wieder Zeit zu lesen. Und auch da habe ich gemerkt wie sehr mir das gefehlt hat. Im letzten JAhr hatte ich viellleicht eine handvoll Bücher gelesen, ich hab schon 6 alleine bis März 2011 gelesen :) .. Also hab ich doch einiges geschafft.

Eigentlich war keins dabei, dass irgendwie doof war oder langweilig. Zwar alles komplett verschiedene Geschichten, aber alle auf eine bestimmt Art lesenswert.

Hier zu erstmal meine Liste:

Francois Lelord - Hector & Hector und die Geheimnisse des Lebens

David Safier - Mieses Karma

Christian Kracht - Faserland

Bernhard Schlink - Liebesfluchten

Truman Capote - Kurzprosa

Ich werde mir diese Woche nochmal die Zeit nehmen und vielleicht zu dem ein oder anderen Buch mein eigenen Eindruck hier verewigen.

Als nächstes steht "The Good Psychologist" von Noam Shpancer auf meiner Liste.

http://www.amazon.de/Good-Psychologist-Noam-Shpancer/dp/1400169275/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books-intl-de&qid=1302613635&sr=8-2

Klickt euch einfach mal durch. Ich lese es auf Englisch, aber eigentlich sollte es ganz gut verständlich sein. Auch nicht für die Muttersprachler unter euch...

Also auf ein neues. Ich meld mich bald wieder. Bis dahin einen schönen Frühlingsanfang.

A.

Montag, 7. Februar 2011

127 Hours

I reckon this film is really worth watching. 127 Hours is a biographical adventure film produced, co-written and directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Sliumdog Millionaire). The film stars James Franco (James Dean, Milk, Howl) as real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston, who became trapped by a boulder in Robbers Roost, Utah, for more than five days in 2003 before amputating his arm with a dull knife. James Franco is definitely one of the most talented actors at the moment. It's going to be a very rousing film from what the trailer shows us. I guess James is really living up to expectations again.

Sonntag, 6. Februar 2011

Freitag, 28. Januar 2011

La Révolution Tunisienne

I guess everyone has recently heard that many countries in the arabic world have started to protest against their governments? Mostly the opposition and young people were involved. It seems that a huge movement has been kicked off and I am quite curious if more countries will follow.

Of course, most people in the western world are rather happy with this trend. I was asking myself the question though, if this "progress" is really good and healthy?! Are countries like Tunesia, Yemen or Egypt actually ready for a change. Would anything change at all? What are the alternatives to the current leaders?!

The dictator Mubarak (Egypt) doesn't seem too good and I guess many people in this world would like to get rid of him. But: He is still one of the most important allies of Israel in the arabic world! What would happen if Israel lost this protection? My biggest concern is that more dictatorships will follow. A revolution from below (by the people) always means that something is going severely wrong and that change is about to follow.I completely agree that many countries need to overthink their political system. But looking at Iraq and Afghanistan shows us, that a "western democracy" doesn't really work either. Their culture, way of life and the tradition doesn't really go with the principles on what we build our systems. I think we all know by now, that this kind of change doesn't happen over night. And it cannot be achieved by aggression or force. I just really hope that this is the beginning of a much larger movement. Maybe it will make the people overthink their views. Because that is the only way that piece will ever be restored between the western world and the arabic world. We cannot repress them with force and military operations. In the end it is not our duty or business to establish a system for them. What do you guys think?

It is probably still a little early to answer all those questions completely. And, at least for myself, I have to say that I need to do much more research in order to evaluate all the information I've got.

By the way, here are some interesting articles regarding this topic:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/world/middleeast/28egypt.html?_r=1&hp
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/world/middleeast/28yemen.html?hp
http://www.cicero.de/97.php?item=5787
http://www.cicero.de/97.php?ress_id=1&item=5761
http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/tunesien372.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12300164