In a (very much) earlier life at some point I wrote the following short stories and the one novel.
The stories have not been translated, they are in their original German version.
For quite some time now I have enjoyed cooking (vegetarian). In the course of the years this has
resulted in quite a collection of recipies - some from friends an family, some from own experiments.
I have written them all down. Here you'll find those that have made it into a "printable" form.
Again, much of this is in German.
"Thoughts ticker". Basically the kind of things one would also post on twitter or the like. Just without twitter.
Before you get on a car, plane or motor ship the next time, ask yourself this: Would you also sacrifice the life of your children, your grandchildren if that sacrifice took place instantly, before your very eyes, and not somewhen later, after some distant decades?
Saw the first drunken, aggressive heckler in town today, after almost 2 months of peace. What if they have taken over the city in the meantime?
What if Corona is simply our last warning?
I did not think that I would ever quote JFK, but there is hardly a way to put this better: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
A health care system that is designed to maximise corporate profits instead of
the chances of medical healing must by its very nature fail in a medical crisis.
One of the main reasons for the economic crisis which is being proclaimed everywhere
is that rent still must be paid nevertheless - by private households as well as by
companies. Is is too much to ask a little solidarity from the landlords?
Have they not made enough money already?
Listening to the desperate affirmations of people like US secretary of
state Pompeo, that the US had nothing to do with the creation of the
corona virus, leaves only one reasonable conclusion in the light of the
last 50 years: that he is lying.
Weird scenes today in the local grocery store: Everybody is highly
concentrated, nobody is talking to anybody else, they even seem to
avoid making eye contact. If you speak to somebody you can actuall see
how the answer must fight its way through a thick layer of astonishment
(or mistrust?), it arrives with a noticeable delay. This feels like
being in the US: everybody is afraid of everybody else.
The repeal of personal freedom and the introduction of far-reaching
total surveillance must not become a habitude. It must be invoked only
in times of crisis like the Corona crisis, and it must be limited to
an officially declared state of emergency.
In France they seem to be facing shortage of wine and condoms, while here
it's toilet paper. Any more questions?
I would have us face climate change with the same measure of determination,
once the Corona crisis is over. It is also threatening countless millions
of human lives.
200 rolls of toilet paper and 50 kilograms of pasta stowed at home are clearly
signs of an internal emigration. I will have no more talk about denying people
the right to flee from hostile environments!
While watching a live discussion between
some climate activists
I suddenly had the sad vision that
after corona all climate considerations will be wiped aside in order to rebuild
the broken economic "system". How to prepare for and prevent that?
We have witnessed that it is democratically possible to put an entire continent
into quarantine. This means that one can at least envision the possibility of
enforcing one climate saving measure or the other, even against opposition
from the economy's lobbies.
Good bye, Chuck
. No rock without you. (Yeah, I guess you never can tell)
"That which is novice-friendly is too frequently expert-hostile, and vice versa." (Tom Christiansen)
A door slams shut. Before your eyes the years keep changing their skin, and you have long lost any delight in watching their obvious nakedness.