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Books Lists

It’s early March, towards the end of my week off, and I feel miserable. The headaches returned, not strong and hammering, but easily ever present and hence nerve wrecking.
Nevertheless I read some books since the last book related update. Here follows a list, perhaps you may find it interesting and inspiring for your own reading. It all falls in the category “Non Fiction”.

BENZENHÖFER, Udo (Hg.) : Paracelsus. Darmstadt 1993
It is a collection of essays by various authors about Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von HOHENHEIM, called Paracelsus (Ger., Eng.) (1493-1541). The authors are all profound authorities in the history of alchemy, the history of medicine and specialists for Paracelus’ biography and teachings. This collection provides a good overview over different aspects of Paracelsus’ life, work, and how the image of the subject changed over time, from late 19th century towards the end of the 20th century.
BENZENHÖFER (Ger., website) is a leading Medizinhistoriker in Germany, another focus of his research is the history of medicine through the “Third Reich”.

HILLER, Ludwig (Bearb.) : Tausendjähriges Langenzenn. Ein Heimatbuch. Langenzenn 1954
This is one of those small books in the category “Heimatbuch”. Usually a history of the settlement / village / town is published in celebration of an anniversary, like five hundred years insert-name. Langenzenn (Ger., Eng. website) is a town in Middle Franconia. The thousand years in the title of the little tome refer to the first evident appearance of the settling in history, when in the year 954 king (later emperor) Otto I. held a “Reichstag” at this place. As with other books of this kind that I have mentioned before, there is no “need” for me to read them. I just like to look into those books, read  a chapter e.g. about the fire brigade, or something that is special about this place, and have a look at the advertisements of the day. This one is nicely designed and brings wood carvings depicting views in and around the village.

FIEDLER, Wilhelm : Das Fachwerkhaus in Deutschland, Frankreich und England. Reprint of the original edition Berlin 1903, Leipzig o.J.
Originally a dissertation (Referent Cornelius GURLITT). A comparative collection of half-timber-houses in Germany, France and the UK with very interesting depictions of details. I just like old houses.

GELLERMANN, Günther W. : Die Armee Wenck – Hitlers letzte Hoffnung. Aufstellung, Einsatz und Ende der 12. deutschen Armee im Frühjahr 1945. 3. Auflage, Bonn 1997
I have mentioned GELLERMANN earlier here, but I forgot where and – sorry – I will not look now. This book tells along the sources the history of the last “army” the Wehrmacht scratched together. The word “army” is a bit misleading, in the end WENCK (Ger., Eng.) (1900-1982) had not more than four divisions of dubious fighting capacity, and found himself in a real lousy position. He made the best out of it when he refused to attack Berlin that was almost entirely circled by Soviet forces, and instead reached out eastwards to collect the remnants of the 9th army and lots of civilian refugees, retreating in Western direction towards the Elbe and in doing so bringing these people into the American sector.

SCHULZ, Joachim Christoph Friedrich : Reise nach Warschau. Eine Schilderung aus den Jahren 1791-1793. (Bearbeitet und herausgegeben von Klaus ZERNACK), 1. Auflage 1982
SCHULZ (about, DB, 1762-1798) gives a very livid and good readable description of Varsovia, of Polish life & politics in his age, at the end of the eighteenth century. ZERNACK (Ger.) writes a very instructive postscript introducing in SCHULZENS life and times. Interesting read.

KYTZLER, Bernhard (Hg.) : Geister,  Gräber und Gespenster. Antike Spukgeschichten. Leipzig 1989
From Herodot via Plinius senior & iunior to Augustinus, and all stops in between. Stories about daemons, haunting, haunted houses, doppelgaengers – the ancients already knew about this, here are the originals. KYTZLER (Ger.) is a classicist, so he knows the sources. Nice little tome.

NEULEN, Hans Werner : Feldgrau in Jerusalem. Das Levantekorps des kaiserlichen Deutschland. München 1991
I did not know that something like a “Levantekorps” (Ger., Eng.) existed before I took up this book. It is also known as “Asien-Korps”. The unit’s job was to support the army of the Ottoman Empire in various theatres of war during WWI. All in all a difficult task, successfully solved only in parts, while other engagements ended in plain disaster. I can not say something about the author, I simply did not find enough about his biography.

BÄUMER, Angelica (Red.) : Die Anderen. Fotografien von Harry Weber. Nach einer Idee von Margit Münster. Wien 1994 (Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien, 189. Sonderausstellung, 14. April bis 28. Mai 1994)
WEBER (Ger.) (1921-2007) was an Austrian photographer. The photographs of this exhibition show people on the streets of Vienna, outsiders, foreigners, poor people. I confess that I am not interested in WEBERs social message – he simply makes very good black-white photographs, worked in colour too. Here the nearly twenty thousand pictures he left to the ÖNB.

Maybe you can find something interesting.

For Your Viewing Pleasure …

or, perhaps better, to satisfy my exhibitionistic needs, follow some pictures of bookshelves that surround me. Because it is not enough to show a “Book on a Chair” anymore, no, it needs to be a complete bookshelf nowadays ! This craze was started by Mr DeVice (complete list here).

Picture 1 is taken from the place where I sit, and shows the bookshelf to the left behind me (crumbled white t-shirt included).

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Behind me to the left
Behind me to the left

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Picture 2 shows the view to the left through the door into the room where I sleep (socks included).

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View into another room
View into another room

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Picture 3 shows that bookshelf to the left in front of me (cap included).

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Books to the left of me
Books to the left of me

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Picture 4 & 5 are just for fun, to add something artsy ‘n stuff.

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Stuff on a shelve
Stuff on a shelve

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Detail
Detail

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Picture 6 is a shaky attempt on a self-portrait, sadly failed, sorry.

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Wackelportrait
Wackelportrait

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There is no need to show other walls, they all do look the same anyway. Really, how can one live his time out in such a boring surrounding ? It’s paper ! And before you ask, the abomination on the ceiling is a makeshift I got from a neighbour who threw the thing out (seventies, with original dead flies), accidentally when I needed a light to guide me out of the darkness …  Normally I do not like these ceiling lamps, but it works and is not standing in my way – you see I’m easy on interior design.

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Long & unfunny nonsense ahead, sorry.

Over the last few days I read not only texts about, but also by the chief advisor of the orange actor-in-chief (for example here, follow the links in the article to the original sources). Boy – it is much worse than I thought.
I will not, by any means, discuss contents, the man’s worldview or ideology. This is absolutely futile. I am interested in the actual situation and what follows, especially for Europe. The White House is now a court, go and read your Macchiavelli : It is all about “simulatio” and “dissimulatio”. Nothing else.
I think the advisor faces two problem areas, one is the “instrument”, the other is time.

The advisor said that the actual actor-in-chief is just an instrument, a tool he uses. But he is not fully and exclusively in control of this tool, there is the chance that the tool’s son-in-law also plays a role and has a word in. GOd, how must the advisor hate this orthodox Hebrew, with every cell of his bloated body.
I think here will step in “the leaks” – I read in some articles that professional observers & journalists are baffled by the leaks through which not too friendly stories about the tool drizzle out. I am sure these leaks will be jammed close with some heads in the near future. And I am also sure that after the purge the advisor will still be standing behind the throne, smirking. I am not so sure about the son-in-law.
The other problem with the tool is the possibility that it breaks.
I believe that the tool has a mental problem, be it diagnosed or not. And as far as I can see there is still no public medical record of this person : For every simple job one nowadays needs a fitness assessment, but not for running the USofA into the ground.
I now believe that there is a real danger of a very public meltdown of the tool – perhaps he slaps someone at one of the conferences next summer. If he hits our chancellor I only hope that Vlad punches the shit outta him …

This leads to the second problem area : If, for some reason, the tool is found unfit for office, the advisor’s days are counted too. If all & everything goes “smooth” and the tool works for four years, the problem will arise too : I think it is not imaginable that the orange one will be re-elected in four years – granted, everything is possible in Amerga, but let’s assume the world is still turning then … if the tool is out, the advisor is out.
But the man has so much to give to the world, and what about the crusade & stuff ?
The advisor needs time to get things going. His bad temper, his lack of patience, and utter disrespect for anything outside his narrow-minded world-view hinders him most, but he can not realise this – thankfully. He must cement his position.
I see three possibilities. Either the kingmaker makes another king if need be, what is entirely possible, but this would not necessarily buy time. Or the advisor does away all this democratic nonsense, what would mean an open putsch – but the advisor is not cut out to be dictator (and time is not ripe yet). Also there is a strong possibility that the military would not accept something like this. Best option will be to secure his position by eliminating all possibilities to rightfully remove him from it. The advisor must stay close to the centre of power under all circumstances, and work the system from the inside. Tools may come and go, advisors stay.
I think the advisor will start a nice little war in the near future. And make the best out of it.
Against inner resistances, an outer aggression always works best : It is so unifying.
There is the possibility to orchestrate another war in the Mid East. But this could easily get out of hand and even become contra-productive. Alternatively one could let this heap of conflicts simmer on, vent it a bit, meanwhile allowing these Islamic devil adorers to kill themselves. A nice side effect would be that more refuguees will emigrate to Europe. They will take the Northern route through areas of the former SU and come to the East of Europe, thus nicely helping to destabilise the EU, allowing Vlad to play tag with the Baltic States, perfecting “ukrainification” and non-linear, asymmetric warfare. Additional economic warfare from the homeland – what are tariffs for ? – will teach those wonky Europeans a lesson.
It would help to open a “second front” to appease the military, let them win something, they need it. And it would help to distract from anything ugly in the Mid East.
But where is the bogeyman ?
The bogeyman sits in the Far East and is called Kim.
Next to “the” “Islam” the advisor hates nothing as badly as the “arrogant” Chinese.
It would be unwise to start a direct attack, now, at least. One would need another “incident”, but the tool just has pissed off all the professionals who can stage an “incident”. To start a fight with the oh-so-close ally of the Chinks, this crazy Korean, this would be viable – or at least, this could be the advisor’s lines of thought : A small war, just to get in the mood, to see how things are done and work, an exercise for major things to come. And, if done and played well, bolstering the personal position in diverse administrational panels & councils, gaining personal reputation, allowing the nation a period of irrational Besoffenheit, jaggedness, allowing the tool to feel great too. Harbours a lot of ideas. Would show the Chinks & all these slitty eyes that it’s serious and they better not mess with The White Man. Even nukes are possible. Economically positive too. Good domestically possibilities.
Let’s see – the tool is meeting all these European loosers in summer, Vlad too, so what about autumn ’17 or spring ’18 ? Until then the professionals will be accessible again too …

Yes, I think similar things are actually thought, perhaps even planned, at the Washington court. It all depends on limits. There are lines that can not be overstepped unharmed. The tool and his gang need to be contained. But in anonymous polls his scores go up. As sad as it is, America has nobody else to blame than herself for this, it is a disaster mit Ansage.

Maunz

Some moons ago Melanie gave a quick outline of an idea for a text, persons shapeshifting into cats would feature – if I knew something ?
Well, not much. There is of course the motif of a person, usually a woman, who turns into a cat, saied cat gets hurt while roaming around, and in the next morning the person is found with a matching wound, be it a broken leg, a hurt back or where ever the cat was hit. This dates back to Gervasius Tilberiensis (Ger., Eng.), late 12th century that is. A motif found around witches, sorceresses, maleficae. This would be a Werkatze (Ger., Eng.) – “wer” in this connection is not “wer = who”, but an older word meaning “man”.
I looked into my usual sources, but the Deutsche Wörterbuch  (DWB) (Ger., Eng., link) does not know the lemma “Werkatze”, under “Katze”, turning into a cat is mentioned, but not specially treated.
The Handwörterbuch des deutschen Aberglaubens (HdA) (Ger. only) mentions the shapeshifting  cat / human (Band 4, Spalte 1117 f., unter “Katze, 9”) and refers to “Hexe [witch] 3, 1871 f.”, where additional examples are listed. The HdA is outdated and only as reference for source materials usable. The actual lexicon is the Enzyklopädie des Märchens (EM) (Ger., Eng., help for using it online, but its German only anyway), in volume 7, 1099-1109, the cat is treated, but the article brings no new material.
Then I remembered a little book by Sergius GOLOWIN, Das Geheimnis der Tiermenschen. Von Vampiren, Nixen, Werwölfen und ähnlichen Geschöpfen (The Secret of “animal-men” [?]. About Vampires, Mermaids, Werewolves and Similar Creatures), Basel 1993. GOLOWIN (Ger., Eng.) (1930-2006) was a kind of leading figure of the counterculture in Switzerland since the sixties. A librarian by trade he discovered the (magic) literature of the Early Modern Period for himself (in the 1950s when absolutely no one, with the possible exception of Arno SCHMIDT, was interested in this old Plunder, rubbish, clobber), put this together with stories and fairy tales he was told by his Ukrainian grandmother, and developed a keen interest in magic, drugs, and whatnot. Very interesting person – and he wrote a book about cats : Göttin Katze – Das magische Tier an unserer Seite (Goddess Cat, the Magic Animal at Our Side), 1989. As it seems there is no English translation, perhaps an Italian one (Gatto, amico, mago, 2005). But I am sorry, I have not read the book.
In the end I think all necessary can be found in the already mentioned articles about the Werkatze.