Twenty-one

The niches by daylight. (Where have the Catholic Saints gone? Most likely: They went to pieces.) Die Nischen bei Tageslicht. (Wo kamen die katholischen Heiligen hin? Am wahrscheinlichsten: Sie sind in die Brüche gegangen.) Three more niches, here seen at St. Salvator. Hashtag: Remnants of the Reformation. Drei weitere Nischen, hier bei der Salvatorkirche. Hashtag: … Read more Twenty-one

Fifteen

Bettina Bildhauer picked me up at the office and took me to a road trip to the beautiful  countryside. Hashtag: The Kingdom of Fife. Hashtag: The Firth of Forth. Bettina Bildhauer hat mich vom Büro abgeholt und auf eine Autofahrt in die schöne Landschaft mitgenommen. Hashtag: Das Königreich Fife. Hashtag: Der Firth of Forth. On … Read more Fifteen

Twelve

Two vintage LPs I purchased at St. Andrews’ Oxfam shop (the first records I’ve bought since I’ve been here): Joseph Haydn’s beautifully fragmented arrangements of Scottish folk songs. William Walton’s dedicated take on musical motifs by his German friend Paul Hindemith. Picture background: The floor of my University office (no Harris Tweed). Zwei gebrauchte LPs, … Read more Twelve

Eleven

Monument in memory of the Protestant martyrs of the Reformation. Denkmal für die evangelischen Märtyrer der Reformation. Hashtag: Christian Lehnert (one of my residency predecessors here in St. Andrews, see his own blog). Hashtag: Christian Lehnert (einer meiner Residency-Vorgänger hier in St Andrews, siehe sein eigenes Blog). Christian and I both publish our books with … Read more Eleven

Ten

Started the second Sunday after my arrival off on my portable record player in the sun-drenched apartment with the 1953 US West Coast Album “Sunday Jazz” by Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse All-Stars. Am tremendously enjoying solos by Maynard Ferguson on trumpet, Milt Bernhart on trombone, Jimmy Giuffre on tenor sax, and Hampton Hawes on piano, over … Read more Ten

Nine

Postscript to my conversation with Michael White about British country life: Roxy Music’s 1974 long-play album “Country Life”, in its original UK sleeve and the censored US sleeve. Postskriptum zu meinem Gespräch mit Michael White über das britische Leben auf dem Land: Die 1974 erschienene Langspielplatte “Country Life” von Roxy Music in der britischen Originalhülle … Read more Nine

Seven

After having been a guest at a reading group with Bettina Bildhauer, Dora Osborne, Elodie Laügt, Lydie Moudileno and Tom Smith (Sara Ahmed’s „Living a Feminist Life“) Bettina and I arranged to have lunch at Mitchell’s Deli the next day. There we had a great time talking about my number one heroine Judith Butler and … Read more Seven

Six

Had an exciting conversation with Elise Hugueny-Leger at the Zest Café on my heroine Hélène Cixous (écriture féminine being the thing I’m trying to overcome the sovereign male ego in my writing with), Virginie Despentes (will have to read her „King Kong“ book as soon as possible), and Serge Doubrovsky (who sadly hasn’t been translated … Read more Six

Five

I have been provided with a personal office in the School of Modern Languages at St. Andrews University, Buchanan Building, Room No. 119, which makes me very proud to be not only a writer in residence but also a member of Academia. (Academia being the most cherished echo chamber of all my novels.) Ein persönliches … Read more Five

Three

On my first day after arrival I am a guest in Tom Smith’s Master’s students’ seminar titled „Intermediality and Identity“. The students have been reading my novel „Musik“ and we have a rich two-hour conversation about and around it (me reading excerpts from a Jochen Bonz interview with me about Techno and House, printed in … Read more Three

Two

Found this enigmatic picture (students in their scarlet gowns) in the internet on my first evening in the apartment, and posted it on Facebook the following morning (received 200 likes). Took my first walk to the ruined Abbey and Cathedral in the morning sun after having registered at the Human Resources department of St. Andrews … Read more Two

One

Sunday, October 28, 2018, late afternoon (turning into early evening). After a scenic car ride with Tom Smith who had picked me up at Edinburgh Airport I am opening the bedroom windows of my temporary apartment in St. Andrews, 43 South Street, for the first time. Magnificent north-side ocean view (over picturesque rooftops). There’s even … Read more One