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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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