BOOK NO­TES – IN ME­MO­RY OF A LOST COM­PA­NI­ON by Gi­li Ben-Zvi

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In mid­sum­mer my dog pas­sed away. The sud­den loss of her com­pa­ni­ons­hip has left a ga­ping ho­le. At­tempts to ad­just to the new rou­ti­ne on­ly rein­forced her ab­sence. In my grief, a me­lan­cho­lic fog be­gan its de­scent upon me, ob­scu­ring per­spec­tives and shrou­ding my emo­ti­ons. Li­fe be­ca­me bland, numb. Words re­fu­sed to form mea­ningful phra­ses. I read, yet not­hing re­gis­te­red, co­me­di­es brought no laugh­ter, dra­mas fai­led to mo­ve. I de­ci­ded to go to a book­shop, part­ly out of ha­bit, part­ly out of ho­pe. I thought if any­thing could eli­cit a re­ac­tion, su­re­ly it would be a book. I loi­te­red among shel­ves, for a good hour, lol­led next to ta­bles, tou­ch­ing ma­ny books to no avail. I fli­cked th­rough a few tit­les that dr­ew but a faint ce­re­b­ral re­s­pon­se. Re­a­dy to lea­ve em­pty han­ded, I scan­ned the shel­ves one last ti­me. A fa­mi­li­ar na­me pop­ped out of a le­an book spi­ne, Leo­nar­do Scia­scia. Scia­scia is a gre­at Ita­li­an aut­hor who’s books ha­ve elu­ded me for ma­ny ye­ars. “The Mo­ro Af­fair” is a clo­se rea­ding of the re­la­ti­ons bet­ween power and lan­gua­ge as ma­ni­fes­ted in Ita­li­an po­li­tics in the 1970’s. Though un­fa­mi­li­ar with Scia­scia’s non-fic­tion work, I was de­ligh­ted to find this book, any book from an aut­hor whom I’ve mis­sed for so ma­ny ye­ars. And though the book’s to­pic is far from com­for­ting, it re­mains im­man­ent­ly im­portant in our cur­rent po­li­ti­cal cli­ma­te. On a per­so­nal no­te, the me­re joy of this find, was en­ough to wedge the crypt’s door ajar.

FÜR DAS LE­BEN LER­NEN Zum Auf­takt des neu­en Schul­jahrs

nimmt das Ka­ri­ka­tur­mu­se­um Krems die Themen Schu­le, Bil­dung

und Ler­nen aufs Korn. Über 30 Ka­ri­ka­tu­ris­tIn­nen bie­ten amü­san­te Stand­punk­te für ei­nen Dis­kurs im Bil­dungs­we­sen. Ge­dan­ken

und Tex­te von Ex­per­tIn­nen sind den Ori­gi­nal­zeich­nun­gen ge­gen­über­ge­stellt. Denn mit Aus­tritt

aus der Schu­le hört das Ler­nen nicht auf, im Ge­gen­teil – wie der Aus­stel­lungs­ti­tel „Für das Le­ben

ler­nen“ver­kün­det und das ein Le­ben lang … wie der vom Fisch er­leuch­te­te Le­sen­de von Be­noît van In­nis (im Bild) so herr­lich sur­re­al

be­zeugt.

Aus­stel­lung bis 29. Ok­to­ber, Mar­tin-Gro­pi­us-Bau, Ber­lin REGINA SCHMEKEN: Blu­ti­ger Bo­den – Die Tat­or­te des NSU Hat­je Cantz, 144 Sei­ten, 35 Eu­ro 6.2017

Aus­stel­lung bis 29. Ok­to­ber, Ham­bur­ger Kunst­hal­le, ham­bur­ger-kunst­hal­le.de

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