This week’s OMNIBUS group of authors have been traveling from Austria to Serbia. On the way they picked up some stories before finally dropping by the international arts and literature festival in Belgrade, KROKODIL. What are the artists doing on a festival morning? To get an insight, I started an experiment. I chatted with the authors for around an hour on Saturday 25th about whether OMNIBUS can be a political statement, about breakfast on the tour and the incredible heat. Continue reading Messenger interview: Authors of Week 8
Küssnacht, 31. Mai 1803
Ich bin in Eile, weil ich mich schleunigst nach dir sehn! Tut mir leid. Auch wenn Du geistig da bist, bist Du doch nicht präsent. Ach bitte, Heinerli, komm doch wieder in die Schweiz.
Answering Kleist – Michael Spyra
Kleist’s Achilles Das Klopfen stiller Tränen auf’s Papier war, was den Meister aus dem Schlummer zog. “Ein Sturm, vielleicht? Das Dach nicht dicht? Ach was! dann hätten doch die Fenster auch gescheppert. Schon wieder also irgendwas verschüttet, das durch die Balkenbohlendecke sickert, um mir das Manuskript zu ruinieren.” So geht’s ihm durch den Kopf, schon ist er auf, zu seinem Schreibtisch, stockt, reibt sich die Augen. Da sitzt Achilles selbst, der Herr der Klingen, auch Meister aller Zungen, wie es scheint, und Lazarus der Myrmidonen, liest die jüngsten Verse Kleist’s, Penthesilea, hochkonzentriert, dass er das blasse Nachthemd und nicht das Wasser an den Linsen merkt. “Ist also von den Toten auferstanden” schießt es dem Herrn der Federn in den Sinn: “und hier und heute Nacht mein erster Leser!” Doch näher wagt er sich nicht an den Geist, verharrt, wie angewurzelt auf der Schwelle, bis sein Besuch im Morgenlicht verschwindet, bevor er eilig jede Seiten prüft, um mit der Tinte schleunigst nachzubessern.
Kleist’s letter answered
Dear Henry. Or is it ‘Dearest’? I hardly knew ye. To whom it may concern. I remember eighteen-o-five as a time. As a matter of fact. As you were. The average year would be 1910, I guess, just between you and me. Would this be a Germany both of us could be comfortable with, at least a little, the best of both worlds for a meet and greet? When the bus came and stopped at the bus stop, when the doors opened I entered, then showed the driver what must be shown. Always. And I thought of you, ‘thought’ in the broadest sense of that term. I wanted to write something. I saw streets like you wouldn’t believe, through the windows in this little city named fittingly Berlin. Most if not all the trees you ever saw aren’t here anymore. Carriages are automobiles now and pigs can fly. Would you wonder out and about, wandering through the parks, with its nature unfolding, with that grin you could have been known for, if you were here with me? It was January, when you wrote Earnest. It must have been cold that winter. As every winter. I’m not a good conversationalist, but I’m quite the listener, drifting ever further away from you, into my own mind, never listening in this endless suburb, the bus halting neither here nor there. There is a Kleiststraße in the city I grew up, certainly, and I never thought about it. There was a girl I liked, perhaps loved, in my own silly way. She was a looker, but when I saw her I don’t think I was ever reminded of Europe, ready to get fucked by the metamorphosed Zeus, bull virility and all. Poor Earnest, being a canvas your feelings could sublime themselves on. No wonder he didn’t write back. But i jest. I did the same thing. It’s evening now. As it must be. Time to move on. I left the bus at the Kleistpark. Shadows grow here between the columns, there’s a rectangle of green, being green and nothing else. It’s not easy being green. A muppet once sang that. It could make you wonder why. But why wonder, why wonder. So there’s that. I hope you’re well when this letter reaches you.
Julia Schiefer is reporting on the OMNIBUS Reading Tour – without actually partaking personally, of course! A blog somewhere between fiction and reality: she will be taking us on her own Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour with real insights instead of the usual sightseeing! Her excursions – open to all – are designed for everyday life (but mostly out of range). If you look to your left, you may see a dog chewing on a skirt; to your right, a scooter transporting a bucket of water as a chariot carries a peacock off to a jolly good show.
Julia Schiefer is reporting on the OMNIBUS Reading Tour – without actually partaking personally, of course! A blog somewhere between fiction and reality: she will be taking us on her own Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour with real insights instead of the usual sightseeing! Her excursions – open to all – are designed for everyday life (but mostly out of range). If you look to your left, you may see a dog chewing on a skirt; to your right, a scooter transporting a bucket of water as a chariot carries a peacock off to a jolly good show…
designed for everyday life but mostly out of range between various small fires nightly on WEB a dog chews a skirt or a scooter carries a bucket of water as a chariot carries a peacock to a jolly good show. Continue reading Travel log. A room rock pastiche
Traffic news for the bus.
|A1||minor||Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A1139 . Status : Currently Active. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 08:45 and 09:00 on 13 May 2016. Reason : Congestion.|
|A14||minor||Location : The A14 eastbound at junction J33 Cambridge. Status : Currently Active. Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 08:45 and 09:00 on 13 May 2016. Delay : There are currently delays of 10 minutes against expected traffic. Reason : Congestion.|
|A69||minor||Status : Currently Active. Time To Clear : The event is expected to clear between 09:30 and 09:45 on 13 May 2016. Location : The A14 westbound entry slip at junction J34 Fen Ditton . Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 09:30 and 09:45 on 13 May 2016. Lanes Closed : There are lane closures. Reason : Obstruction caused by a broken down Heavy Goods Vehicle.|
|E16 + E6||unclear||Status: No reports lately. The event is expected to already have cleared up on 13 May 2016. Location: E16 and/or E6, unknown Bus is travelling on one of them. No delay: The traffic has been interrupted but is supposed to run smoothly again. Reason: An accident happened on a trial track of Google Inc. near the highway. A test of a self-driving car was conducted. Due to several reasons it ended in the car swerving into the main road, leaving the passenger hurt but still alive. The person testing the automated car was allegedly an author. Read more.|
|M62||none||Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Time To Clear : The event is expected to clear between 10:00 and 10:15 on 13 May 2016. Location : The M62 westbound at junction J27 . Return To Normal : Normal traffic conditions are expected between 09:30 and 09:45 on 13 May 2016. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed. Reason : Road traffic collision.|