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the art of fog

“[…] when you’re inside the fog, when everything is foggy, you can’t see (what’s ahead of you). When that fog lifts and you can see even a bit of something, you’ve got to believe in what you just saw, right? When the fog lifts, there’s that mountain covered in trees with beautiful leaves and colors – you can’t see it right now, but it’s there. You’ve got to believe in that.” – Hasui Mikio 蓮井幹生

good friend and talented photographer – Shinji Minegishi – had the chance to meet and photo-portrait one of the people he looks up to for a long while: the photographer Hasui Mikio 蓮井幹生

he shot him in an interview collaboration with Freunde von Freunden – a German/English (and more) interior blog from Berlin/Germany tramping through the world via friends of friends

the portrait series of Hasui-san introduces a fascinating insight into the living environment of a creative mind. while Minegishi’s photos convey friendliness, tranquility and privacy – accompanied by a deep passion for a work which equals life – the interview composes the image of a thoughtful person who never lost the urge to play as a way of moving on (and learning, although he may not call it like that). with his love for music – especially Jazz – and an air of solitude Mikio-san reminds me of one of Murakami Haruki’s characters (I hope not to be improper with this analogy).

this should be more than enough talking from my side – please enjoy Hasui Mikio, Akiko Kurematsu (interview) and Minegishi Shinji (photos):
Mikio Hasui on FreundeVonFreunden


master-mistress of my passion

Why I love reading the New Yorker? articles about love poems & love songs – just because it is summer & we all need love from time to time:

June, Moon, Tune – What is this thing called love?
by Adam Gopnik

and Shakespeare still handles every comparison with ease

Sonnet 20 – as part of the production “Shakespeares Sonette” by Robert Wilson and Rufus Wainwright at the Berliner Ensemble, 2009 (German – English)

the German text in English:
A woman’s face with Nature’s own hand painted
Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion;
A woman’s gentle heart, but not acquainted
With shifting change, as is false women’s fashion;
An eye more bright than theirs, less false in rolling,
Gilding the object whereupon it gazeth;
A man in hue, all ‘hues’ in his controlling,
Much steals men’s eyes and women’s souls amazeth.
And for a woman wert thou first created;
Till Nature, as she wrought thee, fell a-doting,
And by addition me of thee defeated,
By adding one thing to my purpose nothing.
But since she prick’d thee out for women’s pleasure,
Mine be thy love and thy love’s use their treasure.

love hate words

Under this inspirational and completely misleading title I would like to present today: Links I found over the few last days for language nerds, writers & lovers of words (English language centered).

Let us get started with something funny:

Cracked.com is one of my favourite comedy sites, it can be stupid but also brilliant – as humour should be. The link I would like to share leads to a very subjective list of 6 Words That Need to Be Banned from the English Language – because they make the author feel uncomfortable. As an ardent lover of words I would rather not ban a word but invent one. But! I admit there a words in my language making me cringe: e.g. “Glibber” (guck, slime) – the word arranges itself to a rather disgusting sound in my head not only due to its meaning. There are more… but I would like to hear some from my readers! Out of languages I know and do not know – please feel free to share them!

On a rather unpleasant but important sidenote: My own mother tongue German has a few forbidden words, unpleasant because of the horrible history Germany has. Language got misused and violated to justify dreadful crimes.

The next links I am going to share is the exact opposite: From plitter to drabbletail: the words we love answers to a questionnaire from The Guardian about writers favourite words and a commentary to this from The New Yorker: Writers Choose Their Favourite Words
So: What is your favourite word? I have to say it is rather difficult for me to choose one. I really love the German languages ability to build new words, to make them up, combine and re-shuffle them. But my favourite words are more hidden things, words with a story: “Hühnergott” – a flintstone with a natural hole in it. Not only does its meaning – the chickens god – contains a little story in itself, it is also a regional word: known only in East-Northern Germany. I already had to explain it quite a few times. Another word I love is the name of a tiny blue flower: “Gewitterblume” – thunderstorm flower. There is a saying that if one breaks it, it will call for a thunderstorm. I grew up with this believe – and sometimes tried it out… I do not remember the outcome though. Franz Fühmann wrote a short story about this.

Let us look into Grammar now: Commas – do we love or do we hate them? Honestly they confuse me. The fact that German changed the rules how & when they are used or not, does not make it easier. I am lost when it comes to English comma rules. But as it turns out I am not the only one: So TED (another favourite of mine) assembled videos about it and combined them with tw others about Grammar and wording: Be a better writer in 15 minutes: 4 TED-Ed lessons on grammar and word choice.

Another wonderful tool for writers: The elements of Style by Strunk & White. It is rather analog though: a book.

And now at the end two videos – again from TED:

Anne Curzan about What makes a word “real” – slang as a tool to fill meaning gaps in the English language. Which is a fascinating idea and in my opinion an overlooked way of how language evolves in general!

And last but not least the ever wonderful Erin McKean about The Joy of Lexicography. The print dictionary in times of change.

I may have been gone a bit overboard here with the amount of videos but damn it, it’s the Electic Lady!

I am going to go crazy here~ because I have a massive music-lady crush right now:

Janelle Monáe

not only me b/w it seems like The White House likes her as well, performing at Obamas second inauguration

so~ Why?

[ok, before: I won’t share her pictures here: copyrights! You see the videos, you get the picture~ and for sources & more: scroll down to the end]

Because she very simply adds all this to her what music I love while staying a strong independent woman, with a clear political message (also tweeting about the health care system in the US) and force both in her voice and performance

mixing pre-Presley Rock’n Roll with Michael Jackson (and also Jackson Five) – did I here The Wiz in the back? – the famous arc from Somewhere over the rainbow  (to be exact the somewhere but without the where~) with the Jive from Grease.

A young dramatic musical voice at the same time Allison Goldfrapp turning Tina Turner (now seriously click this link! the musicians and backsingers are hillariously great!)

All this while proving herself to be an excellent choice for the next James Bond – and I mean not only the usual song and/or leading lady (for which she would be way too cool) but the man himself or rather herself

Did I mention that her newest album Electric Lady has the widest range of musical styles, influences and individualism I heard in ages (maybe since Ween – but, to be honest, her voice is better than Gene’s & Dean’s and yes, she looks more appealing to me) and still manages to create a concept album continuing the story from her former albums?!

You will also be able to find the connections in the PVs, through very carefully crafted characters & lyrics

The first three are from former albums, then are three from the newest one:

Enjoy! Janelle Monáe as her alter-ego android Cindi Mayweather, fighting for the freedom and the right to love and to live the way she wants it:

Tightrope on Dailymotion

Cold War on Dailymotion

Q.U.E.E.N on Dailymotion

Primetime on Dailymotion

Dance Apocalyptic on Dailymotion

this last one is from a collaboration, not on her own album – HA! I am even started listening to HipHop!

don’t you wanna be special?!

Goodie Mob feat. Janelle Monáe: Special Education


sources: Janelle Monáe official on youtube & Janelle Monáe official on Dailymotion & Goodie Mob official on Dailymotion

and: http://www.jmonae.com/