After: An encounter between Ice and Fire, or just a Drought?

Three years after the explosive success of “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2011), a seemingly similar bestseller conquered the book market in the blink of an eye. The After series written by Anna Todd was first published on the social storytelling platform Wattpad. It was initially intended as fanfiction about the world-famous boy band OneDirection, but … Continue reading After: An encounter between Ice and Fire, or just a Drought?

Lace Daly’s Black ‘47 is an unsettling tale of revenge during the Great Famine of 1847

An Irish soldier, Feeny (James Frencheville), deserts the British Army after punching a superior in Calcutta. It takes him three months to return home. Back in Ireland he finds his country ravaged by famine and his people fallen into hopeless poverty, evicted by landlords under the Irish Poor Laws the British government has imposed. His … Continue reading Lace Daly’s Black ‘47 is an unsettling tale of revenge during the Great Famine of 1847

‘Jenseits der blauen Grenze’ shown at the Ateliertheater Rostock

Almost three decades ago Rostock was not part of the Federal Republic of Germany, but of the German Deomocratic Republic. Germany was split into two nations. The inner-German border had been closed since 1952 and from 1961 the Berlin Wall had removed all means of every entry and exit for the citizen of the GDR. … Continue reading ‘Jenseits der blauen Grenze’ shown at the Ateliertheater Rostock

Population Wars – A New Perspective on (Co-)Existence by Professor Greg Graffin

The book depicts the evolution of thought in one of punk rock’s most eminent thinkers. Naturalism is humanism, according to Graffin, yet the topics covered in this book are as diverse as they are complicated. He provides an outline of the problems the 21st century faces that will draw in readers from any age and … Continue reading Population Wars – A New Perspective on (Co-)Existence by Professor Greg Graffin

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker – the Trojan war told from a female perspective

Barker’s new novel provides an insight into the story of Briseis, a Trojan woman who becomes enslaved by the Greeks during the Trojan war. Writers have been fascinated by the Trojan war for centuries- we first hear of the ancient incidents from Homer in his Iliad. Soon directors started to show interest in the story … Continue reading The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker – the Trojan war told from a female perspective

“Rick and Morty” season 1 is as Rickdiculous as it is smart

Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s joint sci-fi series is more than just another adult humour TV show portraying an awkward family. "Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. We're all going to die. Come watch TV.“ This statement by 14 year old Morty to his older sister Summer, who just found out her existence was … Continue reading “Rick and Morty” season 1 is as Rickdiculous as it is smart