It is those earlier periods that breed and sustain (not nurture) the underlying climate of its culture today: Nostalgia, the template into which all must fit. The world-famous interwar modernist troika of Witkacy, Bruno Schulz and Gombrowicz (allegedly missing the Nobel — when it meant literature not journalism or ditties culled from traditional forms– by […]
Since the deluge of the digital age, the emergence of single nation language cultures from their pre-cyber cocoons can be a litmus test regarding status. In the fluctuating territories of central/East Europe, Poland’s literature was previously disseminated by one or two specialist departments of American universities for academic kudos. This was to the benefit of […]
In 2012 the copyright of Bruno Schulz’s art and text passed from the private to the public domain. After the artist’s tragic death at the hands of the Nazis in 1942, there was in fact a long delay until a distant relative came out to claim family inheritance decades later. Marek Podstolski was distant not […]
On the Origin of Spectres: The Burden of Proof for Psychical Research (available from Kindle/Amazon) The general subject of psychic phenomena, and specific possibility of the survival of death, has endured since the 4th century BC when Socrates conversed with what he called his Daimon. The Bible, like all of the world’s major Scriptures, discusses […]
Some of my contemporary music reviews appear on these recommended web-sites under my full name or Barbranski: http://www.siiye.co.uk/E15/PAGE_001.html http://www.siiye.co.uk/E19/PAGE_001.html http://www.siiye.co.uk/E20/PAGE_001.html (January 2014) http://www.therocktologist.com/contents-may-2012.html etc.
SCHULZ, NOSTALGIA AND POLISH CULTURE TODAY The territory of East Germany has had an economically difficult time since the end of the Soviet era. In cultural terms it nationally realigned some classic literary icons from the severed region, but also coined a new word ostalgia, east-nostalgia, a more contented ‘innocent’ time before annexation stripped […]
http://schulzian.net is the best Schulz site on the web. It does what it says it will do: provide English speakers with the closest English translations not only of his stories but also material unavailable anywhere else. There is also a fascinating interview with John Curran Davis at the weird fiction portal. I fully agree with him […]
The work of John Fiddler and his various bands, starting with the seminal Medicine Head in 1969 on John Peel’s Dandelion Records, has been close to my heart from the outset of this pilgrimage. John’s songwriting is very distinctive, always original but where the sources are never lost. It always touches the heart and soul and pulse […]