Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann

Pic by Franzi.

“The whole point of good literature is to make newness durable. You are creating alternative time. You are making vivid that which did not exist before.” Colum McCann, Letters to a Young Writer

Letters to a Young Writer by author Colum McCann comprises fifty-two short texts that give some practical and philosophical advice about various matters of authorship – like creating characters, developing a plot, the terror of the white page, the first line and many more.  For me, each of the small texts was highly motivating and full of inspirational lines, which I would like to write down on a BIG mood board and hang it up above my favorite place to write (so currently this would be above my sofa).

A big recommendation for everyone who is loving the written word but also fighting with it from time to time.

I wish you a wonderful week! Have a creative one :)!

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Two Non-Fiction Books! #fbm16

prechtRichard David Precht with Tobias Becker (Der Spiegel) on the Frankfurt Book Fair. Pics made by Franzi on the #fbm16.

There were two non-fiction books and – most important  – their (German) authors on the Frankfurt Book Fair last week that really impressed me:

Tiere Denken//Animals Think by Richard David Precht

“Es mag heute mehr Veganer geben als in den 1990ern, aber die Tierrechtsszene ist heute nicht stärker als damals.”
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“There might be more people living vegan today than in the 1990s, but the community fighting for animal rights has not become more important since then.”
RICHARD DAVID PRECHT ON THE #FBM16.

Richard David Precht asks in his book about the relationship between us – the humans – and the animals: How should we treat animals? Are we acting ethical correct and consistent with our self-perception? What makes the humans different from other animals? The book stimulates new ways of thinking about animals  and our behavior regarding them.

emckeCarolin Emcke during her press conference on the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Gegen den Hass//Against Hate by Carolin Emcke (Winner of this year’s Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels)

“Es ist komplizierter in einer pluralen Gesellschaft. Ja klar. Aber dafür sind wir da. Darüber müssen wir verhandeln”
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“It’s more complicated in a plural society. Sure. But that’s why we are here. We have to negotiate it.”
CAROLIN EMCKE ON THE #fbm16.

Carolin Emcke’s book is an essay about the big topics of our time: Racism, fanaticism and anti-democracy. She pleads for a plural society, for individual freedom and safety for those who are different. A strong topic analyzed by a strong woman for everyone who is willing to think about convincing arguments and thought-provoking impulses.

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Have an inspiring one :)!

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