Author Archives: James J. Conway

Papa Hamlet preview

Introducing Papa Hamlet

My latest translation for Rixdorf Editions, in case you’ve been wondering why things have been quiet around here …

Papa Hamlet preview

Introducing Papa Hamlet

My latest translation for Rixdorf Editions, in case you’ve been wondering why things have been quiet around here …

Summer* reading list

A selection of beach reads – only some of them ironically so!

Summer* reading list

A selection of beach reads – only some of them ironically so!

The bohemian countess and her foster fatherland

Writer Franziska zu Reventlow and a warning about heedless nationalism on the 150th anniversary of her birth

The bohemian countess and her foster fatherland

Writer Franziska zu Reventlow and a warning about heedless nationalism on the 150th anniversary of her birth

21 books for 2021

A selection of works with which to while away your second or third lockdown.

21 books for 2021

A selection of works with which to while away your second or third lockdown.

Lights in the darkness

The 1966 short film by Marie Menken, who died 50 years ago today.

Lights in the darkness

The 1966 short film by Marie Menken, who died 50 years ago today.

Light in the darkness

Dear friends – colour and light from my home to yours. I wish you a peaceful, happy, healthy solstice. Thanks for sticking with the erratic publishing schedule, and here’s to what can only be a better 2021.

Light in the darkness

Dear friends – colour and light from my home to yours. I wish you a peaceful, happy, healthy solstice. Thanks for sticking with the erratic publishing schedule, and here’s to what can only be a better 2021.

Secret Satan, 2020

Books to remember from a year you probably want to forget

Secret Satan, 2020

Books to remember from a year you probably want to forget

Places: Ludwig the Second first and last

The legend begins … and ends. The Bavarian king left questions throughout his life, but particularly at its extremities.

Places: Ludwig the Second first and last

The legend begins … and ends. The Bavarian king left questions throughout his life, but particularly at its extremities.

Amazon in her prime

Spend the night chez Natalie Barney as she celebrates her 50th birthday

Amazon in her prime

Spend the night chez Natalie Barney as she celebrates her 50th birthday

Dear King of Holland

Else Lasker-Schüler returns to the Brandenburg Gate. Unfortunately, she’s not alone …

Dear King of Holland

Else Lasker-Schüler returns to the Brandenburg Gate. Unfortunately, she’s not alone …

Ludwig Christian Haeusser, 1920

Quite possibly the craziest story about Weimar Germany you’ve never heard

Ludwig Christian Haeusser, 1920

Quite possibly the craziest story about Weimar Germany you’ve never heard

Dada, 1920

The opening of the “First International Dada Fair” in Berlin 100 years ago

Dada, 1920

The opening of the “First International Dada Fair” in Berlin 100 years ago

Else Lasker-Schüler, 1920

The writer and artist appears at the Bauhaus in Weimar, 100 years ago today

Else Lasker-Schüler, 1920

The writer and artist appears at the Bauhaus in Weimar, 100 years ago today

Distraction

Reading time on your (clean) hands?

Distraction

Reading time on your (clean) hands?

20 books for 2020

In which we visit Rogomelec and Sealand, the castle of truth and a fern-loved gully

20 books for 2020

In which we visit Rogomelec and Sealand, the castle of truth and a fern-loved gully

Love among the ruins

The sublime Leonor Fini, plus cats. All the cats.

Love among the ruins

The sublime Leonor Fini, plus cats. All the cats.

Strange Flowers guide to Vienna, part 2

… in which we head further afield and meet Peter Altenberg and some other folk, but honestly, it’s mainly Peter Altenberg.

Strange Flowers guide to Vienna, part 2

… in which we head further afield and meet Peter Altenberg and some other folk, but honestly, it’s mainly Peter Altenberg.

Secret Satan, 2019 translation edition

“We are both monarch and victim in a gothic simulation illuminated by sombre flashes of sardonic rhetoric.” Which is nice.

Secret Satan, 2019 translation edition

“We are both monarch and victim in a gothic simulation illuminated by sombre flashes of sardonic rhetoric.” Which is nice.

Secret Satan, 2019

From clean-lined architects to Dirty Helen Cromwell the potty-mouthed barkeep – let us join hands and make contact with the fabulous.

Secret Satan, 2019

From clean-lined architects to Dirty Helen Cromwell the potty-mouthed barkeep – let us join hands and make contact with the fabulous.