Category Archives: On the road

Postcard from Pontikonisi

The tiny Greek island cited as one of the inspirations for Arnold Böcklin’s immortal Toteninsel

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Postcard from Pontikonisi

The tiny Greek island cited as one of the inspirations for Arnold Böcklin’s immortal Toteninsel

Pearls: Fernando Pessoa

“Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily…”

Pearls: Fernando Pessoa

“Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily…”

Pierre Loti | drawings

The Frenchman’s journeys and preoccupations can be read just as readily in these images as in his books.

Pierre Loti | drawings

The Frenchman’s journeys and preoccupations can be read just as readily in these images as in his books.

Death in Persia

If my extensive knowledge (read: brief Googling) of Swiss copyright law is correct, Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s work enters the public domain today.

Death in Persia

If my extensive knowledge (read: brief Googling) of Swiss copyright law is correct, Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s work enters the public domain today.

The con artist formerly known as Prince

…being the further adventures of Harry Domela, the “sham prince” of Weimar Germany.

The con artist formerly known as Prince

…being the further adventures of Harry Domela, the “sham prince” of Weimar Germany.

Summer re-runs

I’m going to cue up some re-runs of pre-2012 posts throughout August…hopefully you’ll encounter some things you haven’t seen before.

Summer re-runs

I’m going to cue up some re-runs of pre-2012 posts throughout August…hopefully you’ll encounter some things you haven’t seen before.

The Anita Berber lifestyle collection

Instant gratification, outré Weimar cabaret style.

The Anita Berber lifestyle collection

Instant gratification, outré Weimar cabaret style.

Places: Grand Hotel et des Palmes

There is something weirdly moving about this meticulous list of drugs with names like Saturnian moons (“Phanodorme”, “Veronidin”, “Sonéryl”), recorded along with their effects (“slept 12¼ hours”, “euphoria all day”, “confused euphoria”).

Places: Grand Hotel et des Palmes

There is something weirdly moving about this meticulous list of drugs with names like Saturnian moons (“Phanodorme”, “Veronidin”, “Sonéryl”), recorded along with their effects (“slept 12¼ hours”, “euphoria all day”, “confused euphoria”).

Pearls: Annemarie Schwarzenbach

“…the magic of travel, the mystery of names which only now fill up with matter and life…”

Pearls: Annemarie Schwarzenbach

“…the magic of travel, the mystery of names which only now fill up with matter and life…”

Vainglory

Ronald Firbank died on this day in 1926. And rejecting the received wisdom that one should never begin a sentence with “and”, the English writer set it at the beginning of his whole career, said conjunction opening his first novel…

Vainglory

Ronald Firbank died on this day in 1926. And rejecting the received wisdom that one should never begin a sentence with “and”, the English writer set it at the beginning of his whole career, said conjunction opening his first novel…

A life spent searching

A few nights ago Berlin’s Dialogue Books hosted A Life Spent Searching: The Travels and Writings of Annemarie Schwarzenbach. The main speaker was historian Alexis Schwarzenbach, great-nephew of the Swiss traveller-writer in question.

A life spent searching

A few nights ago Berlin’s Dialogue Books hosted A Life Spent Searching: The Travels and Writings of Annemarie Schwarzenbach. The main speaker was historian Alexis Schwarzenbach, great-nephew of the Swiss traveller-writer in question.

Annemarie Schwarzenbach | The South, 1937

Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s most famous journeys took her East, but in 1937 she travelled through the southern states of the US, still suffering from the Depression and divided by segregation.

Annemarie Schwarzenbach | The South, 1937

Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s most famous journeys took her East, but in 1937 she travelled through the southern states of the US, still suffering from the Depression and divided by segregation.

Places: Phoenix Park

Antonin Artaud’s harrowing writing forms a dark, precarious monument teetering at, and sometimes over, the edge of sanity. Like Nietzsche, his conception of what art could and should do for society and the individual started where most artists’ ended.

Places: Phoenix Park

Antonin Artaud’s harrowing writing forms a dark, precarious monument teetering at, and sometimes over, the edge of sanity. Like Nietzsche, his conception of what art could and should do for society and the individual started where most artists’ ended.

Schwarzenbach in English

“What contemporary critics were forced to overlook, or didn’t want to see, that is, that it was a representation of a lesbian love affair, is clear to today’s readers. The mask of the sensitive, youthful protagonist is too thin to prevent Annemarie’s face from shining through.”

Schwarzenbach in English

“What contemporary critics were forced to overlook, or didn’t want to see, that is, that it was a representation of a lesbian love affair, is clear to today’s readers. The mask of the sensitive, youthful protagonist is too thin to prevent Annemarie’s face from shining through.”

Fall of the Empire

A hundred years ago today, a fire raged through Edinburgh’s Empire Theatre, sparing spectators but claiming several performers. Among them was the evening’s main attraction, The Great Lafayette.

Fall of the Empire

A hundred years ago today, a fire raged through Edinburgh’s Empire Theatre, sparing spectators but claiming several performers. Among them was the evening’s main attraction, The Great Lafayette.

Bohème and beyond

Selbstinszenierung is a great German term which is related to self-promotion and self-presentation, but really carries the idea of directing oneself in the manner of a stage production or work of art, and thus expresses a concept close to Strange Flowers’ heart.

Bohème and beyond

Selbstinszenierung is a great German term which is related to self-promotion and self-presentation, but really carries the idea of directing oneself in the manner of a stage production or work of art, and thus expresses a concept close to Strange Flowers’ heart.

Phantom of the empire

She haunted Europe’s pleasure spots in widow’s weeds, a gothic freak show of peek-a-boo solipsism, a fan shielding her from the gaze of the hated hoi polloi. If she was seen at all it was in silhouette, like Marlene Dietrich in Maximilian Schell’s documentary, and for the same reason – neither could bear to disturb the earlier image the public had of her.

Phantom of the empire

She haunted Europe’s pleasure spots in widow’s weeds, a gothic freak show of peek-a-boo solipsism, a fan shielding her from the gaze of the hated hoi polloi. If she was seen at all it was in silhouette, like Marlene Dietrich in Maximilian Schell’s documentary, and for the same reason – neither could bear to disturb the earlier image the public had of her.

Papal bull

You’ll search Vatican annals in vain for a reference to Pope Hadrian VII. There’s no marble effigy of him in the great, gaudy expanse of St Peter’s, no tomb thronged with credulous cripples; he’s not even enrolled among the bad-boy anti-popes. Hadrian, you see, was the fantasy projection of one Frederick Rolfe, otherwise known as Baron Corvo…

Papal bull

You’ll search Vatican annals in vain for a reference to Pope Hadrian VII. There’s no marble effigy of him in the great, gaudy expanse of St Peter’s, no tomb thronged with credulous cripples; he’s not even enrolled among the bad-boy anti-popes. Hadrian, you see, was the fantasy projection of one Frederick Rolfe, otherwise known as Baron Corvo…

Three shows

So just for a moment I am going to imagine that Strange Flowers readers have funds as limitless as their curiosity and suggest a trio of attractions in different European locations.

Three shows

So just for a moment I am going to imagine that Strange Flowers readers have funds as limitless as their curiosity and suggest a trio of attractions in different European locations.