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I’m reading an article in a German newspaper about the book fair. It is incredibly whiny and self-involved while lamenting how incredibly whiny and self involved the Frankfurt literary scene is. The author identifies “muscles and sex” as the lowest common thematic denominator of this fair. She begins with the sentence: “The book fair is a sadomasochistic game.” I don’t understand half of what this journalist is talking about. I do understand this, however:

“You take your books so incredibly seriously,” says the young editor from Manhattan: he thinks it’s charming. Writer Richard Ford adds that the readers who wanted his books autographed tracked him down almost brutally. Obviously, the people [in Germany] are “fanatical” when it comes to books. “No wonder,” he says, I suppose intellectuals and artists are a lot more influential here than in American society.”

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I’m reading an article in a German newspaper about the book fair. It is incredibly whiny and self-involved while lamenting how incredibly whiny and self involved the Frankfurt literary scene is. The author identifies “muscles and sex” as the lowest common thematic denominator of this fair. She begins with the sentence: “The book fair is a sadomasochistic game.” I don’t understand half of what this journalist is talking about. I do understand this, however:

“You take your books so incredibly seriously,” says the young editor from Manhattan: he thinks it’s charming. Writer Richard Ford adds that the readers who wanted his books autographed tracked him down almost brutally. Obviously, the people [in Germany] are “fanatical” when it comes to books. “No wonder,” he says, I suppose intellectuals and artists are a lot more influential here than in American society.”

[Read entire post «”Muscles and Sex” at the Frankfurt Book Fair»][German version]
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