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Apr.21.2012
Not - perhaps - in person, but their spirits and their craft get twinned at the Kafka/Borges Biennale. Switching years between Prague and Buenos Aires, the literary festival presents present day artistic works from both Argentina and The Czech Republic. Kafka and Borges have had immeasurable...
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Apr.07.2012
Alice Herz-Sommer has had a remarkable life and, at 108, might squeeze out a few more years. Of course I am interested in anyone alive who actually conversed with Kafka, but her life and accomplishments are astounding. Alice Herz-Sommer (photo Polly Hancock) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * "Herz-...
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Apr.04.2012
Let's face it, I just like the phrase Bohemian coffeehouse and, to be informed that Kafka "... spent many a wild night..." in them, cheers me up to no end. As, I am sure, it did Kafka himself. Coffee!! However, as long as this particular Coffee House, Café Montmartre, is being...
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Mar.28.2012
“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.”  -William Faulkner The seeds of my novel WATER LILY started two-and-a-half years ago, as I...
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Mar.09.2012
Kafka used the trains often for business, pleasure and travel to other lands. He was particularly fond of going from Prague to Berlin of an afternoon. I have taken the train from London to Prague (and still await my chance on the Orient Express). As with the demise of train travel in North America...
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Feb.01.2012
Kafka, for all his dour reputation, was a social animal. He frequented coffee houses, cafes and the theatres - even those newfangled ones which showed the 'flickers'. He spent many a night in discussions (though perhaps more as a listener), and not all his interests centred around literature....
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Jan.24.2012
Václav Havel certainly burned with passion for his art and his country. He served them both with dedication and devotion. Bags of candles from across the country are still being delivered to Trafačka. (ČTK) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *   A heart from melted candles: an unusual memorial for...
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Jan.19.2012
  Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home.  ~Edith Sitwell   The View over Prague in Winter   The first winter I lived in Prague, in 2009-2010, the snow came...
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Jan.11.2012
Kafka was a fashion plate. Not only was he fastidious, he enjoyed looking his best. He aimed to please (and no doubt, impress) both the work place and society at large (he was quite the social animal, reputation aside). He was handsome, notable, and always looked far younger than he was. He dressed...
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Jan.05.2012
"Havel left an impression of his thumb on the tombstone." - Hmm - an idea for my own mausoleum.   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *   Urn with Vaclav Havel´s ashes placed in family tomb in Prague Prague - The urn with the ashes of Vaclav Havel, former Czechoslovak and Czech president who...