Mittwoch, 23. Mai 2018

The Jewish Museum in Munich

Today I went to see the Jewish Museum. Next to the Ohel-Jakob-Synagogue and the Jewish Community Center it's the third building on St.Jakobs-Platz, designed ba architects Wandel Hoefer Lorch.

The architecture reminded me a lot of the Kolumba museum in Cologne.

From the outside the cube looks pretty unspectacular but from the inside it's amazing. The ground floor is glazed on all four sides and houses the information desk, a shop and a cafe.

The basement, the 1st and 2nd floor house a permanent exhibition about Jewish life in Munich, a library and changing exhibitions. Right now that is: A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew by Eran Shakine.

How very current: M. C. & J. looking for a different method of communication. 

A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew searching for love.

A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew trying to figure out God's plan.

My favorite: Muslim, Christian and Jew didn't realize happiness was following them for some time now.

Coffee with a view of the Synagogue:

Another must-read: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

(image from Elizabeth Gilbert's homepage)

I've been doing a lot of reading lately and here's another one I want to share with you. Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of "Eat Pray Love" and has now published a book about creativity. It is simply inspiring and I'm about to delve into it again in case I have missed something the first time round.

Lot's of you will say: Oh, I'm not creative... but I think that is untrue. Every breathing human being is creative. After all it takes a lot of creativity to master living.

  • some gangster have found creative ways to make money
  • surgeons find creative ways to operate and save lives
  • Einstein used to play the violin when he was stuck with a mathematical problem
  • Cooking is creativity
  • Figuring out how to survive on a low budget is creativity
  • getting dressed in the morning is creativity

Deep down, I've always known that I'm a writer, which this blog proves, the opus just hasn't surfaced yet. In the meantime I'm creating other stuff. Designing and sewing and more recently sketching.

So even, if you're not creating the actual work, the creativity cannot be denied and will out in some other way.

My sketching brings me lots of pleasure and serves me well until I can put the actual words on paper.

In June I will return to London for a week of sketching and am already scouting locations.

Go forth, read the book and create!

Samstag, 5. Mai 2018

Must-read for Cornwall fans

During my intensive study of novels on Cornwall I discovered Liz Fenwick's A Cornish Stranger and fell hard for it.
I gobbled it up like a McDonalds Saver Menu and once I had finished it, immediately wanted to start again in case I had missed anything.

When Gabriella moves in with her ailing grandmother Jaunty both realize that they are keeping a dreadful secret from each other. 
Artist Jaunty is writing down her lifestory and is taken back to wartime Paris and haunted by a spur-of-the-moment decision. 
Singer Gabe is fighting to get her voice back after traumatizing events in her past.

Set in the breathtakingly beautiful Cornwall it tells of the struggle of two women to find each other a last time. A handsome stranger sails into their lives and mediates.

Music, art, secrets and love - what more does a novel need?