Dear readers of my blog,

"Coming soon" is an ad which is pasted across the shopping windows of an outlet soon to be opened. Here, however, it announces a new way of publishing my own texts "written to the moment" over a period of now twenty years following the chronology of their composition. Some of them are directly concerned with Oscar Wilde or James Joyce, others with literature and history in general, while for most of them I will have to provide a blog frame, so as to practise this genre regularly rather than sporadically as I must admit was the case in the last two years.

It has taken me the best part of two years to understand that what I am doing in this blog is waiting for material to accumulate so as to enable me to write the next piece. The result has often been satisfactory, at least for myself, when I realized that I was able to put fingers to keyboard to produce something that related both to everyday life and to literature with a particular stress being laid on Oscar Wilde.

When everyday obligations, however, became more and more demanding, it has become increasingly difficult to allow for time to compose a regular blog on the one hand. On the other hand, I discovered that many texts written a long time ago came into being under similar circumstances, so that by re-arranging and partly re-writing them in the past few weeks I noticed that "written to the moment" as they were in the past - and I am still producing similar texts at the moment - they were quite suitable to be published first as part of a regular blog post.

This may or may not be a test for a future publication of the complete collection in book form. At the moment, I am only happy to announce that, very soon, I will be in the position to launch the first few of these texts on the internet. The complete collection is going to be ordered alphabetically, but since it is not yet complete, publication is going to begin in the chronological order of their composition. And once all arrangements have been made, the whole project will become clear. Give me, however, a few weeks.

Meanwhile I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year that hopefully ends in a mood different from that it is necessarily going to begin in ten days' time. I am only too aware of the irony that even before the question of "Deal or No Deal" has been resolved the continent has had to stop all passenger movement to and from the UK owing to the current health crisis. So stay hale and healthy or safe and sound,

Best wishes,

Jörg W. Rademacher

21 December 2020

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Liebe Leser des literarischen Blogs,

Zeiten ohne Drang, dem fußballerischen Weltgeschehen nicht nur durch Verfolgen der Nachrichten, sondern auch durch Mitfiebern am Bildschirm auf der Spur zu bleiben wie in diesem Juni, wenn die lange geplante Europameisterschaft zum 60. Jahrestag der ersten im Jahr 1960 zunächst einmal entfällt, sind auch Momente, da die Literatur ihren Rang als Freizeitbeschäftigung wieder gewinnt. Denn Lesen ist überall möglich, selbst hinter der Maske im IC oder RE, ob zu Hause oder vor dem Bahnhof in der Morgensonne am Waterlootag, am kleinen Bildschirm oder mit dem Buch, das riecht und anzufaßbar ist, in der Hand. Lesen geschieht ja vielfältig, mit und ohne Bleistift, als Zeitvertreib oder als Möglichkeit, andere Welten zu entdecken als diejenige, in der man sich gerade aufhält.

 

Dear readers of this literary blog,

you may not miss watching international football now with Liverpool FC winning their first league title since 1990 when the likes of Ian Rush were still around to win silverware for them. With Jürgen Klopp the first-ever German manager to clinch that title, even fans of Schalke 04, the arch-enemy of Klopp's former Borussia Dortmund – that in 1966 beat Liverpool FC in a memorable Cup winner's Cup Final in Glasgow with the winning goal so surprising for the cameraman that you also see the goal being retrieved from the back of the net – now wish him well. At this time, we would have been watching the Euro 2020 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of that competition this year. Actually, reading has come to the fore for many, I reckon, who can do this everywhere even now, either at home in your armchair or behind a mask or “face-covering” when seated in an IC or regional train or when basking in the morning sun on Waterloo Day, which, of course, does not trigger the same associations everywhere. You may do reading in many ways, with or without a pencil, as a simple pastime or as a means to discover worlds other those where you find yourself at the moment.

 

 

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Jörg W. Rademacher (*1962), born and bred in Westphalia. Attended university at Münster, Dundee and Lille. State exam in 1988. Ph.D. In 1993. Scholar, language teacher as well as writer and translator at Münster until 2002. Since 2002 secondary school teacher, writer and translator in East Frisia. Working on Wilde since 1988. Publishing on Wilde since 2000 as biographer and editor and translator, on a regular basis with Elsinor Verlag since 2012, since 2015 also editor and translator of Oscar Wilde calendars.

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