Erwin Josef Bucher

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Ein Roadtrip durch den Nordosten der USA

Florida, Kalifornien, die Nationalparks im Westen, Neuengland und die Ostküste: Ein Roadtrip in den USA ist ein Reisetraum. Doch es gibt auch Routen, …

Reise

Altersforscher: «Wer 120 werden will, ist durchgeknallt

Der Mann ist die Ruhe selbst. Aus seiner eigenen Forschung weiss er, dass Stress nichts Schlechtes ist, solange man mit ihm umgehen kann. Vielleicht …

Wissenschaft

Britain's best hotels for glorious coastal walks

Britain is fringed by almost 8,000 miles of natural coastline, from sandy shores and rugged headlands, to wind-swept dunes and cliff-top paths. With so much to explore, we've rounded up some of the best hotels, restaurants-with-rooms and b&bs by the coast, including the top places to stay for easy …

20 Books As Inspiring As A TEDTalk — According To The People Who Give The Talks

Want to spend your vacation working on self-improvement and -enrichment? There are 20 books TED speakers want you to read this summer, and I've got …

Books

Im Keller steht schon das Wasser

Ein Sommer in Finnland - mit Kündigung, Sexsucht und Depression als Nebengeräuschen: Philip Teirs Roman "So also endet die Welt" ist ein Meisterstück …

Brücke zwischen Hamburg und Venedig

So klingt Barock bestechend aktuell: Neue Aufnahmen von Ensemble Resonanz und der Violinistin Midori Seiler beseelen und bezaubern.<p>Eigentlich könnte …

Musik

The Reflected Glory of Victorian Art

Why do mirrors appear so often in Victorian paintings? “Reflections: van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites,” recently at London’s National Gallery, …

Der gute Geist Europas

Zum Europäer wird Alexander von Humboldt am 5. Juni des Jahres 1799. Mit einem Postdampfer legt er im Hafen von La Coruña ab. Vor ihm liegt die …

The Wisdom of Keith Richards

I AIN’T GONNA BE around forever—not even me!”<p>Keith Richards, shrouded in an ever-present cloud of cigarette smoke, wheezes a laugh when it’s pointed out that many observers, based on evidence to date, disagree with his sense of his own mortality. “Well, yeah,” he says, “it’s between me and the …

Blues Music

The two mental shifts highly successful people make

• Their focus shifts from <i>why</i> they’re writing music to <i>what</i> their music has brought them. Consequently, they are either satisfied with their results and no longer have the drive to write more. Or, they desire to make more music but the fire (their “why”) is gone, and thus, they can’t create the same …

Success

Jaw-Dropping Fossils Discovered In Bears Ears Where Trump Just Gutted Protections

Fossils face another extinction courtesy of the president.<p>A cache of what is believed to be one of the world’s richest collections of Triassic-era fossils has been discovered on national land in Utah where Donald Trump recently eliminated protections to open up the wilderness area to …

Donald Trump

The 25 Principles for Adult Behavior: John Perry Barlow (R.I.P.) Creates a List of Wise Rules to Live By

<i>Image by the European Graduate School, via Wikimedia Commons</i><p>The most successful outlaws live by a code, and in many ways John Perry Barlow, founder …

All the Poets (Musicians on Writing): Patterson Hood

<i>PATTERSON HOOD has been leading the Drive-By Truckers — a country-rock band with a hip-hop attitude — for more than two decades. Along the way, the</i> …

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

... and the movies and TV shows we watch<p>Pamela Paul’s memories of reading are less about words and more about the experience. “I almost always remember where I was and I remember the book itself. I remember the physical object,” says Paul, the editor of <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>, who reads, it …

Books

Barack Obama Is in His Element on David Letterman’s New Netflix Series

Barack Obama was just fifty-five years old when he left the White House, and there was much speculation regarding how he might occupy himself in the years that followed. My vote, formed after watching his breezy facility during one of his appearances on “Late Show with David Letterman,” was that he …

Hard Science Fiction: A Beginner’s Guide to the Genre

There exists a common misconception that all science fiction is fantastical. That all sci-fi takes place in a universe where ships can travel faster …

Science Fiction

The French Petty Thief Who Influenced Bob Dylan’s Songs

François Villon liked to run with Parisian crooks and low-lifes—but his poetry influenced everyone from Bob Dylan to Bertold Brecht.<p>The bleakest of …

America Is Not Yet Lost

Many of us came into 2017 expecting the worst. And in many ways, the worst is what we got.<p>Donald Trump has been every bit as horrible as one might have expected; he continues, day after day, to prove himself utterly unfit for office, morally and intellectually. And the Republican Party — including …

Take a Literary Tour of the U.S. with These 50 State-Set Books

Harper Lee<p><b>Alabama</b><p>This Pulitzer Prize winner from Harper Lee is one of the great American novels. Fifty years after its publication, its ruminations on race, injustice, and morality remain as relevant as ever, and crusading attorney Atticus Finch is one of literature’s finest characters.<p>Jack</b> …

Nothing Is Revealed: Bob Dylan in 1967 and Elsewhere

<i>“These so-called connoisseurs of Bob Dylan music, I don’t feel they know a thing or have any inkling of who I am or what I’m about. It’s ludicrous,</i> …

The Delights of Parsing the Beatles' Most Nonsensical Song

Released 50 years ago, “I Am the Walrus” is endlessly analyzable, and yet somehow analysis-proof.<p><i>“It seems very pretty,” she said when she had finished it, “but it’s rather hard to understand!” (You see she didn’t like to confess, even to herself, that she couldn’t make it out at all.) “Somehow it</i> …

Literature

New Zealand’s War on Rats Could Change the World

The nation wants to eradicate all invasive mammal predators by 2050. Gene-editing technology could help—or it could trigger an ecological disaster of global proportions.<p>The first thing that hit me about Zealandia was the noise.<p>I was a 15-minute drive from the center of Wellington, New Zealand’s …

Joseph Conrad’s Journey

Was the novelist right to think everyone was getting him wrong?<p>In March, 1893, John Galsworthy—a product of Harrow and Oxford who had recently passed the English bar exam—was boarding the passenger ship Torrens, in Port Adelaide, when he noticed a small man with black hair boisterously loading …

Literature

Darius Rucker and the Perplexing Whiteness of Country Music

Last Thursday, mere hours before his eighth solo album was released, Darius Rucker—once the front man for Hootie and the Blowfish, now a successful country singer—performed a solo show at the Apollo Theatre, in Harlem. If you never imagined you’d be part of a crowd of fifteen hundred mostly white …

Music

The 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America

Eating vegetarian at home: Endless options. Eating vegetarian while traveling: Do you want the side salad or the cheese pizza? But if you do a little …

Bass, Bass, wir brauchen Bass!

Frauen am Bass sind im Jazz noch eine Ausnahme - aber nicht mehr lange. Die junge Polin Kinga Glyk wurde von US-Vorbildern inspiriert und zum …

Musik

An Old Danish Dance In The Key Of Melancholy

Classical and folk music continue to intermingle in fascinating ways. The intersections stretch back far beyond Bach, who cleverly slipped a German folk song into his <i>Goldberg Variations</i>. Later, composers like Ralph Vaughan Williams and Béla Bartók combed the countryside, collecting tunes from …

Classical CD Of The Week: Folk Music For String Quartet, Out Of The Woodwork

Amazon mp3: $9 | Amazon CD: ~$16 / Vinyl $30 | ArkivMusic: $20 | Qobuz download: £8-12 (Hi-Res) | iTunes mp3: $10<p>The folksiness of Scandinavian traditional music has all the associative ingratiating quality of the smell of pine cones, fresh straw and moonshine, but none of hog pen and swamp. By …

Saskatchewan cousins Kacy & Clayton make folk music that is far out

"There's two kinds of people living in this galaxy," sings Kacy Anderson, high and lonesome. "Everybody else and me." And yet, Anderson is one half of the duo Kacy & Clayton, which means there is at least one other like-minded soul in her world.<p>The world is psychedelic folk music, groovier than a …

How to read more effectively

Whether you’re dissecting Adam Smith’s <i>The Wealth of Nations</i> or relaxing poolside with <i>50 Shades of Grey</i>, reading is, for many of us, a regular source of joy, perspective, and ideas, which enable us to grow personally and professionally. But here’s the catch: We live in a world of never ending …

Note-Taking