An Anxious Autumn Reminder: This World is Not Your Home

We’ve been back in the Federal Republic now for most of a month, and the anxious mood of the country seems to have gotten worse. Before the headlines here were taken over by news of Queen Elizabeth’s death and of the startling Ukrainian successes in the Russo-Ukrainian war (update  as of September 12th, here), the„An Anxious Autumn Reminder: This World is Not Your Home“ weiterlesen

A Long-Overdue Visit Home

Before this August, we had not been to the U.S. for three years. Yeah. Three years of not seeing family, close friends and associates from the homeland in person. And as much as I would like to blame all of it on the panicked and irrational overreactions of international governments to the COVID-19 wave (and„A Long-Overdue Visit Home“ weiterlesen

Against the Spirit of Angst

Angst is one of those lovely German words that has made it into the English LexiCon. Like FLAK, Weltschmerz, EKG, Schadenfreude and Bratwurst. It is generally translated as „fear“ or „anxiety“, but in my not at all humble opinion as professional translator and holder of a Doctorate in Germanic Languages and Literatures, it would be„Against the Spirit of Angst“ weiterlesen