Die On-Off-Generation: Über den Bestseller „Normale Menschen” von Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney ist ein neuer Star der Literaturszene. Nach ihrem Debütroman Gespräche mit Menschen (2017) gelang der 29-jährigen Schriftstellerin aus Irland mit ihrem zweiten Roman Normale Menschen 2018 der internationale Durchbruch. Allein in den USA wurden in den ersten vier Monaten nach der Veröffentlichung über 64 000 Hardcover-Exemplare verkauft. Im Jahr 2020 folgte die Fernsehadaption. Die … Continue reading Die On-Off-Generation: Über den Bestseller „Normale Menschen” von Sally Rooney

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

The Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk has been publishing novels in her home country for over three decades now. Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych was published in 2009 and exactly ten years later, the translation Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by the incredibly talented Antonia Lloyd-Jones finally conquered the international book … Continue reading Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

"Let me begin again". With this phrase, Ocean Vuong, introduces his debut novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. But how do I begin? After reading Vuong's epistolary novel, I am struggling to find the words that would help me express my thoughts on this book, simply because he manages to play and experiment with language, … Continue reading On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

5) I Hate Instagram #followme

Jarett Kobek's novel I Hate the Internet was published in 2016. The lives of characters in the book are determined by innovations coming from Silicon Valley: Google, social media, and Online Shaming. The novel is an accumulation of hate comments, information overflow, and monologues on how the internet promotes racism and misogyny while simultaneously creating … Continue reading 5) I Hate Instagram #followme

4) Ludic and ergodic puzzle solving

In An Introduction to Game Studies: Games in Culture, Frans Mäyrä classifies games as either "ludic" or "ergodic". "Ludic" games are structured around the player reaching a certain goal and achieving objectives (e.g., shooting games). The accomplishment of "ergodic" games is reached through the creation of meaning. The goal is to move through the story … Continue reading 4) Ludic and ergodic puzzle solving