Since I always work with adblockers installed, I only very recently discovered the way in which WordPress has changed its advertising policies. The recent posts are now riddled with advertisements which are generated by WordPress’ interpretation of the “big data” of the blogs’ visitor.

I dó understand that for my account to be free of charge WordPress added some advertising sometimes.
But recently it appears to be 2 or 3 advertisements per post. Animated advertisements no less, in shocking pink and turquoise. Not an ideal combination with the sort of content I aim to make.

A lot of you will have installed adblockers and I understand that in Safari for example they are default nowadays. But because of the use of different browsers and different adblockers, anti-trackers and the like everyone is seeing something else and I don’t have any clue anymore as to how what I made will appear in front of you.

Since this blog has not been updated for quite some time (about 2 and a half years) and has mainly an archival function nowadays I have decided to end it.

The articles I wrote can be viewed in this ad-free environment.

This blog will selfdestruct on 1 March 2018!

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Rainer Maria Rilke was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist (1875 -1926). I have just finished reading Geschichten vom Lieben Gott (Stories of God, more literal (but probably less English): Stories of Dear God), a book of prose.

Although it was written in the early twentieth century (1900 to be exact) it is not dated at all, having none of the stifness that often comes with books of this age. The stories Rilke tells are sometimes fairytale like, sometimes less so, but they are always showing a lot of insight in humanity and society. The structure of the book is such that the narrator tells his stories to a second person, a neighbor, a friend. This second person is then supposed to pass the stories on to “the children”. The children love these stories, but the narrator is not very good with children, and uses a go between for this purpose. This structure gives the book a quasi-naive charm that is in stark contrast with the subject matter and makes it even more interesting. The attention to detail, the way in which the listener to the story is described is striking.

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The German edition of the book is part of the Gutenberg Project and can thus, being copyright free, be downloaded as e-book (choose from different file-formats) for free. This is a link to the download-page. There exist several English language translations, one as recent as 2013, they should be available in bookstores.

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Some sound advice from Mr. Rilke (not from this book):

Leben Sie jetzt die Fragen,
vielleicht leben Sie dan allmählich,
ohne es zu bemerken,
eines fernen Tages in die Antwort hinein.

Which would in English be something like:

Live the question now,
perhaps in due time,
without noticing,
you will live into the answer.