A down-home-country-kinda-guy, Porp has always dreamed of taking off after college to backpack across Europe, but life on the farm hasn´t provided enough to make this a financial option. Luckily, Porp has some connections to a famous, race car-driving monster named Frankenstein, and soon finds himself in the undead monster´s luxurious, race car-themed apartment at the heart of Berlin. But Porp´s visit falls on Frankenstein´s birthday, and it´s not long before the celebrations turn erotic. Soon, Porp will discover that his anal gift is only the first step towards the gay love of his otherwise straight life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sam Rand. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071894/bk_acx0_071894_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Una donna molto bella che ha avuto una vita difficile e la racconta in tanti piccoli quadri, protagonista la narratrice onnisciente o vari personaggi secondari, diversissimi tra loro: un vecchio indiano americano incontrato in una lavanderia; una ragazza giovanissima che scappa da una clinica messicana di aborti per ricche americane; la suora di una scuola cattolica; un´insegnante gay. Ma soprattutto, una domestica che ritrae, lapidaria ma benevola, le ´´signore´´ (e anche qualche ´´signore´´) per cui lavora: una storia indimenticabile, che dà il titolo all´edizione americana del libro, ´´Manuale per donne delle pulizie´´.´´Indimenticabile´´ è l´aggettivo che definisce il valore di una storia breve. Tutti ricordano la signora con il cagnolino di Cechov, o la famiglia Glass di Salinger, o l´anziana donna malata di Alzheimer che si innamora di un compagno di sventura, di Alice Munro. Più difficile è ricordare uno qualunque dei protagonisti dei racconti di Raymond Carver, tutti molto simili: uomini che traslocano continuamente per sopravvivere a una crisi economica non solo individuale. O quelli di Charles Bukowski, l´eterno disadattato che ama l´alcol e le donne.Non che sia possibile ricordare tutti i personaggi di Berlin, diversissimi, variegati per sesso, razza, colore e censo, ma di certo il tratto pittorico dell´autrice contribuisce a fissarli nella mente; complice una scrittura ingannevolmente semplice, chiara, essenziale, imprevedibile come la musica jazz ma altrettanto ipnotica. Una vita più che difficile, quella di Lucia Berlin, tormentata dalla scoliosi e dalle sue conseguenze, da un primo matrimonio sfortunato, dalla povertà, e dai lavori tipici degli americani senza radici: ma le esperienze di centralinista, domestica, insegnante precaria o infermiera, e di madre single, forniscono all´autrice un materiale prezioso e vastissimo, che usa per raccontare se stessa con eccentrico, personalissimo talento. 1. Italian. Concita De Gregorio. http://samples.audible.de/bk/sala/000564/bk_sala_000564_sample.mp3.
The Exhibit puts human emotions on display. It is a book between two cities - Cambridge and Manchester - with detours via wax museums and planetariums, it brings down the Berlin Wall and challenges censorship in Iran, reveals the love of gay marriage and has conversations with Alexander McQueen, Damien Hirst, and Sylvia Plath. This in an impressive collection by a young poet already known for his innovative, intense poetry that draws its energy from the light and dark of everyday life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063537/bk_acx0_063537_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A groundbreaking examination of the psychology of homosexuality, why it leads to shame over one´s identity and how to overcome it ´´The Velvet Rage is becoming a touchstone in gay culture just as Goodbye to Berlin was in the 30s, A Boy´s Own Story in the 60s and Faggots in the 70s.´´--Observer (UK)
In the world of Paul Brownsey, God is a camp old queen trying to split up a gay couple. Judy Garland did not die in 1969 and instead ended up wowing her fellow residents in a Scottish care home on karaoke night. A fan of musical theatre steals an Irving Berlin lyric as a Valentine´s poem and spends decades contriving to hide the theft from his lover. After a one-night stand, two men maintain a distant awareness of each other´s lives for a quarter of a century and then face the question: are we in love? A couple find that over the 12 days of Christmas they experience everything that could possibly happen in a love affair, at least as recorded in popular songs from ´´Some Enchanted Evening´´ to ´´For the Good Times´´. A gay couple discover Queen Elizabeth II injured on a hillside near her Balmoral castle and are torn between star-struck fawning and lecturing her on gay rights. Often playful, Scottish author Paul Brownsey´s stories in His Steadfast Love and Other Stories cast an imaginative eye on gay life - but, make no mistake, they deal with the life most gay men will recognize, in which meeting lovers and sustaining relationships go alongside the uneasy terrain of acceptance, both internal and external. And as a former philosophy professor at Glasgow University, Brownsey knows how our everyday lives embody the big questions, but he shows this with a light touch and dark humor. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Cassidy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/080015/bk_acx0_080015_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
That a Jew living in Nazi Berlin survived the Holocaust at all is surprising. That he was a homosexual and a teenage leader in the resistance and yet survived is amazing. But that he endured the ongoing horror with an open heart, with love and without vitriol, and has written about it so beautifully is truly miraculous. This is Gad Beck´s story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Feather. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/022744/bk_acx0_022744_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
First published in 1934, Goodbye to Berlin has been popularized on stage and screen by Julie Harris in I Am a Camera and Liza Minelli in Cabaret. Isherwood magnificently captures 1931 Berlin: charming, with its avenues and cafés; marvelously grotesque, with its nightlife and dreamers; dangerous, with its vice and intrigue; powerful and seedy, with its mobs and millionaires - this was the period when Hitler was beginning his move to power. Goodbye to Berlin is inhabited by a wealth of characters: the unforgettable and ´´divinely decadent´´Sally Bowles; plump Fraülein Schroeder, who considers reducing her Büsteto relieve her heart palpitations; Peter and Otto, a gay couple struggling to come to terms with their relationship; and the distinguished and doomed Jewish family, the Landauers.
(Out Here) On My Own (Nikka Costa) - 1973 (James Blunt) - 7 Seconds (Youssou ‘N Dour) - ‘74 ‘75 (The Connells) - A Groovy Kind Of Love (Phil Collins) - A Horse With No Name (America) - A Kind Of Magic (Queen) - A New Flame (Simply Red) - A Woman´s Worth (Alicia Keys) - About A Girl (Nirvana) - Again (Lenny Kravitz) - Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) (Phil Collins) - Ain´t Misbehavin´ (Louis Armstrong) - All Apologies (Nirvana) - All Night Long (Lionel Richie) - All That You Have Is Your Soul (Tracy Chapman) - Always On My Mind (Michael Buble ) - Amazing (George Michael) - Angels (Robbie Williams) - Apache (The Shadows) - Aquarius (The 5th Dimension) - Arthur´s Theme (Best That You Can Do) (Christopher Cross) - As Time Goes By (Herman Hupfeld) - Babooshka (Kate Bush) - Baby Can I Hold You (Tracy Chapman) - Back For Good (Take That) - Back To Black (Amy Winehouse) - Barbara Ann (Beach Boys) - Basin Street Blues (Ella Fitzgerald ) - Be Free With Your Love (Spandau Ballet) - Because You Loved Me (Céline Dion) - Been A Son (Nirvana) - Blue Moon - Blue Suede Shoes (Elvis Presley) - Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) - Breakthru (Queen) - Can´t Take My Eyes Off You (Gloria Gaynor ) - Caravan (From Sophisticated Ladies) - Careless Whisper ( (Wham ! / George Michael) - Celebration (Kool & The Gang) - Chattanooga Choo Choo (Glenn Miller) - Cheek To Cheek - Come As You Are (Nirvana) - Come Away With Me (Norah Jones) - Come To My Head (Simply Red) - Communication (Spandau Ballet) - Corazón Espinado (Santana) - Cosmic Girl (Jamiroquai) - Crazy For You (Madonna) - Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen) - Crossroads (Tracy Chapman) - Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen) - Dancing In The Street (Van Halen) - Deep Purple (Bing Crosby) - Delilah (Tom Jones / Paul Anka) - Do You Know Where You Are Going To? (Diana Ross) - Don´t Leave Me This Way (Thelma Houston) - Don´t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Santa Esmeralda) - Down Under (Men At Work) - Dream A Little Dream Of Me (Louis Armstrong / The Mamas And The Papas) - Easy (Lionel Richie) - Ebb Tide (Frank Sinatra) - Ebony And Ivory (Paul Mccartney Feat. Stevie Wonder) - Endless Love (Lionel Richie ) - Enola Gay (Orchestral Manouvres In The Dark) - Enough (Simply Red) - Everybody Loves Somebody - Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears For Fears) - Everytime You Go Away (Paul Young) - Fallin´ (Alicia Keys) - Fame (Irene Cara) - Fast Car (Tracy Chapman) - Feel (Robbie Williams) - Fight For Ourselves (Spandau Ballet) - Flash (Queen) - Flashdance... What A Feeling (Irene Cara) - For Once In My Life (Michael Bublé) - Friends Will Be Friends (Queen) - Genie In A Bottle (Cristina Aguilera) - Get Down On It (Kool & The Gang) - Ghostbusters (Ray Parker Jr.) - Give Me One Reason (Tracy Chapman) - Gold (Spandau Ballet) - Goldfinger (Shirley Bassey) - Goodbye My Lover (James Blunt) - Goodbye Philadelphia (Peter Cincotti) - Goodnight Moon (Shivaree) - Goodnight Tonight (Paul McCartney ) - Grease (from Grease) - Happy Together (The Turtles) - Harden My Heart (Quarterflash) - Hello (Lionel Richie) - High (James Blunt) - Hips Don´t Lie (Shakira) - Holding Back The Years (Simply Red) - Hot Stuff (Donna Summer) - Hotel California (Eagles) - How Deep Is The Ocean? (Irving Berlin) - How Many Lies? (Spandau Ballet) - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (Michael Bublé) - I Don´t Want To Miss A Thing (Aerosmith) - I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Creedence Clearwater Revival / Wilson Pickett / Marvin Gaye) - I Just Called To Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder) - I Wan´t Feel Bad (Simply Red) - I Want It All (Queen) - I Want To Break Free (Queen) - I Want You To Need Me (Celine Dion) - I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston / Dolly Parton) - If I Could Turn Back Time (Cher) - I´ll Be There For You (The Rembrandts) - I´ll Fly For You (Spandau Ballet) - I´ll Stand By You (The Pretenders) - I´m In The Mood For Love - In The Midnight Hour (The Midnight Hour) (Wilson Pickett) - Infidelity (Simply Red) - Innuendo (Queen) - Is This Love (Whitesnake) - Isn´t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder) - It Must Have Been Love (Roxette) - It´s A Hard Life (Queen) - Jericho (Simply Red) - Karma Chameleon (Culture Club) - Killer Queen (Queen) - La Bamba (Ritchie Valens) - Lady Marmalade (Patty Labelle / Christina Aguilera) - Lambada (Llorando Se Fue) (Kaoma) - Lara´s Theme (from Doctor Zhivago) Somewhere I Love - Laura - Let The Sunshine In - Lifeline (Spandau Ballet) - Lift Me Up (Moby) - Lithium (Nirvana) - Living On My Own...
In medieval times, a pilgrimage gave the average Joe his only break from the daily grind. For Gideon Lewis-Kraus, it promises a different kind of escape. Determined to avoid the kind of constraint that kept his father, a gay rabbi, closeted until midlife, he has moved to anything-goes Berlin. But the surfeit of freedom there has begun to paralyze him, and when a friend extends a drunken invitation to join him on an ancient pilgrimage route across Spain, he grabs his sneakers, glad of the chance to be committed to something and someone. Irreverent, moving, hilarious, and thought-provoking, A Sense of Direction is Lewis-Kraus´s dazzling riff on the perpetual war between discipline and desire, and its attendant casualties. Across three pilgrimages and many hundreds of miles - the thousand-year-old Camino de Santiago, a solo circuit of eighty-eight Buddhist temples on the Japanese island of Shikoku, and, together with his father and brother, an annual mass migration to the tomb of a famous Hasidic mystic in the Ukraine - he completes an idiosyncratic odyssey to the heart of a family mystery and a human dilemma: How do we come to terms with what has been and what is - and find a way forward, with purpose? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erik Singer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/001888/bk_peng_001888_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Anti-racist and queer politics have tentatively converged in the activist agendas, organizing strategies and political discourses of the radical left all over the world. Pejoratively dismissed as ´´identity politics´´, the significance of this cross-pollination of theorizing and political solidarities has yet to be fully countenanced. Even less well understood, coalitions of anti-racist and queer activisms in western Europe have fashioned durable organizations and creative interventions to combat regnant anti-Muslim and anti-migrant racism within mainstream gay and lesbian culture and institutions, just as the latter consolidates and capitalizes on their uneven inclusions into national and international orders. The essays in this volume represent a small snapshot of writers working at this point of convergence between anti-racist and queer politics and scholarship from the context of Germany. Translated for the first time into English, these four writers and texts provide a compelling introduction to what the introductory essay calls ´´a Berlin chapter of the Queer Intersectional´´, that is, an international justice movement conducted in the key of academic analysis and political speech which takes inspiration from and seeks to synthesize the fruitful concoction of anti-racist, queer, feminist and anti-capitalist traditions, movements and theories. With contributions by Judith Butler, Zülfukar Çetin, Sabine Hark, Daniel Hendrickson, Heinz-Jürgen-Voß, Salih Alexander Wolter and Koray Yilmaz-Günay
To think what is true, to sense what is beautiful, and to what is good, hereby the spirit finds purpose of a life in reason. (Johann Gottfried Herder, 18th century German philosopher and poet) In 2012, the German capital recorded a staggering 700,000 people at its CSD Parade, with about 500,000 making it all the way to the end of the joyous march, which is said to have been the biggest and most well-attended pride parade of the year. Berlin´s mayor, Klaus Wowereit, among the first openly gay politicians in Germany, famous for uttering the now locally iconic phrase, ´´Ich bin schwul, und das ist auch gut so (I´m gay, and that is a good thing)´´, inaugurated the splendid march. Elaborately decorated floats carrying both muscular men in flamboyant period costumes and fabulous queens in their best lace-fronts and drag, wield rainbow flags and dance to techno music as they lead the tremendous party from the Kreuzberg District to the Pariser Platz. As the members of the LGBT community, local and from out of town, surrounded by their friends, family, and allies, grooved into the night, the Brandenburg Gate was converted to a colossal rainbow flag. Other than culture and love and equality, the Brandenburg Gate is also where the locals celebrate triumphant victories and honor their modern-day heroes, i.e. their sport stars. In mid-July of 2014, a throng of 400,000 ecstatic Germans flooded the streets (many of whom had camped out at the site overnight), starting a ´´fan mile” that originated from the fabled gate. It was here that they welcomed the FIFA World Cup champions with German flags, banners, capes, leis in black, red, and gold, and confetti poppers galore. The black Mercedes truck transporting the players, coaches, and crew members could barely move through the swarm of fans. To the locals today, the Brandenburg Gate, understandably one of the nation´s top tourist attractions, is synonymous with spectacle, felicity, and victori 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Norman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/105844/bk_acx0_105844_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gemessen an seiner Dauer ist der deutsch-französische Krieg von 1870/71 der wohl am meisten untersuchte Krieg in der Geschichte. Sind neue Erkenntnisse über diesen Krieg und seine Ursachen also überhaupt noch möglich? Sie sind es, wenn man die Fragen neu stellt, wie das Buch des amerikanischen Historikers David Wetzel zeigt. Er rückt die handelnden Personen in den Mittelpunkt des historischen Prozesses zurück und fragt auf der Basis umfassender Forschung nach den individuellen Motiven, die ihr Handeln bestimmten, und nach den Wahrnehmungen, die sie von dem politischen und strategischen Feld hatten, auf dem sie sich bewegten und ihr diplomatisches Kräftemessen betrieben. Er zeichnet den Zusammenprall der außergewöhnlichen Persönlichkeiten Bismarcks und Napoleons III. einprägsam nach und entwirft lebhafte Portraits auch der anderen Hauptakteure in Paris und Berlin. So entsteht ein spannend erzähltes, neu akzentuiertes Bild des diplomatischen Prozesses seit der spanischen Revolution von 1868 bis zur Kriegserklärung Frankreichs 1870. Stimmen zur Originalausgabe: ´´In den letzten Jahrzehnten ist die faszinierende Geschichte des Duells zwischen Bismarck und Napoleon III. von Strukturhistorikern in den Hintergrund gedrängt worden. Es tut gut, dass David Wetzel zu ihr zurückkehrt. Er stellt die richtigen Fragen und beweist, dass in der Geschichte große oder doch wenigstens mächtige Männer den Unterschied ausmachen.´´ (Peter Gay, Professor em., Universität Yale) ´´Dies ist Diplomatiegeschichte anders geschrieben. Wetzel erzählt eine fesselnde Story, die die überragende Bedeutung der Persönlichkeit für die Gestaltung von Politik und (mehr noch) von Kriegen sichtbar macht.´´ (Sir Michael Howard, Professor em., Universität Oxford) ´´Ein neuer Blick auf eine alte große Kontroverse. Ein zusätzlicher Gewinn ist der geistvolle bibliographische Essay.´´ (Fritz Stern, Professor em., Columbia Universität, New York)