Quisquilia: Lib. nov.

Quid autem tanto fortunae strepitu desideratis?

Category: Berlin

Berlin School of Existentialism

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Esmarchstraße (?), Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. Oct 2014.

Esmarchstraße (?), Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. Oct 2014.

What if that all did not have any meaning? Keep on living, even so?
Even the shutters in gentrified Berlin bear witness to German existential angst.

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Still life

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Anhaltinisches Gemüse, Berlin. Aug 2014.

Anhaltinisches Gemüse, Berlin. Aug 2014.

A still life with vegetables from Saxony-Anhalt: Yellow zucchini, cucumber, and a variety of tomatoes. Thanks for your visit!

Bicyclical Semiramisian

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Humboldt University, vis-à-vis Neue Wache, Berlin-Mitte. Jun 2014.

Humboldt University, vis-à-vis Neue Wache, Berlin-Mitte. Jun 2014.

The so-called Hanging Gardens have plants above ground, and are cultivated in the air, with the roots of the trees above the tilled earth, forming a roof. […] Palm trees lie in place on top of the pillars, alongside each other as cross beams, leaving very little space in between. This timber does not rot, unlike others; when it is soaked and put under pressure it swells up and nourishes the growth from roots, since it incorporates into its own interstices what is planted with it from outside.

Philo Byzantinus or Philo the Paradoxographer. Thanks for your visit!

Glasscapism

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Laika Café, Berlin-Neukölln. May 2014.

Laika Café, Berlin-Neukölln. May 2014.

With the horse under him in time / to a movement of legs and hooves / upon a timeless sand:
This horse was a mighty occasion! / The intensity of its feet! The height / of its immense body!
And so the hero, the / hero! stepped that gracefully / into his redemption, losing / or gaining life thereby.

– Robert Creeley. Thanks for your visit!

It’s all Greek to me

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Junction box, Fontanestraße 31, Berlin-Neukölln. May 2014.

Junction box at Fontanestraße 31, Berlin-Neukölln. May 2014.

You speak well, hares, but where are your teeth and claws? – With the hares close-by, only a cynic wouldn’t recognise Antisthenes.

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The caged bird

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Auguststraße 39-40, Berlin-Mitte. Mar 2014.

Auguststraße 39-40, Berlin-Mitte. Mar 2014.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill / of things unknown but longed for still.
– Maya Angelou. Thanks for your visit!

You have been smurfed

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Pedestrian light at Rosenthaler Straße / Gipsstraße, Berlin-Mitte. Jan 2014.

Pedestrian light at Rosenthaler Straße / Gipsstraße, Berlin-Mitte. Jan 2014.

Next time you’re feeling blue just let a smile begin. Happy things will come to you.
A terrific example of urban knitting? Guerrilla marketing? – Smurfever!

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Tear-drops

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Hackescher Markt, Berlin-Mitte. Feb 2014.

Hackescher Markt, Berlin-Mitte. Feb 2014.

O for the dropping of tear-drops in a poem! – Walt Whitman (modified).
Sometimes they turn / into adhesive tape drops.

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Love onomatopoetically

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Rosenthaler Straße 51, Berlin-Mitte. Oct 2013.

Rosenthaler Straße 51, Berlin-Mitte. Oct 2013.

Next to All Saints: not lovestruck at all. Or, perhaps, love actually?
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Blunt thou the lion’s paws

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Oranienburger Straße 41, Berlin-Mitte. Apr 2013.

Oranienburger Straße 41, Berlin-Mitte. Apr 2013.

He had uttered a mad wish that […] the face on the canvas bear the burden of his passions and his sins; that the painted image might be seared with the lines of suffering and thought, and that he might keep all the delicate bloom and loveliness of his then just conscious boyhood […] It was folly to think so. Yet it was watching him, with its beautiful marred face and its cruel smile. – Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray, chap. 7. Thanks for your visit!