Sunday, November 2, 2014

Lazy Sunday Service

I spent part of last week in Erlangen and Nuremberg giving a talk.  On Thursday morning I had a walk round Nuremberg, a formerly grand medieval city partially rebuilt in its former style after the Second World War, and site of the Nuremberg rallies, laws, and trials.  The old parade grounds are a little odd to wander through.  On the one hand they need to be left as a reminder, on the other they need to be stripped of their symbolic value.  The solution seems to be to let them slowly decay whilst enfolding them into other everyday uses as a park, playing field or a truck car park.  The result is a weird kind of estrangement: of being somewhere mundane and significant at the same time.

My posts this week
The last hurrah!
Review of Night Soldiers by Alan Furst
Review of Geek Sublime by Vikram Chandra
Review of The Bellini Card by Jason Goodwin

1 comment:

Anonymous-9 said...

Fascinatibg. Would it be safe to say, Rob, that this physical environment is an outward reflect of the varying attitudes of the people?