May 31, 2006

Transatlantic Blog Discovery II

I have added a new quotation to the header of my blog: "A country is not only what it does - it is also what it puts up with, what it tolerates."

I got it from a blog named Kurt Tucholsky after the German satirist, publicist, and critic of National Socialism Kurt Tucholsky (1890–1935). The blog contains English translations of Tucholsky's work, "along", as the blog owner says, "with an impression of the originals". They then form the basis for poet David Raphael Israel's formal verse renderings.

Tucholsky is as topical today as he was seventy years ago.