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»Angela Schmelzer bestreitet alle Vorwürfe. Aber die ermittelnde Staatsanwältin und das zuständige Landgericht München scheinen bereits zu diesem Zeitpunkt, anderthalb Jahre vor der Hauptverhandlung, entschlossen zu sein, sich über die vielen Widersprüche und Merkwürdigkeiten in dem Fall hinwegzusetzen und die Frau mit aller Härte des Gesetzes zu bestrafen. Für Angela Schmelzer beginnt ein Albtraum, der bis heute nicht enden will.«
»Under fun’s new administration, writing fiction becomes a way to go deep inside yourself and illuminate precisely the stuff you don’t want to see or let anyone else see, and this stuff usually turns out (paradoxically) to be precisely the stuff all writers and readers everywhere share and respond to, feel.«
»Last night, it mattered just enough to overcome the calcified political calculations of men who think that 47 percent will vote against them because they are victims, or that 53 percent are with them because the rest of us vote only from self-interest and without regard for the republic as a whole. It was a closer contest than common sense and the spirit of a truly great nation should dictate. But unless these white guys who have peddled “normal” for so long — normal as in racial majority, normal as in religious majority, normal as in sexual orientation«
»In an announcement that mostly escaped American attention, mostly because it was made in French, novelist Philip Roth has quietly called an end to his long writing career, having run out of inspiration now that Jewish people are all uniformly happy and well-adjusted. Or, in a more accurate explanation, now that Roth "no longer feel[s] this fanaticism to write that I have experienced in my life,"«
»A woman's beauty is supposed to be her grand project and constant insecurity. We're meant to shellac our lips with five different glosses, but always think we're fat. Beauty is Zeno's paradox. We should endlessly strive for it, but it's not socially acceptable to admit we're there. We can't perceive it in ourselves. It belongs to the guy screaming "nice tits."«
»And Lincoln! is actually way less schmaltzy than you'd expect—in fact, for long stretches (the best stretches) it's borderline dry. At its heart, Lincoln! is a wonky political procedural about the mad scramble to pass the 13th Amendment and abolish slavery before the end of the Civil War (because when the war ended, so did Lincoln's leverage). It's basically one of those episodes of the West Wing where Josh and Leo and Toby are running around dropping tasty bon mots in secret meetings with congressmen trying to scrounge up votes for the gun bill or whatever—except everyone is wearing a bon[…]«