Whatever happened in Jaipur?


I find it hard to say what those so-called Literature Festivals actually are. A possibility to meet colleagues and exchange ideas? For sure. A way for criminals and corporations to launder money and pretend to support "culture" while actually being interested in nothing else but maximizing their profits even if people die, or lose their mind? Absolutely. A scheme for cities to boost tourism? You bet.

300,000 people apparently attended the Jaipur Literature Festival. Numerous sponsors blurted their logos around. Hotels were filled to the brim, so where the streets. Smoke rose up into the air, Tuk-Tuks overturned, Irish poets who had been singing songs were suddenly on the pavement, broken glass skidded along the tarmac. People screamed, applauded, influenced each other, made babies. 

But wouldn't all of this happen anyhow? At least it happened in the name of literature - or does that make it worse? Some authors boycott these festivals, deeply skeptical of their impact. I am not so sure. The Jaipur Festival makes people read, makes people listen, and occasionally a critical voice against the spread of fascism within India and throughout the world can be heard. 

Does it matter in the end? Where is the solution? How do we downsize, how do we reconnect with nature, how do we organize mankind in smaller groups again? Let's discuss all of this at the next Literature Festival. I am sure it is just around the corner!


Republic Day

Situation is a bit hairy in India especially today on Republic's Day. 

There are violent Hinduist protests against the release of a new Bollywood film, Padmaavat. A school bus has been attacked, just to create attention. The children had nothing to do with it.


In the hotel

Hamid Karzai just walked past me in the hotel lobby, that was a bit extreme.

He is also a speaker at the Jaipur Literature Festival. #ZEEJLF

Wikipedia claims: After his father was assassinated in 1999, Hamid inherited the title of Khan and became leader in the armed struggle against the Taliban. At the time his brother Ahmad Wali Karzai was ranked as the biggest drug producer/smuggler in Afghanistan, and was on the payroll of the CIA. When the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, they crushed opium production. It was revived again to full bloom after Karzai became President. Karzai's brother was murdered by the Taliban on 12th July 2011.

Just a little something about Drugs and Decision making.

Blitzed has reached India

From Delhi through wonderful Kolkata now in Chennai: Deconstructing Hitler's never been so much fun. 

From Delhi through wonderful Kolkata now in Chennai: Deconstructing Hitler's never been so much fun. 

International WWII Conference

Talking today at 11am New Orleans Time (which is 6 pm Berlin time) at the International WWII Conference. Please join and watch the free live stream at http://www.ww2conference.com .


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Keynote Speech

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

Norman Ohler

Introduction by Robert M. Citino, PhD

Big in Brazil

"High Hitler" just entered the Brazilian Bestseller list. That calls for a Caipi-Pervitin.

Finally, Rio

You know your PR tour has come to some sort of conclusion when this is the view.

Ran out

And this is what happens to a human who is not using Pervitin.

Far far away in a Favela

The average Brazilian reads 1.4 books a year, which is my Critica, my publisher here, brings me to a communal library in a favela, 2 hours away from Paulista. The audience is amazing, including baby, and one dog. The questions about the relation of race and drugs policies put me out of my usual comfort zone. This is what I like about Brazil, and especially about Sao Paulo.

The dog had left by then. It had gotten bored. No meat on the table!  

The dog had left by then. It had gotten bored. No meat on the table!