Garmisch, about an hour south of Munich (Munchen with an umlaut), was taken over as very much a part of the United States during the Cold War. The Patton Hotel, opened in 1953, was the gem. Ask any GI who stayed there.
Randomly reminded that this place existed, and that due to Dad being a USAF officer, we stayed there in the mid-1980s on a trip to Germany. The photos in the article hit me in the face with a rush of memories, including that of being mildly freaked out by that giant damn portrait of General Patton in the hotel lobby.
I remember Garmisch-Partenkirchen being a stunningly beautiful Bavarian town—fairy-tale, storybook, picture-postcard pretty. I think I actually had the Bayerische Alpen postcard on this page.
So, this morning, I got in an email exchange with a relatively new and very good writer who wanted my opinion on dealing with edits, accepting them, etc. I thought my response might be useful to other people and kinda gets at some stuff I’ve been telling a lot “young” writers lately.
This is worth a read, definitely. The basic process of having someone evaluate your writing for clarity and (house) style is invaluable. I always tell young writers to blog like crazy to get better, but being edited by a professional is another step entirely. And yes, the first few times I had my writing (gently) trashed by an editor, I took it way too personally, not realizing it didn’t fit with the publication’s general tone and style. Thankfully for my blood pressure, I don’t do that anymore.
by Karin L. Kross “What do you see, friend?” “Nothing—perhaps—only shadows.”
In many reactions to Ben Wheatley’s seventeenth-century trip movie A Field In England—including my own, the first time I watched it—there’s a common theme of what the hell did I just see? What are you supposed to make of the rowan-wood stake and rope required to drag a man out of a fairy ring—an enchanted ring of mushrooms—especially since you might not even know that was what was going on until you read an interview with Wheatley? What happens during and after the intense, hallucinatory mushroom-trip sequence? Why are dead characters apparently coming back to life? This is the director they tapped to direct the first two episodes of the next season of Doctor Who? What’s going on?
I wrote this for BW/DR’s “History” month, and now it’s up. Yay!
I am such the frustrated academic, and I’m afraid it shows. Ah well.