Posts Tagged ‘Douglas Adams’

5 Books I Love to Read over and over again

Montag, Mai 18th, 2009

It may not always be obvious, but long before I became a film fanatic, I was an avid reader. From my childhood days onwards, there was hardly a day which I didn’t spend with my nose in a book. For a long time, I read almost everything I could find – luckily, my parents had a knack for picking out great books, so that probably helped further my love for the written word. My formative years were spent in the company of Astrid Lindgren, Michael Ende and Erich Kästner and to these day I am convinced that they are the three greatest authors of children’s literature ever.

None of them are represented on this list, however, for as much as I love their books, I also feel I have outgrown them slightly. Occasionally, I pick one of them up and remember the good old days when reading was the greatest thing imaginable. Nowadays, I read much less and very erratically. There are periods – months sometimes, in which I do not turn a single page. And then there are times where I read five books a week and seem to be doing little else.

The five books (or “written works”, rather) I am going to talk about in this article are ones I treasure above all others. Not because I believe they are the best ever written or even my favourite ones, but because they are a sort of comfort food for the mind for me. Whenever I’m feeling down, I love to pick them back up and read them again. They, quite simply, cheer me up. So don’t expect great Russian literature of the 18th century after the jump, but a declaration of love for books many people would consider – maybe even rightfully so – trite.

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Minute Movie Review – Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

Mittwoch, Januar 7th, 2009


Like every intelligent person with a good sense of humour, I adore everything Monty Python. Sadly, The Meaning of Life does not quite live up to that expectation. The film is a collection of sketches somehow tied together, rather haphazardly, by the title theme. The sketches in themselves go from brilliant satire to plain silly and are entertaining enough, but two hours of sketch comedy is just too much. Still, even sub-standard Monty Python is much funnier than pretty much everything else.

Random Observations:

The Meaning of Life at

The movie’s title sequence features a lighning stroke adding the last line to the “E” in life, thus changing the title from “The Meaning of Liff”. Douglas Adams published his book “The Meaning of Liff” in the very same year. Both parties found out that the other had made the same joke when it was already to late to do anything about it.

Apparently, there are quite a few people who consider the infamous “Mr. Creosote” sketch to be in bad taste. Has it ever occured to them that it is meant to be offensive?

People also might consider this eulogy for Graham Chapman to be in bad taste. I personally think it is hilarious. (And so should you!)