Tag Archives: Franz Kafka

When You Walk Through A Storm

“And you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will … Continue reading

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Tales of Good and Evil

I have long been aware that Edward Gorey designed and illustrated his own books, but I was surprised to discover that he worked as a book designer for Doubleday Publishing throughout the 1950s. While employed by Doubleday, Gorey created more … Continue reading

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Fun With Kafka

If you are a regular reader of TBTP, you know that I’m a big fan of London-based cartoonist and illustrator Tom Gauld. Along with his weekly comic strips in the Guardian and the New Scientist, Gauld’s work regularly appears in … Continue reading

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Kafka : On The Cheap

During the summer of 1911, Franz Kafka and his friend Max Brod took a railway journey through Switzerland and France. While they were hanging out in Lugano, Switzerland, Kafka hit on a novel notion for “reforming” the traditional staid travel … Continue reading

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Cold Toast & Stale Coffee

Have you ever wondered what writers snack on while they’re working? Then check out this wonderful illustration by San Francisco-based artist Wendy MacNaughton, which appeared in the New York Times Book review earlier this year. You can see more of … Continue reading

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Die Vernandlung

We are all familiar with the iconic absurdist story of Gregor Samsa who wakes one day to discover that he has turned into an insect. In the remainder of the tale, Kafka describes how Samsa’s transformation impacts his family. During … Continue reading

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Vienna is calling all bibliophiles

On April 18th, the new Literature Museum of the Austrian National Library will officially open in Vienna. The institution will document the nation’s literature with rare manuscripts, books, letters, photographs, illustrations and related objects. Situated in the heart of the … Continue reading

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Kafka Heads Back To Prague

Last month, Czech artist David Cerný unveiled his amazing statue of Franz Kafka’s head outside of the Narodni trida Metro station in the heart of Prague.

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Curse You Reed-Kellogg

If you were educated during a certain era in the United States, you are all too familiar with the classic Reed-Kellogg diagrammatical system. The folks at Pop Chart Lab in New York , whose goal is “to render all of … Continue reading

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