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November Is German Literature Month

Bilingual Rammstein fans: Who wants to grant me (and so many English-speaking fans) a wish and review In stillen N├Ąchten: Gedichte in English, with some explanations of a few of Till Lindemann's choice multiple-entendres? If so, post a link to your review in the comments, and I will promote it all over the internets! 

November is German Literature Month. So sayeth the bloggers at Beauty Is a Sleeping Cat!

Because I just finished reading the 19th century German novel Ekkehard: A Tale of the Tenth Century, and because I have not been this excited about a book in a very long time, I will be participating in the celebration of German literature by posting a review of Ekkehard on November 5.

The copy of Ekkehard that I located through my extended library network was printed in 1895, rebound in the 1960s, stripped of its steamiest illustration at an unknown time and for unknown reasons, and last checked out of the library when I was a fetus. It was written by Herman Scheffel, who wande…

Which Queen Elsa Will Your Child Be for Halloween?

Call to action, parents everywhere! Let's use the ironic phenomenon of Queen Elsa's popularity to play with variations on a theme. How can we turn every Queen Elsa into her own special snowflake this Halloween?

Let's not even pretend there's a chance that your daughter, son, spouse, siblings, parents, or pets are even considering a different Halloween costume this year. Everyone wants to be Elsa.

We don't need to talk about the irony of the character's whole theme about letting your freak flag fly and breaking with social norms to be your own unique self... by dressing in the exact same outfit as everyone else. It's cool. I mean, it's ICE COLD. Who doesn't want weather-controlling, palace-building powers that shoot out of your hands and feet?


(OK, unless you want to be Maleficent, which is also badass and a totally easy costume--buy one of those horny hats at a Halloween store, red lipstick, leather pants, dark fairy wings--boom. Done.) 

But for t…