Archive for “April, 2007”


Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on April 8th, 2007

I had just come back from my morning constitutional around the Marktplatz when Silke, the department secretary, a tasty bit of blonde Topfenstrudel, met me at the door with the news that I had a visitor. “Who is it, Silke?” “It is one of your former students,” she said in that lilting-gutteral voice that German […]

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The Unbearable Lightness of von Korncrake

Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on April 7th, 2007

I was sitting in my office the other day having just returned from a very satisfying lunch with my chief research assistants, Manfred and Helmut, or as I like to refer to them, Tweedletoady and Tweedlegrovel, when the deputy chief our our division, Frau Prof. Dr. Beatrice Glaeßner, poked her inartfully dyed head into my […]

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The Name “von Korncrake”

Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on April 6th, 2007

Several people have inquired about the provenance of my name, “von Korncrake.” Most of these interlocutors have noted that the bird known in the British Isles as the “corncrake” (Latin crex crex, named onomatopoeically after its distinctive call) is known in German as the the Wachtelkönig (“King of Quails”) not the “Korncrake”. Presumeably this is […]

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The Consolation of the Shoes

Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on April 5th, 2007

When my good friend Manolo the Shoeblogger asked me to write the introduction to his delightful new work, The Consolation of the Shoes, I was surprised. “But my dear Manolo,” I protested, “You have so many friends who are so much more famous than I.” “Yes, Herr Professor, but none know the Manolo as you […]

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Blades of Glory

Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on April 4th, 2007

Last night, at the behest of my chief research assistants, Helmut and Manfred, I attended the cinema. It all started after lunch, during the early afternoon cigarette break. “Herr Professor Doktor von Korncrake,” said Manfred, as he and Helmut stood at the door to my office, their attitudes properly deferrential, “you should perhaps go see […]

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About This Blog

Posted by: Herr Prof. Dr. von Korncrake on April 4th, 2007

This blog shall contain my musings about pop culture, movies, novels, television shows, music, and anything else that attracts my attention. Although I am a professional semiotician, and a highly trained academic, I shall attempt to insure that what is written here will be neither stuffy, nor exceptionally obscure. Of course, this does not mean […]

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