Monday, October 09, 2006

Willkommen, Bienvenue

So instead of reading about pre-WWI smalltown France, I'm now reading about pre-WWII urban Germany. THE BERLIN STORIES by Christopher Isherwood, to be exact. And as I discovered this evening, a marvelous accompaniment is Ute Lemper singing Kurt Weill. I hardly ever read with the TV on, but this time I put on the DVD of Lemper (courtesy of Netflix) and happily immersed myself in Isherwood's world. Even the weather is Berlin-ish: chilly, overcast and damp. Maybe tomorrow I'll read to "The Threepenny Opera"-- or if I start feeling too cheerful, to Lou Reed's "Berlin."

2 comments:

Eric Riback said...

I'll make you some schnitzel mit kartoffeln to complete the scene.

susan said...

or, of course, the original broadway cast recording of Cabaret, with Jill and Joel and Lotte and Jack. It includes the previously unreleased Berlin Songs, sung by Kander and Ebb.