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A while back the comment box told me to get a life; now it wants to know how my cat is. Comment box, how did you know how intimately these things are connected? The cat is supple and gray and will be celebrating her fourteenth birthday this summeror we will celebrate it for her, while she blinks at us. (Cf. Wittgenstein's private language argument: "the uniformity in normal human reaction which makes it possible to train most children to look at something by pointing at it. [Unlike cats, which react in a seemingly random variety of ways to pointing.]") She is associate professor of German literature at the University of Hamburg. Apart from articles on eighteenth- and twentieth-century German literature as well as literary theory, her publications include Zweideutigkeit als System: Zur Geschichte der Beziehungen zwischen der Vernunft und dem Anderen in Thomas Manns Roman "Doktor Faustus" (1988) and Ethische Projekte: Literatur und Selbstgestaltung im Kontext des Regierungsdenkens; Humboldt, Goethe, Stifter, Raabe (2000). Presently she is at work on a study that deals with literature in the context of maritime culture.
The sublimity of fresh coffee beans!