Literature and Genre Tips

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The Flensburg Files has a page devoted to literary and film works profiled and reviewed by the author, offering some recommendations for those wishing to read or watch something that either deals with German culture or something that you will not see in the book stores or in general theaters. These works are not only written by the greats, but also those that are up and coming, bound to become successful in the future. If you have a piece of literature you wish to recommend, please contact Jason D. Smith at the Files for your recommendations and reasons behind them. You can be certain that they will be added as well.

Also note, some works by the author are listed as well and marked with an *. Some of them marked with r 🙂 are higly recommended.

The cathedral churches and the statue of George Friedrich Handel at Halle (Saale)'s city center. Photo taken in 2012
The cathedral churches and the statue of George Friedrich Handel at Halle (Saale)’s city center. Photo taken in 2012

Some recommended works you should look into according to the Files’ literature and genre review include:

 

2015 + Earlier works:

RESPECT by Jason D. Smith

BORNHOLMER STRASSE by Christian Schwochow

DANIELLE by Robert Grant

THE LAST LETTER by Virginia Woolf

GHANDI’S LETTER TO ADOLF HITLER

IN HONOR OF DIANE by D. Wilmos Paul

MOVING ABROAD by A. Rafael Dos Santos (incl. Interview)

SENDUNG MIT DER MAUS: 8 MAY, 1945 as documented by Armin Maiwald (incl. film of cities in rubble)

THE GAME OF H-O-R-S-E (In honor of Männertag/ Father’s Day) *

A Beautiful Mind and a Tribute to John Nash *

Stalin’s Daughter by Rosemary Sullivan (Interview with Minnesota Public Radio)

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by The Grimm Brothers

America is not the greatest nation anymore (Film by the Newsroom)

CAN WE AUTO-CORRECT HUMANITY? (Dub poetry and rap music on this topic; includes gallery)

The Fisherman and his Wife by the Grimm Brothers

The Competitive Foursome by the music group Salut Salon

The Pursuit of the Truth by Jason D. Smith * r 🙂

Downtown by Macklemore

Fack ju Göhte by Bora Dajetkin, et. al.

Skwerl by Karl Eccelson and Brian Fairbairn  including an interview with Fiona Pepper

Home by Unknown (Photo by Corrina Schaffer)

Planet Germany by Eric T. Hansen (Commented by Ann-Marie Ackermann)

Engel zu Fuss by Jakob Schuh (Narrated by Henriette Heinze)

The Drive- A Tribute to my Grandmother  by Jason D. Smith * r 🙂

The Fire Within  by Sophie Scholl

Creativity by Albert Einstein

Harvester’s Cross by Jason D. Smith * r 🙂

Zwerg Nase by Wilhelm Hauff

We Stand United in Peace- Photo and Commentary by Jason D. Smith

Beach of Solitude- Throwback article by Jason D. Smith  * r 🙂

How to Bring Family Home for Christmas by EDEKA

Man on the Moon by John Lewis

I Wish by Jason Smith, based on a work written by his father 25 years ago. * r 🙂

Christmas from Heaven by Tom Brokaw

Thank You for Traveling with Deutsche Bahn by The Wiseguys

2016:

The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski

The Right to be Heard by Patricia Enger

Dark Falls by Loren Niemi

Speechless by Jason D. Smith * r 🙂

The Body Language and your Interaction. TED Talk by Amy Cuddy

The Song Deutsch by Rammstein

Das Kalte Herz (Heart of Stone) by Wilhelm Hauff

Reunion by Google

To the Teacher with Many Thanks by Jason D. Smith

Never in a Million Years by Laura Branigan

Table for Two by Edu Lopez

For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield

The Arctic by Ludovico Einauldi   * r 🙂

Don’t Dream It’s Over by Sixpence None the Richer & Crowded House (includes activity for English class) *r 🙂

Wir sind die Neuen (We are the New Neighbors) by Ralf Westhoff  *r 🙂

Alternativ für Deutschland (AfD) by the band Jennifer Rostock

For Jacob by Jason D. Smith (written in memory of Jacob Wetterling) *r 🙂

The Beauty of What We’ll Never Know by Pico Iyer

Mein Enkel by Sebastian23

Scrappers  A TED Talk Lecture by Regina Hartley

A Cup of Christmas Tea by Tom Hegg

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote  *r: 🙂

The Man Who Hated Christmas- Envelope Project by Nancy Gavin  *r: 🙂

The Christmas I Remember Best by Eda LeShan  *r: 🙂

Familie Heinz Becker- Alle Jahre Wieder

Dinner for One by Lauri Wiley  *r: 🙂

Christmas with the Hoppenstedt Family by Loriot  including his Biography/Tribute

 

2017:

Last Note of Freedom by Meryl Streep and David Coverdale (two separate pieces covering one topic)

95 These by Martin Luther

Warum der Esel Martin Heisst- Neues von Martin Luther by Uwe Steimle

Break Free by Eugene Merher

Lost in a World Like Me by Steven Cutts and Moby

Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp

Sojourns and Sayings of Martin Luther by Heinz Stade and Susan Kubitz

 

The Power of the Apple Series

Introduction

Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna

 

MORE TO COME! COME BACK SOON AND YOU’LL SEE A LONGER LIST! 🙂

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