“I feel the attraction towards beauty in all creative pursuits is a common human trait. Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Monet’s Water Lilies are a source of admiration for a Swiss as well as for an Indian. Yes, some expressions are typical from certain parts of the world, but that is what makes each of us unique.” Zürich based visual artist and writer Brindarica Bose
It was only natural that at some point the The Woolf would again team up with the Book Fairies of Switzerland and share in a bit of literary fun! Louise Gooding and company hop on a gondola and hide books for unsuspecting wanderers.
“It’s common for New Yorkers to have a kind of cultish love for their city. As if the city’s trash, dirty sidewalks, and crumbling transportation system are a Mecca for everyone who wants to be someone. New York is the best and worst of everything. This is its Baudelairean beauty.” Tess Mangiardi on Joan Didion, grief, and the city that never sleeps.
Santa gets downright flaky chasing selfies and Schnapps in Barbara Nigg’s take on this quarter’s theme.
“The curse of the messy Swiss cow.” Resident cartoonist Barbara Nigg’s take on our Autumn theme: Belonging.
“Sometimes we humans are compelled to create a context for ourselves so our passions can thrive, and one wonders if Feller’s business endeavours—exploring the relatively new world of lighting and electrical solutions—were his way of doing just that.” Adolf Feller: a man whose propensity for connectivity led him to build one of the world’s largest collection of postcards.
“Cowbells have a constancy, yet they are arrhythmic, a subtle protest against the Swiss clockwork of the cities. It’s a mindful cue to ‘think less in ordinary time’ of lockstep and paced life, of hours and minutes, appointments and regularities.” Caitlin Krause pens a dreamscape that brings us back to the beginnings of time—and ourselves.
In a short work of fiction, author Paul Knott contemplates the meaning of home through the eyes of an asylum-seeker.
Two Woolf readers talk about journeys of adaptation, growth and imagination, and the experience of having a foot in several cultural camps; and
“It seems like I am always on the move, but that’s not always the case.” Martina Bisaz is a Zürich-based scientific illustrator and photographer known for her Instagram collaborations and landscapes. She talks about how she works, and her favourite times of year.