J. Martin

November 28, 2021

Bang! There Goes Hanukkah

This week will be brutal. Lectures every day, two of which are fresh courses; several meetings; lots of other stuff I didn’t get around to finishing last week; and, of course, Hanukkah. But again, as in 2020, no dining out with friends this year! With incidence rates in Germany of up to & over 2000 (yes, you heard that right); national...
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November 21, 2021

Coming Up for Some Air

Finally, I wrapped up editing! This week, I will send out advance reading copies in epub or mobi format to some trusted friends as test readers who signaled their interest; set up my synopsis and cover letter and stuff; and pitch the manuscript to my agent(s) of choice. Also, I will put the finishing touches on the associated website a...
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November 14, 2021

Rat Race, Continued

Last week was so busy, from tons of lectures to meetings to carrying a washing machine downstairs, that I was already exhausted by Wednesday. This week, luckily, there’ll be more breathing space. Time to pick up my book manuscript again! I completed the final line-by-line read-through two weeks ago, right on the day I went to Stuttgart...
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November 7, 2021

Groundhog Day, Covid Edition

Germany, I have to tell you, is caught in a time loop. Time and again, everybody is shocked, shocked, that there’s an ongoing pandemic. Time and again, the schools aren’t prepared for shit. Time and again, policies are designed to appease the anti-vaxxer crowd. Time and again, at least one insane political decision is made, which in th...
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November 1, 2021


One day late, but today’s a holiday around where I live. So in a way the new week hasn’t yet begun, right? Also, I’m on my way back to Düsseldorf after a trip to Stuttgart—visiting friends, drinking beer, playing games, and eating a lot. That should suffice for an excuse. So, what happened to my plan to buy a vintage camera and return ...
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October 24, 2021

Masking Up Might Actually Be the Future

Last week was brutal, I didn’t publish any images or texts. Also, I had little time to think, so more on photography and memory next week. Early into the pandemic, there were many bizarre discussions about masks. Particularly the WHO and other hallowed institutions fumbled their way through the worst arguments imaginable against mask u...
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October 17, 2021

A Lens Too Far

April this year, I wrote the first part of a blog post on “Consolidating Memories in the Photographic Field” at my secret level just draft about memory, biography, and documentation in the context of in-game photography and photography in general. I haven’t gotten around to writing that damn second part yet, but lately I’ve been occupi...
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October 10, 2021

Breathing Is Overrated

Last week was one of those rare weeks where each day was crammed—lectures and meetings during weekdays, events and meetings on the weekend. I didn’t write any blog posts, didn’t upload any pictures, didn’t play any games, and didn’t listen to new music (even though I finally noticed that IAM released a brand new EP three weeks ago). I ...
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October 3, 2021

Life Goes On (And Nothing Much Has Changed)

There’s this old adage that if you want to spot any errors in what you just wrote, press “send.” For manuscripts, my personal version of this is the idea that I’m done editing, that I can wrap it up now and call it a day—but let’s read that thing one last time fully relaxed without editing/nitpicking as it’s supposed to be read before ...
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September 26, 2021

Today’s a Great Day to Not Fuck Everything Up Forever

If you haven’t yet voted by mail in the German federal election, remember the Rule of Least Strikes when you cast your votes today: • 1 Strike: Parties who fucked everything up for 15-odd years or more but promise now to change everything as if they’d just freshly arrived on this planet. • 1 Strike: Parties who have no chance whatsoeve...
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