Peter J. Schwartz

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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Education
Occupation College professor
Location Cambridge, MA, United States
Introduction I was born in NYC and my heart's still there, though I've been living mostly in Cambridge, MA since 2002, teaching (mostly) German literature and film to undergraduates at Boston University. I'm married, with two sons (9 and 13); I love languages (English, German, French, Dutch, Italian, & a little Japanese, but it's fading fast), literature (allsorts), music (very much allsorts, and lots of it), film (especially early film), cooking (American, Italian, Japanese, Indian, Korean, Indonesian, Turkish), and writing and teaching (I love my job). I've written one book (After Jena: Goethe's Elective Affinities and the End of the Old Regime, 2010) and a bunch of articles. I have three or four books and eight or ten articles in my head right now, but they're slower to write than to conceive... I wish I could play an instrument (my children are rapidly becoming excellent rock guitarists, and I'm envious) or draw or paint (my wife can, though she doesn't have time for it lately), but I figure my medium is language, and, well, I'm good at that.
Interests Languages (English, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Japanese), food (cooking and eating and shopping for strange ingredients and making things out of them), travel, literature, music, film, cities, Germany, Holland, France, Japan, New York City, Aby M. Warburg, Goethe, Rousseau, Norbert Elias, Sigmund Freud, Georges Perec, Gustave Flaubert, Honoré de Balzac, William Faulkner, Ingeborg Bachmann, Jan Svankmajer, Johann Joachim Winckelmann, Christian Garve, Barthold Georg Niebuhr, Arnaldo Momigliano, Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, Jean Starobinski, Victor Prevost, André Jolles, Dziga Vertov, photography, history, sociology, found footage film, the new film history, the history of magic, old books and new books, art, aesthetics, teaching, writing, sex (I should lie to you?), myself, my wife and children, other people (not all of them, but and however also people in general)
Favorite Movies An Autumn Afternoon, Il Deserto Rosso, Karakter, Zusje, The Man With the Movie Camera, People on Sunday, The Big Sleep, The Big Heat, all the Betty Boop shorts (except the post-Code ones with Pudgy) and especially the ones with Cab Calloway, Chaplin's "The Immigrant", Film ist., Blade Runner, Twelve Monkeys, The Naked City, Dead Man, Seven Samurai, Decasia, Miller's Crossing, The Usual Suspects, Lekce Faust
Favorite Music The Clash, Led Zeppelin, Mississippi & sometimes Chicago blues, reggae, ska, nearly anything Alan Lomax ever recorded, all sorts of weird old shit of the kind that's been coming out lately on Revenant & Dust-To-Digital, Blood Red Shoes, Ike Reilly, Streetlight Manifesto, The English Beat, The Dresden Dolls, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann (sometimes), Irish music (to a point), Professor Longhair, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Prince, Digital Underground, Mano Negra, Sangue Misto, The White Stripes, The Dead Weather, Rammstein, Flogging Molly, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, John Lurie
Favorite Books Oh geez, I've read a lot of books. How about:, Die Wahlverwandtschaften, Die Leiden des jungen Werther, Mémoires d'égotisme, L'education sentimentale, La peau de chagrin, Moby-Dick, "Pantaloon in Black", Das Unbehagen in der Kultur, Karakter, Titaantjes, Malina, Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism, Miss Lonelyhearts, Irrungen Wirrungen, L'immortalité, Up In the Old Hotel, Zur Genealogie der Moral, Der Ackermann aus Böhmen, La vie mode d'emploi, Alcools, Doktor Faustus, Faust, Woyzeck, Beton, Emily Dickinson's poems