Media library for non-fiction

Here you will find English-language non-fiction texts for the 21st century, and translations from German into English.

Media library

The Soul of Man Under Socialism by Oscar Wilde

Wilde’s essay is an early comment on how people “realise themselves”, and hence also a criticism of the age of the industrial “people of the crowd”, an age in which human behaviour is determined by outside forces and in which people struggle to find out what they “essentially are”.

Dream Kitsch by Walter Benjamin

Why does kitsch, particularly kitsch art, exist? A viewer who is attracted to this type of art clings to the illusionary power of a world of things that has already perished, says Walter Benjamin, the renowned Weimar Republic art critic.

Sofa Enlightenment by Robert Broughton

“This is the story of one man’s journey to enlightenment in the material world. My greatest success was in overcoming myself. Breaking free of the matrix of conditioned thought that I had falsely believed to be ‘me’. In the process I would walk through the valley of insanity.”