------ Wolfgang ZUCKERMANN
Wolfgang Joachim Zuckermann (born 11 October 1922) is a harpsichord maker, author and environmental and social activist. He was born in Berlin, became an American citizen in 1938 and lived in France since 1995.
He saw front line action as a Private with the U.S. Army and followed this by obtaining a B.A. in English and Psychology from Queens College, New York, winning the title of Queens College Scholar, the highest honor conferred upon graduates at that institution.
1. THE MODERN HARPSICHORD New York and London 1969/70
2. THE MEWS OF LONDON Exeter UK 1982 (only book ever written on the more than 500 mews of London
3. END OF THE ROAD
From World Car Crisis to Sustainable Transportation, Vermont USA 1991
Wolfgang Zuckermann, 1991, 300 pages.
There are half a billion cars on the planet, and this is one of the earliest books to take a long, hard look at the contrast between the image and the reality of this fact. Zuckermann offers 33 "ways out" of our car dependence, including pedestrianisation, traffic calming, alternative transport modes, restructuring public transport and rearranging our lives.
4. FAMILY MOUSE BEHIND THE WHEEL Cambridge UK
This colourful illustrated book teaches children the problems of car culture through the eyes of a family of anthropomorphised forest mice, who decide to buy a car, build a road into their previously intact forest and, eventually, create an urban hell. An eye-opener complete with the obligatory moral message.
5. ALICE IN UNDERLAND Avignon 2000. Social satire depicting the classical Alice in a modern American shopping mall
I read this while on vacation in a remote farming village where peace and quiet reigned, so the contrast with the National Automobile Slum was about as extreme as it can get. The book is, of course, a take-off on the famous book by Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson). It's filled with odd characters who collide, gently, with the prim, ever-so-polite Alice, who has a great deal of trouble understanding why contemporary America might ever have been arranged in such a peculiar and unattractive fashion. The venerable Wolfgang Zuckermann has managed to mimic the style of Carroll's book surprisingly well. The book is nicely illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings.
If you'd like a Girl-from-Victorian-England look at the absurdities of contemporary US auto-centric life, this book is a pleasant diversion. It's also a candidate for reading aloud to children aged 5 to 12 (assuming that anybody still has time to read to children after spending all those hours in the car).
Reviewed by J.H. Crawford
Languedoc & Provence Sun N°52 (July-August-September 2014)
You may have noticed that this issue covers the months of July, August and September. After much debate, discussions and sleepless nights, we have decided that the best way forward for Languedoc & Provence SUN would be to become a quarterly publication. In practice, this means that the magazine will now be published four times a year instead of six, each issue covering 3 months.
The main objective of the magazine has always been to provide quality articles and content about our region and its many attributes. Going quarterly will give us more time to research potential articles, interview interesting people, meet new contributors and gather topical and useful information for you our readers.
This new version will have more pages than the previous one, allowing us to increase the content of each issue, giving you more reading material in one piece.
You may have become familiar with our regular contributors, who do a fantastic job. I take this opportunity to thank them warmly for their valuable input and great imagination, whatever the topic. If you have a little bit of spare time occasionally and share our love of writing, I’m always on the lookout for good quality articles about our area: it could just be your own story, or the portrait of someone you know, a beautiful place, an interesting festival. Whatever the idea, let
me know about it, our next contributor could be you!
If you have any comments or suggestions, you can always email me. In the meantime, I hope you keep on reading the magazine; the kind comments we receive always make all the hard work worthwhile. Have a nice holiday!
Carole Rommene, Editor