Issue I/2023 - Living on less

Living on less (Issue I/2023)

Topic: Living on less

“My cuisine is decolonised”

A conversation with Sean Sherman

The restaurant Owamni in Minneapolis is one of the best in the USA. Its owner Sean Sherman is both a chef and an activist. On serving food with explosive political power.


Generation celibacy

by Nadia Kara

On the social media platform TikTok, #celibacy has become a global trend. Why are more and more young people voluntarily abstaining from sex?


“More beauty than pain”

Interview Aurora Dickie

What do you have to give up to get to the top? A conversation with ballerina Aurora Dickie


Pared down sound

by Malakoff Kowalski

In music, forgoing excess often stands for minimalist innovation. Rarely has less been so much more than in the nine piano pieces that the musician Malakoff Kowalski handpicked for this playlist


World report

Threatened, interrogated, fired

by Eileen Sosin Martínez

The atmosphere for journalists in Cuba is increasingly tense. As a last resort, they are turning to the internet - or exile


Blind Spot

by Khashayar Naderehvandi

Cosmopolitanism and tolerance: these are the values Sweden stands for. But now a shift to the right is sweeping through the country - and its colourful image is crumbling. How could this happen?


“The music is full of sorrow and longing”

Interview with Kornelia Binicewicz

The project “Intimacy of Longing” uses interviews and mixtapes to tell the stories of Turkish women who migrated to Germany. On the link between music and homeland



70% of Armenians want good relations with Turkey

commented by Ani Tovmasian

Despite the difficult past with Turkey, the Armenian population wants a normalisation of Armenian-Turkish relations.



A phone call with …

What would you like to happen in Russia?

commented by Ekaterina Schulmann

Russia cannot disappear from the face of the earth. It is still a large urbanised country and home to many educated people. That’s why I would like to see a qui...


I think that …

I think that art needs time to emerge

commented by Cécile Wajsbrot

In a world of fast-moving news about the War in Ukraine and climate change, it is often hard to take time to create art. But literature works on a different clock: It needs time to form and silence to emerge.



“Colonialism keeps going”

Interview with Abdulrazak Gurnah

In his books, Abdulrazak Gurnah takes a close-up look at life under colonial rule - and probes both his East African roots and his British homeland. A conversation.


The fight of the quilombolas

by Michael Ebmeyer

Big politics and harsh everyday life in Brazil; family and rebellion: Itamar Vieira Junior's debut novel thrives on this colourful mix


Cliches and cartology

by Birte Förster

Breaking away from the Eurocentric view: This is the big claim of a new historical world atlas “The History of the World- An Atlas” - and it almost lives up to it



The end of excess

by Kai Schnier

Looking into the pages of our new magazine.


Cultural spots

The Maut Ka Kuwa in Rajkot

by Siddharth Kaneria

Our author reports on a dangerous and high-adrenalin stunt show that he has been following since he was a child. 


What's different elsewhere

The goddess cat

by Fernando Trujillo

About a special animal in Colombia.


Roasting and rugby

by Damon Galgut

A “braai” - which means “roast” in Afrikaans - is a typical South African barbecue. People gather around a charcoal grill, eat meat, drink beer and talk, for ex...


A house in ...

A house in Mallorca

by Jess Smee

The scientist Maria Teresa Escalas lives in her modernist home in Mallorca, overlooking a rocky bay called Cala Santanyí.


How I became me

A healing journey


The author Musa Okwonga hasn’t looked back on his decision to leave his home country Great Britain. On a life between Eton College, day-to-day life in Berlin and memories of Uganda.



Topic: Living on less

“We need a culture of less”

Interview with Vandana Shiva

For half a century, activist and author Vandana Shiva has been criticising the excesses of the global economy and arguing for a simple life. A conversation about false abundance and the necessity of downsizing.


You are doing too well

by Adrienne Yabouza

Only those who already have something can settle for less. But for many people around the globe, going without things is no more than a pipe dream. A life spent living in and fleeing from the Central African Republic.


What couldn’t you do without?

commented by Fatma Aydemir, T.C. Boyle, Arshak Makichyan, Lerato Mogoatlhe

What do you need in life? From Canada to South Africa to Pakistan, people around the globe explain what they can’t live without. Here Fatma Aydemir and T. C. Boyle say what is indispensable.


Keeping it simple

by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

What makes a building a beautiful structure? Ornamentation on the front, wrought-iron balcony lattices, marble figures on the portal? Or is it much simpler: is a building beautiful if it houses as many people as possible? Can we separate the aesthetic evaluation of a building from its construction circumstances and the ecological and human price it cost?


“Nothing was superfluous”

Interview with Makiko Yamaguchi

The notion of recycling and saving resources was already an everyday reality in Japan 300 years ago. Makiko Yamaguchi reflects on the Edo era.


The simple life

In search of people who have had enough of big city life, the French photographer Antoine Bruy has traveled through Europe and North America. The result is the visually stunning photo series “Scrublands,” in which he documents people who opt out of society, depicting their everyday lives.


Tears in the matrix

by Chen Hao-Jen

In Taiwan, the digital world is displacing the physical one. Even tradition is migrating to the cloud. Our author sets out in search of a lost era



“It’s about survival”

Interview with Serhij Zhadan

What once seemed significant for author Serhij Zhadan - irony, coolness, status symbols -  became irrelevant overnight when war broke out in his homeland. Now, collective solidarity and the fight against “evil” is what counts. How are the people in Ukraine affected by this sudden shift?


The island that’s left behind

by Gundula Haage

In the middle of the Saloum river delta in Senegal lies the island of Diamniadio. Here people live off the sea – but every year the nets get a little emptier.