Yearly archives of “2013

Best records of 2013 – twentieth to sixteenth

#20   versions   zola jesus

Nobody invited her to an Mtv Unplugged but she did it anyway. Zola Jesus paired up with a string quartet and released this stripped down, heartbreaking collection of old songs revisited, which testifies her talent as a singer and reminds us of how soulful her music is.


Read More

I react to Kids react

I’ve never spent that much time on YouTube and I’ve always been immune to the charm of Youtube Stars. The only exception to the rule seem to be The Fine Brothers:I’ve discovered them pretty late but now I’m totally obsessed with their YouTube Channel, especially with a series of videos called Kids react, in which kids from 3 to 13 years old are asked to give thoughts and opinions on stuff. I’ve already made clear to my one year old niece that she won’t get my love or attention unless she makes it into the show.

Since Christmas is about loving and accepting everybody without any distinction, I’ve decided to make a top three list of my favourite kids from the show. Here we go: Read More

The blog has a mailing list!

I really felt like a Facebook page and a Twitter account weren’t enough.

In case I release a secret studio album in the middle of the night I want you to be the first ones to know


The mailing list will notify you whenever a new blog post is out and will also feature all those b-sides stories and information that didn’t make it into a post, like the top 10 reasons why I love eradicating nose hair!

All you need to do is insert your email in the form on the right and click on the subscribe button.


Legal bit:

the email address you give me will be used ONLY to send out A More Quiet Place‘s newsletter.

Unless they fire me. In that case I might start selling Viagra.

If we’re friends, you’re automatically part of the mailing list and the only way to unsubscribe is to kill me.

Best records of 2013 – thirtieth to twenty-sixth

#30   tales of a grasswidow   cocorosie

I confess: I inserted this record in the list just because having a “Best 29 records of 2013” list sounded awful. Don’t get me wrong, Tales of a Grasswidow is still better than many other releases I heard in the past months, but Cocorosie’s music lost something over the years and having Antony singing in the record won’t make up for it this time.

CocoRosie - Tales Of A Grass Widow

Read More

Carbs on Carbs

If we’re friends, colleagues or you work at Back-Factory, you’re probably aware of the fact that I’m a Carbs enthusiast.

Let’s face it: carbohydrates stick with you – more precisely in your thighs and butt – longer than friends and lovers; they ARE one of the few certainties in our lives and we need to honour them by baking and eating cookies and cakes and muffins and schinken-kaese croissants several times a week.

carbs on carbs

I’ve always fancied them, as far as I remember, but I think dating an American for the past year has been a game changer: he expanded my horizons and showed me new possibilities of use which made my love for high-in-carbs food stronger and stronger. Read More

The Future of Storytelling – Creative Task 4

The Future of Storytelling is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) born and developed at the University of Applied Sciences of Potsdam, near Berlin. The course is open to everyone in the world (who speaks English) and – if you enrol – it gives you weekly writing assignments. This is one of them.


Take a camera, be it you mobile phone, a webcam, … , and introduce yourself to the other StoryMOOCers, telling us which works inspired your interest in storytelling most up to know. Pick out 1-3 works of art, literature, film, TV, game, a website or else and tell us what’s so special about it that you think it might help inspire somebody else anywhere on this planet.

I had many things in mind that could have been more hip, intellectual and alternative, but I realized that this had to be about Buffy.

I’m perfectly fine – in general – with art being just art. It doesn’t have to be life changing: you can like a movie or a book without having your world completely shaken by it, and it’s fine.

But then again I’d lie if I said that this tv show hasn’t affected the way I lived the most formative years of my life, my approach to the English language and the way I read and conceive art.


As you could probably already guess, I belong to that vast group of people who tend to have a bipolar behaviour towards love.

When I’m not in a relationship and I see people on the street holding hands my first desire is to shoot them with a rifle and barf on their descendants (all things that would be totally acceptable in an episode of Game of Thrones or, say, Russia but for some reason not in Berlin) .

Being annoyed by PDA is not the problem, though. The real problem comes when I start being in a relationship myself and experience a change of heart combined with a slight loss of lucidity, which in the past may or may not have me facing legal threats and false accusations of stalking.

As if the second date were really too soon to change your Facebook profile picture to a photo of you and your loved one.

Having sex.

Anyway, when Halloween came, some weeks ago, the most normal thing for me was dressing up as my boyfriend…

halloween costume

…and shoot a video in which I impersonate him. Read More

The Future of Storytelling – Creative Task 3

The Future of Storytelling is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) born and developed at the University of Applied Sciences of Potsdam, Berlin. The course is open to everyone in the world (who speaks English) and – if you enrol – it gives you weekly writing assignments. This is one of them.

Last week we have dealt with character profiles for characters that already exist. This week we build on exactly this task by using your knowledge about how to create fictional characters to create a new fictional one.


I’m afraid that is not the correct answer – said the man inside the tv. Gertrude Mueller shook her head without taking her eyes off the black outfit she was busy ironing. On the tv screen a text saying 10.000 Euros got smashed by a giant 3D hammer and dissolved into the close up of a sexy girl who was about to cry.  Ougandougou. That’s the capital of Burkina Faso – said Gertrude with a scolding tone. Read More