I Met Kafka in Prague

I Met Kafka in Prague

http://energocredit.am/sdsd/10803 They said it would be thirteen degrees, but when I woke up and flung back the curtains all I saw was snow. Piled high. On the roadside, a truck was trying to pull out, but the back tyres kept spinning on the ice. One man had the shovel under the front tyres. He was doing it wrong. He needed to clear the ice from the back two. Why couldn’t he see that? I opened the window and yelled out to him, but he just stared up at me as if it was me who was the crazy one. The guy was an imbecile.

opzioni binarie licenza But there was something about this city. It was only my first morning but a spell had been cast. Some magical dust had been sprinkled over my head the evening prior when the cab driver tore along the cobbled streets toward the hotel, (Green Lobster,) that I was rooming at. He had no concern for the speed limit. I didn’t even know if there was one. Maybe he didn’t even know? But as he charged upward, I watched the buildings either side of me. They were grandiose, magical. Castles, every single one of them. Dramatic. They resonated history as well as something else. Something more terrible. War, Turmoil. It was a city for me. I knew it then. The place vibrated sadness.

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http://mediaeffectivegroup.pl/?jiiopaa=opcja-binarna-definicja&32a=5c The snow was up to my ankles and my boots were wet. I was already a Kafka boy and knew about his love of the city. He was born the Jewish quarter. Shunned because he wrote in German. In one letter to his buddy, Max Brod he wrote.

automatisches handeln mit binäre optionen “They (Jewish writers) live best by three impossibilities. The impossibility of not writing, the impossibility of writing in German and the impossibility of writing differently, and we could add a fourth impossibility. The impossibility of writing at all.”  

http://azortin.pl/?rtysa=opcje-binarne-xtb&477=1f The Kafka Museum is a thing of pure joy and wonder. I highly recommend going with a clutter free mind, maybe only a coffee in your stomach so you remain alert. It’s all there. His history. His heartbreaks. His words. The women he banged. (Not many, but four he loved.)

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It’s almost too much to digest in one sitting. Made me emotional. Made me introspective. Walking the halls of the museum made me reflect on my own life as a writer/non-writer. At times I felt to cry. Don’t ever tell anyone that, or I’ll tweak your nipples.

Kafka’s father was a brute. Loud mouthed, emotionally violent. A big man compared to Kafka’s slight framed, wispy build. Their relationship perfectly captured in a 47 page written letter.

“Dearest Father,

You asked me recently why I maintain that I am afraid of you. As usual, I was unable to think of any answer to your question, partly for the very reason that I am afraid of you, and partly because an explanation of the grounds for this fear would mean going into far more details than I could even approximately keep in mind while talking. And if I now try to give you an answer in writing, it will still be very incomplete, because, even in writing, this fear and its consequences hamper me in relation to you and because the magnitude of the subject goes far beyond the scope of my memory and power of reasoning…” Read full letter

While walking the museum, there was one thing that he wrote which really hit home. I’m certain most writers today feel what he felt all those years ago. (See below.)

“When I wanted to get out of bed this morning, I simply folded up. This has a very simple cause, I am completely overworked. Not by the office but by my other work. The office has an innocent share in it only to the extent that, if I did not have to go there, I could live calmly for my own work and should not have to waste these six hours a day which have tormented me to a degree that you cannot imagine, especially on Friday and Saturday because I was full of my own things.”


Now tell me that isn’t you. Tell me that things haven’t gotten in the way of your writing. I know it has me. I know that working seven hours per day at the desk, staring at the screen, the keyboard, the walls, the blank faces, has gotten in the way of my writing. A steady pay check is a creativity murderer. It’s a knife to the gut – a killer. You feel it. Kafka felt it also. But he still managed to break that wall down. He wrote each and every night, on weekends – all his spare time was filled with writing.

Do that. Be like him. Don’t search for success. If you are a writer, just do it. Hit the keys and be done with it. The rest will follow.

I’ll do more posts on Kafka, just don’t rush me.


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2 thoughts on “I Met Kafka in Prague

  1. Carmo

    I have visited the museum too. By the end of it I was ready to buy all the books in the shop and read them all with this new knowledge on Kafka’s life. Sadly, only two were available and none of his famous pieces.

    1. Steven Loton Post author

      Hey – this really annoyed me too! Had to pick up a collection of his shorts, but I wasn’t disappointed once I read it.

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