“You have to be careful because you become what you play”.

The cabaret artist Lisa Eckhart read this sentence at Houellebecq and finds it so remarkable that she quoted it in the ZDF program “Das Literarisches Quartett”.

Even in the run-up to the current issue of the “Literary Quartet” on ZDF, the writer Maxim Biller gave us a big bang and gave us a new Lisa Eckhart debate.

(Wasn't the last only a few months ago?)

Perhaps Biller also viewed the list of books discussed in the run-up to the broadcast - and the horror scenario in mind that Eckhart, in his eyes an “anti-Semite” (to reply to this see the contribution by Henryk M. Broder), now of all people through Minka Pradelski would speak.

The sociologist, who was born to Holocaust survivors in a camp for displaced persons in 1947, writes novels about Shoah survivors.

Your book "It will be fine again" met with a divided echo.

Petkovic opens rhetorically


Moderator Thea Dorn strongly recommended it and couldn't understand why it was overlooked by the criticism.

The tennis player Andrea Petkovic hit a tough blurb ace: "I hope everyone reads this world".

The actor Ulrich Mattes thought it was thematically important, but stylistically wrong.

Lisa Eckart followed suit.

She found “everything so important”, she was confused by the tension in the story, and the prepotent child in the first chapter is not Oskar Matzerath.

The “Literary Quartet” with Lisa Eckhart

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At that point, the scandal-free, unexciting 55-minute show was almost over.

Lisa Eckhart, up in a bright green floral jacket, down in skin-tight leather pants and chunky latex high heels, did not joke Jewish jokes (as in her stage program), she did not speak role prose, but recommended Byung-Chul Hans "Palliative Society" for contemplative people Christmas.

There are "many Ernst Jünger references" in it.

Did she really mean younger?

Or Martin Heidegger?

It probably doesn't make any difference to their enemies anyway.

The program began with the new essay book by Michel Houellebecq, to ​​which Eckhart certified "moral awareness without the desire to moralize".

In everything that Eckhart says about the books on the show, the friction with the moral society that underpins their stage programs can be heard over and over again.

Chubby models also want to look melancholy


When the quartet talks about Elif Shafak's burlesque story of a super fat heroine, Eckhart thinks it's good that characters affected by the evil eye are “not gifted with higher morality”.

Then the life-world addition: With all the

body positivity

of today, it is noticeable that the "curvey models" always only smiled dumbly.

"They also want to look melancholy like the anorectic ones".

The “Literary Quartet” was once a TV flagship for literary criticism.

Today it is a moderately stimulating reading group with changing celebrities who, apart from their celebrities, are little qualified to talk about books.

It's a shame actually.

When we play football on television, we also watch professionals from the Bundesliga or Champions League - and not amateur footballers.