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Everybody Talks About the Weather . . . We Don't: The Writings of Ulrike Meinhof

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No other figure embodies revolutionary politics and radical chic quite like Ulrike Meinhof, who formed, with Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin, the Red Army Faction (RAF), also known as the Baader–Meinhof Gang, notorious for its bombings and kidnappings of the wealthy in the 1970s. But in the years leading up to her leap into the fray, Meinhof was known throughout Europe a ...more
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Published January 4th 2011 by Seven Stories Press (first published May 1st 2008)
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Everybody Talks about the Weather... We Don't is an informative attempt to better understand the revolutionary German journalist-turned-terrorist of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Ulrike Meinhof. The heart of the book is a compilation of twenty-four columns from Meinhof’s run as a famous left-wing writer for the magazine konkret from 1960-1969 before her founding of the Red Army Faction (RAF) in 1970. The book includes a preface by Elfriede Jelinek, an afterword by Meinhof’s daughter Bettina Röhl, and an en ...more
Mar 08, 2010 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This collection of essays by German leftist and founding member of the Red Army Faction (RAF) is an intriguing read. It provides some intellectual background for a person who's main contemporary notoriety is her involvement with the RAF. You often have to read deeply into an article to see that she was an established journalist and liberal, intellectual thinker who grew up and lived in the early decades of postwar West Germany. Her take on students, criminals, political figures and their spouses ...more
Jun 15, 2008 david-baptiste rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating edition--I think the first such a one in English--of Ulrike Meinhof's columns of the 1960's, charting the evolution of her political and social thinking on its coure towards her eventual co-creation of the Red Army Faction aka Baader-Meinhof Gang. The fascinating aspect for me is that this edition is not just Meihof's writings, but really a kind of symposium of/on/for Meinhof presented by three voices around and with and through her writings and life.
These voices include a
Nov 12, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The first half of the book is an essay on Ulrike Meinhoff's life, her experiences (such as we know them) with the Red Army Faction, and a brief discussion of Meinhoff's journalism. The second half of the book is a collection of some of Meinhoff's columns from Konkret written from 1960 through 1968 before the birth of the RAF (sometimes called the Baader-Meinhoff Gang by the mainstream media). The final few pages of the book comprise a right-wing, anti-communist rant by one of Meinhoff's daughter ...more
Jan 05, 2009 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stephen's Christmas present to me: "You're the one person I know who will appreciate this," he said, after covering Meinhof's work in Art History and wanting someone else to discuss it further. I read it in practically one sitting, a fascinating look at Meinhof's transformation from journalist to revolutionary to terrorist; becoming, in a sense, part of the cycle of inhumanity she had tried so futilely to fight. My father, stationed with US forces in Berlin in the late sixties and early seventie ...more
Ulrike Marie Meinhof is a really fascinating person but the introduction to this book reduces her to a clear eyed journalist who kept shouting that everything is amiss and then, eventually, went crazy and joined the Red Army Faction while her daughter (in like, the afterword that was the condition for the books translation) views her as a communist instigator puppet. The articles themselves are, frequently, interesting and i think Meinhof really did struggle with the impossibility of reforming a ...more
Gina Long
Apr 19, 2015 Gina Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is a collection of Ulrike Meinhof's essays and clearly show her transformation from political journalist to left wing terrorist in the 1970s. Most surprising is the ending essay, written by her daughter, that exposes Meinhof as a paid East German agitator and therefore a hypocrite. Meinhof's work does serve as a warning against creeping government control and its undermining of the democratic process. Everyone talks about the weather ... except us. Meinhof got tired of the constant chat ...more
Tony Gualtieri
Mar 01, 2013 Tony Gualtieri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People of Ulrike Meinhof's generation, who came of age right after the fall of the Nazi's, must have felt they lived in a world full of hypocrisy. Virtually every older person would have contained some taint from the recent past, obliterating any claim to moral authority. It is easy to see how one could become radicalized in such a society.

These writings are the product of living in those times. They barely touch on, and certainly don't excuse the violence and cruelty of the RAF, Meinhof's shif
Jan 22, 2014 Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved The info about Ulrike Meinof in this book, but I wish there was writings of hers after she had joined the RAF. If that was included Everybody Talks About The Weather... We Don't would be almost perfect.
Dec 27, 2012 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I approached this book with some trepidation, thinking that it would be full of political rhetoric accessible only to those with a wide vocabulary. How wrong I was! Ulrike Meinhof's writing is directed toward the ordinary person, unlike many political writers, she writes for the common people, not elitist students. The depth of her feeling and conviction really come through, and the whole book embodies the feeling of the time, and unrest and political fervour around post-war Europe.
Ashley Cale
Dec 22, 2012 Ashley Cale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hearing Martina Gedeck read Ulrike Meinhof's columns in the Baader-Meinhof Complex (2008), I was completely won over by the mesmerizing tone of "Offener Brief an Farah Diba." I found her writing to be both striking and alluring coupled with its subtleties. I found myself re-reading certain pieces as I progressed through my Cold War history class to build a fuller context around what she was describing. Interesting read, and one you should benefit from re-reading!
Leonard Pierce
Sep 14, 2008 Leonard Pierce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A collection of essays by the criminal/terrorists Ulrike Meinhof, of the Baader-Meinhof Gang. Not much new here for those who have already read BMG archival material, but some startling interesting stuff for those who haven't. The critical commentary is a bit of a mixed bag, given that a lot of it (including an essay/memoir by Meinhof's daughter, a right-wing journalist) is de facto hostile to her very existence.
Mar 25, 2011 Arnold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It is both astonishing and somewhat frightening how contemporary her writing had been. Most of the articles in the book could have been written in America today.
AC Fick
Jul 10, 2013 AC Fick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It's time for everyone to stop talking about the weather and read Meinhof's columns. New times call for old truths.
Jul 21, 2008 Kittie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't finished this book, but the selected texts are from Meinhof's period as a journalist, so they sort of read like columns from the Village Voice. The editor's perspective is that of a liberal, so there is reason to present Meinhof in this light.
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German left-wing militant. She co-founded the Red Army Faction (Rote Armee Fraktion) in 1970 after having previously worked as a journalist for the monthly left-wing magazine Konkret.

She was arrested in 1972, and eventually charged with numerous murders and the formation of a criminal association. Before the trial concluded, Meinhof died in her cell in 1976.

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