Reading Nietzsche: Internet Review

Instead of pulling my Nietzsche anthology out of my desk drawer at work this week, I decided to stay in internet land and see if I could find anyone as obsessed with Nietzsche as I am. And, of course, there are thousands just like me, many of whom have their own websites. Here’s a brief review of some of the fancier ones:

The Nietzsche Channel

I’m not sure how The Nietzsche Channel is a channel, but it does list references to and portrayals of the iconoclastic German philosopher in films, music, and other media, complete with summaries and reviews. The site also has a catalog of lectures, correspondence, and notebooks, and—probably the best part—a chronological gallery of photographs with captions. Visit the shop to buy your own copies of obscure essays (it’s what Nietzsche would want you to do).

Nietzsche’s Typewriter

Here’s a page all about Nietzsche’s typewriter, a Malling-Hansen Writing Ball. I’ve always imagined Nietzsche writing mostly by hand, but picturing him using this contraption, I see him more as a sorcerer or conjurer of spells than as a pedantic, miserly old man hunched in the corner of some dark tavern (I imagine him emerging out of shadows, routinely). According to the page’s author:

You can now read the details about the Nietzsche writing ball in a book, “Nietzches Schreibkigel”, by Dieter Eberwein, vice-president of the International Rasmus Malling-Hansen Society, published by “Typoscript Verlag”. In it, Eberwein tells the true story about Nietzche’s writing ball based upon thorough investigation and restoration of the damaged machine.

Nietzsche Circle

If you’re looking for something more scholarly, visit the Nietzsche Circle page. The Circle has a peer-reviewed Nietzsche journal, called The Agonist, which is reason enough to check out the site. It also boasts one of the best biographies I’ve seen on the internet, considering that a stated goal of the site is to clear up misconceptions about the philosopher’s life and work. The short version is that his sister is to blame for pretty much everything.

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