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Peter Glaser says of himself that he was "as a pencil" born in Graz in 1957 and now lives as a "text program" (currently in Berlin). His focus as a journalist is indeed teh computer; however, he does not consider himself a computer nerd by a lways in danger of becoming one. As editor of Rawums (1983, new edition 2003), he collected avant-garde texts from the region of Cologne and Düsseldorf. He has been credited with starting the "New Wave" of German literature in the early 1980s, infusing mainstream culture with elements of punk and hippie counterculture. After winning the 2002 Ingeborg-Bachmann Prize, he is back on the literary scene. The story published in Vol. 8, No. 1 is the title story of his latest book publication. The title itself is telling: it is about "nothing" or the banality of modern life that the protagonist (and first-person narrator has to cope with, although he is no hero.

Geschichte von Nichts (His Story about Nothing ) from Geschichte von Nichts (Cologne: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2003): Vol. 8, No. 1

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