About Jürgen

Welcome to my site — I'm glad you're here. I’m a writer, editor, translator, traveler, web designer, photographer, critic, storytelling consultant, and social entrepreneur. I’ve published two novels and a book of film criticism, founded Germany's first online literary journal, the writer's community Fictionaut, and West Africa's first vegetarian food service. I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Ph.D. in English and have lived in New York City, Wiesbaden, Germany, New Orleans, and the Dominican Republic. I currently divide my time between Dakar and Berlin. You've come to the right place to find out more about me and my projects.

Interview with Matt Zoller Seitz at RogerEbert.com

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RogerEbert.com editor-in-chief Matt Zoller Seitz was kind enough to interview me about Raves and my career as a film critic. We talk about Revenge of the Sith, the Wiesbadener Kurier, and why I quit reviewing after twelve years.

It takes a certain confidence to not just have an opinion but also deem it worthy of broadcasting. You have to muster this authority to say, this is worthy, this isn’t. And yeah, I found that more and more difficult, especially with the negative reviews. My attitude started to change to, who’s to say? It’s not for me, but hey, if someone likes it, that’s fine with me.

And once that starts happening, you’re probably finished as a critic.

Read the interview at RogerEbert.com.

Coming Soon: Raves

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For twelve years, I reviewed movies with a passion. I loved film and believed that criticism mattered, and I never got tired of asking myself and everyone inside and outside the screening room the eternal critic’s question: “Did you like it?” I went to premieres and festivals, cheerleaded for one of the best films of the decade — P.T. Anderson’s There Will Be Blood — and caught abuse from fans, colleagues and one sore director for critical reviews they disagreed with.

And then one day, I simply couldn’t do it anymore.

From the introduction to Raves, coming this fall. Stay up to date by subscribing to the newsletter.

The Novelist's iPad

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Jürgen shared his ten favorite iPad apps for writers in the Huffington Post, including Evernote, GoodReader, and StoryCubes.

To save you untold hours of procrastination, here’s my current setup of ten apps for writing, drafting, outlining, editing, and generating story ideas, divided into five essentials and five remarkable aids for inspiration and creativity.

Read the article.