Eric Jarosinski: Nothing new. Nihilism as character development

The self-declared “failed intellectual” dropped by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt during his Goodwill Tour 2015. Snarky with childish glee and joyful irreverence, he flooded us with his witty sarcastic dictums, caused my ultimate Schreibblockade (one of his favourite German words) and definitely gained quite a few new followers from the graphic design field.

Photo: © Norman Posselt (Monotype)
Constantly grinning, he declares himself to be depressing. His flexible sharp mind registers and reflects on everything surrounding him: Everyday events, his beloved German language, suddenly the Dutch language, past TYPO talks and of course himself. He reports about his experience of himself as a character and argues about personal identity.
He shows us the bottomless aphoristic potential of Twitter and simultaneously expresses doubts about it. He is in the process of learning how to shift from academic life to another world and of seeing his Twitter philosophy change its context and transfer to print. His book will be published soon. Or is already published. “Turning something into nothing”? Or vice versa. Who knows. Who cares. History will judge. And, for sure, we all die.


While you are still alive please enjoy Eric’s witticisms:

Form follows function. Twitter = Form Unfollows Function. Twitter Art = Form Blocks Function.

In English you play with words. In German you bend them to your will.

Learn German. If you der.

We’re all going to die. All of us. Eventually. We’re all going to die. Seriously.

Less is more. More or less.

Austrian. Looks like German. Sounds like music.

Nein ist nicht No. Nein ist nicht Yes. Nein ist Nein.

Schönen Wochenuntergang

Eric Jarosinski©gutjahr

Eric Jarosinski

Philosopher, Specialist in German Studies (New York)

Eric Jarosinski is a former professor of modern german literature and culture. He recently left accademia to edit Neinuquarterly, a “Compendium of Utopian Negation” found on Twitter and in DIE ZEIT and NRC Handelsblad. Photo: Richard Gutjahr