Max Goldt

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Max Goldt (2009)

Max Goldt (born 1958 in Weende ; actually Matthias Ernst ) is a German writer and musician .


Goldt's parents fled Silesia in 1945 . Growing up in a working class environment, he was the first in his family to graduate from high school. Then Max Goldt moved to West Berlin in 1977 , where he began training as a photographer. However, he broke it off and turned to music. At times he worked as a tour guide, from which the text for interesting facts about Erlangen emerged . In 1981 he and Gerd Pasemann founded the duo Foyer des Arts , which was partly assigned to the Neue Deutsche Welle , for which he wrote and sang. Before that, Max Goldt worked with Gerd Pasemann on a project called Aroma Plus with English-language texts. Numerous record releases followed, this time also solo, for example 1984 The majestic calm of the inorganic .

Max Goldt during a reading in Speyer (2016)

With Stephan Winkler he produced the LP / CD Nachts im Schwarze Seilbahn nach Waldpotsdam in 1998 as the music duo NUUK .

Today he is best known as a writer. After he had drawn attention in small groups with humorous columns in the independent Berlin magazine Ich und mein Staubsauger , the satire magazine Titanic hired him . Between 1989 and 1998 he published 108 columns in the magazine under the titles Aus Onkel Max 'Kulturtagebuch, This column temporarily has no name, Manfred Meyer reports from Stuttgart and information for adults . From 2005 to 2009 Goldt wrote an untitled column for Titanic , and a few more appeared irregularly in 2011. The texts were also published in book form.

In 2008 Max Goldt was awarded the Kleist Prize on the recommendation of Daniel Kehlmann . The jury's reasoning stated that Goldt had "distorted everyday German life until it was recognizable". What is remarkable about this formulation is that Goldt satirized it like many other phrases (“with a pointed pen”) in 1990.

Goldt has been working with comic artist Stephan Katz since 1996 as a copywriter under the name Katz und Goldt .

Max Goldt appears very rarely on German cultural television and never takes part in the Frankfurt Book Fair . On February 27, 2017, he was a guest on the literary TV show Hot Off the press by literary critic Denis Scheck .

Max Goldt lives in Berlin.


Tabloid journalism

In September 2000, Goldt criticized the Bild newspaper in his Titanic column. The reason was that Ernst August von Hannover had insulted a picture editor for the disrespectful reporting about himself on the phone. Ernst August was photographed urinating in front of the Turkish pavilion at Expo 2000 . His statements were then printed in the newspaper and met with a wide response. Goldt agreed with Ernst August:

What Ernst August said, stylistically called loudly for Lehrer's red pencil, it had considerable energy. Above all, he said that the content was correct. He said what every honest person should say to an employee of this paper. This newspaper is an organ of wickedness. It is wrong to read it. Anyone who contributes to this newspaper is totally socially unacceptable. It would be a mistake to be friendly or even polite to an editor of this paper. You have to be as unkind to them as the law just allows. They are bad people who do wrong.

Gender equitable language

Goldt criticized the use of the present participle as a means of gender-neutral expression from a stylistic perspective:

People who study at a university are called students. There may still be very isolated courses that are considered classic men's subjects, e.g. B. at the mining universities in Freiberg (Saxony) and Clausthal-Zellerfeld. If you want to point out in these exceptional cases that women also study there, you have to say students. How ridiculous the term student is becomes clear when you associate it with a present participle. You can't say: there are beer-drinking students sitting in the pub. Or after a massacre at a university: the population mourns the dying students. Nobody can die and study at the same time.

The linguist Anatol Stefanowitsch criticized Goldt's position from a linguistic point of view: A nominalized participle I should by no means designate someone who carries out the activity expressed by the participle at the moment of speaking.


Book page signed by Max Goldt (2019)


Comics (together with Stephan Katz)

Audio books

  • The strange hybrid CD (read-live one) . Forty-five 1993.
  • The CD with the coffee ring cover (Reading Live Zwei) . Forty five 1994.
  • Christmas in the brothel (Reading Live Drei) . Forty five 1995.
  • Object with a souvenir character (read-live four) . Forty-five 1996.
  • Beautiful Greatest Read Live Oldies - Weird Appläuse . Engine 1997.
  • The cellar literary ferris wheel (with Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg ). Forty-five, 1998.
  • Okay mother, I'll take the lunch machine. Audiobook Munich 1999, ISBN 3-453-16783-X .
  • The ashtray gymnastics . Raben Records / Heyne 2000.
  • The donut on the ledge . Heyne Audiobook 2001, ISBN 3-453-19096-3 .
  • When you're wearing a white suit and other things . Audiobook Hamburg 2003, ISBN 3-89903-118-0 .
  • For nights at the open window. Luxury prose from the nineties . Audiobook Hamburg 2003, ISBN 3-89903-123-7 .
  • For nights at the open window. Second episode - better than the first . Audiobook Hamburg 2004, ISBN 3-89903-156-3 .
  • A life on the run from the coral . Audiobook Hamburg 2005, ISBN 3-89903-186-5 .
  • The magic of walking sideways . Audiobook Hamburg 2005, ISBN 3-89903-187-3 .
  • A nun buys a whore a dictionary. Thirteen texts 1991-2005 . Audiobook Hamburg 2006, ISBN 3-89903-236-5 .
  • QQ - Quiet Quality . Audiobook Hamburg, 2007, ISBN 978-3-89903-409-7 .
  • Nothing but punk and beer and disgust with the state . Audiobook Hamburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-89903-490-5 .
  • Not every cold saw makes it to New York . Audiobook Hamburg 2009, ISBN 978-3-89903-650-3 .
  • Our sad technical future . Audiobook Hamburg 2010, ISBN 978-3-89903-698-5 .
  • Penisg'schichterln from the Hotel Mama , 2 CD, audio book Hamburg 2011, ISBN 978-3-89903-601-5 .
  • Wife from wood waste , picture audio book on DVD, audio book Hamburg 2011, ISBN 978-3-89903-318-2 .
  • Max Goldt for everyone who doesn't know Max Goldt yet , Audiobook Hamburg 2012, ISBN 978-3-89903-367-0 .
  • Bisexual educated bilingual with bicycles on the car roof , audio book Hamburg 2012, ISBN 978-3-89903-368-7 .
  • Fourteen-year-olds in a tweed costume with chloroform , audio book Hamburg 2013, ISBN 978-3-89903-862-0 .
  • What a shame about the beautiful waste! , Audiobook Hamburg 2014, ISBN 978-3-89903-844-6 .
  • Girlfriend in the enemy's pants, enemy in the friend's kitchen , audio book Hamburg 2015, ISBN 978-3-95713-006-8 .
  • The Man with the Mireille-Mathieu-Beard , Audiobook Hamburg 2017, ISBN 978-3-95713-076-1 .
  • Weltstars im Nadelwald , Audiobook Hamburg 2018, ISBN 978-3-95713-143-0 .

More plates

  • Better for "HIM", stronger for "HER". Cult watch cassette, Berlin 1982.
  • L'église des crocodiles . ARO 004, 1983.
  • The majestic tranquility of the inorganic (music and drama). ARO 007, 1984.
  • Restaurants, restaurants, restaurants. Twenty-two hysterical miniatures . Team Records 1986.
  • Die Radiotrinkerin & The legendary last cigarette (two radio plays (dialogues with fictional characters), two texts and a cover version of Damn, I love you ). Forty five 1990.
  • Crossbills nowhere, crossbills everywhere . Forty-five 1993.
  • Music never gets slow (with Michael Dubach and Nino Sandow ). Forty five 1994.
  • End of July, beginning of August (strictly limited tube album with home recordings 1982–1989), LP. Hidden Records 1994.
  • Old mushrooms (Historical home recordings 1981–1992 Volume II), LP. Hidden Records 1996.
  • Dyslexia in the Evening Wind (Historical Home Recordings 1981–1995 Volume III), LP. Hidden Records 1997.
  • Nuuk ( Stephan Winkler and Max Goldt): At night in the black cable car to Waldpotsdam . Traumton (CD) and Hidden Records (vinyl) 1998.
  • Bundesratufer. Instrumentals . Captain Trip Records 1999.
  • There Are Grapefruit Hearts to Be Squeezed in the Dark. Music items from cassettes 1981–1983 . Gagarin Records 2007.
  • Outside the wonderful sun. Music 1980-2000. Foyer des Arts, Nuuk, Solo, miscellaneous . 6 CD compilation. Wallpaper Records 2019.

Music clips

About Max Goldt

  • Moritz Baßler : The German Pop Novel. The new archivists . Beck, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-406-47614-7 .
  • Gerald Fricke : Writing against the ozone hole. Max Goldt - second attempt . In: Griffel 2 (1995), pp. 48-50.
  • Iannis Goerlandt : Foreigners - where? The image of the other country in Max Goldt's narrative process . In: Sprachkunst. Contributions to literary studies 35.1 (2004): pp. 75–87.
  • Daniel Kehlmann : About the funniest writer in the German language. He is clever and clear, an unobtrusive moralist with free floating attention: eulogy for Max Goldt . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , November 26, 2008, No. 275, p. 14.
  • Ursula März : Well, I'll take a look. Latently anarchic: columnism as style, genre and way of thinking . In: Frankfurter Rundschau, May 28, 2004, No. 123, p. 17.
  • Mathias Mertens : Underreflected and overformed. The language tours of Max Goldt . In: Heinz Ludwig Arnold / Jörgen Schäfer (Hrsg.): Popliteratur. Special volume text + criticism . Edition Text + Critique, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-88377-735-8 .
  • Nico Rau : Comedy in Max Goldt's prose: a comic theory classification . VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2010, ISBN 978-3-639-28044-9 .
  • Thomas Ringmayr : Highly funny top performances. New prose collections by Eckhard Henscheid and Max Goldt . in: Focus on Literatur 1 (1994), pp. 44-51.
  • Michael Rutschky : For advanced users. Max Goldt as an informant . In: the daily newspaper , October 9, 1991, No. 3529, p. 35 (Literataz).
  • ders .: The interest in everyday life. On the occasion of Rolf Schwendter's ›Culture and Moral History‹ , in: Der everyday 75 (March 1997), pp. 177–190.
  • Frank Schäfer : Skimming off. Attempt on Max Goldt . In: Griffel 2 (1995), pp. 44-47.
  • Erhard Schütz : Journal literati. Authors between journalism and fiction . In: Construction site contemporary literature. The nineties . Edited by A. Erb, Westdeutscher Verlag, Opladen / Wiesbaden 1998, pp. 97-106, ISBN 3-531-12894-9 .
  • ders .: Tucholsky's heirs or Viennese return? Attempt to explore the terrain on the literature of Life & Style: Biller, Droste, Goldt and others . In: Yearbook for International German Studies, 1 (1995), pp. 101–122.
  • ders .: Child cowboy and inconspicuous dandy. Maxim Biller, Wiglaf Droste, Max Goldt or: The literature of the columnists . In: Frankfurter Rundschau , October 29, 1994, No. 252, p. ZB 2.
  • Georg Stanitzek : Essay - BRD , Vorwerk 8, Berlin 2011, pp. 150–153.
  • Walter van Rossum : Max Goldt: From the delights of the night out in the sex-free zone . In: Rowohlt Revue. New books and paperbacks 79 (Spring 2005), p. 24.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Max Goldt - Munzinger biography. Retrieved January 12, 2020 .
  2. Kleist Prize goes to Max Goldt on April 7, 2008.
  3. Max Goldt: Edith Hancke thinks the theater club is more than okay-hey for herself (December 1990), in: Quinces for the people between Emden and Zittau . Rowohlt, Reinbek 2005, p. 151ff.
  4. Max Goldt: My Neighbor and Cynicism (2000) . In: The donut on the ledge . Rowohlt, Reinbek 2001, p. 14 .
  5. Max Goldt: When you're wearing a white suit . Rowohlt, Reinbek 2002, p. 56 .
  6. Anatol Stefanowitsch: Adjacent language nags. 2010, accessed September 15, 2019 .
  7. ^ Zeit: Literatur Titanic author Max Goldt receives the 2008 Kleist Prize
  8. ^ Communication from the city of Pirmasens: Hugo Ball Prize 2008 to Max Goldt