“When I think about rust I imagine decay, erosion, and destruction, but all of these things happen over a longer period of time, not quickly and violently like an explosion. I also think of how iron ore (basically rust) is mined from the ground, and then that ore is turned into what we use as iron and steel. It’s kind of a constant death and rebirth cycle for the rust.“ – Dan Fox

This book is the third part of the Adventurous Music Book Series! It’s filled with amazing photographs taken by Ronny and eight excellent ambient noise tracks by Fail and Hendekagon. Concept, layout, typesetting, and mastering by Ronny (a.k.a. Hendekagon & Signalstoerung) as well, proofreading by Corina. This hardcover book is limited to 25, so go get your copy fast via Adventurous Music.


Ronny Lier is a social and media educator and co-founder of finetexts. His greatest passions are music and design. In his sustainable music books, he manages to combine both.


With Jojo Moye’s The Giver Of Stars, I was introduced to what I learned is called ChickLit. By the end of last year, I was looking for a nice novel to read and a friend of mine recommended this book. It is all about strong women in America’s 1930s who operate a library while delivering books to people living far out of town on horses. Just this fact, delivering books while riding on a horse, got me right away. I’ve also learned a lot about certain circumstances regarding marriage, work, parenthood, and racism – and with that, all the rather bad things women faced during this time. But the story has a happy ending, so everything is fine. 

Not so with Oscar Wilde’s The Picture Of Dorian Gray. I’ve heard about this book so many times (and knew about the famous Dorian Gray club even longer) and needed a quick break from ChickLit anyway, so I squeezed that one in. It starts with one of my all-time favorite things to do: art. I also enjoyed Wilde’s take on beauty and how the character morphs over time – or doesn’t he and is it rather the painting? The atmosphere is a bit creepy and strange and sometimes dark, and it was rather hard to read what men thought about, talked to, and dealt with women in the late 19th century in England, but I enjoyed reading it and learning all about this classic anyway. My favorite quote is, „If a man treats life artistically, his brain is his heart (…)“ 

After that one, I went to India in the 1950s. The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi is another book that might fall into the genre ChickLit. It’s about that young woman who is trying to level-up her carrier as a henna artist for the higher castes of India. Her life becomes quite different when first her ex-husband and then her teenage sister show up. This book was very interesting to read because I didn’t know that much about India’s caste society and culture yet, and again it was all about art and painting. With this book, I had wished for quite a few different turns, but the ending is kind of happy so I am fine with that. It also ends with an attached sequel, which to me is new when it comes to literature and which I didn’t enjoy that much.

The last ChickLit I’ve read this winter was The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell´Antonia. This one was all about two sisters getting into a fight when of them wants the two family-owned but competitive chicken restaurants to participate in a reality docu TV duel these days. Well, one of the sisters is also an artist in painting, and the whole drama starts – in my opinion – when one of her paintings that once served as some kind of a trademark is no longer appreciated. There are several dramatic turns in that one, but in the end, the characters work out everything.

Well, after reading three ChickLit books in almost a row, I have to say that this genre is entertaining and makes me feel good. I like reading about artists, about art or books, and I like to learn about the lives of women in different cultures and times. But now I’d like to dive into something completely different… 

Das Öl der wilden Orange

Das Öl der wilden Orange ist ein Sachbuch mit wertvollen Infos und Tipps zur Anwendung ätherischer Öle im Allgemeinen und dem der wilden Orange im Besonderen. Die Anwendung von Duftölen zur Unterstützung des Wohlbefindens und zur Linderung körperlicher und seelischer Beschwerden hat eine Tradition, die bereits vor tausenden Jahren begründet wurde. Auf diesen Ursprung geht Bettina kurz ein, bevor sie ausführlich allerlei Anwendungsmöglichkeiten des Öls der wilden Orange beschreibt, die sie alle selbst ausprobiert hat. Hervorzuheben sind außerdem ihre ganz persönlichen Duftölmischungen mit teilweise regionalen Bezügen, die schon auch mal Urlaubsgefühle wecken können. Und wer sich inspiriert fühlt, ganz individuelle Mixe oder Nutzungsoptionen zu entwickeln, findet in diesem kleinen Büchlein auch reichlich Raum für eigene Notizen. Illustrationen und Texte stammen von der Autorin selbst, Letztere wurden von Corina redigiert und anschließend von Ronny ins gewünschte Layout gebracht. Das Buch besteht aus Recyclingpapier und Bio-Farben. Es ist direkt bei der Autorin erhältlich.


Bettina Röhr ist Lehrerin, Musikerin und seit 2019 selbstständige Duftexpertin. Neben allerlei kreativen Aktivitäten liebt sie es besonders, ihren Mitmenschen die Welt der ätherischen Öle näherzubringen.


Walden by Henry David Thoreau was on my reading list for years already. I approached it a couple of times but didn’t finish it until this year. I always wanted to know about the hype this book brought to the world and why it is a must-read for people interested in alternative lifestyles. Plus, I find it very interesting how people manage life in the woods in general. So to this question, I got some answers. But besides that, I found it rather shocking than inspiring that the intentions and motivations Thoreau got living in a forest for two years are still relevant these days because society hasn’t changed that much since the 1850s. My top four favorite quotes from this book are, „But I would say to my fellows, once for all, As long as possible live free and uncommitted. It makes but little difference whether you are committed to a farm or the county jail.“ This one is followed by, „I have learned that the swiftest traveller is he that goes afoot.“ Next is, „I found that, by working about six weeks in a year, I could meet all the expenses of living.“ And lastly, „Simplify, simplify.“

Always looking for indigenous literature, I came across The Girl And The Wolf by Katherena Vermette, with pictures by Julie Flett. And I have to say, I just love this book. Guys, imagine a world where all animals are equal and no creature is scorn for their look or natural behavior! Wouldn’t that be a peaceful life for everybody?! So besides the author’s uplifting view on a wild animal, this book is filled with such beautiful artwork that I just could read it over and over again. This book is made of paper from responsible sources.

Mythopedia von Good Wives and Warriors lese ich gerade. Es erzählt von den unterschiedlichen Fabelwesen, die es in verschiedenen Kulturen auf der Welt gibt. Mit diesen Wesen sind magische Geschichten verbunden, die sehr spannend sind, werfen sie doch einen besonderen Blick auf all die faszinierenden Weltbilder und Entstehungsmythen, die jedes (indigene) Volk sich über viele Jahrhunderte bewahrt hat. Doch ganz abgesehen von den tollen ethnologischen Inhalten öffnet auch die kreative Gestaltung dieses Buches jedes Mal aufs Neue mein Künstlerherz. Mir gefällt der grafische Stil – diese Mischung aus kräftigen Farben und natürlichen Formen verbunden mit geometrischen Elementen und Goldprägungen – außerordentlich gut. Jede Seite enthält mehr oder weniger ein riesiges fantastisches Wimmelbild, das unzählige Darstellungen aus Flora und Fauna der entsprechenden Ethnie zeigt. Einfach wundervoll!

I adore Jane Fonda not only for her work as an actress and sometimes for her sportsmanship too, her activism (despite her advanced age) just amazes me. So I’ve read What Can I Do – The Truth About Climate Change And How To Fix It in one go right after it was published. In many ways, this book is really eye-opening and then also pretty devastating when it comes to the facts told about the condition of our planet, Mother Earth. But, this book is also full of good ideas and links to actions you can take yourself right away, so please read it, share it and do so with having Sam Waterston in mind, who said, „What looks like radical today is actually moderation, given the size of the problem itself and the time we have left in which to slow it down.“


One Little DJane is a flipbook that tells and illustrates the beginning of a young DJane’s career at a time when CDs still were cool and experimental electronica perhaps was at its peak. This book includes a link to a track by INYAN, exclusively created for this adventure. Words and illustrations are by Corina, cover layout and typesetting by Ronny. The book is made of recycled paper, so go get your copy and have fun flipping, reading, listening, and dancing. Update: The book is also available at Leipzig’s Musikhaus Kietz.


Corina Retzlaff is the founder of finetexts. She inherited her love for reading, storytelling, and drawing and wrote her first short story when she was twelve years old.


Ein Buch von Erich Fromm zu lesen, ist für mich immer wieder Herausforderung und Inspiration zugleich. Dies trifft auch auf Authentisch Leben zu: Es ist eine stilistisch anspruchsvolle Lektüre, die mich aber vor allem aufgrund ihrer anhaltenden Aktualität – Fromm schrieb die Mehrheit der einzelnen Beiträge in der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts! – sehr beeindruckt hat. Fromm spricht hier die einzelnen Aspekte eines fremdbestimmten Lebens mit Rollenfunktion(en) an und führt Punkte auf, wie der Mensch wieder zu mehr Selbstbestimmung finden kann und was ihn als echtes Individuum ausmacht. „Das Gefühl der Isolierung und Ohnmacht des heutigen Menschen wird noch durch den Charakter seiner menschlichen Beziehungen verstärkt. Die konkreten Beziehungen zwischen den Menschen haben ihren unmittelbaren und humanen Charakter verloren. Statt dessen manipuliert man einander und behandelt sich gegenseitig als Mittel zum Zweck. In allen persönlichen und gesellschaftlichen Beziehungen gelten die Gesetze des Marktes.“ Diese Zeilen formulierte Fromm vor über vierzig Jahren, doch sie treffen nach wie vor auf viele Gesellschaften zu – eine Tatsache, die mich schon recht nachdenklich stimmt. Dieses Buch besteht aus Papier aus verantwortungsvollen Quellen.

The Healing Magic Of Forest Bathing by Julia Plevin is a wonderful book I am currently reading. (Not because of the hype!) I very much like the format, layout, and beautiful pictures. It really is a joy to look at. I am not even halfway through, but I already love the author’s holistic approach to nature. I myself just found „my magic spot“ in the riparian forest I live close-by for almost my whole life just a couple of weeks ago and figured out that while everyday life can get very mixed-up, nature has its own recurring rhythms you can trust. Just like that. Maybe that’s one reason why it is so grounding being in nature. This book is made of paper from responsible sources.

Während Marc-Uwe Klings Känguru-Chroniken hier bei finetexts kontrovers diskutiert werden, besteht bezüglich Qualityland Einigkeit: richtig guter Lesestoff. Dieses Comic mit Illustrationen von Zachary Tallent ist eine unterhaltsame Momentaufnahme der Gegenwart und all ihrer (zwischenmenschlichen und konsumorientierten) Abgründe. Beim Lesen habe ich oftmals laut gelacht und mich anschließend aber auch gleich wieder gefragt, ob das alles wirklich nur lustige Fantasien des Autors sind oder ob er nicht vielleicht tatsächlich eine unheimliche Zukunft à la Black Mirror beschreibt, in die die Menschheit schon einen Fuß gesetzt hat. Das Comic basiert auf dem gleichnamigen, aber ausführlicheren Roman, der nun auch auf meinem Lesestapel wartet. 

Benno Pludras Bootsmann auf der Scholle ist ein DDR-Kinderbuch-Klassiker. Ich habe dieses Büchlein in einer Kiste am Fluss vor meinem Haus gefunden – wie passend – und konnte es dort dann nicht zurücklassen. Es erzählt die Geschichte von drei jungen Kindern und einem kleinen Hund, die an einem schönen Wintertag draußen am Binnenmeer miteinander spielen. Allein. Ohne die Aufsicht von Erwachsenen. Wie toll! Bis leider etwas schiefläuft. Doch die Kids sind clever, wissen sich zu helfen, und am Ende ist alles gut. Sehr spannend – auch für Erwachsene. Und die Illustrationen von Werner Klemke: wundervoll!

Relatives Schoensein

Relatives Schoensein is a non-profit art collaboration. The book shows photographs of excerpts of weathered and partly destroyed street art Ronny took. For each photograph, there is a soundtrack created by a sound artist. All in all, there are over 40 sound artists from all over the world (incl. Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, UK, and the US) who have contributed to this project. There is a download code for this compilation of tracks within the book, and the artists are Amby Downs, Black Lung, Carlo Giustini, C-drík, Conure, Coppice Halifax, Desolate Horizons, Dirk Geiger, Elias Zorn, Ezra Fike, Fail, Francis Theberge, Gallery Six, Hendekagon, INYAN, Iván Muela, Jen Kutler, Joe Hassick, Jóhann Eiriksson, Jo Montgomerie, Kareem, Kid Kozmoe, Mai 12, Marc Benner, Matter, Micromelancolié, Nimon, Nyppy, Olan Mill, Sacha Ratcliffe, Salt, Signalstoerung, Sturqen, TBEX, Thedi, The Empath feat. Cosmic Noise Crew, The [Law-Rah] Collective, Veronica Moser, Vrum, Wajid Yaseen, Yann Novak, and 16Pad Noise Terrorist. Editing by Corina, typesetting & layout by Ronny, and final mastering by C-drik @ Syrphe. This book comes with over four hours of music and is made of high-quality natural paper. It is limited to 100 copies and you can get yours via Adventurous Music.


Ronny Lier is a social and media educator and co-founder of finetexts. His greatest passions are music and design. In his sustainable music books, he manages to combine both.

Corinas Lesetipps II Reading tips * ed. 02 I 20

Auf der Suche nach einem Geburtstagsgeschenk für unsere siebenjährige Nichte stießen wir auf Peter Wohllebens Weißt du, wo die Baumkinder sind?, das Stefanie Reich illustriert hat. Bereits durch andere Bücher und einen Film des Autors begeistert von seinem Engagement für die Natur, fiel die Entscheidung für dieses Kinderbuch dann leicht. Um jedoch sicherzugehen, ob es für das Geburtstagskind auch wirklich passt, habe ich es zunächst probegelesen. Und dabei hat mir besonders gefallen, dass der Autor leicht verständlich und nachvollziehbar die aktuelle Situation des Waldes erklärt. Er äußert seine Gefühle diesbezüglich klar, aber dezent und richtet den Fokus immer wieder auf nachhaltige Alternativen. Diese haben mich als Leserin mit einem Gefühl der Hoffnung das Buch beenden lassen. Für die Herstellung wurde zertifiziertes Papier aus verantwortungsvollen Quellen verwendet.

I have been following Violet Plum’s blog for quite some time now and I really like her approach to veganism through comics. So I recently got her comic book The English Family Anderson which I loved a lot. The story is pretty cool and little did I know that there were (spoiler alert!) ghosts involved! Which was a surprising twist, since the story started out quite different. Pretty cool! My favorite line is right in the beginning when seven-year-old Brietta Anderson tells about her dad who was a postman, „One day when he was delivrin his letters he saw some horribul peepul who wanted to shoot some luvly birds and he was worrying about the birds so he snached the guns and ran as fast as he could.“

Always on the lookout for Native American’s/First Nation’s art, I came across Celina Kalluk’s Sweetest Kulu. It is such a wonderful story about all the gifts the spirits of nature and free-roaming animals came to give to the newborn Kulu. And those illustrations by Alexandria Neonakis! So beautiful! Well, my favorite part is, when the polar bear says that humans are supposed to always be respectful of animals. Also, following the artist’s IG, I learned that this book has been to space! Woohoo, this is huge!

Sie nannten ihn Slonh-he. Die Geschichte des Sitting Bull von Joseph Bruchac, versehen mit Bildern von Rocco Baviera, ist mein liebstes deutsches Kinderbuch über die Kindheit und Jugend des Lakota-Häuptlings Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake (Sitting Bull). Wann immer ich in ein interkulturelles Fest, das auch die Kultur der Indigenen Nordamerikas berücksichtigte, involviert war, habe ich Kindern aus dieser Geschichte vorgelesen. In ihr gibt der Autor einerseits Einblicke in die Kultur eines verschwindenden Volkes und erzählt andererseits vom Helfen und besonderen Gaben sowie von Mut und weisen Entscheidungen. 

Corinas Lesetipps II Reading tips * ed. 01 I 20

Anfang 2020 war ich in Hartmut Kiewerts Ausstellung Animal Utopia. Seine Ölgemälde, die ein natürliches, nicht auf Masse und Nutzen reduziertes Zusammensein mit Tieren thematisieren, haben mir sehr gut gefallen. Sie zeigen glückliche Tiere, die sich im städtischen oder ländlichen Raum frei bewegen und Seite an Seite mit Menschen leben – fern von Massentierhaltungsanlagen und Zuchteinrichtungen. Das gleichnamige Buch, das auch Bilder der Ausstellung enthält, beleuchtet alle Facetten der Tierwohlgefährdung. Alle Texte sind in Deutsch und Englisch verfasst. Die Inhalte sind auf hundertprozentigem Recyclingpapier mit veganer mineralölfreier Farbe gedruckt und die Bindung ist vegan. 

When I visited Island, I really wanted to dive deep into Islandic art and culture, so I bought some books by Islandic writers I never heard of before and Hotel Silence by Au∂ur Ava Òlafsdòttir was one of them. Usually, after reading a novel, I part with the book. But this one I am going to keep since I liked it very much. My favorite line is, “He points at a sign behind him. ‘Silence saves the world,’ it says.”

Für Guten Morgen, du Schöner interviewte Greta Taubert sechzehn ostdeutsche Männer. Mit diesen Portraits wollte sie zeigen, dass nicht alle so seltsam, unfreundlich oder trottelig sind, wie sie in den Medien oft und gerne dargestellt werden. Ich finde dieses Buch sehr gelungen, denn es beinhaltet spannende Biografien und Selbstreflexionen, die durch interessante Fakten und Statistiken zum Thema ergänzt werden. Zu guter Letzt finde ich Greta Tauberts Schreibstil sehr unterhaltsam, wodurch die Einführungen zu jedem Interviewten sehr kurzweilig erscheinen. Dieses Buch besteht aus zertifiziertem Papier aus verantwortungsvollen Quellen.

I discovered Marie Kondo in 2016 and her KonMari method helped me to improve my already minimalist lifestyle. So when I learned about her recent book Joy at Work that she wrote with Scott Sonenshein I thought it could be a good addition. I am currently reading it and being halfway through I can say it’s quite interesting to learn about how Marie Kondo’s career started and how decluttering in an office can be done. However, Does it spark joy? is still the most important question. This book is made of paper from responsible sources.

It’s Only The Beginning – The Memoirs Of Lakota Warrior Theȟíya Kté From Wounded Knee

Growing up in a traditional Lakota family on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota (USA) in the 1950s, Garry (a.k.a. Theȟíya Kté) tells about becoming a warrior at the age of twelve, followed by his involvement in history-making events such as the seventy-one-day takeover of Wounded Knee in 1973 and the Mní Wičóni movement to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016/17. This book is a result of a long-term co-working between the author and Corina. Delia J. Welch and Juanita Schmalnauer also helped a lot and contributed pictures. Eventually, Ronny brought everything together in a beautiful design and got the book ready for print and release. It’s Only The Beginning is a memoir written in English while using words and terms of the Lakota language. It also includes various pictures and is printed on high-quality natural paper. Available worldwide in bookstores and online shops such as, and Update: Sadly, Garry Rowland passed on to the spirit world on September 3, 2018. One of his visions was the reinstallment of his museum, the Holocaust Museum At Wounded Knee, which is a museum for the fading culture of the Lakota people. So all proceeds from the book sales go to his children and may help to make his dream come true. 

»It’s really interesting and greatly written, and it would be important if many Americans read this. I’m really excited about it now. It is completely written from his point of view, totally ethnologically super interesting, and closing sentences at the end of a chapter are so on point. The fact that some photos look so old or are not that good makes it just as authentic. Who knows which effects this book will have… For the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, it will definitely be a treasure.« Anja Rackowiak, Ethnologist
»To me, Rowland’s book „It’s Only The Beginning“ was a great read, because I liked the perspective from an Indian about the struggle of the Natives in the US, even in the second half of the 20th century and nowadays. While reading the book, you learn a lot about the Lakota culture and ceremonies through a life of an Indian warrior. Several words have been translated into the Lakotah language, which creates a fitting atmosphere for the book. Therefore I would absolutely recommend it to other students, interested in the history of the Lakota people, because the book does inform well from a personal point of view about things we usually don’t hear that often.« L. S., Student


Garry Rowland was a descendant of great chiefs like Crazy Horse and Red Cloud. As a close friend of Russell Means‘ and as an Indian patriot and diplomat from the Republic of Lakotah, he fought for his people’s treaty rights all his adult life.