The musician, actor and writer Heinz Strunk was born in Hamburg in 1962. He is a founding member of the comedian trio Studio Braun and has his own television show on VIVA. His book Meat Is My Veg has sold half a million copies. It has since been adapted into a prize-winning radio play, an operetta at the Hamburger Schauspielhaus and also a feature film. The Golden Glove topped the bestseller lists for months and was nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize 2016. In autumn 2016 he received the Wilhelm Raabe Prize.
TOOK NOTES, THEN TO BED
For three years, Heinz Strunk kept a diary in public in the pages of the satirical magazine Titanic. It began as a parody of the diaries of famous writers (“In the afternoon, tea taken”) but soon developed a life of its own and became an intoxicating brew of comedic discourse, short essays, aphorisms, nonsense, gloom and more than a smattering of profundity. Entitled Intimschatulle, or “box of intimacy”, the column has now been turned into a book.
Divided into twelve months, Took Notes, Then to Bed brings together a range of disparate themes, including observations from daily life, the works of other writers, evenings watching TV at home with lots of alcohol, aphorisms, watching oneself grow older, silly “career advice” and sometimes even poetry. It’s a unique mix that seeks not only a forerunner but also an equal in contemporary humorous writing.