Johanna Faust, a mixed race Jew, prefers to publish pseudonymously. She is committed: to preventing war, ecological disaster, and nuclear apocalypse; to keeping information available and free; and to not only fighting for personal privacy, but, by representing herself as a soldier in that fight, to exhorting others to do the same. All these efforts find representation on her blog "ah, Mephistophelis," so named after the last line of Chirstopher Marlowe's in his famous Dr. Faustus, which, as some would have it, successfully flouted the censor for a time. A female Faust, she is a poet, always.

Gunther Grass' Excellent Poem Is Required Reading

In German:

To Mr. Grass:

Thank you, Mr. Grass, on behalf of the world, for having the courage 
to say what you think must be said –
(if only we all did) –
And thank you again, speaking for myself
 – that is, for a woman, a scholar, a poet, and a Jew –
because I wholeheartedly agree.

To The Almighty:

Let  there be peace, and life and joy and health, and goodness of action 
such as spring naturally from sanity and sensible thought –
O Lord,
let there be peace
upon Earth, among men, and with the quickness.

To my Gentle Readers:

Be seeing you.

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