Ruth Moschner is a German TV presenter and comedian. She was a judge in the first season of Das Supertalent, the German version of Britain’s Got Talent, and Ruth Moschner has also appeared in Big Brother Germany and the comedy show Freitag Nacht News. In 2006, Ruth Moschner won a German version of the Dancing on Ice. Ruth Moschner has twice been nominated for the Deutschen Comedy-Preis. At the beginning of 2016, Ruth Moschner hosted the television program Ewige Helden, in which ten former professional athletes compete in 20 different disciplines. The program was broadcast in February and March 2016 on the station VOX. Please enjoy my interview with Ruth Moschner.
How do you describe your occupation?
I try to entertain people for more than 20 years.
Talk us through a typical day for you…
There is no ‘typical’ day for me. The only typical thing in my life is, that every day is different. I sit on the plane or train a lot, to get to TV Studios, where I am presenting shows or being a judge. Or I travel to other special locations for hosting a gala-event for a company or I’m having a photo shoot. I also try to stand in the kitchen as often as possible to develop new cooking recipes, or I sit in my office in front of my computer, working on my food blog einhornfutter or writing a text or a new book.
I just finished Heal with the Power of Nature by Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen. Followed by The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctor’s 4 Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease by Dr. Susan Blum – I studied holistic health advice by distance learning, so I am trying to stay in the themes, always improving my knowledge. And I started to read My Farewell To Heaven by Hamed Abdel-Samad. I can highly recommend his other books because he helps you to understand Islam much better than any other book I have read about this topic.
Can you remember the first book you read by yourself?
No. But I can remember, that I was so keen to learn how to read. So I started it before I attended school because my older sister taught me. I was so curious about all of these books in the world and wanted to read EVERYTHING. When I was a child, I loved all the books of Michael Ende, like Momo or The Neverending Story and The Little Water Sprite by Otfried Preussler. And I started to write my own little short stories when I was eight or nine.
Are you a page folder or a bookmarker?
I am a kindle-reader because I am always “on the road”. I discovered this item a couple of years ago, and I love it because you can have a lot of e-books with you. But I also still love my printed editions, I own tons of them! As they are so precious to me, I wouldn’t fold the pages, of course. But I have already “killed” a few books by reading in the bathtub. Now, they are curly and look like freezing birds, with fluffed feathers.
When did you fall in love with reading?
Like I said before, it was love at first page, at the age of 5. But I knew already, before I even started reading, that it would be fabulous.
If you could gift yourself books at age 16 and age 25 – what would they be and why?
A lot of Goethe, Schiller, the good old German classics, there is nothing better than all these emotional struggles of intellectual artists. And for later, it’d be Bret Easton Ellis. Not because of his descriptions of violence. I think his talent is to describe a bored society in such an honest and genius kind of style. I think this is the real brutality in his books. Oh, and I loved Jean-Paul Sartre when I was in my early 20s – even more than Simone de Beauvoir, I must admit. She was one of the most important feminists, but I liked her interviews more than her books.
What are perfect reading conditions for you?
When I read novels, it must be in a relaxed environment like on vacation, when I have plenty of time to dive into the story.
For someone starting out in your career, which three books would you make required reading and why?
If you wanna be an author definitely On Writing by Stephen King, if you want to be a TV-Presenter, it would be Until Here Thank You Very Much by Friedrich Küppersbusch. If you want to be a holistic health consultant, you should read everything you can get about the topic!
If you could invite 5 authors (dead or alive) to a dinner party – who would they be and why?
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, to ask him, what he thinks about the progress and where we will go so far, to talk with him about the joy of life, enjoyment, friendship, sex. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, to ask them about their very special relationship, Stephen King or Bret Easton Ellis, just because I think they know how to discuss and Ingeborg Bachmann, to talk with her about Max Frisch and her way to work, which I think, is very special.
What was the last book you purchased, and why did you buy it?
It was My Farewell To Heaven by Hamed Abdel-Samad, as I mentioned before. I really liked his book Mohammed: Eine Abrechnung, so I wanted to read more about Abdel-Samads life. And I bought some books about amino acids. There it is, this medical stuff again! It’s because there are two hearts beating in my chest.
What is your favourite thing about reading?
You can dive into another world. Anytime, anywhere.
On Writing by Stephen King – it’s been longer than 6 months ago, but this book impressed me because it was so inspiring. I wasn’t such a huge fan of Stephen King’s work, but I like reading these “how they become successful, happy, fulfilled, whatever” – stories, especially when it comes to creative artists. At this time, I was struggling with my own creativity, looking for a way to express this special story of my own family history, and this book has changed a lot for me. Plus, Stephen King made me feel close to his challenge of life. He is so blessed, so able to write things touching people so deeply. And he is sharing a lot of private moments, very honest, very real and emotional. I always wanted to write him a letter to thank him. He mentioned this in this book as well, that he loves to receive letters, but I didn’t do this yet. Shame on me. But I can highly recommend this book!
If you could insert yourself into any book, which would you pick and why?
I wish to be part of one of these comics, just to be a superhero for one day! Something like Superman, Spiderman or Wonderwoman.
Name a book that you feel everyone would benefit from reading and explain why.
Faust: Part 1 and 2 by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, because he describes so many situations, which could have had happened just yesterday.
What is the book that you feel has had the single biggest impact on your life? What impact did it have?
That would be The Old Testament. I like all the stories about these strong women in a time, where it wasn’t so easy to be born a girl. And all the struggles of mankind between faith and fears.
Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list?
I really liked 28 days by David Safier. It is different from all his other books because he is writing about his own family history and about the revolts in the Ghetto of Warsaw during World War 2. This story touched me deeply, and I cried a lot while I was reading this book because David Safier told it in such a realistic and emotional way. The story seems to be written by heart.
Which book sat on your shelf are you most excited about reading next and why?
As I am always reading more than one book at the same time, there is nothing to wait for. I am just starting, when there is the time.
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