Posts Tagged: berlin
I think that everyone writes for an ideal reader. Mine are friends in my heads, some of whom are no longer with me, with us.
Darryl Pinckney, author of Black Deutschland, in conversation with Rob Spillman, author of All Tomorrow’s Parties and the editor of Tin House, talks about Berlin before and after the Wall: liberal paradise, impossibly long days and nights, cultural guilt, and raves....more
New York is the worst. What are all these writers still doing here?
My years spent in New York (where I had also grown up), had made it clear to me there was less and less room for failure in that city, and therefore less room for creative freedom.
The church on Siegfeldstrasse was open to anyone who embarrassed the Republic, and Andreas Wolf was so much of an embarrassment that he actually resided there, in the basement of the rectory, but unlike the others—the true Christian believers, the friends of the Earth, the misfits who defended human rights or didn’t want to fight in World War III—he was no less an embarrassment to himself.
Yony Leyser, director of the documentary about William S. Burroughs, is making a feature film about Berlin’s queer community, and he needs your help to crowdfund it. Over at Indiewire, Leyser explains his desire to deglamorize the city’s dark underground scene and explore what it means to be a member of a community whose definition is constantly in flux:
I go back and forth from being firmly committed to the “queer community” to being totally and completely disillusioned with the concept and diametrically opposed to it.
Like boxes in storage, Andrea Scrima’s memories are itinerant. Wherever she resides, nothing seems to be in the right place....more
“Take my friend Peter, for example, fucking Sloterdijk. I like him a lot, but he’ll obviously have to be sent to the gulag. He’ll be in a slightly better position there. Perhaps he could work as a cook.”
In Der Spiegel, a write-up of the Marxist theorist Slavoj Zizek and The Idea of Communism Conference in Berlin....more
I’m going to say something a reviewer should never say about a series still in development: Berlin is a great book.
We’re only up to book two [Berlin Book One: City Of Stones and Berlin Book Two: City Of Smoke] in a three book series, so I could be shooting myself in the foot later, but right now I can say that Jason Lutes’ work so far is nothing short of amazing....more
Jason Lutes has completed two of the planned three volumes of his graphic novel series, Berlin, which takes place at the end of the Weimar Republic....more