First, in the Saturday Interview, Deesha Philyaw talks to celebrated writer Darryl Pinckney about his latest novel, Black Deutschland, and drawing inspiration from Christopher Isherwood’s The Berlin Stories. Pinckney describes Berlin as “a somewhere not everyone wanted to bother with.” Racism in American history caused many to flee to Europe because it was “a personal solution to a mass problem,” Pinckney says, “like passing for white.” They go on to discuss his friend and influence Susan Sontag; Paris, love, and the differences between fiction and memoir....more
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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