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.

Kyle Williams is a student at Brooklyn College, studying creative writing and literature. You can find more from him on Tumblr at, but don't feel like you have to. More from this author →