Originals: Robert A. LeVine on Hans Beimler Strasse

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Portrait of Hans Beimler courtesy of Gedenkstätte Deutscher Wilderstand.   Robert A. LeVine is an anthropologist and professor emeritus at Harvard University. His most recent book is Anthropology and Child Development: A Cross-Cultural Reader (2008). He lives in Massachusetts but often visits his granddaughter in Berlin. Please click here to watch a music video of the… Read more »

Baumkuchen & Kaffeeklatch

I spent a summer in Japan when I was 15 and discovered that Japanese chefs can take any foreign  pastry– Italian tiramisu, French puff pastry, and even Spanish churros– and improve on perfection.  The Japanese versions of western style cakes tasted lighter and more flavorful.  And boy were they pretty.  But try as they might, the… Read more »

Baumkuchen & Kaffeeklatch

I spent a summer in Japan when I was 15 and discovered that Japanese chefs can take any foreign  pastry– Italian tiramisu, French puff pastry, and even Spanish churros– and improve on perfection.  The Japanese versions of western style cakes tasted lighter and more flavorful.  And boy were they pretty.  But try as they might, the… Read more »

Originals: Paul Beatty on Emperor Penguins

Image courtesy of Paul Mannix

Image courtesy of Paul Mannix


 
Paul Beatty is the author of three novels: White Boy Shuffle, Tuff, and the recently published Slumberland, which takes place in Berlin. He is also the editor of Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor.

Freudian memorials

When walking my daughter’s dog in Charlottenburg, I enjoy examining the plaques on buildings. My favorite is the one marking the building on Mommsenstraße where Hanns Sachs lived from 1920 to 1932.  Sachs was a Viennese lawyer who was trained by Freud and became a member of his inner circle.  Karl Abraham, another early student… Read more »

Originals: Thomas Pletzinger in America

Photo courtesy of destination360.com   This is the first in our series of essays written by German writers about America. Thomas Pletzinger was born in 1975 and grew up in Germany’s industrial area Ruhrgebiet. He holds an M.A from Hamburg University and an MFA from the German Literature Institute Leipzig. He worked for publishers… Read more »

Originals: Eric Banks on Hanns Eisler

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Portrait of Eisler above courtesy of the International Hanns Eisler Gesellschaft.   Eric Banks is a writer based in New York. While at Columbia in the late 1980s, he had a radio show on WKCR. He has since written for The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times, and the Chronicle of Higher… Read more »

Originals: Ralph Martin on Lane Discipline

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  Ralph Martin is a writer and journalist living in Prenzlauer Berg. He has written for the New York Times, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, GQ, and other publications; his book Ein Amerikaner in Berlin, a comic ‘gonzo memoir’ in ten chapters of German-American culture shock, will appear on August 24 from Dumont Verlag. Visit his website at… Read more »

Our Contributors: Ralph Martin’s Ein Amerikaner in Berlin

EIN AMERIKANER IN BERLIN, Berlin Stories Editorial Director Ralph Martin’s very funny book about how he learned to to love all things Deutsch, is published in German by Dumont Verlag. EIN AMERIKANER…is the nonfiction tale of an ex-New Yorker who moves to Berlin, settles down, and to his sometimes horrified fascination, becomes German. Ten… Read more »

Originals: Andrea Scrima on Across the Hall

The image above is taken from Scrima’s installation Shelf Life.   Andrea Scrima is an artist and writer from New York who has been living in Berlin for much of her adult life. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts and the Hochschule der Künste, she has been the recipient of numerous grants and… Read more »