Originals: Lawrence Douglas on Disobedience


Image courtesy of wikipedia   Lawrence Douglas is the author of three books: The Memory of Judgment: Making Law and History in the Trials of the Holocaust (2001); Sense and Nonsensibility: Lampoons of Literature and Learning (with Alex George, 2004); and The Catastrophist, a novel (2006). His second novel, The Vices will appear next year.  Last year, he was… Read more »

Originals: Brittani Sonnenberg on Candy from Mars


Image from the beauty brains   Brittani Sonnenberg is a European Journalism Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin. She has written for the Associated Press and Time Magazine, and her fiction has appeared in the O’Henry Short Stories 2008 and in Ploughshares. Click here to listen to her piece on Berlin from the first season of… Read more »

Originals: Susan Bell on the Weissensee Cemetary

Image by Mitch Epstein   Susan Bell is the author of The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself (W.W. Norton & Co., 2007), and co-author with Jason West of Dare to Hope: Saving American Democracy, a collection of essays on political activism (Miramax, 2005).  Her writing has been published in Tin House, Vogue, and The… Read more »

Originals: Martin Oetting on America

Image courtesy of Europa.   Martin Oetting is a director of the marketing company trnd AG in Munich. He’s also a writer, speaker, and consultant, and received his PhD in Marketing from ESCP Europe in Berlin. His personal relationship with the USA began when he embarked on his exchange student year in Pennsylvania in 1989 – the year… Read more »

Originals: Geoffrey Upton on the Gay Museum

Freundespaar by August Heitmüller, 1925   Geoffrey Upton is a writer and lawyer based in San Francisco, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in political theory at the University of California, Berkeley.  A New York City native and former professional journalist, Upton has written for The Baltimore SunThe Los Angeles Times and other… Read more »

Originals: Reza Aslan on Kottbussertor

Image from ESI   Dr. Reza Aslan, a scholar of religions, is a contributing editor at the Daily Beast. His first book is the New York Times Bestseller, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. His most recent book is How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of… Read more »

Originals: April Lamm on Picturing America

Painting by Robert Bechtle.   April Elizabeth Lamm is a writer and curator who has been based in Berlin since 1998. Since curating the exhibition “Anonym: In the Future No One Will Be Famous” (November 2006 to January 2007) at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, she has been working on a collection of short stories called The Ministry of LeisureRead more »

Originals: William MacDougall on Homelessness

Detail of Plastic Bottles, 2007 by Chris Jordan.   William MacDougall is a thirtysomething working-class Glaswegian who has lived and worked in Berlin since 2001. His writing has appeared in Counterpunch, Media Lens, Outlook India, and Z magazine. To the best of his knowledge he has been the recipient of no significant awards, grants or scholarships – literary… Read more »

Originals: Tara Bray Smith on True Communication


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Tara Bray Smith was born and raised in Hawaii. She is the author of West of Then, a memoir, and Betwixt, a novel for young adults. She lives with her husband in New York City and Berlin. www.tarabraysmith.com.

Louise East on hair & techno

Image courtesy of consumer report.   Louise East is a freelance writer from Dublin who currently lives in Kreuzberg. For several years a staff writer with the Irish Times, she still writes for the paper on arts, books and travel (click here for her Berlin diary) and also contributes to Irish Theatre Magazine, The Gloss and… Read more »