The economic crisis has made some people believe that it is time for an alternative economy. Swedish expat Malin Elmlid started one of the most popular bartering projects in Berlin in 2010 – it’s called the Bread Exchange. She reads from her book, also called The Bread Exchange, which is being published by Chronicle Books this fall.
When writer Gideon Lewis-Kraus lived in Berlin in the mid to late aughts, he had many encounters with art communities, which he humorously describes in his memoir A Sense of Direction. Here, in an excerpt from the book, he describes how Berlin’s famous party scene can cause some artists to lose their way.
Some people might find Berlin’s abandoned lots and empty, undefined spaces disturbing. Others, like the novelist Brittani Sonnenberg, find them strangely freeing. She speaks about her favorite in-between space in the city. Her novel, Home Leave, was published earlier this month.