Originals: Giulia Pines on the Parstein Chainsaw Massacre

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Photograph by Nick Simpson

  Giulia Pines is a New York-born writer, editor and translator who now splits her time between Berlin and a special little corner of Brandenburg. She has written for guidebooks, magazines, newspapers and websites, but her latest editing project, due out soon, is 100 Favourite Places, an unconventional guidebook to be released by the website Slow Travel… Read more »

Originals: Sara Krumminga on Life as a Spy

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Photograph by Nick Simpson


 
Sara Krumminga works as a freelance writer and ski instructor in Colorado. She’s an accomplished travel and outdoors writer, but perhaps her greatest skill is as a composer of clever emails and witty notes.

Originals: Ambika Thompson on the M41

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Photograph by Nick Simpson

  Having spent much of her life searching the various landscapes of Canada for the perfect home and the (almost) perfect public transportation system, Ambika Thompson decided to try another country and moved to Berlin in 2003. Nowadays she spends her time playing in the band The Anna Thompsons, training with the Bear City Roller Derby league,… Read more »

Originals: A Seated Craft on Going to Be Okay

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Photograph by Nick Simpson

  A Seated Craft is the music of Alexia Peniguel. Originally from Melbourne, she has lived unobtrusively in Berlin, Germany since 2004. Lo-fi in style, hi-fi in texture, she treats words like clothing and keeps instruments like some people keep cats. Her songs blend narrative folk with well-tempered indie sensibilities. Tales of stars tapping out Morse code… Read more »

Originals: Jenna Krumminga on the Pitfalls of being Tall

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Photograph by Nick Simpson


 
Jenna Krumminga writes about design for museums and universities. She also writes short stories. And the occasional art mag review. She got an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in Berlin.

Past Lives: St. Agnes Church

Our second PAST LIVES video is about the “brutiful” St. Agnes Church in Kreuzberg. Designed by famed Berlin architect Werner Düttmann in the 1960s, Kreuzberg’s St. Agnes Church was decommissioned in 2004 and is now being converted into an art gallery and cultural center by gallerist Johann König. Produced in collaboration with the YouTube Original… Read more »

Originals: Sophie Raphaeline on Becoming a Berliner

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Photograph by Nick Simpson


 
Sophia, neé Alan, Raphaeline reads, writes, and runs Another Country, a not-for-profit English language bookshop/club in Kreuzberg, Berlin.

Introducing: Past Lives

Berlin Stories for NPR is pleased to announce a new series of videos about the history of Berlin buildings, called Past Lives. First up, a the story of the Boetzow Brewery building in Mitte (above or click HERE). Coming up next: the stories of St. Agnes Church, Tempelhof Airport, and more! Produced in collaboration with… Read more »

Originals: Ryan Eyers on the Don of Frisbee

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Photograph by Nick Simpson


 
Ryan Eyers is a writer from New Zealand living in Berlin. Recently, his writing has appeared at Kill Screen and The Bygone Bureau. For more, visit ryaneyers.wordpress.com.

Originals: Pippa Anais Gaubert on Repackaging the Past

Photograph by Nick Simpson

Photograph by Nick Simpson


 
Pippa Anais Gaubert is a writer, artist and antiques enthusiast based in Berlin. Her short stories can be found in several small publications and she is currently working on a novel. Her website is: www.pippaanaisgaubert.com.