Originals: Ralph Martin on Hooker Barbie

Photograph by MAC

Photograph by MAC

  New York-dilettante-turned-Berlin-author Ralph Martin has delighted Germany with his prose stylings since 2009′s EIN AMERIKANER IN BERLIN (not his choice of title). His next book PAPANOIA, about modern German parenting, made him a pariah in Prenzlauer Berg, which is fine since he has since moved to Kreuzberg. He has written for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung… Read more »

Originals: Nerys Hudson on Rooftop Gardening

Photograph by Elizabeth Skadden

Photograph by Elizabeth Skadden


 
Nerys Hudson moved from London to Berlin in 2009, swapping the world of advertising for publishing in the process. She is now bookseller at Dialogue Books Books and assistant at Berlin-based literary agency Lovegrove and Gosling. Although most of her time is happily dedicated to reading the stories of others, she occasionally writes her own.

Originals: Donna Swarthout on Coming Full Circle

Photograph by Elizabeth Skadden

Photograph by Elizabeth Skadden

  Donna Swarthout moved to Berlin with her family to explore her German Jewish heritage and identity and the nature of Jewish life in Germany today. Swarthout received her German citizenship certificate on October 31, 2011. You can learn more about her experiences on her blog Full Circle. And if you missed the Der Spiegel article about German… Read more »

Originals: Luisa Weiss on Explosive Local Traditions

Photograph by Omegas

Photograph by Omegas


 
Luisa Weiss was born in Berlin to an American father and an Italian mother. Her food memoir, My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (With Recipes) will be published by Viking in September 2012. She has been blogging at The Wednesday Chef for almost seven years.

Originals: Fenster on Musical Magic

Photograph by Maxime Ballesteros

Photograph by Maxime Ballesteros

  FENSTER (Berlin via NYC) // Formed in 2010 by JJ Weihl, a New Yorker, Jonathan Jarzyna, a Berliner, and was later completed by percussionist Rémi Letournelle. Fenster makes de-constructed pop music, layering subtle distortions, melodic chords and city soundscapes under dream narratives and schadenfreude. Their lyrics often find inspiration in the world of ghosts, graveyards, trains,… Read more »

Originals: Pete Starrett on The Naked and Le Flonge

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  Pete Starrett has lived in Berlin since 2004. His dual life as a rock star and Blue Man is brought into delicious contrast with his life as a husband and father of two. His new theater piece, “SaveYouHateMe” premiered at the end of April in R.A.W.Tempelhof, Berlin. Click HERE to watch the Le… Read more »

Originals: Melanie Sevcenko on Red Elvis

Print by Andy Warhol

Print by Andy Warhol


 
Melanie Sevcenko currently lives in Berlin, Germany where she works as a freelance journalist in print and radio for international publications. Her reporting has been published by Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera, the Global Post, Washington Times, Miller-McCune, and the Local Berlin. Melanie’s poetry has also been published in various literary journals.

Originals: Leah Stuhltrager on Berlin Bounty

Photograph by Elizabeth Skadden

Photograph by Elizabeth Skadden

  Leah Stuhltrager (American, b. 1975) is a curator and project manager known for championing art incorporating technology. After receiving a BA/BFA and an MS, Stuhltrager opened one of the first galleries in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – a neighborhood she helped escalate into an international art mecca. Stuhltrager has curated and managed public art projects for some… Read more »

Originals: Helen Kornblum on a Sense of Home

Photograph from Bundesarchiv

Photograph from Bundesarchiv

  Prior to her years in diplomatic life, Helen Kornblum worked professionally as a translator and analyst for the US Congress, Helsinki Watch and Time magazine. She currently leads a group focused on design for Willkommen in Berlin, a German Foreign Office-sponsored organization serving diplomatic families posted in the capital. Her commentary on American politics has… Read more »

Originals: Becky Crook on the Wild Boars

Photograph by Florian Möllers

Photograph by Florian Möllers

  Becky Crook is a writer, editor, freelance translator, and creative consultant from Seattle who has lived in Berlin since 2008. Her poetry and creative essays have been published among others in Geez, The Other Journal, and in two anthologies. In May 2010, she co-founded SAND, Berlin’s English Literary Journal, and now works as editor-in-chief for the biannual… Read more »