Kreuzberg 10963

Kreuzberg 10963

by Esra Akcan
An account of urban and social stress inside the Turkish Kreuzberg of the 1980s looks back implicitly to the city’s Jewish past and explicitly forward to the question of refugee integration today. Her plea for an analytical focus on the category and experience of the non-citizen is fundamental and timely.
The Turks

The Turks

by Han Ong
Excerpt from a manuscript in progress.
"Han: I’m a writer.
Heike: Ahh. So we would love you in Berlin!
Han: Would you?"
Berlin For Jews

Berlin for Jews

by Leonard Barkan
The opening pages of Leonard Barkan's new book may amount to the most joyous authobiographical take offs; the book itself will continue with a kind of archaeology of Berlin's Jewish past via a reading of the graves of the cemetery at the Schönhauser Allee.
Artist Portfolio

Artist Portfolio

by Trenton Doyle Hancock
Hancock’s intricate candy-colored prints, drawings, collaged-felt paintings, and site-specific installations work together to tell the story of the “Mounds”—bizarre mythical creatures that are the tragic protagonists of his unfolding narrative between good and evil.
Culture And Revolution

Culture and Revolution

by Timothy Brown
This essay on underground publishing in West Germany, circa 1968, is derived from material in the chapter “Word, Sound, Vision”, in West Germany and the Global Sixties. © Timothy Scott Brown 2013, published by Cambridge University Press.
Ruination And Reconstruction

Ruination and Reconstruction

by Christina Schwenkel
The Reconstrucion of Vinh City with the technical and financial assistance of East Germany was part of a large-scale, multilateral recovery program for Vietnam involving socialist and socialist-leaning countries across Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Like the Marshall Plan of post-WWII Europe, an emphasis on industrialization to regenerate the economy channeled massive investments into the rebuilding of infrastructure.
The Deuter Institute

The Deuter Institute

by Hari Kunzru
"The poet does not care about his surroundings, or if he does, he’s making the best of things. He is absorbed in his artistic labor. This was how I wanted to be, who I wanted to be, at least for a while."
Where Fruit Flies Fear To Tread

Where Fruit Flies Fear to Tread

by Kate Brown
In the first two decades that followed the Chernobyl explosion, the Zone of Alienation was off-limits to all but employees and scientists working in the fenced-off region. Many thought of it as the darkest spot on earth. But this picture changed after 2002, when the Ukrainian government opened the zone to a limited, permitted tourism.
Life Without Authority

Life Without Authority

by Michael J. Watts
It is hard to exaggerate the devastation that Boko Haram has unleashed upon vast tracts of the northeast of Nigeria since 2009 and the horror it has wrought by attacks across the country’s Muslim north, including in major cities such as Kano, and the capital, Abuja.
Irredentist Chic

Irredentist Chic

by Virág Molnár
Right-wing radicalism has been on the rise across Europe as evidenced by the growing popularity of populist-nationalist parties like Front National in France, or the UKIP in the UK, and is likely to increase further in the wake of the current European refugee and migrant crisis.


by Jennifer R. Davis
If we could imagine standing in Rome around the year 500 CE, as the old empire had been gradually replaced by new kingdoms, we would see a world in transition.


by Tom Franklin
In this short story from 2010, the New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter Tom Franklin thinks about why quitting your job might be a good idea.
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