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In a Name

In a Name

by Thomas Chatterton Williams
In this new short story, New York Times Magazine writer Thomas Chatterton Williams details writing in Paris and falling in love, having a mixed-race toddler, and time in Sweden.
Undercover Oughts

Undercover Oughts

By Jacqueline Ross
A brief history of undercover policing in early twentieth-century New York and its influence upon the field of sociology.
R.I.P The Postwar Order (1945-2017)

R.I.P The Postwar Order (1945-2017)

by Roger Cohen
The rise of Trumpism and its threat to the trasatlanticism and decency.
“They, the People”

“They, the People”

by Dilip Gaonkar
How recent political theory overlooks the populist complaint—and the social questions behind it.
Deep Listening

Deep Listening

by Mark Pottinger
The Elbphilharmonie has become a beacon of commerce and wonder, an amusement-park ride with little interest in the music or the people who make the music.
The Startup Illusion

The Startup Illusion

by Steven Hill
As German start-ups aim to duplicate the Silicon Valley model, our alumnus Steve Hill, in his new book Die Startup Illusion, asks if it best serves the European social model. Herewith, an exclusive essay for the Berlin Journal, derived from Hill's Introduction.
Kreuzberg 10963

Kreuzberg 10963

by Esra Akcan
An account of urban and social stress inside the Turkish Kreuzberg of the 1980s.
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.
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.

This is the online edition of the Berlin Journal. A Magazine from the American Academy in Berlin

Publisher: Terry McCarthy

Editor: R. Jay Magill, Jr.

Managing Editor: Sophie Maaß

Copyright © 2000-2018 American Academy in Berlin and the Authors. ISSN 1610-6490.

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