Life In Berlin

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Courtesy of Imran Ayata

“It’s the first time in my life where I am witnessing how a country, a society, step by step drifts into a kind of absurd disaster," says Berlin-based writer Imran Ayata.

Life In Berlin: 'The Parachute Paradox,' Part Two

Jan 5, 2017
Courtesy of Steve Sabella

We’re back with Steve Sabella, a visual artist based here in Berlin. His new memoir describes living and working as a Palestinian in exile — and details, as he says, the condition of mental exile. He joined us in the studio recently to read from his book, The Parachute Paradox. Here is the prologue, which gives the book its title:

Life In Berlin: 'The Parachute Paradox,' Part One

Jan 4, 2017
Courtesy of Steve Sabella

Steve Sabella is a Jerusalem-born and Berlin-based visual artist. His collages and photographs give concrete form to the paradoxes of life growing up Palestinian among Israeli settlements in Jerusalem’s Old City. It can be complicated, so I’ll let artist Steve Sabella introduce himself:

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On the last day of 2016, I went to different places around Berlin to get a sense of the mood in the city and to see how people coped with the recent Christmas market attack. I meet American William Toll in front of the Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz, the site of the truck attack where twelve people were killed on December 19th.

"So you are no stranger to Berlin," I ask him.

Life in Berlin: Berliner Winter

Dec 19, 2016
Berliner Winter

Berliner winters can drag on. The days are short and mostly grey. Cold winds whip across the broad streets.