photo: Eylül Aslan
Berlin is Babylon. From all around the world, people come to visit and live here. And I think it is amazing to have such a variety of culture, food, languages and human beauty all in one city. Coming from beautiful and tropical Brazil the author and blogger Gustavo Carneiro found his way to Berlin to study and stayed here. With his words he translates his fascination with the everyday life and publishes his stories in his blog. A story called The Void was his submission for our Strange Magic special. Read it after the jump.
photo: Eylül Aslan
The next story from our Strange Magic series is probably the most sexual one. And sure, a lot of Berlin’s magic has to do with the sexual intrepidness and insatiable appetite of the inhabitants. Did we call Berlin a slut? Several times! But did we ever tell you how the slutty daily live of the Berliners look like? Not so much for now. Thankfully the story Happy Kater submitted by blogger and author Kevin Junk introduces innocent souls like us to the dark waters of the gay piranha pool that is Möbel Olfe on a Thursday night and the morning after. To read his story, you have to continue in German.
The magic about Berlin are not only the rare moments of strange intimacy with strangers or the delicate observations of your surroundings but also the turbulent past this city has gone through. The next strange magic story is somehow a biography with a magical atmosphere by the american Berlin lover Jeff Talton.
Jeff Tarlton has been a denizen of the Berlin music community since re-locating from his home town of Detroit back in 1992. He fell in initially with the Eastern European shamanic music scene. He has put his distinctive stamp either singing or playing guitar as a session musician or featured collaborator, on essential Berlin music labels such as CitySlang, Kitty-Yo and Monica Enterprises, as well as having his own compositions find their way into theatre and film. Indeed, during his more than 20 years in Berlin, Jeff has organized and/or performed at countless local events under his own name & aliases from Columbia Fritz to the most intimate off-the-grid experiments in outer suburbs. As 2013 winds down Jeff is preparing his next live presentation Treason Of The Glitch as well as composing music/sound design for a major German art film due next year. Read his story after the jump.
photo: Anabel Bossart
Since we opened our Strange Magic of Berlin call for submissions to English and German participants it was delightful to see that we got submissions in both languages. The next story is in German from Anabel Bossart. Anabel is an immigrated Appenzeller girl in her twenties. She’s a student of North American studies in Berlin, works as a newsletter writer for a museum in Mitte. In her free-time she loves to roam about the city to discover its marvels. Her blog documents her often curious findings in photographs, but most importantly it contains many little anecdotes about life as someone coming from the equally strange other side of the fence. Enjoy her happy point of views on Berlin in the German version of this article.
After a first quiet funny, a second very surreal, the third story by Irina Dumitriu is somehow the most emotional one of the 10 we choose to be part of the Sophiensaele Booklet. Irina Dumitriu comes from a far away land and has been living in Berlin since 2005. By day she (theoretically) plays with atoms and molecules in a Physics Institute, by night she listens to music, dances, writes, reads, draws, listens to more music, sleeps. There’s not much beyond that. And I hope you will fall in love with this story that feels like a breeze of rainy Berlin November.
illustration: Mi Lewicz
Everybody in Berlin has some sort of crazy neighbours, right? And there are plenty of stories around them. The next submission of our Strange Magic series is exactly about meeting the new neighbours. The author, Yonatan David Weizmann, is an Israel-born writer living in Berlin since 2009. His works include radio dramas, short stories and magazine articles, and have been published in both English and Hebrew. He is currently an Mst student at Oxford University’s creative writing program. He also plays the trumpet and looks better with a beard.
Our first story to start our creative publishing collaboration with Sophiensaele is from the quite famous Adam Fletcher. Adam Fletcher is a 30 year old, bald, Englishman. He spends his days creating largely unsuccessful products for The Hipstery. He’s the author of the online blog series and Spiegel bestselling book “How to be German/Wie man Deutscher wird” from C.H.Beck. Read his hilarious open letter to Berlin after the jump.
The idea of the beard goes back to its origin. In fact beards are one of the very few external distinguishing marks that show the basic features of us humans. I myself wear my beard convincingly because it simply is a part of me since I travelled to Peru five years ago growing my beard longer and longer. That’s when I became the „alemán con barba“ , the bearded German, who collected sun energy in the old Inca sites.
My friend Anna and I have always enjoyed working together on collages or photos. She is the kind of friend who I confide in more than anyone else and through our work together we share things we don’t tell other people. Since she is more into writing and I am more into taking pictures, we wanted to combine these preferences in a short film this time. Having the same taste when it comes to Sofia Coppola films, Haruki Murakami stories or the philosophy of the Little Prince we wanted the film to convey a feeling somewhere between the songs of The xx and Lost in Translation, but with a Berlin tonality or in other words in our personal way of course.
Michi is the boyfriend of my lovely friend Lena. Lena has a passion for beautiful tableware – whether she brings me fruit salad in a cute box before our Sunday workout or serves you the best self-made lemonade in colorful cups – she really has an eye for those things! For this reason I just had to photograph the beard of her boyfriend with some kind of food or drink decoration. See for yourself after the jump.