(An intriguing photo from Florian Reischauer’s project GRÜß GOTT — A FAIRY TALE) *** My interview today is with the talented, Berlin-based photographer Florian Reischauer, whose award-winning PIECES OF BERLIN project features retro-style photos of individual Berliners along with expressions of their thoughts about life today in the German capital. Following PIECES OF BERLIN is…

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Jason Lutes is the creative force behind the blockbuster graphic novel BERLIN, which chronicles the German capital in the years of the Weimar Republic. Writing about BERLIN in Forbes magazine, Rob Salkowitz called Lutes’s book “one of the most ambitious, important and fully-realized works of graphic literature yet created, a real masterpiece of both story and art.” As…

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(Holly-Jane Rahlens. Photo credit; Heike Barndt) Holly-Jane Rahlens graduated from my alma mater, Forest Hills High School in Queens, but ran off to Berlin where literary stardom found her, so if you understand predetermination, you’ll know why the two of us had no choice but to do this blog interview. An enchanting excerpt from Holly-Jane’s…

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  Novelist and short-story writer Binnie Kirshenbaum is a two-time Critics’ Choice Award winner as well as being a Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts. Her keenly-anticipated and now widely-acclaimed novel RABBITS FOR FOOD portrays a writer named Bunny recovering from a breakdown. In her Boston Globe review of RABBITS FOR FOOD, novelist…

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For this post, I am honored to have as my interviewee the distinguished psychiatrist Dr. Ira Brenner, editor of the recently published “Handbook of Psychoanalytic Holocaust Studies: International Perspectives.” Each of the contributions to this book is written in an accessible style, and I consider the volume indispensable to all readers who want to deepen…

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The Berlin-based THOMAS WÖRTCHE is a latter-day Renaissance man of German Literature with specialties in crime fiction and thrillers. Name a top German publication, and Thomas Wörtche most likely has contributed to it. Here’s something Thomas Przybilka has said about Wörtche: “Wörtche’s view of crime fiction is expansive, because his activities are not restricted to…

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Sonja Dümpelmann is a highly-accomplished scholar of Landscape Architecture on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Her latest book — SEEING TREES, A History of Street Trees in New York City and Berlin — is full of fascinating information presented with an appealing flow. And I am now pleased to…

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The German-Jewish author Mirna Funk was born in 1981 in East Berlin. These days, she splits her time between Berlin and Tel Aviv. Her first novel, WINTERNÄHE (pronounced Vinter-NAY-eh) has been critically acclaimed; it won the Uwe Johnson Literary Prize for 2015. Mirna also writes, among other things, a delightful column on Jewish life for German Vogue…

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(Rachel Weisz as Deborah Lipstadt in the film DENIAL) (Credit: Bleecker Street Media) ********** (NOTE: I previously interviewed Deborah Lipstadt about her latest book. You may read that interview here.) ********** Q: What is the goal of this new interview? A: To let people worried about antisemitism know we all have an indispensable, one-of-a-kind resource…

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Author and educator Deborah Lipstadt counts among the contemporary public intellectuals I most admire. She is widely-known for her victory in a libel suit filed by Holocaust denier David Irving. Her superb book about that experience, HISTORY ON TRIAL: MY DAY IN COURT WITH A HOLOCAUST DENIER is the basis for the film DENIAL in which…

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